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Fujifilm FinePix Z200fd 'couple cam' debuts...again

Fujifilm releases the FinePix Z200fd in the U.S., featuring both a Couple and Group Timer mode that use face-detection technology.

We reported on the global announcement of the Z200fd back in May, but Thursday at 12:01 a.m. Fujifilm announced this slim, feature-packed camera for the U.S. You can read the full announcement and spec sheet on Fujifilm's press site.


It's actually--from a feature standpoint at least--an interesting read, giving you an idea of just what it takes to compete in this space. The hook for the Z200fd, for example, is its use of Couple and Group Timer modes that take advantage of Fujifilm's face-detection technology.

The Couple Timer takes the picture as the camera detects two faces getting closer together and has three settings for distance between faces. (Presumably allowing you to take pictures with people you love, like, and don't necessarily hate enough to not want to be in a picture with them.) The Group Timer sounds particularly nice, since it'll hold off on taking the shot until it detects the correct number of faces in the frame.

Unfortunately, you won't be able to capture your summer crush with the Z200fd; it won't be for sale until September at a price of $299.95. It'll be available in four colors: black, silver, red, and pink.