Sometimes when a company finds a technology it likes a whole lot, it wastes little time adding it to a variety of cameras across its line. Such is the case with Fujifilm and face detection. While the company introduced the technology to its line with the FinePix S6000fd just a few months ago, it has now built it into the new FinePix F31fd. In essence, the F31fd is the Fujiwith face detection added, to produce a somewhat pocketable camera with usable sensitivity up to ISO 3200, if it lives up to the performance we saw in the F30. Like the F30, the F31fd includes a 3X optical zoom lens, a 2.5-inch LCD, Fuji's i-Flash system (which the company says provides a higher level of automatic flash control than similar cameras from other manufacturers), and a manufacturer-rated battery life of up to 580 shots per charge. On top of all this, advanced shooters will be pleased to see this camera's manual exposure controls.
Fujifilm expects the FinePix F31fd to hit stores in December for an estimated street price of $399.