In addition to the Fujifilm FinePix JZ300($199.95)and JZ500($249.95) compact wide-angle megazooms that I posted about earlier, Fujifilm's Spring 2010 FinePix lineup also includes four higher-end megazooms: the F80EXR, S1800, S2550HD, and the top-of-the line HS10.F70EXR in Fujifilm's F Series of flagship compact cameras that use the latest sensor technologies for improved low-light shooting. Like the FinePix Z700EXR I posted about earlier, the F80EXR uses a 12-megapixel super CCD EXR sensor to provide fine detail in bright, even lighting as well as better-quality low-light images with less noise. (For a more detailed description of the sensor technology, see Fujifilm’s Super CCD EXR site.) The F80EXR utilizes a wide-angle (27-270mm) 10 optical zoom lens with super EBC coating (which minimizes the dispersion of light as it passes through the lens in order to prevent glare and ghosting), and features a 3-inch LCD, dual image stabilization (mechanical sensor stabilization with digital image stabilization), as well as Fujifilm's multi-frame technology introduced this fall. Multi-frame includes two primary modes: 1) Pro Focus mode creates a depth-of-field image by using continuous burst modes to shoot three consecutive images, each focusing on a different point within the frame (foreground, background, plus a point of reference) and then synthesizing a composite image where the subject is sharp and clear in the foreground and the background drops out and blurs; 2) Pro Low-light mode uses the same technology to capture multiple images in a low-light setting, combining sensitivities of four different images to synthesize a smoother image, reducing grain and providing truer, deeper colors. Other features include tracking autofocus, face detection and recognition, high sensitivity up to ISO 12,800, super intelligent flash (which optimizes flash output strength to allow use of flash as close as 2 inches in macro mode without overpowering and washing out the image), and dynamic range capabilities up to 800 percent. Just 22.7mm thick, the F80EXR will ship mid-March for $299.95. FinePix S1800 replaces last year's S1500 and offers an 18x (28-504mm equivalent) optical zoom, a 3-inch LCD as well as an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), dual-image stabilization, 720p (1280x720) HD movie recording, tracking autofocus, face detection, high sensitivity up to ISO 6400, automatic scene recognition, smile and blink detection, a panoramic shooting mode (which stitches three continuous shots together to create a panoramic photo), as well as instant-zoom (which automatically zooms to the maximum with a one-button touch). The camera accepts four AA batteries (Fujifilm claims it will last 400 shots using alkaline batteries and 700 shots using disposable Lithium Ion batteries) and will ship late January for $229.95.
The FinePix S2550HD is essentially the same camera with some minor features set differences, most notably an HDMI output. It will ship in late February for $249.95.