By Ian Burley
14th June - 2001
Update 23rd October - 2001 - Fujifilm in Japan announces FinePix 30i with mobile phone accessory feature, click here.
Fujifilm has announced an improved version of its FinePix 40i digital camera/MP3 player combo. The new £499 (inc.VAT) 50i model is, at 190g with battery, lighter, slimmer, more versatile and promises better picture quality. It retains its non-zooming but autofocus Fujinon EBC lens (36mm focal length equivalent to a 35mm format camera) and remains faithful to the SmartMedia memory card standard.
New features include audio recording and voice captioning; a brighter, but smaller (1.5 inches from 1.8 inches) LCD screen and a new MP3 remote controller. Fujifilm claim 6 hours of voice recordings can be captured to a 128MB SmartMedia card, though you’ll only find a 16MB card in the box.
A slimline lithium ion battery has replaced the 40i’s older technology NiMH power source.Improved picture quality is promised from new Fujifilm LSI signal processing. This should deliver enhanced colour reproduction, sharpness and sensitivity from the same 2.47 megapixel SuperCCD sensor as the 40i. Maximum (interpolated) picture resolution, as before, is 2400x1800 (4.3 megapixels).
Other interesting features of the 50i include a ‘party mode’ noise activated shutter release and a stylish translucent desktop PC-sync PictureCradle, that recharges the battery as well as converting the 50i into a Web cam. In conjunction with FinePix Viewer software it also provide a seamless link to the FinePix Internet Service website. The FinePix 50i is due in the shops by mid-August.