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Fujifilm Finepix F50fd 12MP Digital Camera with 3 x Optical Image Stabilization

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  • 12-megapixel Super CCD sensor
  • 3x optical zoom with Dual Image Stabilization; 2.7-inch LCD display
  • Face Detection 2.0 optimizes focus/exposure for up to 10 faces
  • Wirelessly transfer images to IrSimple-equipped devices, including other digital cameras
  • Stores images on xD or SD memory cards (not included); powered by lithium-ion battery (battery and charger included)

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Fujifilm FinePix F50fd 12MP Super CCD, 3x Optical Zoom, 2.7" LCD, New Dual Image Stabilization, Face Detection 2.0 with New Red Eye Reduction System, New Portrait Enhancer Mode, IR-Simple for sharing photos with friends, xD/SD/SD-HC Compatible Media Slot.

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Introducing the Finepix F50fd digital camera, featuring all the latest developments in face detection, image processing, and image stabilization into a compact digital camera

The newly developed Face Detection 2.0 chip adds the data of side-on faces and angled faces into the originally developed Face Detection chip, and greatly expands the camera’s ability to detect faces. Face Detection 2.0 detects up to 10 faces in as little as 0.05 seconds even though the subject may be turned sideways or is lying down. This next generation technology not only optimizes focus and exposure of detected faces but also enhances total quality by setting the ideal white balance to give stunning sets of photos.

Moreover, the FinePix F50fd employs clever red-eye correction software which, when combined with Face Detection 2.0 technology, instantly identifies and corrects red-eye, either as the shot is taken or in playback mode.

The FinePix F50fd incorporates a Fujinon 3x optical lens and the newly developed 7th-generation 12-megapixel Super CCD. This new 12-megapixel Super CCD gives exceptional resolution. Every photographer, from beginners to photo enthusiast, will marvel at the ability of the F50fd to distinguish small details like single strands of hair and to faithfully reproduce fine skin tones. The new 12.0-Megapixel sensor works closely in conjunction with the RP (Real Photo) Processor? and features several key improvements that increase the camera’s efficiency. Even at the highest ISO 6400 sensitivity, image quality is amazingly high with minimal noise interference.

In addition, this is the first time that CCD shift Image Stabilization has been introduced into a FinePix camera. Combining CCD shift Image Stabilization with high ISO sensitivity, the F50fd offers a synergistic effect of excellent anti-blur protection, called Dual Image Stabilization. Even in dark scenes and at night, the Dual Image Stabilization system gives crisp results every time. High sensitivity allows camera to increase shutter speed to freeze the action, while CCD shift Image Stabilization automatically compensates for camera shake.

Fujifilm FinePix F50fd Highlights

Face Detection 2.0 New Face Detection 2.0 by Fujifilm advances Face Detection technology to a whole new level. By combining our existing advanced Face Detection with new processing capabilities, Face Detection 2.0 delivers better recognition of faces, even at angles never able to be detected by other systems. Additionally, Face Detection 2.0 allows for other useful features to be added such as Automatic Red-Eye removal. The most advanced Face Detection technology available today!

Dual Image Stabilization The FinePix F50fd gives you the best of both worlds where image stabilization is concerned. With industry standard optical images stabilization, the photographers hand is steadied for a clearer, blur free shot. Add to that the addition of Fujifilm’s Picture Stabilization Technology, and increase clarity and sharpness is achieved, even in low light conditions or when shooting moving subjects. The combination of the two is the ultimate in stabilization technology.

Automatic Red-Eye Removal With the help of Fujifilm’s new Face Detection 2.0, the F50fd has sophisticated intelligent software algorithms that detect red-eye and correct it in-camera. More than just red-eye reduction--this is red-eye elimination, after the image has been captured, to assure every picture looks its best.

IrSimple wireless transfer Transfer your images quickly and easily from your FinePix F50fd to any IrSimple-equipped device. A fast infrared technology, IrSimple makes getting those photos out of your camera a breeze. Want to share with your friends? No problem, you can even transfer images to another IrSimple equipped camera too!

xD/SD-compatible slot The Finepix F50fd features an xD/SD compatible slot, allowing the use of either xD Picture Card or SD media to store and transfer your photos. This convenient and flexible capability assures compatibility with a wider variety of applications than ever before, and allows users to choose the media technology that is right for them.

What's in the box

Fujifilm Finepix F50fd digital camera, Li-ion cattery NP-50, battery charger BC-50, strap, AV cable, USB cable, CD-ROM, owner's manual


Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.7 x 0.9 x 2.3 inches
Item Weight 7.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
ASIN B0002EQUIA
Item model number FinePix F50fd
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
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3.9 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #30,918 in Camera & Photo
#3,435 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com November 11, 2006

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By Vladimir Ratner on October 1, 2007
I must say that I was very negative about this camera when it was just announced. Why? I've got one word for you - Megapixels! I realize that for a regular consumer the more megapixels in a camera, means better picture quality. But if you know even just a little more about the digital technology and how it works, then you know that the above statement is nothing but simply a myth. The more megapixels on the same size sensor only means that you can blow up the picture that you've taken to a larger size. But what good does it do for you if the picture quality is actually worse?! By "worse" I mean that there is more digital noise present in photographs at higher ISO's. Several months ago I actually considered getting an F30, and the only reason I didn't was because it uses the stupid, and very slow xD card format. I have waited for Fuji to fix this "mistake" and implement the somewhat standard nowadays SD format, but they didn't with F31fd. Then shortly thereafter came F40fd, and I almost wet my pants out of excitement when I found out that Fuji finally did include the support of SD, in addition to xD format. They did of course increase the number of megapixels from 6 to 8, but they also put a larger sensor in it, so that was actually not a bad thing. However, I was extremely disappointed when I found out that not only the picture quality slightly decreased for some reason (judging by the samples that I've seen), but also Fuji decided to eliminate the manual controls (shutter and aperture priorities) from it as well. Why, for crying out loud?! So my quest for the "perfect" compact digital camera continued, and I ended up with Panasonic LX2, which I'm still very happy with.Read more ›
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I've now played with my F50FD for about a week. It's very easy to use, and I'm happy with it overall- it will serve me well as a extremely portable grab-n-go camera. (It fits in my jeans pocket *with* my cell phone and keys. It's very thin!)

The user interface is clean, easy to use, with helpful on-screen reminders that manage not to get in the way. Other pluses: the battery charger is travel-friendly (no cord), and there's no lens cap to lose. Autofocus performance is quite good-- hugely better than my previous Optio 555.

But my expectations were high, and it hasn't met them all. As we all feared, image quality above ISO400 is a disappointment. ISO800 is marginally useful, but at higher resolutions, the distinctive "oil painting"-style artifacts caused by their noise reduction algorithm become increasingly significant. At ISO1600+, your photo may be 12MP, but the effect of the noise reduction is that there's probably only about 1MP of actual information in the photo. I would much prefer that Fuji allow us to save photos in RAW format, so that we could use better noise reduction algorithms ourselves. The higher ISO modes should be viewed as a novelty.

Flash performance is mixed: red-eye hasn't been as bad as I feared, but the flash seems a bit weak. On sunny days, I could not coax the camera to adequately fill in the shadows on a subject's face from a distance of about 7'. On the other hand, the camera seems to be able to reduce the flash power as needed, making it usable at close ranges without burning out the subject.

The image stabilizer was of course a big draw, and there's definitely some improvement with it. There are no miracles here, but it's good for an f-stop or two.

Other nits: movie mode disables the zoom (grr!
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I own a Canon S2IS and was looking for something more compact and less complicated to use. The first camera I tried was the Fuji F40fd. It's watercolor NR system and lack of a dual IS left me wanting more. Shortly after I purchased it the F50fd came out so I returned the F40 in favor of the F50.

I tried a few other compact cameras as well which are included in the following list but so far nothing has been able to nudge out the F50.

Sony Cybershot DSCW80 7.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot (Silver)

Fujifilm Finepix F40fd 8.3MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Silver)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3S 7.2MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Silver)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7S 7.2MP Digital Camera with 6x Image Stabilized Zoom (Silver)

In "blind" (not knowing which camera took what photos) tests, I asked family and friends to view, compare, and comment on images (both on the computer screen as well as prints), and the F50fd was consistently chosen as having the sharpest photos with the most "true" color representation among all the other cameras mentioned above. The F50fd is on par with the Canon S2IS in regards to image quality.
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