Fujifilm has released several new cameras in the past 18 months, ranging from stylish point and shoot models to a very strong "tough" camera to fixed lens cameras with large optical zoom lenses in its FinePix family of cameras. Here are the best new Fujifilm cameras.
A larger image sensor and a large optical zoom lens make the Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR one of the more impressive models that you're going to see on the market right now.
The F900EXR has a 1/2-inch CMOS image sensor with 16MP of resolution, a 20X optical zoom lens, 1080p HD video capabilities, and a 3.0-inch LCD screen. You can shoot in either RAW or JPEG with this camera.
The FinePix F900EXR also has Wi-Fi capabilities. Look for this sharp-looking camera to be available in indigo blue, red, gold, or black camera bodies.
The FinePix JX580 digital camera is one of the least expensive 16 megapixel cameras that you're going to find currently on the market. With the JX580, which is available in purple, black, blue, or red camera bodies (depending on your location in the world), you'll also find a 5X optical zoom lens, a 3-inch LCD, and 720p HD video capture.
The "J" series of FinePix cameras are the most basic models that Fujifilm offers, so don't expect to be "wowed" by a lot of high-end features. These are affordable, basic cameras that are designed for beginners. To find 16MP in this type of camera is impressive.
Finding a digital camera with a viewfinder can be pretty difficult, at least unless you have the budget to splurge on a DSLR or other interchangeable lens camera.
With an ultra-zoom camera, though, a viewfinder is a great option to have. Fujifilm has paired a long zoom lens with a viewfinder in its now available FinePix S8400W camera.
The S8400W has a 44X optical zoom lens, full 1080/60i HD video capabilities, a 3.0-inch LCD screen, a 1-second start-up time, and 16MP of resolution. Fujifilm claims the S8400W can shoot macro photos from as close as 0.39 inches.
The FinePix S8400W, which runs from four AA batteries, is available in black.
The Fujifilm X100S is a very expensive fixed-lens camera, but its retro design is paired with the latest and best photography features which helped it win an EISA award.
The key component of the X100S is its 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS image sensor, which provides outstanding image quality at 16.3MP of resolution.
The FinePix X100S, which is an upgrade to last year's FinePix X100, has a fixed f/2 23mm lens that doesn't offer any zoom. You can use manual focus with this camera, and you can frame photos using either the viewfinder or the 2.8-inch LCD. It can shoot at full 1080p HD video resolution, too.
The pairing of a high-quality lens with a high-quality image sensor is a great combination for serious photographers who are seeking a top-of-the-line fixed lens model.
Waterproof cameras seem to be growing in popularity, especially point and shoot waterproof models. Fujifilm has introduced quite a few of these types of cameras this year, including the FinePix XP170.
The XP170 has 14.4MP of resolution, a 5X optical zoom lens, a 2.7-inch LCD, and 1080p HD video recording. The XP170 measures only 1 inch in thickness.
This Fujifilm model can work in up to 33 feet of water depth, can survive a fall up to 6 feet, and will work in temperatures as low as minus-14 degrees Fahrenheit.
The XP170 is available in blue or orange camera bodies. I had a chance to review the XP10 a couple of years ago, and I thought it was a great beginner-level waterproof camera. The XP170 follows in its footsteps.
Fujifilm's latest X series mirrorless DIL camera is the Fujifilm X-A1, and this model is promoted as the entry-level X series model.
Carrying an entry-level designation doesn't leave the X-A1 short-changed on features, though. Fujifilm included a large 16.3 megapixel CMOS APS-C sized image sensor, which should create great image quality. This camera also includes an articulated high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD, minimal shutter lag and shot to shot delays, burst modes up to 5.6 frames per second, a built-in flash, and in-camera RAW processing.
The Fujifilm X-E1 interchangeable lens camera is a sharp looking model that offers a smaller size with powerful features.
The large CMOS image sensor can shoot 16.3MP of resolution. Few consumer-level cameras can match the quality of the X-E1's image sensor.
The TIPA award-winning X-E1 includes an electronic viewfinder, as well as a 2.8-inch high-resolution LCD screen. It can shoot at full HD video, offers a popup flash unit, and can accept a variety of interchangeable lenses that will work with a Fujifilm X lens mount.
The X-E1 carries a price tag in excess of $1,000 with a starter lens, so this model won't appeal to everyone. However, it's a sharp-looking, powerful camera that's available a camera body that measures only 1.5 inches in thickness (without the lens) and can be found in all black or silver with black trim.
With the Fujifilm X-F1, the company has created a very stylish fixed lens camera that is going to grab some attention with its sharp looks.
The X-F1 has black, dark red, or light brown camera bodies that look like leather. All three cameras have silver metal trim.
The f/1.8 aperture lens on the X-F1 is a high-quality piece of glass, even though it only offers a 4X manual zoom lens. The X-F1 also has a 12MP image sensor, a 3.0-inch LCD,and full HD video capabilities.
Fujifilm's third interchangeable lens mirrorless camera -- the X-M1 -- is the most impressive model yet, offering an image sensor that's similar in size to what you'd find in a DSLR camera.
The X-M1, which measures only 1.5 inches in thickness without a lens attached. includes a 3.0-inch articulated LCD, a start-up time of 0.5 seconds, full 1080p video recording, built-in Wi-Fi, and in-camera RAW processing.
The X-M1 can make use of an Fujifilm XF or XC interchangeable lenses. You can find the X-M1 in three body colors, black, silver, or brown.
11. Fujifilm X-S1
Fujifilm's X-S1 digital camera is a fixed lens camera that includes some high-end features that you may find with a DSLR camera.
The X-S1, which was announced by Fujifilm in conjunction with CES 2012, offers a precision Fujinon 26X optical zoom lens. It includes a popup flash and a viewfinder, along with a 3.0-inch, high-resolution LCD.
The highlight of the X-S1, however, is its large image sensor, which is a 2/3-inch sensor. This allows the X-S1 to excel in low light.
You won't find many fixed lens cameras in this high-end price range, so it may be tough for Fujifilm to gain a lot of traction here, but it's impossible to argue with the great features of this camera.
12. Fujifilm X20
If you were impressed with last year's Fujifilm X10, an advanced fixed lens camera, this year's Fujifilm X20 provides some significant upgrades.
The X20 carries a high price tag versus most fixed lens cameras, but it features an upgraded image sensor versus the X10 -- the X-Trans CMOS II image sensor.
The Fujifilm X20 has 12MP of resolution, a 4X optical zoom lens with an f/2.0-2.8 maximum aperture, a RAW shooting mode, a 2.8-inch high-resolution LCD, and 1080p HD video at 60 fps.
The new image sensor should provide much improved performance and image quality over the X10's image sensor. It also includes an optical viewfinder, which is rare to find on a fixed lens camera.