Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP
The Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP is, says the company, “Life Proof”. Featuring a newly designed body that’s waterproof to ten feet (three meters), the Fuji Z33WP’s front panel holds a Fujinon-branded 3x optical zoom lens offering a range from a 35mm-equivalent wide angle to a 105mm-equivalent telephoto. Behind this lens sits a 1/2.3″ CCD image sensor with ten megapixel resolution. The Fujifilm Z33WP includes no form of mechanical image stabilization – only what the company calls “Picture Stabilization mode”. Essentially, this boosts ISO sensitivity / shutter speeds to freeze blur, at the expense of some image noise / detail. ISO sensitivity in the Fuji Z33 ranges up to a maximum of ISO 1,600 equivalent at full resolution. The Fuji FinePix Z33WP’s rear panel also has no provision for an optical viewfinder, instead opting solely for a 2.7″ LCD display with 230,000 dots of resolution.
The Fuji Z33WP doesn’t offer much in the way of manual controls, instead focusing on simplicity and ease of use. Focusing choices are either Multi or Center AF with Face Detection capability that can detect up to ten faces in a scene. As well as being linked to the autofocus system, the Fujifilm Z33WP’s face detection function offers automatic red-eye removal. Shutter speeds range from 3 seconds to 1/1000 second, and apertures from F3.7 – F8.0 at wide angle, or F4.2 – F9.0 at telephoto. These are controlled automatically, with seventeen scene modes offering the Z33WP’s main method of controlling the look of images. There’s also an SR Auto scene recognition mode which automatically selects from a subset of six different common scene types and adjusts for exposure, focus, white balance and ISO sensitivity as appropriate. The Fuji FinePix Z33 is also capable of recording VGA or QVGA videos at 30 frames-per-second with monaural sound. Movies are saved in AVI format using QuickTime Motion JPEG compression, and are captured using a dedicated Movie record button which is separate from that used to trigger still image capture. Note that it is it is not possible to use the Z33’s optical zoom lens during movie recording.
The Fujifilm FinePix Z33 stores its images on SD or SDHC cards or in 50MB of built-in memory. Power comes from an NP-45 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery, CIPA rated at 200 shots per charge. Available from late March 2009 with pricing of about US$200, the Fuji FinePix Z33WP is available in black, pink or green finishes for US market customers.