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FujiFilm Finepix F50fd Digital Camera - 12 Megapixel

FujiFilm Finepix F50fd Digital Camera - 12 Megapixel

The Fuji F50 Digital Camera has 12 MegapixelsThe Fuji F50 Digital Camera has a 3 x Optical ZoomThe Fuji F50 Digital Camera has a 8.2 x Digital ZoomThe Fuji F50 Digital Camera has a 2.7 inch LCDThe Fuji F50 Digital Camera DOES NOT HAVE a viewfinderThe Fuji F50 Digital Camera has movie mode with soundThe Fuji F50 Digital Camera uses High Capacity Secure Digital (HCSD) cards and xD CardsThe Fuji F50 Digital Camera uses a Li-Ion batteryThe Fuji F50 Digital Camera has both Optical and Digital Image StabilisersThe Fuji F50 Digital Camera has FACE DETECTION (FD)

The FujiFilm F50fd is a stylish and compact 12 Megapixel, 3x optical zoom digital camera packed with a host of smart new features including Dual Optical + Digital Image Stabilisation, Face Detection 2.0 Technology with Automatic Red Eye Removal and Auto ISO up to 6400.  It also features a Portrait Enhancer Mode for professional-looking shots, Dual Shot Mode that takes two shots: one with flash; one without and saves both, i-Flash Intelligent Flash for more natural-looking tones, and Full Manual Photographic Control for advanced photographers and enthusiasts.  The Fuji F50 has a blog mode that automatically resizes and edits photos in-camera for posting to your blog – no need to use a PC to optimise your images. Then easily transfer or print your images using IrSimple™ / IrSS™ wireless communication.  RRP $499. No longer available.

FujiF50_award.gifThe Fujifilm Finepix F50fd Digital Camera has won the 2007 Best of What’s New Award from Popular Science for its innovative Face Detection 2.0 technology. The F50fd is the first camera that can detect faces – and optimally adjust focus, exposure and colour – even if the faces are in profile or looking upwards or downwards.

Movie Feature – shoots video in AVI format, NTSC or PAL, up to 640 x 480 at 25fps. Recording length is up to a maximum file size of 2gb.


confused.JPG What are the features and how will they benefit you?

Dual Image Stabilisation – both optical and digital image stabilisation work together to better counteract blurred images due to shaky hands, subject movement, or when shooting in low-light conditions - important at full zoom where a small movement of the hand can cause a lot of movement at the other end.

12 Megapixels – allows you to print large, enlarge and crop whilst maintaining image quality.

High ISO to 6400 - this will help you take better photos in low lighting.

Face Detection - focuses on faces (up to 10) rather than other picture elements that might be in the foreground or background.

Red Eye Correction - this camera automatically removes red eyes in the camera, which is great if you're printing straight to a pictbridge compatible printer.

Natural Light plus Flash - takes one shot with, and one without flash, and pops both up side-by-side for easy comparison; you will have a greater chance of capturing the best possible shot with this great feature.

High Speed Continuous Shooting – shoot up to 5 pictures per second with up to 12 pictures per burst so you never miss a moment of the action - great for sports, kids, pets etc.

i-Flash Intelligent Flash - i-Flash (Intelligent Flash) detects subtle lighting differences within a scene and then varies the flash intensity accordingly. It enables the camera to use less flash, resulting in an image that displays pleasing, natural tones without a "washed-out" effect.

Blog Mode – camera resizes pictures for easy upload to the internet.



What's in the box?

Fujifilm Finepix F50fd Digital Camera
with 25mb internal memory
Wrist Strap
Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery (NP-50)
Battery Charger
USB Cable
AV Cable
CD-ROM with Finepix Viewer Software
12 Month Warranty with FujiFilm Australia


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Specifications of the Fujifilm Finepix F50fd Digital Camera (from Fujifilm)

Model FinePix F50fd
Number of effective pixels *1 12 million pixels
CCD sensor 1/1.6-inch Super CCD HR
Storage media
  • Internal memory (approx. 25MB)
  • xD-Picture Card™ (16MB - 2GB)
  • SD memory card
  • SDHC memory card*2
File format Still image
JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2*3)
AVI (Motion JPEG) with sound
WAVE format, Monaural sound
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Number of recorded pixels Still image: 4,000x3,000 / 4,224x2,816 (3:2 format) / 2,848x2,136 / 2,048x1,536 / 1,600x1,200 / 640x480 pixels
Lens Fujinon 3x Optical zoom lens, F2.8 - F5.1
Lens focal length f=8.0mm - 24.0mm, Equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera
Digital zoom Approx. 8.2x (max.)
Aperture F2.8 - F8
Focus distance Normal
·         Wide Angle: approx. 45cm/1.5ft to infinity
·         Telephoto: approx. 60cm/2.0ft to infinity
·         Wide Angle: approx. 7cm/2.8in. to 80cm/2.6ft
·         Telephoto: approx. 30cm/1.0ft to 80cm/2.6ft font>
Sensitivity AUTO / Auto (ISO1600) / AUTO (ISO800) / AUTO (ISO400) / Equivalent to ISO100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
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Exposure control TTL 256-zone metering
Exposure modes Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE
Shooting modes Mode dial
Auto, Natural Light, Natural Light & with Flash, SP1, SP2, A/S (Aperture or Shutter priority AE), M (Manual), Movie
Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Landscape, Sport, Night, Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Underwater, Museum, Party, Flower, Text
Image Stabilizer CCD-shift type
Shutter speed 8sec. to 1/2000 sec. (depending on Shooting mode)
Continuous shooting
  • Top-3 (max 2 frames/sec), High-speed Top-12 (max 5 frames/sec, 3M pixels or lower)
  • Final-3 (max 2 frames/sec), High Speed Final-12 (max 5frames/sec, 3M pixels or lower)
  • Long-period (max 0.5 frames/sec)
Focus Auto focus (Area, Multi, Centre) / Continuous AF, AF assist illuminator available
White balance Automatic scene recognition, Preset (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light), Custom
Self-timer Approx. 10sec. / 2sec. delay
Flash Auto flash
Effective range: (ISO AUTO)
·         Wide Angle: approx. 0.6m - 4.4m / 2.0ft - 14.4ft
·         Telephoto: approx. 0.6m - 2.4m / 2.0ft - 7.9ft
·         Macro: approx. 0.3m - 0.8m / 1.0ft - 2.6ft
Flash mode
·         Red-eye removal OFF: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
·         Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.
LCD monitor 2.7-inch, approx. 230,000 pixels, Amorphous silicon TFT colour LCD monitor, approx. 100% coverage
Movie recording 640x480 pixels. 320x240 pixels, 25 frames/sec. with monaural sound
* Zoom function cannot be used during movie recording.
Photography functions Face Detection (with Red-eye removal), Performance, Best framing, Frame No. memory
IR Communication IrSimple™ / IrSS™
Playback functions Face Detection (with Red-eye removal), Slide show, Trimming, Single frame, Multi-frame playback including Micro Thumbnail mode, Sorting by date, Image rotate, Voice Memo
Video output NTSC / PAL selectable
Digital interface USB High-speed
Power supply NP-50 Li-ion battery (included) / CP-50 with AC power adapter AC-5VX (sold separately)
Dimensions 92.5(W)x59.2(H)x22.9(D) mm / 3.6(W)x2.3(H)x0.9(D) in. (excluding accessories and attachments)
Weight Approx. 155g/5.4oz. (excluding accessories, batteries and memory card)
  • *1 ISO3200: Number of recorded pixels: 6M pixels or lower, ISO6400: Number of recorded pixels: 3M pixels or lower.
  • *2 Please see the Fujifilm website to check memory card compatibility.
  • *3 Exif 2.2 is a newly revised digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information for optimal printing.

Specifications subject to change without notice

Memory Card Capacity and Image Quality / Size

Number of images / recording time

Modes Still image Movie
Number of
recorded pixels
4,000 x 3,000 4,224 x 2,816
(3:2 format)
2,848 x
2,048 x 1,536 1,600 x 1,200 640 x 480 Movie recording time
Internal Memories (25MB) 5 8 8 16 32 40 200 26sec. 52sec.
xD-Picture Card™ 256 MB 54 86 87 169 325 409 1,997 4.5 min. 8.8 min.
512 MB 108 173 174 339 651 818 3,993 8.9 min. 17.7 min.
1 GB 217 347 349 680 1,305 1,639 7,995 17.9 min. 35.4 min.
2 GB 434 695 695 1,360 2,558 3,198 15,992 35.9 min. 70.8 min.
SD memory card 512 MB 104 167 168 328 631 793 3,867 8.7 min. 17.1 min.
1 GB 210 336 338 658 1,264 1,588 7,745 17.4 min. 34.3 min.
2 GB 421 673 673 1,319 2,480 3,100 15,501 34.8 min. 68.6 min.
memory card
4 GB 843 1,348 1,348 2,640 4,963 6,204 31,024 69.6 min.* 137.3 min.*
8 GB 1,677 2,681 2,681 5,248 9,867 12,334 61,672 138.4 min.* 272.9 min.*
  • * A movie recording will stop automatically when the movie file size becomes approx. 2GB.


Fujifilm says:

FinePix F50fd Ups Ante with Dual Image Stabilization, Face Detection 2.0 Technology and ISO Levels Of Up To 6400

Digital photographers looking for a top-of-the line compact digital camera can now take advantage of the latest in Fujifilm's F-Series digital cameras with the 12-Megapixel FinePix F50fd.  Following a long line of award winning F-Series models, the FinePix F50fd, like the FinePix F31fd and F40fd before it, offers consumers a super-compact digital camera that takes beautiful shots with the most advanced features and technology available, so that missing great shots is not an option.

Combining a 12-MegaPixel, 7th Generation Super CCD with a 3.0x optical zoom and a 2.7"; high-resolution 230,000 pixel wide angle view LCD, the FinePix F50fd is a compact powerhouse that incorporates all the features users have come to expect from Fujifilm's more advanced digital cameras.  With the addition of Dual Image Stabilization, Face Detection 2.0 Technology with Automatic Red Eye Removal function, and ISO settings of up to ISO 6400, the F50fd takes compact digital cameras to the next level, arming users with a host of new features and enabling them to take pictures never before possible.

Face Detection 2.0 – The Next Generation

Fujifilm's proprietary Face Detection Technology also gets an upgrade in the F50fd with the arrival of Face Detection 2.0, featuring Automatic Red Eye Removal.  As with the original version of Face Detection, it can detect up to 10 human faces in a scene in as little as 5/100's of a second, correcting focus, exposure, and white balance automatically, regardless of where subjects are located within the frame.  Face Detection 2.0 adds to this technology by being able to identify faces at much more extreme camera angles than before.  No longer does the camera need a head-on shot to identify a face, because now even a profile will do – with up to 90° movement in either direction for profiles, and up to 135° for leaning or lying down in either direction, for a total range of 270°.

Additional improvements to Face Detection 2.0 include a new Automatic Red-Eye Removal feature that automatically corrects red-eye directly after the shot is taken and then saves both the original and the corrected image file.

Dual Image Stabilization

To ensure that users achieve even greater blur-free pictures, the FinePix F50fd adds to Fujifilm's Picture Stabilization mode to create the improved Dual Image Stabilization mode. This combines a mechanically stabilized CCD sensor with high ISO sensitivities for Total Anti-Blur protection.  The combination of these two different approaches reduces the "blur"; effect from the photographer's hand-shake and subject movement even further to provide the highest quality digital pictures yet, with sharp, clean and clear results.

Not much light? Not a Problem!

All too often, digital photographers run into problems when taking pictures in low-light or dimly-lit situations and have to rely on the flash which can lead to over-exposed and washed-out shots. The FinePix F50fd builds on the great strides previous Fujifilm digicams have made with low light photography and allows users to effortlessly capture the moment as their eye sees it, with tremendous clarity and low noise, using Fujifilm's Real Photo technology. Thanks to the 7th generation FinePix Super CCD-HR chip and the RP Processor II, the Finepix F50fd can utilize ISO settings of up to ISO1600 at full resolution and an amazing ISO 6400 at reduced resolution1, capturing stunning images even in low light while preserving the natural colour and clarity of the shot.

In addition to these advancements, the FinePix F50fd possesses a number of other impressive features:

Portrait Enhancer Mode:  Mimicking a professional photo studio setting, by using Face Detection and preset camera settings, Portrait Enhancer minimizes fine lines and small skin blemishes for smooth, natural looking portraits. 

Dual Shot Mode: In this selectable mode, the FinePix F50fd quickly shoots two images in rapid succession -- one with the flash and one without – and saves both. This convenient function lets the user perform a comparison at their convenience and select the most pleasing image.

i-Flash Intelligent Flash: i-Flash (Intelligent Flash) detects subtle lighting differences within a scene and then varies the flash intensity accordingly. It also leverages the high sensitivity of the FinePix F50fd to enable the camera to use less flash, resulting in an image that displays pleasing, natural tones without a "washed-out"; effect.  And with an automatic pop-up flash, it's always ready when you need it.

Full Manual Photographic Control:  Gives the user total control with manual adjustment options for settings on the camera (resolution, ISO, aperture, shutter speed, etc), and is desirable by the photo enthusiasts/advanced photographers.

GUI Micro Thumbnail: A new playback feature that allows for viewing an index print on the LCD.  The F50fd will show up to 100 images in micro form, and then the control buttons are used to move over specific images and select them.  This makes it easy to quickly find a single image by being able to jump to particular segments of images in the time sequence.  So rather than using the left/right arrows to move through one image at a time, you can move up/down/left/right and then select the image you want to view.  The back button takes you back to the thumbnail view in one step.  The micro view lets you get close to the image you want, and then scroll to find the specific picture.  As memory cards become larger, and devices become as much about sharing images as capturing them, this is a handy feature to enable the user to find specific images quicker.

IrSimpleTM: Infrared communication via IrSimpleTM technology for fast, easy wireless image transfer to a compatible device.

Special Scene and Blog Modes: The FinePix F50fd has 16 pre-programmed scenes, including a special underwater scene mode for use with a special underwater casing.  In the Blog mode, the FinePix F50fd copies and automatically reduces the size of copied images for easy posting to a blog, Web page or as an attachment to email for easy sharing with friends and family while maintaining the original file.

xD / SD / SD-HC Compatible slot: The FinePix F50fd features a "xD/SD Compatible slot"; which accepts not only Fujifilm's traditional xD-Picture Cards but also Secure Digital (SD) and SD-High Capacity/SD-HC cards too.

Battery Life: Long-life rechargeable Li-ion battery (up to 230 shots).

"Fujifilm continues to push the technology envelope with the latest in a long line of award winning F-Series digital cameras,"; said David Troy, Senior Product Manager, Consumer Digital Cameras, Electronic Imaging Division, FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. "With the introduction of Dual Image Stabilization, Face Detection 2.0, Automatic Red-Eye Removal, and even higher ISO levels, the FinePix F50fd provides users with a powerful compact digital camera that makes it easier than ever for any level photographer to get professional looking photographs."