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Fujifilm Finepix IS-1


Fujifilm-Finepix-Is-1JpgThe Fujifilm Finepix IS-1 is a fairly specialised camera in that it is aimed that those needing to do infrared photography (scientists, dentists, police or just keen enthusiasts).

Based upon the S9100, this camera allows infrared photography without the normal filters needed with most digital cameras. Instead - to use it as a normal digital camera you need an infrared 'cut filter'.

The Fujifilm Finepix IS-1 has a 10.7x optical zoom, 9 megapixel super CCD HR sensor and ISO of up to 1600.

It will ship in February 2007 and will have a retail price of $899 USD.

Fujifilm Finepix IS-1 News Release

THE IS-1 IS FUJIFILM'S NEWEST INFRARED DIGITAL CAMERA

Fujifilm continues to lead in the area of alternative light photography with todays announcement of the IS-1 digital camera, Fujifilms latest model for capturing images in the infrared light spectrum. The IS-1 was developed for use in the law enforcement, medical/dental and science fields and is a follow-up model to the FinePix S3 Pro UVIR D-SLR.Like the FinePix S3 Pro UVIR, the IS-1 will help law enforcement officers solve crimes by capturing evidence not easily seen by the human eye. It can be used in both the visible and infrared light spectrums, making the evidence-gathering process more efficient and accurate.

For example, the IS-1 has a continuous live preview feature, an advantage during infrared photography for focusing and composing when using dark lens filters. It also has an articulating LCD, which simplifies the processes of previewing, capturing and reviewing photos especially when the camera is in a laboratory environment. Its 10.7x, 28-300mm optical zoom system is built-in, minimizing dust, making operation a snap for forensic photographers.

Through the use of an infrared cut or hot mirror filter on the lens, the IS-1 can capture a visible light image very close in quality to that of a standard digital camera, adding flexibility and cost-effectiveness to the overall package.

The FinePix S3 Pro UVIR has been well-received in the forensic and scientific markets, and we anticipate an even better reception for the IS-1 digital camera in these same channels, remarked Darin Pepple, Marketing Manager, Electronic Imaging Division, FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc.

Law enforcement and scientific departments often contend with very restrictive budgets so a product that can enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations, without draining too much of their resources, is quite appealing.The IS-1 digital camera features a nine MegaPixel Fujifilm Super CCD sensor and ISO 80-1600 (in case of capturing a visible light image) capabilities. The camera's high sensitivity range, made possible by Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology, enables IS-1 users to capture images using visible and infrared light (approximately 400nm 900nm). Users can apply lens filtration to isolate specific wavelengths to achieve a desired effect. In addition, Fujifilm's Picture Stabilization technology uses the heightened sensitivity of the IS-1 and high-speed shutter settings to reduce blur caused by camera shake and subject movement. This easy-to-access feature is selectable on the mode dial and allows the IS-1 to choose the correct light sensitivity and best-matching shutter speed automatically for the highest quality digital pictures.

HS-V2 Software: The inclusion of Fujifilm's Hyper Utility Software HS-V2 version 3 enables IS-1 photographers to explore the full potential of the camera's RAW file format. This program also provides law enforcement investigators with side-by-side image comparisons along with metadata analysis, a useful tool when examining images of blood stains, documents or other forms of evidence.

Priced at $899, the IS-1 will be available at select authorized dealers in the United States in February 2007. For a dealer list, interested parties should visit www.fujifilmusa.com. Infrared and infrared cut filters are optional.

Fujifilm Finepix IS-1 Reviews

PopPhoto has a review of the Fujifilm Finepix IS-1 and writes, "The Fujifilm Finepix IS-1 is a versatile camera, capable of capturing images in infrared and visible light in many different ways -- limited only by the photographer's imagination and/or IR-capture needs. Low ISO monochromes handle noise well, and despite high noise at ISO1600, the noise doesn't feel detracting -- it feels artistic. ... We are impressed with the image quality and build of this DSLR-like EVF that can see into the infrared and bring a hidden world into plain sight with an impressive real-time Infrared preview. However, we are very concerned about the overly restrictive User Licensing Agreement Fujifilm has attached to this camera, and we are worried that this ULA may be the start of an ugly trend with camera companies dictating their beliefs and policies on otherwise law-abiding creative photographers."







Posted by Darren in our Fuji category on January 04, 2007

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