Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd with Face Detection technology

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Fujifilm has unveiled the FinePix S6500fd, which features the company’s  new Face Detection technology, which locks onto your friends’ faces for a perfectly framed snap.

The FinePix S6500fd with 10.7x optical zoom and 2.5-inch LCD screen delivers six million effective pixels and is good for taking photos night and day, thanks to the ISO 100-3200 sensitivity – which means there’s more chance of picking up the detail in harsh conditions without using the intense light of a flash. And of course, there’s the Face Detection, which can recognise the face, optimise the settings and take the photo in just 0.04 seconds. It works by recognising eyes and mouth to lock on to faces (up to 10) in the frame. Additionally, movement tracking means the camera stays locked on the subject until they move out of the frame. The camera can even continue to identify a face irrespective of its position in the frame.

In addition, the S6500fd features Intelligent Flash, which automatically sets flash power output and exposure to "gently illuminate" the scene for a more natural image. There’s also a ‘Natural Light & Flash’ feature, shooting twice in quick succession – once with and once without flash, displaying each shot side-by-side for easy comparison. There’s also 14 scene modes and 30 fps VGA movie mode.

Complete with  shoulder strap, USB and A/V cables, lens cap and hood and software CDs, the FinePix S6500fd will be available from October 2006. Pricing will be confirmed nearer to launch.

Fujifilm website

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Dave Walker