Fujifilm launches FinePix F31fd – a six megapixel camera with Face Detection technology

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Fujifilm has launched what it hopes will be the hit of this year’s Christmas parties – the FinePix F31fd – a "handbag-sized" six megapixel camera with Face Detection technology.

The Face Detection technology locks on to up to ten faces in one frame – so ideal for those group shots in a bar. There’s also a 2.5-inch LCD screen, 3x optical zoom lens and the previously-mentioned six megapixel Super CCD HR V1 sensor, which means that photos can be enlarged to A4 size and above without loss of image quality or detail. There’s also a top ISO of 3200 for sharp images, even at night or without using a flash – which can often make faces look washed-out.

The camera also features Fujifilm’s Intelligent Flash system, which controls the flash output for more appropriate lighting or a Natural Light & Flash mode, which takes two photographs one after the other, one with flash and one without, so you can compare the results and select the most flattering shot. There’s also 15 scene modes, VGA movie capture (30fps with sound) and a strong battery life, which is good for around 580 shots.

It should be out in time for Christmas, price to be confirmed nearer launch date.

Fujifilm website

Dave Walker