Fujifilm's New FinePix Z30 Digial Camera Looks Like Candy...

Z30_LEFT_FRONT_OPEN_VT copy.jpgMaybe it's just because it's the most striking shade of purple I've ever seen on a gadget, or maybe it's just that I haven't eaten anything yet today, but the Finepix Z30 digital camera from Fujifilm looks good enough to eat. Or at least lick.For just $299, you actually get some pretty decent specs in the Z30: 10MP resolution, 3x optical zoom, face detection, image stabilisation and ISO1600. There are also special functions like Scene Recognition Auto, which automatically detects what kind of a scene you're trying to take and adjusts the settings for you; Dual Blog mode which automatically resizes your photos and video for posting to the web; some limited in-camera video editing tools; and automatic self-timer modes for taking photos of multiple faces and couples.

Plus, if purple's not your style, the Z30 also comes in pink, white, black and orange. Not sure if any of those offer the same level of lickability as the purple, but I reckon I'd be willing to find out...

The stylish new FUJIFILM FinePix Z30 has it all - ...Fashion...Features...Flair...

The stylish new FUJIFILM FinePix Z30 is the perfect blend of fashion, features and flair - ideal for the tech-savvy, fashion conscious digital camera enthusiast who is keen to stand out in the crowd with this eye-pleasing accessory.

Available in a choice of five colours - Pink, Purple, White, Black & Orange - the FinePix Z30 has merged fashion with technology to meet the demands of today's style conscious generation.

FUJIFILM Senior Category Manager - Consumer & Professional Products, Matt Dole, said the FinePix Z30 is the third instalment in FUJIFILM's popular Z-series ultra-glam camera range and is even sleeker than its predecessors.

"Wrapped in stylish smooth curves with a metallic surface, the FinePix Z30 is equipped with 10-megapixels, 3x zoom, Face Detection Technology with auto red-eye removal, Picture Stabilisation (anti-blur) and ISO sensitivity to 1600," he said.

"The new six scene SR AUTO (Scene Recognition Auto) feature enables framed scenes to be automatically detected and selected into appropriate camera settings such as Portrait, Landscape, Night, Macro, Night Portrait and Backlit Portrait.

"The new Dual Blog Mode adds an artistic dimension to any recorded image on the FinePix Z30 by offering a choice of special effects. For instance, any subject can be transformed into an illustration or painting, you can create a zoom-in effect on a scene, or even a miniature model. Dual Blog Mode automatically resizes any still image or movie you've captured for posting photos and videos to blogs, video-sharing or emailing to friends with ease.

"When using the Successive Movie Mode, in-camera editing allows for the creation of a 60-second movie clip, even when shooting in two or more scenes. You can start and restart multiple times to build a 60-second compilation, as well as edit the start and end points.

"The FinePix Z30 incorporates two self-timer modes - Couple Timer and Group Timer. Working in conjunction with Face Detection Technology, the self-timer automatically activates after the camera has detected faces in a frame. Cleverly, the camera won't capture the photo if one of the faces is out of frame.

"The Couple Timer mode will automatically release the shutter button as two faces come close together. It can be set at various distances, whether the subjects are standing side by side or cheek to cheek.

"The Group Timer Mode can detect up to four faces in a frame and automatically sets the timer to capture the shot, only firing when all faces are in frame."

Mr Dole said for ease of use and convenience, the FinePix Z30 also offers Dual Shutter releases - one button for still image capture and one for movie record.

"There are also 13 Special Scene Modes including Fireworks, Beach and Snow, offering a one-touch setting for almost any situation.

"Other FinePix Z30 features include a 2.7-inch LCD screen, SD / SD-HC compatible slot and long-life rechargeable Li-ion battery," he said.

Mr Dole said the FinePix Z30 is the complete package for the style conscious enthusiast who requires up-to-the-minute technology combined with fashion and flair.

The FUJIFILM FinePix Z30 has a recommended retail price of $299 including GST.

[Fujifilm]