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Appeared on: Tuesday, July 18, 2000
Fujifilm ships Digital Camera with MP3 support!

"...Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. has announced that the Fujifilm FinePix 40i Digital Camera, an ultra-compact portable device that combines three of today's most popular mobile platforms -- digital imaging, MP3 audio and digital video -- into one product, will be available to the U.S. market late August 2000 at an estimated street price of $699. Fujifilm is the first manufacturer to pair MP3 audio technology with a high-resolution digital camera.

Featuring the same Super CCD image sensor found in Fujifilm's popular FinePix 4700 ZOOM digital camera, the super-small (3.4`` W x 2.8'' H x 1.1`` D) FinePix 40i captures sharp and colorful pictures. It has an equivalent ISO sensitivity of 200, built-in flash, five programmed exposure modes, a USB port for the quick and easy transfer of images and a generously sized 1.8-inch LCD, considering the size of the camera. Compatible with wafer-thin SmartMedia cards, the removable storage media of choice for many digital camera and portable MP3 player users, the FinePix 40i also can capture 80 seconds of continuous AVI video with sound.

Just like other MP3 audio players, users can download music to the FinePix 40i via its USB port and playback near CD-quality music. All MP3 controls (play/stop, forward/back, volume) are on a tethered remote into which the FinePix 40i's provided headphones - or the user's own -- can be inserted for private listening. As an added bonus, the remote control can be used with the camera to take and then view captured pictures, along with controlling the camera's digital zoom..."



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