You may have heard of the "magic" Fuji sensor. Okay, it is not magic, but it has earned that reputation because it has a low noise advantage when compared to sensors of similar size made by other manufacturers. Specifically the sensor (and accompanying image engine) with the most critical acclaim is the 6mp 1/1.7" SuperCCD of Fuji.
The Fuji cameras using this sensor are:
More recognition for these cameras
The Online Photographer blog has posted a digicam appreciation post singing the praises of these Fuji cameras (along with *gasp* the F50fd). Post by Micah Marty of TrustImage.org
The website 6mpixel.org is attempting to educate photographers and consumers alike that more megapixels is not necessarily better. They provide more details and examples. 6mpixel is also available in the original version in German.
Are they available on eBay?
These can also be found on eBay, depending of course on when and where you look. Here are some pre-filled eBay queries for the models mentioned above:
Refurbished from FujifilmMall?
As these cameras get harder and harder to find, another place to look for them is directly from Fuji, offered as refurbished at the FujiMall. As of right now (12/25/07 it says that the F31fd is out of stock and "coming soon". I contacted Fuji to find out how soon is soon last week, but have yet to hear from them. Check the FujiMall below to see if any of them are in stock:
What should the future hold for these?
My wishful thinking on what should Fuji do (revive the 6mp sensor) can be found in the long-winded PMA 2008 prosumer speculation, and in many other places in this blog.
To summarize for those reading this for the first time (this is wishful thinking on my part):
What will Fuji probably do?
Probably nothing. Fuji, prove me wrong!
How about the 8mp SuperCCD sensor?
Very good question, we had a special round-up of the Fuji F40fd and F45fd, in the supernatural superserious sweet delirious Fuji F45fd post. If you are not familiar with the new REM album, you may think we've gone totally crazy :) But that is not true, we are only four thirds crazy ;-)