Over the weekend (on January 13th, to be exact), FujiFilm released their latest FinePix digital camera model in Japan, the BIGJOB HD-3W. The name cracks me up, but I’m a Terry Pratchett fan. Despite the silly name, it is a very interesting camera.
Firstly, it is waterproof and dustproof (although waterproof to what depth, I don’t know) with a great 28~84mm wide angle lens with 3x optical zoom. The 6 megapixel CCD creates 2,816×2,112 pixel images – a great all-rounder camera.
It is physically quite a big camera (128.3×45×80.5mm – which explains the BIGJOB moniker) and on the chunky side, thanks to it’s waterproof feature. The camera is powered by 2 AA batteries.
One feature I really like: it comes with 27MB on-board memory which is great for those times when you realise that you’ve left the flash memory in the computer back home.
One feature that annoys me: unfortunately, as with all FujiFilm cameras, it uses the proprietry xD flash media, not the more-or-less open – never mind cheaper – SD card.
Priced at around ￥69,800, if you don’t mind being forced to buy the xD media, then this is a great family digital camera.
FujiFilm (in Japanese)