FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF FUJIFILM SX800, A LONG-RANGE SURVEILLANCE CAMERA WITH BUILT-IN LENS
Capable of 40x optical zoom to offer a focal length range extending from 20mm to 800mm, making it the world’s longest telephoto coverage among long-range surveillance cameras*1
July 23, 2019
Valhalla, N.Y., July 23, 2019 – The Optical Device Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced that the FUJIFILM SX800 (SX800), a new, long-range surveillance camera equipped with built-in lens, will be available in the U.S. in August 2019. The SX800, developed with FUJIFILM Corporation’s unique optical and cutting-edge image processing technology, features a high-performance, built-in FUJINON zoom lens, offering 40x optical zoom and a focal length range extending to 800mm, the world’s longest telephoto coverage offered by any long-range surveillance camera with a built-in lens. Its groundbreaking features includes advanced image stabilization performance, fast and accurate autofocus (AF) with the AF speed as fast as one-third of a second, and outstanding heat haze / fog reduction function -- making it possible to almost instantaneously capture clear footage of a distant subject in a variety of weather conditions. The release of this product marks Fujifilm’s expansion into the surveillance camera market.
As Fujifilm’s first complete, long-range surveillance camera solution, the SX800 packs many advanced imaging features. When combined with a digital zoom of up to 1.25x, the camera can reach the focal length equivalent to 1000mm in long-range surveillance; this means it can capture a vehicle registration plate*2 on a car which is .62 miles (roughly 1km) away. To withstand weather and tough outdoor conditions, Fujifilm’s proprietary image stabilization mechanism accurately controls camera shake with minimal lag. The SX800 also incorporates use of a high-performance image sensor*3 and cutting-edge image processing technology achieves clear images with minimal noise even in low light conditions with high sensitivity settings.
Today, there are increasing concerns about security as people strive to live with peace of mind. At the backdrop of this, long-range surveillance cameras capable of monitoring distant subjects are being introduced as an ideal choice for conducting surveillance operations at large-scale operations with heightened security needs, such as off-shore oil production sites, national borders, forests and large-scale public facilities including ports, power reactor sites, aviation and highways. Until now, conventional long-range surveillance cameras have fallen short due to their tendency to shake in gusty winds and due to notoriously slow autofocus. To remedy these challenges while providing exceptional image quality, Fujifilm fused its unique optical technology, nurtured through the development of a wide range of lenses including 4K/8K-compatible broadcast lenses and cinema camera lenses, with its cutting-edge image processing technology found in the “X Series” of digital cameras, to create the SX800 long-range surveillance camera.
Fujifilm is engaged in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of various FUJINON-branded lenses including broadcast lenses and cine lenses. The company has also been expanding its scope of business, making an entry into the projector market with the launch of the FUJIFILM PROJECTOR Z5000*4, an ultra-short throw projector equipped with a pioneering “two-axial rotatable lens” mechanism. Fujifilm will achieve further business growth by continuing to develop innovative products that meet the diverse needs of various markets.
(1) 40x optical zoom to cover a focal length range of up to 800mm, the world’s longest telephoto length
- The SX800 is equipped with a built-in, high-performance FUJINON lens capable of 40x optical zoom to cover focal lengths from 20mm on the wide angle end to an incredible telephoto length of 800mm. It also features digital zoom capability of up to 1.25x to enable long-range surveillance equivalent to 1000mm in focal length.
(2) Advanced image stabilization performance
- ・ The SX800 features a newly-developed image stabilization mechanism, using optical and mechanical design technologies fostered through the development of broadcast lenses and interchangeable lenses for digital cameras. High-performance gyro sensors are designed to detect even the smallest of vibrations. The use of ceramic beads, processed in precision in the mechanism’s drive section has minimized friction and resistance during image stabilization for accurate compensation of camera shake without time lag. As such, the camera can be installed at high positions susceptible to gusty winds or at places that suffer large vibrations such as highways and airports.
(3) Rear Focus*5 mechanism for fast and accurate autofocus with AF speed as fast as 0.3 of a second
- ・ The SX800 uses the Rear Focus AF mechanism, which drives a rear group of small-diameter lens elements at high speed. The combination of on-sensor phase detection AF and contrast AF achieves autofocusing as fast as one third of a second, attaining focus on a subject almost instantaneously. This is a substantial improvement in AF speed – the SX800 takes several seconds to focus compared to around 10 seconds it takes for a conventional system driven by a front group of large-diameter lens elements.
- ・ The mechanism is capable of continuous AF, maintaining focus on a subject in real time. The camera automatically switches to the optimum AF system according to the shooting site’s lighting conditions and other factors, so as to achieve AF of advanced precision and high speed in a variety of situations.
(4) Outstanding capability to control heat haze and fog to produce clear images
- ・ The camera’s image processing engine uses Fujifilm’s latest compensation algorithm and handles computation at a high speed to detect and correct heat haze and fog accurately in real time, producing clear images. Traditionally, heat and haze have made it difficult to distinguish a subject from other moving objects within the frame, thereby requiring the use a dedicated external device for image correction -- with the SX800, no such external device is needed to produce clear footage.
- ・ The lens is applied with multi-layer coating to support a wide range of wavelengths from visible lights to near infrared rays. This has boosted light transmittance to the ultimate level to effectively control lens flair and ghosting.
(5) Significant simplification in installation procedures
- ・ The SX800 has been designed and assembled with a lens integrated into the camera body in order to bring out maximum performance from both components. This has eliminated the need for the conventionally-required steps of adjusting optical axis and flange focal length, thereby minimizing the required use preparation time and procedures.
*1 World’s first among long-range surveillance cameras with a built-in lens, as of July 4, 2019 according to FUJIFILM Corporation research and data.
*2 Capable of identifying the sequential vehicle designation number (4 numeral digits) on a registration plate
*3 Effective image size of 1/1.8 inches. The effective image size refers to the area the image sensor uses to record visual images.
*4 Projector capable of projecting images in various directions by changing the orientation of the lens to face upward, downward, forward, backward, left and right
*5 Autofocusing method that drives a rear group of small-diameter lens elements at high speed
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