In Japan, Fuji Photo Film has unveiled a mobile phone-compatible digital still camera for its FinePix series. Images recorded by the camera can be immediately downloaded to, and sent by, a cellular phone, the company announced Tuesday.
The two megapixel FinePix 30i is compatible with some of KDDI's mobile handsets. By connecting the camera to their handset via a cable, users can download images to their mobile phones and send them to other handsets via wireless Internet services.
Like the other FinePix series cameras, this model features Fuji Photo Film's "Picture the Future" service. When the camera is connected to a PC using a USB (universal serial bus) cable, "thumbnails" of images stored in the camera can be viewed. Users are then directed to the company's photo printing service on the Web to order prints chosen from the thumbnails, Chisato Yoshizawa, a spokeswoman for Fuji Photo Film said.
In addition, the camera has an MP3 audio function that allows users to listen to music for four and a half hours and to record audio for 160 minutes with a 128M byte-Smart Media card, according to a company statement.
Up to 166 still images can be stored.
The camera's compact design, at 84.7mm wide by 72.5mm high by 29.5mm deep, and weight of 150g, is targeted at young people, Yoshizawa said. The camera will be on sale on November 23 at 64,800 yen (around £400).
The company plans to ship the product overseas, but does not expect overseas versions to be equipped with the cell phone function at first, Yoshizawa said.
Fuji Photo Film http://www.fujifilm.co.jp/.