Fujifilm has launched the FinePix F60fd, which succeeding the popular FinePix F50fd. The FinePix F60fd features a larger three-inch LCD screen, Face Detection 3.0 and brand new Scene Recognition technology.

The new camera boasts a stylish exterior and a 12-megapixel Super CCD sensor. The 'Dual Image Stabilisation' function combines a CCD-shift with high ISO. The F60fd supports ISO sensitivities up to 1600, or 6400 at 3mp).

The Fujinon 3x zoom lens is equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera

For users who like to have creative control over their compact and who want more than point-and-shoot photography, the FinePix F60fd has the option of full photographic control.

Most compact digital cameras feature scene modes where the user selects the scene they are photographing before they take the shot. In a first for Fujifilm cameras, the FinePix F60fd is equipped with Scene Recognition technology which the company claims detects a scene without the need of pre-selecting the mode on the camera. Having identified the most commonly photographed subjects, Fujifilm has developed technology to automatically identify and recognise different scenes – Portrait, Night, Landscape, and Macro.

Once the scene in the frame has been detected, the camera will optimize the settings to capture the most stunning photo of your chosen subject. Real Photo Technology -- the combination of the unique Super CCD sensor, RP Processor and Fujinon Lens -- will work together to offer you improved results.

First featured in Fujifilm's FinePix F100fd, the FinePix F60fd is equipped with Face Detection 3.0 technology, which the company says can recognize faces at more extreme angles. As with the original version of Face Detection, it can detect up to 10 faces in a scene in as little as 0.036 seconds, automatically correcting focus, exposure, and white balance, regardless of where subjects are located within the frame. Face Detection 3.0 can register faces with up to 90O movement in either direction for profiles, and with rotations of up to 360-degrees. After the shot is taken, the system instantly corrects red-eye and then saves both the original and the corrected image file automatically.

The FinePix F60fd is fitted with a class leading 230,000 pixel, three-inch TFT monitor fitted with Fujifilm's Wide View Film.

Fujifilm says that the FinePix F60fd will be available from September and that pricing will be announced nearer to the date of the launch.