Fujifilm Enters Surveillance Market With Long-Range Camera

The new SX800 features a built-in lens and is said to be capable of 40x optical zoom, offering a focal length range extending from 20mm to 800mm.

VALHALLA, N.Y. — The Optical Device Division of Fujifilm North America Corp. announces the release of the Fujifilm SX800, a new, long-range surveillance camera equipped with a built-in lens.

The camera will be available in the United States in August, and the release of the product marks Fujifilm’s expansion into the video surveillance camera market.

The SX800, developed with Fujifilm Corp.’s optical and image processing technology, features a high-performance, built-in Fujinon zoom lens, offering 40x optical zoom and a focal length range extending to 800mm, according to the announcement.

The company’s announcement claims the SX800 has “the world’s longest telephoto coverage offered by any long-range surveillance camera with a built-in lens.”

The camera’s feature sets are said to include advanced image stabilization performance, fast and accurate autofocus (AF) with the AF speed as fast as one-third of a second, and exceptional heat haze/fog reduction function. The latter feature makes it possible to almost instantaneously capture clear footage of a distant subject in a variety of weather conditions, the company says.

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, according to the company. This means it can capture a vehicle registration plate on a car which is .62 miles away, the company states.

To withstand weather and inclement 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 and cutting-edge image processing technology achieves clear images with minimal noise even in low light conditions with high sensitivity settings, the company states.

The announcement also states:

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.

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