Fujifilm's $249 10x Optical Zoom S700

Fujifilm announced three cameras today, the entry-level Fujifilm FinePix A820 (8MP) and Fujifilm FinePix A900 (9MP) shooters and the FinePix S700, which is a budget-minded compact SLR-style digital camera with a 10x optical zoom.

Crucial specs include a 7MP CCD sensor, a 2.5-inch LCD and electronic viewfinder, and ISO up to 1600. It also uses the company’s i-Flash that adjusts the strength of the flash by detecting subtle lighting differences.

The FinePix S700 will show up in March 2007 for a low $249.95

Along with 14 pre-programmed scene modes and a selectable Picture Stabilization mode to help with hand-shake blurs, there’s a Dual Shot mode that rapidly clicks off two shots back to back, one with flash and one without, and saves them both so you can see later what works best.

And maybe it’s me, but are all the controls on this thing jammed a little too close together?