Fujifilm enters surveillance cameras with the SX800, a 40x optical zoom surveillance camera designed to offer international border security and large retail outlets. It has a built-in lens with a focal length equivalent to 35mm, 20mm to 800mm, and an additional digital zoom of 1.25x. Combined, Fujifilm says this gives the SX800 a total equivalent focal length of 1000 mm, which is enough to focus on the car's registration number of 1 km or approximately 0.6 miles away.
We saw consumer cameras with support for a larger zoom than in the past (Nikon P1000 has a 125x zoom lens, 3000mm equivalent) but the difference here is that Fujifilm has equipped its commercial security camera with a number of features, which will make its frames more usable when shooting at these extreme distances. It has a fast autofocus that can focus as fast as 0.3 seconds, optical image stabilization, and an image processing mechanism that is capable to reduce the effects of mist and fog. The camera also supports ISO levels up to 81
For an idea of what this increase can do, Fujifilm's recent promotional video shows how the camera can read a 2.2 kilometer (1.36 mile) while the video above shows the camera that makes a clear picture of the Tokyo Tower Observation Platform 3 km (about 1.86 miles) away. Another promotional photo shows how the camera can focus on the vehicle's registration number at a distance of 1 km.
Fujifilm offers several different locations where it can be a useful SX800 zoom camera including international borders, forest areas or public facilities such as airports, ports or highways. From a cost perspective, this is completely meaningful for the facilities themselves, as they will be able to cover a larger area with fewer chambers. But for everyone else, it's a good reminder that just because you can not see a security camera, that does not mean that one can not see you even if it's a few miles away.
The SX800 will be available for purchase on July 26 at a price that has not yet been announced.