Fuji Discovery 3000 Zoom Date
|FZ-3000 Zoom Date|
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Introduced by Fuji circa 1991, the Discovery 3000 Zoom Date is an unconventionally-styled 35mm camera. It was also sold as the Fuji FZ-3000 Zoom Date and the Fuji Zoom Cardia 3000. It is held horizontally like a pair of binoculars. It includes a sophisticated (13-element) 38–115 mm zoom lens, programmed autoexposure, and date/time imprinting into the image area. Film speeds from ISO 25–1600 are automatically set using DX coding. The motorized film transport is of the type which first fully unspools the 35mm roll; then as frames are exposed, they are rewound back into the cassette. This eliminates any risk of losing images by accidentally opening the camera.
The Discovery 3000 uses a separate optical viewfinder (rather than a reflex finder); but this zooms in parallel with the main lens to indicate the framing of the image. An integral strap surrounding the photographer's right hand helps ensure a secure grip on the camera. There is an LCD screen on the rear of the camera to indicate the settings in use.
The maximum aperture of the lens is limited to f/4.4–8.9 (depending on zoom setting). Thus a small internal electronic flash is included; and Fuji offered a dedicated external flash (using a proprietary connector), which offered more power and telephoto reach. Power for all camera functions comes from a 6-volt lithium battery.
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