Zed's dead, baby. Long live Z2

Just as we thought we'd put the finishing touches to our Christmas list - with a big gap for the Video iPod, naturally - all our plans have been scupp

Just as we thought we'd put the finishing touches to our Christmas list - with a big gap for the Video iPod, naturally - all our plans have been scuppered. Why? Because Santa's elves are going to struggle to get their hands on that piano-black-and-silver Fujifilm Finepiz Z1 we were so desperately coveting.

The reason is simple: Fujifilm have decided to replace the Z1 with the Z2. It still takes 5.1megapixel shots, it's still wafer-thin and it still has a 3x zoom. So why the fuss? Because the nice guys at Fujifilm have actually solved two usability problems rather than just adding useless numbers to the specs.

First, they've increased the resoution of the 2.5in screen, and added scratchproof glass. Second, they've addressed the common complaint that digicams always struggle in the low light conditions by doubling the maximum light sensitivity to 1600 ISO.

All of which is great news – except that the Z2 is available in either all-black or all-white. Now, we're a shallow bunch here, and we loved the fact that the Z1's black-and-chrome body matched our Nano and PSP perfectly. So what do we do now? Well, rush to the shops and pick up a Z1 before its successor is launched in November…

Pricing won't be announced 'til next month.

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