New Fuji AX-series with AX280, AX250 and AX200 (AX205) is a half-step above entry-level AV-series
The just launched AV-series is the entry-level, and the new AX-series is a half a step above them in terms of features and functionality. Let's take a quick look...
DigicamReview points out the existence of one more AX-series model, the AX280. It appears to be similar to the AX250 below but it has a 3-inch LCD display instead. It may have other difference, the check is DIY.
While most manufacturers are downgrading their AA-cameras (like Canon's PASM-eunuch A-series), Fuji appears to be heading in the opposite direction with the new AX-series. But don't get too excited, this is still an entry-level-tier type of a camera. Don't toss the LX3/S90 out the window just yet :)
The lens offers a versatile 28-140mm eq (5X, f3.6-5.9) range (non-stabilized), with 720p movie mode which may set the new AX/AV apart from other makers AA-based models.
The other specs are expected, 14mp 1/2.3" sensor, 2.7-inch (230K) display, modes galore, SD/SDHC, SD/SDHC, and things like that.
The camera takes two AA batteries, and Fuji estimates 400 with 2700mah NiMHs, and 180 with alkalines.
Fuji AX200 (AX205)
We haven't gone through the specs line by line, but it appears the main difference between the two models is that the AX200 has a 12mp 1/2.3" sensor instead.
The AX200 is expected to ship this month for a mere $110, which is not a bad price for a 5X lens and 720p and AA batteries. This of course will depend on how the camera performs, but there's only so much one can demand at $110 :)
This camera is currently available for pre-order at Amazon.