Fujifilm FinePix S9500

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Fujifilm FinePix S9500

Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom is a new model that marks the point where compact digital cameras and digital SLRs meet. Aimed at amateur and enthusiast p...

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Review of "Fujifilm FinePix S9500"

published 20/12/2006 | Whiternoise
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Pro Quality of Pics, Price, Zoom, CCD, Manual controls
Cons Supplied XD card, steep learning curve
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Picture Quality
Range & Quality of Features
Ease of Use
Durability
Reliability

"A great sub-SLR camera"

Intro:

I bought a Fuji becaue my uncle is a professional photographer and he recommended them. Finepix is said to be one of the best brands in the business, and this camera doesn't disappoint.

-What's in the box:

You get your camera(!), Batteries (Awful, switch to rechargeables), Memory Card (16mb, waay too small), Cables, Straps, Manuals, Driver CD - that's the important stuff anyway, you get a few bits and pieces that are not worth mentioning here.

-Specifications

The finepix has a ~9 MP sensor, a 10.2X optical zoom, a 2X digital zoom, 1/4000-30secs shutter speed (and bulb mode), built in flash, auto focus, focusing ring, 1cm macro mode.

The number of megapixels is not really important - that's basically how big the picture will be. The zoom however is exceptional - you can zoom in on practically anything perfectly, without distortion. The shutter speed can be set to auto, or manual - i like it on manual, although if you're indoors, it has a tendancy to underexpose at high speed if you're not using a flash. The flash is a flip up one on the top - it's bright, but doesn't flood the picture either (great for parties!). The focus ring is something which is handy if you have time to spare, a tripod or you're doing macro shots. 1cm at 9mp is very, very good for macro photography on a non-SLR camera.

-Looks

Well, it looks like an SLR, it's chunky, feels robust and has a nice grip. The zoom lens sticks out quite a way - this is NOT a compact camera by any means. The LCD screen is pin sharp, responsive and is adjustable (you can tilt it for ease of use). I personally think it's great.

-Picture Taking

The start up time is impressive - you can turn it on and shoot in under 3 seconds, very handy for candid shots of friends wehn they're not expecting it - or if you're more professional, you can take shots of events as they happen (sounds cliched, but it's tried and tested). The dial on the top lets you switch between modes, including Manual, Auto, Night, Anti-Blur. I would recommend using Auto while you get used to the camera, then use manual (you can tweak the shutter speed, aperture, etc.). There are settings for normal, monochrome and FujiChrome (high contrast, bit like KodaChrome prints) - i love the results that chrome gets, especially if taking nature shots.

The zoom takes a bit of getting used to if you've used two buttons all your life. It allows much better control and gives better pictures. Using the autofocus button is a piece of pie too, just point and click :)

-Viewing Pictures

The playback menu is nice, it looks simple and functional and also has digital zoom functions. The pictures look nice and sharp - so you can see easily whether it's save or erase. Not much more to it than that!

-Uploading Images

I personally don't use the supplied software because i think it's a waste of space (unless you take RAW pictures). Plug the camera into the usb slot with the cable provided and use the standard camera wizard to copy the images across.

-Misc
--Menus

The menus on the camera are easy to navigate (a simple D-Pad on the camera is used) and are clearly labelled. You can change just about everything you need.

--Histogram Function

This is a nifty little button on the left side of the camera that displays a histogram of the current scene (such as those in photoshop) - useful for pro photographers, otherwise more of a curio.

--Battery Life

I would suggest you immediately buy a set of 2000+mA NiMh batteries as the supplied alkaline batteries are terrible. As a general rule, always use rechargeable - the camera is NOT compatible with NiCad as the heat damages the inner workings.

--Accessories

The finepix takes 52mm lens filters, such as IR or polarising which are great for outdoor pictures.

--Macros

Macro pictures are easy with this camera, simply get it on a tripod with a cable release and hit the macro button (also on the left). There is also super macro mode with a distance of about 1cm - flash is not supported this close.

There are many more features, some even i don't know how to use, but if you want a concise list, then pop over to the FujiFilm website (also if you want to check out full tech specs)

To Conclude, i think this camera is the best thing since sliced bread! It is in a decent price bracket as well as being well featured, having a very high picture quality and a moderately easy to use interface. If you want to jump into the world of semi professional photography, but don't want an SLR, then i would recommend the S9500.

-Other points
-Takes XD cards and CF cards
-Advisable to get a case
-Needs a tripod for really good results

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  • Whiternoise published 20/12/2006
    Thanks! If you'd like more information, don't hesitate to send me a message/email - and i'll add it in the comment section.
  • gaunts published 20/12/2006
    some good points made, could do with a little more info if possible...i totally agree with your uncle though, Fuji make some quality cameras and they hardly ever dissapoint....they have been in the business for a long time tho!...gaunty
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Product Information : Fujifilm FinePix S9500

Manufacturer's product description

Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom is a new model that marks the point where compact digital cameras and digital SLRs meet. Aimed at amateur and enthusiast photographers, the FinePix S9500 Zoom features resolution good enough to challenge entry-level digital SLRs. It combines this with a range of features that enable a level of photographic flexibility more often associated with compact digital cameras. The FinePix S9500 Zoom features Fujifilm's brand new 5th generation Super CCD sensor, and offers an image size of nine megapixels. Recognizing that image quality is determined by more than just pixel count, the inclusion of Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology gives the FinePix S9500 Zoom a true advantage. It has a class-leading sensitivity range of ISO 80 - ISO 1600, which reduces the need for reliance on image stabilization. The ISO range means that sharp, focused images can be achieved in all light conditions - from bright sunny days to night-time shots - without the use of a flash. Fast shutter speeds not only lessen the effect of blurring from camera shake, but subject movement, too. The camera incorporates a 28-300mm (equivalent on a 35mm camera) Fujinon zoom lens with twist-barrel zoom control. This is a zoom range that encompasses all the major focal lengths, and the manual zoom control enables the photographer to make precision adjustments. Furthermore, because the lens and body on the FinePix S9500 Zoom are built as a closed unit, it eliminates the possibility of dust on the lens and CCD - a serious problem when removing lenses on a digital SLR. A new tilting LCD screen on the camera means that it is possible to view images at awkward angles, such as close to the ground or above the head. Unlike digital SLRs, the LCD can also be used to compose images, which means even more convenience for the photographer. In addition, the camera features a 30-frames-per-second movie mode with manual zoom capability, giving high quality moving images with sound - a function that cannot be integrated into traditional digital SLRs due to the physical design of the cameras. With a 0.8 second start-up time, and just 0.01 second shutter lag, the FinePix S9500 Zoom will give users a near-instant response so that spontaneous shots and unexpected action need never be missed. The camera also incorporates RAW mode, for uncompressed and unprocessed image quality. A hot-shoe attachment and PC sync terminal for external flash make it a camera that's as happy in the studio as it is out and about.

Product Details

Product Description: Fujifilm FinePix S9500 - digital camera, Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card, xD-Picture Card

Sensor Resolution: 9.0 Megapixel

Lens System: 10.7 x zoom lens - 6.2 - 66.7 mm - f/2.8-4.9

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Digital Zoom: 2 x

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Viewfinder: Electronic - 0.44" - colour

Display: LCD display - 1.8"

Supported Battery: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included ) ¦ 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional )

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.8 cm x 12.9 cm x 9.3 cm

Weight: 0.6 kg

Manufacturer: Fujifilm

Colour: Black

General

MPN: N077070A, P10N077070A, P10NO77070A, P10NO77200A, S9500, 172101130, FinePix S9500

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Sensor Resolution: 9.0 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: Super CCD HR

Total Pixels: 9,240,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 9,000,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/1.6"

Optical Zoom: 10.7 x

Digital Zoom: 2 x

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Digital Video Format: AVI

Image Recording Format: JPEG, RAW

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Enclosure Colour: Black

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 1600, ISO auto

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, spot, average

Exposure Metering Zones: 265, 256

Exposure Modes: Programme, bulb, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, night scene, natural light, anti shake

Special Effects: Black & White, chrome

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fine, incandescent, shade, fluorescent light (cool white), fluorescent light (daylight), fluorescent light (warm white)

Max Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 30 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Lens System

Type: 10.7 x zoom lens - 6.2 - 66.7 mm - f/2.8-4.9

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 28 - 300mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Macro Focus Range: 1cm, 1-100cm

Zoom Adjustment: Manual

Lens Construction: 10 groups / 13 elements

Features: ED glass, AD (anomalous dispersion) glass, aspherical lens

Filter Size: 58 mm

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: AF illuminator, AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 5.6 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.5 frames per second, 1.1 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Flash Terminal: Hot shoe

Additional Features: Audio recording, USB 2.0 compatibility, date/time stamp, DPOF support, digital image rotation, PictBridge support, histogram display, resizing an image

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: Electronic

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.44"

Viewfinder Resolution: 235,000 pixels

Field Coverage: 100%

Display

Type: 1.8" LCD display

Resolution: 118,000 pixels

Display Features: Folding

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Mono

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x DC power input

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card, xD-Picture Card

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, FinePix Viewer, ImageMixer VCD2

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98, MS Windows 98 SE, Apple MacOS X 10.2.8 or later

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Lens hood, lens cap, shoulder strap, USB cable, audio / video cable

Battery

Battery Type: AA

Details: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included ) ¦ 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card, xD-Picture Card

Supported Memory Cards: CompactFlash, xD-Picture Card, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card Type H, xD-Picture Card Type M

Included Memory Card: 16 MB xD

Image Storage: RAW 1 - with 32MB card - 18.8 MB ¦ Fine JPEG 3488 x 2616 : 6 - with 32MB card - 4.5 MB ¦ Normal JPEG 3488 x 2616 : 13 - with 32MB card - 2.2 MB ¦ JPEG 3696 x 2464 : 13 - with 32MB card - 2.2 MB ¦ JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 25 - with 32MB card - 1.2 MB ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 40 - with 32MB card - 780 KB ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 50 - with 32MB card - 630 KB ¦ JPEG 640 x 480 : 247 - with 32MB card - 130 KB

Video Capture: AVI - 640 x 480 - 30 fps - 13 sec - with 16MB card ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 30 fps - 27 sec - with 16MB card

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 12.8 cm

Depth: 12.9 cm

Height: 9.3 cm

Weight: 0.6 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

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