The Fujifilm Finepix S9500 is an advanced digital camera. It has many features that you would expect to find on a Digital SLR camera.
With nine megapixels and a 10.7x optical zoom lens the Finepix S9500 is a very powerful digital camera. It is a fully featured digital camera. In terms of both looks and features it resembles an SLR camera.
There is a lot to like about this camera and it sits in its own niche in the market. It is aimed at advanced photographers rather than someone looking for a simple point and shoot camera.
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Fujifilm’s FinePix S9000 shows just how close digital SLR wannabes are getting to the real thing. This is one EVF-equipped camera that can compete in both the SLR and non-SLR arenas. Just a hair smaller and priced within $50 of compact dSLRs such as the Pentax *ist DL, the FinePix S9000 looks and handles very much like its interchangeable-lens competitors and in some ways outfeatures them. It boasts a 28mm-to-300mm (35mm equivalent) 10.7X zoom lens, where most low-end dSLRs come with a skimpy normal zoom; and its 1/1.6-inch Fuji Super CCD HR sensor packs in 9 million pixels, compared to 6 megapixels for most budget digital SLRs. It has external flash connections, ISO-sensitivity settings up to 1,600, minimal shutter lag, and manual focus and zoom rings around the lens, just like the genuine dSLR article. Plus, it offers decidedly non-dSLR-like features, such as 640×480, 30fps movie capabilities.
The Fujifilm FinePix S9000 scored decent to high marks on every performance test, and you can tweak it to do even better. Shutter lag is pretty good at 0.5 second under contrasty illumination, and average at 0.9 second under more challenging low-contrast lighting. The green focus-assist lamp helps by casting a contrast-enhancing pattern on the subject when the lights are low. However, switching to the optional High Speed Shooting mode sets an all-purpose focus distance, and taking the autofocus system out of the equation cuts shutter lag to 0.4 second or less.
Waking the camera up from a deep slumber took only 1.6 seconds, and we were able to snap shots every 1.7 seconds thereafter. With flash, however, per-shot intervals stretched to more than 5 seconds. When shooting in raw format, be prepared to wait 18 seconds between shots. The S9000 squeezed out only four shots in burst mode but captured a hair over two shots per second when shooting at full resolution or in 640×480 VGA mode.
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The Fujifilm FinePix S9000 has the look of a digital single lens reflex camera and almost has the feel, but its 10.7x optical zoom lens is not detachable. This digital camera aims to bridge the gap between compact cameras with ultra-zoom lenses and the growing market of low-end digital SLRs. Indeed, the FinePix S9000 is somewhere in between. It has 9 megapixels on a 1/1.6-inch CCD, an RP image processor, and its long Fujinon lens to round out its Real Photo Technology. This Fujifilm digital camera, known as the S9500 outside the United States, has a unique 1.8-inch LCD monitor that folds outward from the camera and tilts at different angles. It does not rotate in a camcorder-like fashion, but simply tilts outward for a better viewing angle. The Fujifilm FinePix S9000 has the functionality of a low-end SLR with its manual and priority modes. The camera also has some elements from the compact end of the market: full live preview on its LCD, a VGA movie mode that shoots at 30 frames per second, and five scene modes located on its main mode dial. In some areas, the FinePix S9000 incorporates elements from both segments of the market; the camera accepts both CompactFlash and xD-Picture Cards and should be an intriguing option for consumers looking at both compact ultra-zoom models and entry level single lens reflex alternatives.
The Fujifilm S9000 started up and took its first shot in 1.22 seconds. That’s quick for compact cameras with long zooms, so the S9000 beats its close competitors. On the other hand, shoppers interested in the S9000 might also check out DSLRs, and most entry level DSLRs get ready in about half that time.
The S9000 averaged a shot every 0.58 seconds over the course of a four-shot burst—the longest burst it can manage at that rate. Users can switch to the continuous burst mode that will capture around 40 consecutive images, but will lose a substantial degree of speed, dropping to 1.1 fps. At its fastest, the S9000 does well for a compact camera, but looks slow in comparison with DSLRs; even the slow ones do better than 2 frames per second, and they maintain that rate for far longer bursts.
The S9000 imposes a 0.22-second delay between pressing the shutter and taking the picture. Though it’s faster than other compacts, it’s very slow for shooting action, and it’s slow in comparison with DSLRs. If sports or other quick-moving subjects are your priority, a DSLR would be a better choice than the S9000.
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Fujifilm introduced the FinePix S9500 on the digital camera market at a time when no other manufacturer is able to introduce a comparable high resolution digital camera like the S9500. We can easily say that every manufacturer of 8 Megapixel cameras has encountered some trouble with high ISO recordings and noise. Almost every 400 ISO image, and sometimes a 200 ISO photo is effected with noise. Our first experiences with the Fujifilm FinePix S9500 are 800 ISO images that are pretty noise-free! Blowing up a 400 ISO photo to a large format print is absolutely no problem at all. Pretty amazing.
We have had the opportunity to get our hands on an early pre-production sample of the new Fujifilm FinePix S9500 digital camera, called Fujifilm FinePix S9000 in the United States. This brand new model is the next generation hybrid digital cameras that has a Super CCD image sensor on board. This in-house developed image sensor, Super CCD HR, is already the 5th generation Fujifilm is using and today Fujifilm is proud to introduce the first 9 Megapixel image sensor of the world for compact digital cameras. The model we have had in our office is an early pre-sample. The Fujifilm FinePix S9500 is aimed at the enthusiast photographer and eager amateur. The high resolution of 9 Megapixels will definitely attract consumers aiming for the ‘best of the best’. At least we can say that the image file gives you sufficient opportunities to edit and control. There will be plenty of resolution for you to blow up your amazing macro shot or family portrait.
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