|The Fujifilm FinePix S9600 camera looks like a compact SLR camera rather than like an ordinary compact camera. This is surely because of the lens with the zoom ring. The first impression is good; the FinePix S9600 has a good hand position and feels firmer than the FinePix S6500fd, because of the material that has been used. Striking is the number of buttons on the camera. They have, however, a clear pressure or turning point, as a result of which, accidental adjustment will not occur very quickly.|
|Fujifilm Finepix S9600 - Auto focus sensor
Of course the lens on the front of the Fujifilm FinePix S9600 is striking. It is equipped with an ordinary zoom ring, which works more pleasant than a button on the back. On the lens is also a ring with which it is possible to focus manually. As a result of this, the Fujifilm S9600 can be used like an ordinary SLR camera. Fujifilm standard provides a lens hood, which is no superfluous luxury. The lens hood can always be used, it prevents internal reflections and this is not only the case in sunny weather. To prevent the lens hood from dangling, there's a holder for the lens hood on the belt. A small, but significant detail. Under the lens, on the left is a connector for a studio flash. This is luxury for this kind of camera. Moreover, on the front we find the external auto-focus sensor, with next to that the assisting light for the auto focus, which also service as an indicator for the self-timer.
Fujifilm macro photography
On the right-hand side are the buttons for the focus. With the switch you can choose for single, continuous or manual focus. With the button in the middle you can activate the auto focus one single time when focusing manually. With the Fujifilm S9600, the button for macro photography is below the focus switch. With super macro, it is possible to focus to as close as 1 cm in the wide angle. This is very close and definitely great for the macro photography lover. The external connections are behind a rubber flap. Above that is a speaker of a striking good quality. There's also a button to flip up the built-in flash. The information button, also on the right-hand side, is prominent. I would rather expect it on the back of the camera.
Fujifilm S9600 - Electronic viewfinder
The back of the FinePix S9600 looks rather crowded. On top is the electronic viewfinder with a diopter setting. Below it we find the adjustable monitor with a diameter of 2-inch. It is possible to fold out this monitor, but only a bit down and up. In itself enough possibilities, because such a monitor is mainly used to take a photograph from above or below. To the right of the eyepiece we find the button for the light metering, with inside it the AEL lock. Below that we can switch between the electronic viewfinder and the ordinary monitor. Very useful is the depth of field control button beneath it. With that the image on the monitor is increased, this way you can check the sharpness in advance.
|Finepix S9600 Photo mode
The well-known Photo mode (F) button takes up a central spot. With this button you directly have access to quality, sensitivity and colour settings. During play it is used for the DPOF. With current cameras, a four-way switch can no longer be missing and also the Fujifilm FinePix S9600 is not lacking one. In the middle of it is the button to enter the menu. Finally we see a display/back button and an indication light for card recording activities. The buttons are all on the right spot, you really have them in thumb-range, and thus the operation is intuitive.
Fujifilm Finepix S9600 - Wire-release
When examining the FinePix S9600 from above, we will encounter several buttons more. Right next to the view finder, above which a standard flash shoe sits, is the setting dial for the different lighting programs. To the right of that, is the command dial for changing the settings. Close to the grip are the buttons for continuous recordings, the flash and the exposure compensation. Around the release button is the on/off switch. There you also have to choose between record and play. A separate button to view an image quickly is missing, which is a pity for when you want to take a quick picture; you have to switch back first. Fujifilm deserves a compliment for the connection for a wire-release in the release button. Such a wire-release is much cheaper than an electronic release. Who visits a photo convention or swap meet sometimes, will find a wire-release for only little money. The design of the grip is great. You can hold the Fujifilm FinePix S9600 tightly.
Fujifilm S9600 - Double flash memory card slot
On the grip is the opening for the two memory cards. The Fujifilm S9600 has been equipped with a double card slot. The flap to this compartment closes just fine. The batteries are entered in the bottom of the grip. In contrast to the S6500fd, this camera's flap closes much better, without the tendency to fall open. The camera is not lacking a tripod connection, and this one is just on the right spot. With the camera on a tripod, you can change the batteries or memory card with ease.