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Fujifilm FinePix S9600 | Digital Camera Review | Adjustments
The Fujifilm FinePix S9600 belongs to the group of advanced digital cameras and for this reason you might expect a lot of settings. In regards to that, the camera is a little disappointing. A few essential matters are missing and some settings have been hidden unnecessarily far in the menu. Therefore, reading the manual is no superfluous luxury so you won't overlook certain possibilities. It seems like the Fujifilm S9600 rides along too much on the success its predecessor had since its introduction two years ago. There haven't been a whole lot of changes either, at least not as far you can tell from the outside except for the larger LCD display. Internally a few needed modifications have been made, but we can hardly retrieve this in the settings.
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Fujifilm Finepix S9600 - JPEG compression
At first you will probably set the resolution and quality. By pressing the F-button you can change all JPEG settings. Well….not all. Only with full resolution you have the possibility to set the JPEG compression and then only in two modes. There has to be said that the lowest compression setting will compress, relatively seen, still a lot for the highest resolution. The choice is minimal. But, to be honest, I don't think this is the most important. Staying intact is the ‘hiding' of the RAW function in the camera's menu. You will have to know where to find the option, or you will simply forget about its existence. And this, while RAW will be used more and more. On the other hand I do understand Fujifilm. The JPEG recordings are provided with a proper compression and noise reduction. If you're working in RAW and working on the files in, for example, Adobe Camera RAW you will see noise sooner. And Fujifilm flaunts with images, which show little noise at high sensitivities. The result will deviate strongly from what Fujifilm actually wants to show.

Fujifilm S9600 - ISO settings
At the time of the introduction of the S9500, an ISO 1600 value was a great exception. Nowadays, ISO 1600 is rather a rule. The range of the Fujifilm FinePix S9600 runs from ISO 80 to ISO 1600, where the Real Photo Technology, particularly with the high sensitivities should make sure to get exceptional results. When photographing in JPEG, you will indeed see rather little noise with ISO 1600. It surpasses the competition with ease. However, a large disadvantage is that much detail gets lost, the price you pay for strong present noise reduction. Fortunately the compression has improved as such that the watercolor effects have disappeared. Still you miss the necessary details even at low sensitivities. A bush rapidly becomes no more than a green surface with a few colour nuances. This also applies at the best quality setting. If you work in RAW, you will rapidly see more detail. There is also a difference in the recording's focus. The standard focus is a bit high, more so if you compare it to RAW. And personally I rather have less focus.

Fujifilm Finepix S9600 - Image quality
A large difference between RAW and JPEG in fact only comes forward above ISO 400. Up to and including ISO 400 it's primarily nuances, such as the focus. Above that you will notice the impact of noise oppression, which is used at the JPEG recordings. A RAW recording, which I converted to TIFF with Adobe camera RAW, shows considerable quantities of noise at ISO 1600. More than I had expected in fact. Nevertheless it is still better as what we have seen with other cameras with a RAW possibility. At the same time you also get to see much more details. Characters on a package could be read well in RAW, where in JPEG you had to guess more. And I prefer a bit more noise with conservation of detail, rather than a low-noise blurry looking photograph.
Fuji S9600 - Adobe RGB
For the person who works on images a lot, the lacking of AdobeRGB will be a thorn in his side. For pure monitor use and direct printing sRGB is sufficient. AdobeRGB, however, knows much more colour nuances, as a result of which the photographer can direct the colours more closely. However, by means of the RAW converter the RAW images can be converted into AdobeRGB. Another reason to photograph in RAW, even though processing these large files takes quite some time.

Fujifilm FinePix Colour reproduction
The Fujifilm FinePix S9600 also performs very well in the field of colour reproduction. This is, set standard, simply outstanding. It is possible to take more saturated or black and white images. Also the contrast and the lighting are very good. For the lighting you also have sufficient settings. First of all the choice of multi segment, spot or center-weighted metering. In most of the cases the multi segment metering gave an excellent result, also at backlight. There are also more than sufficient program settings present. But I generally only use the manual setting or aperture priority myself. I like to have control over the depth of field, and although this is difficult with small sensors, you can regulate this with the aperture. Strangely enough you can only use F11 with the manual lighting. At the program setting it goes up to F8. This means that you only have 1.5-stop play space at the extreme tele setting, and this is rather little, in fact too little. The lens itself is of a very good quality. Some disturbing lens errors are in fact only visible in the extreme wide angle. But this is not surprising and can be sympathized with very well.

Fujifilm FinePix S9600 Megazoom camera
One of the improvements of the Fujifilm FinePix S9600 Megazoom camera is the flash, and here Fujifilm has indeed delivered a fine result. All flash images are finely balanced. Also in a dark environment there is still an abundance of detail in the background, while usually there is only a black hole. The internal flash flips up high as well. Only at 28mm the lens hood just obstructs the ray of light, the vignetting in the corners is minimal. Therefore, all in all a very good score for i-Flash technique. Flash photography in combination with the Fujifilm FinePix S9600 has become almost as simple as 1-2-3.
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