|Fujifilm FinePix S9500 - Lens
Of course the lens on the Fujifilm FinePix S9500's front is extremely dominating. It's equipped with a normal zoom ring, which is a lot easier to work with than a zoom button on the back of the camera. Also the lens carries a ring that lets you manually adjust the focus. This enables operating the Fujifilm S9500 as if it were a common D-SLR camera. Fujifilm standard delivers a lens hood with the S9500 and that is not just a luxurious item. A lens hood always comes in handy because it prevents internal reflections and this phenomenon not only appears in sunny weather. To prevent the hood from dangling down and disturbing you, a holder is available on the strap. A small but useful detail. On the left below the lens on the front we find a connection for a studio flash unit. This is pure luxury for a camera like this. Furthermore also on the front side of the camera we find the external auto focus sensor with next to it the assist lamp for the auto focus that also serves as indicator for the self-timer.
Fujifilm S9500 camera - Focus control
On the right side buttons are found that are in control of the focus. Oddly enough also the information button is found here, which I would have expected to be on the back of the S9500 digital camera. A switch on the FinePix S9500 lets you select single, continuous or manual focus. In the center of this switch a button is placed that enables you using the auto focus once at manual focus. During testing I accidentally turned the switch, which made the focus react differently to what I expected. It might have been my own clumsiness… Below the switch a button for macro photography is placed. Super macro allows you to focus as close as 1 cm in wide angle. That is awesomely close. Behind a rubber cover some external connections are found. Above it we find a loud speaker of excellent quality. And finally a button to make the built-in flash pop up.
Fujifilm FinePix S9500 - Handgrip
The handgrip is perfectly designed. It gives you a firm grip on the Fujifilm FinePix S9500. On the handgrip the door to the two memory cards is found. The lid covers the compartment neatly. The batteries have to be inserted on the bottom of the handgrip. A tripod connection is also available placed in exactly the right spot. You're still able to change the batteries or the memory card when the camera is placed on the tripod, excellent!
|Fuji FinePix S9500 - Viewfinder & Four-way controller
The back of the Fujifilm FinePix S9500 appears busier than it really is. The electronic viewfinder features a dioptre setting and is of high quality. Although the monitor inside the viewfinder doesn't equal the LCD screen on the back of the S9500, it is still very good. The latter one can be folded out, but only up and down. This should do the trick though because a monitor like this is generally used to capture a picture from the bottom or the top. On the right the selector for light metering is found, with inside it the exposure lock, as we are used to from Fujifilm. Below we can switch between the electronic viewfinder and the normal monitor. A clever button on the FinePix S9500 is the focus control button. It enlarges the image on the monitor so prior to taking the picture you can control its sharpness. A central spot is saved for the Photo Mode (F) button. This button gives you direct access to the quality, sensitivity and colour settings. In play mode the button is used for DPOF. Can't do without a four-way controller on nowadays cameras so of course it is also available on the Fujifilm FinePix S9500. In the center it carries a button to access the FinePix 9500's menu. Finally we find a cancel/back button and an indicator light for drive processes. The buttons are really all placed on the right spot; you can reach them easily and effortlessly.
Fuji S9500 digital camera - Many more buttons
When you think you've seen them all (the buttons), you're wrong. Because also on top of the Fujifilm S9500, Fujifilm placed several buttons. Amongst them a dial button for selecting exposure modes. On the right a commend dial for adjusting the settings. Near the handgrip the buttons for continuous shooting, flash and exposure compensation are found. Around the release button the on/off switch is positioned. And that is where you also decide whether you want to put the camera in play or record mode. A separate button for quickly reviewing an image is lacking, unfortunately. Because if you want to take another picture quickly after viewing, you have to turn the switch back to the record mode. Most other cameras only need a slight pressure on the release button in order to shoot again. Fujifilm deserves to be honoured for equipping the S9500 camera with a connection for a wired remote control inside the release button. Such a remote control is much cheaper than an electronic one. If you ever visit a digital imaging show or a flee market, you will find one of these wired remote controls for a few pennies.