|Fujifilm FinePix S9500 - RAW and JPEG
Second feature that needs improvement is working in RAW. If you want to work with RAW files, you have to dive deep into the menu and find the 'set' mode to activate the RAW function. Why the RAW function is not accessible through the F-button, like the other resolution is not clear to me. If one wants to achieve the highest image quality possible controlled by himself, he will actually look for working in RAW and in practice you can expect a S9500 user to experience this too. RAW files give you a lot of information in your files and it offers the photographer every option to control the image quality to his own requirements. The compression used for JPEG is rather strong. Even in the best quality JPEG settings, the file is strongly comprised. The advantage of small files and processing small files is recognised but still this compression does influence the JPEG quality. A comparable image converted from RAW format, is evidently better even without any RAW corrections made to it.
Fuji FinePix S9500 - ISO sensor sensitivity
The sensor's sensitivity ranges from ISO 80 up to ISO 1600 and that is outstanding for a camera in this class; most competing models quit after ISO 400. Mainly because of the digital noise, but Fujifilm has strong trumps to play with: Real Photo Technology and the Super CCD HR. It's a real shame the JPEG compression is that strong because the FinePix S9500 can really deliver stunning images at high sensitivities. But you have to shoot in RAW to be able to see it. In JPEG the compression is visibly present, even at low ISO values. But shooting in RAW gives you perfect images. Sadly again the delivered RAW converter is rather limited. All you can do is converting, not adjusting anything. You'd need to buy the whole package to be able to do more. I considered a directly converted RAW image already that much better than a JPEG from the camera; therefore I shot most pictures in RAW. It's an additional action but certainly worth-while.
FinePix S9500 - AdobeRGB
If you like to do a lot of image editing, the lack of AdobeRGB will not please you. sRGB will do for just monitor use and direct printing. However, AdobeRGB offers a lot more colour shades, which makes the colour choice decided by the image editor a lot more precise. Through the RAW converter, the RAW images can be converted in AdobeRGB. Another reason to shoot in RAW. Even if it does mean that it takes some extra time for writing the images onto the memory card.
|Fuji S9500 digital camera - White balance
Fujifilm has absolutely done very well on the Fujifilm FinePix S9500. The white balance for instance. Alright, its too far off, hidden in the menu, but it delivers an excellent result. Incandescent on the Fujifilm is slightly warm, but the pre-programmed setting is excellent. And it is a piece of cake to set manual white balance. It just takes manually adjusting and you're there. By pressing the OK button you are able to use an earlier white balance. Pressing the release button creates a new white balance and it's used right away.
Fujifilm FinePix S9500 - Colour rendition and sharpening
The FinePix S9500 also performs greatly on the field of colour rendition and sharpening. They are just perfect in standard setting. It's still possible to create more saturated images or a black/white image. Contrast and exposure are both exceptionally good. Moreover exposure offers sufficient settings. You can select multi-segment, spot or center weighted metering. In most cases multi-segment metering delivered excellent results, even with backlight. By the way, the multi-segment metering system is improved and now evaluates on 256 areas in stead of 64. Very useful is the fact that the AF/AE lock button can be adjusted through the set-up menu at which the adjusted metered value remains steady until the image is captured. This is a great aid in combination with spot metering. Also many program modes are available. Personally I prefer manual setting or aperture priority. I like to stay in control of the depth of field, which is rather difficult using the small sensors, and it is done with the aperture.
FinePix S9500 camera - Aperture
Using the aperture also corrects a few lens deviations like purple fringing and chromatic aberration. Well, the Fujifilm FinePix S9500 actually suffers from it in maximum wide angle, which is quite common for a compact digital camera. Playing with the aperture makes purple fringing gets less but in wide angle the deviation remains. Due to the fact that light beams fall on the sensor from an angle and therefore suffer from the combination of wide angle and sensor.