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Fujifilm FinePix S9500 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
A couple of years ago Fujifilm was known for its standard use of the SmartMedia memory card. Nowadays the ultra-compact xD Picture card is Fujifilm's standard and for Olympus as a matter of fact. Fujifilm is a large-scale consumer of the xD card, a card that is remarkably smaller than the Secure Digital (SD) memory card of the nearly market leader. It's quite obvious that we have to take the xD Picture card seriously. There is a huge amount of Fujifilm and Olympus digital cameras in today's market using the xD Picture cards and the card is fully accepted. For some time now the maximum storage capacity has been 1GB but I won't be surprised if soon we will find an enhancement to 2GB and higher.
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Fujifilm S9500 - SanDisk Extreme III card
Writing the images onto a memory card takes some time, but not that much that it would cause inconvenience. The files are quite large, especially in RAW but naturally also because of the 9 Megapixels. A RAW file might be as large as approximately 18MB. It might be smart to purchase a memory card with a large storage capacity, especially when shooting in RAW. A memory card with 1GB of storage capacity, or rather a speedy one like the Extreme III card from SanDisk will be a good investment. And if you prefer working with JPEG, 512MB might be sufficient, thanks to the strong JPEG compression. The table below shows the amount of images that fit on a 512MB memory card.

Considering a storage capacity of 512MB:
RAW - 3488x2616 pixels - 27 images
JPEG - 9M - Fine - 3488x2616 pixels - 113 images
JPEG - 9M - Normal - 3488x2616 pixels - 227 images
JPEG - 3:2 - 3696x2464 pixels - 227 images
JPEG - 5M - 2592x1944 pixels - 409 images
JPEG - 3M - 2048x1536 pixels - 651 images
JPEG - 2M - 1600x1200 pixels - 818 images
JPEG - 03M - 640x480 pixels - 3993 images
Video - 640x480 pixels - 7,4 minutes
Video - 320x240 pixels - 14,6 minutes
FinePix S9500 digital camera - xD Picture card
Together with Olympus, Fujifilm is currently the only manufacturer using the xD Picture card. Besides xD Picture cards, the Fujifilm S9500 is also able to use CompactFlash cards. This might be a great advantage for photographers who use the FinePix S9500 as a second camera next to the Fujifilm S3 Pro because they can use the same memory card. Fujifilm also sticks to the AA batteries so you are not forced to buy an expensive battery pack from a certain brand. And there is a lot to say for it!

Fuji FinePix S9500 camera - Battery
The handgrip of the FinePix S9500 is able to hold 4 AA batteries. The main advantage is that they are widely available. Advisable is to use NiMH batteries. Not only do they last longer than normal alkaline batteries, they are also a lot friendlier to the environment. Fujifilm delivers standard four average alkaline batteries. That is nice to make the first few photographs, but after a couple of shootings they're empty. It would look good on Fujifilm if they provided the user with a set of NiMH batteries and a (quick) charger. Four fully loaded batteries are good for filling up a 1GB memory card without the need for a new set of batteries (mixed RAW and JPEG files). I'd still advise you to take along an extra set of batteries to carry sufficient power with you in case of shooting large series of images.
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