|Fujifilm FinePix S9000 digital camera review : At the time Fujifilm proved with the FinePix F10 that it was well possible to create noise-free images above ISO 400 with compact cameras, and that it was only a matter of time until a top model with the same technique would be introduced. The Fuji FinePix S9000 digital camera has become this top model. A very special digital camera, not just because of the Super CCD HR with Real Photo Technology, but also because of the resolution of no less than 9 Megapixels and a large optical zoom range running from 28-300mm (equivalent of a 35mm camera).
Fuji S9000 - Fujifilm Real Photo Technology
The combination of the Super CCD HR sensor, lens and image processor decides the image quality to a great extend and Fujifilm has done its utmost to optimize this trinity. The technique used is called the Real Photo Technology. The first digital camera containing this new technique was the Fujifilm FinePix F10. The Real Photo Technology consists of a Fujinon lens, a 5th generation Super CCD HR and the real Photo Processor. The lens is precisely developed to have the light falling on the sensor with great precision. Fujifilm is able to accomplish this because the company itself develops these lenses. As for a sensor the Super CCD HR V is used that has reached the 5th generation by now. The image sensor is characterized by the deviated pixel shape; the pixels are multi-angular and as a matter of fact they appear slanted on the sensor. The HR technique enables higher sensitivity than the standard sensitivity that is usually found on a compact camera. The final image gets processed by the Real Photo Processor, the heart of Real Photo Technology. The image processor features two cycles to reduce noise, which makes noise disappear at high sensitivities. The image is analyzed inside the processor and depending on the subject color rendition is decided. The enormous processing power enables fast data processing which allows a speedy response time. Finally Fujifilm has succeeded in making this processor low-energy, which is beneficial to the battery life.
Fujifilm FinePix S9000 - High resolution
Besides the new technique the Fuji FinePix S9000 also stands out for its high resolution. The amount of 9,0 million effective pixels make the Fujifilm S9000 the leading digital camera in its segment. How long the S9000 camera is able to keep its pole position is unknown because we don't know what will happen from one day to the next and new developments appear as quick as lightning. A few problems are encountered with this many pixels on a tiny surface, like a high noise rate and a limited dynamic range. But Fujifilm weren't Fujifilm if they didn't come up with something very special. The Super CCD HR is famous for its larger dynamic range, which is why the HR is added to the name. Specifically the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro sensor reached an impressive dynamic range. The Japanese brand has also eliminated noise, or at least decreased it tremendously, by the Real Photo Technology. We may expect a lot from the Fujifilm S9000!
Fuji FinePix S9000 - Lens and zoom range
Fujifilm has been active on the photography market for a long time now. Many people will still remember the green film box! But not generally known is the fact that Fujifilm has also been very active with professional cameras and the lenses that come with them. The Fujifilm FinePix S9000 therefore is equipped with an in-house created lens. One that features a superb zoom range of 28-300mm. In particular the wide angle is a fine addition. Most certainly compared to its closest competitors. The fact that the range starts at 28mm is worthy of a compliment.
Fujifilm S9000 digital camera - xD Picture memory card
Naturally xD Picture memory cards fit in the Fujifilm S9000 camera. Fujifilm is one of the founders of this ultra compact memory card, isn't it? Besides xD Picture cards the FinePix S9000 is also able to work with CompactFlash cards and the Microdrive. Remarkably enough Fujifilm never mentions the CompactFlash but only the Microdrive that is used a lot less. Anyway, that is a totally different discussion. Like many other Fujifilm models, amongst them the FinePix S3 Pro D-SLR camera, the FinePix S9000 uses common AA batteries for energy. A power source that can be purchased on every street corner.
Fujifilm FinePix S9000 review
As far as specifications and innovations are concerned, the FinePix S9000 is a really interesting camera. We were able to use the Fuji S9000 for a longer time span and had the chance to thoroughly examine this hybrid digital camera. The results are taken down in the Fujifilm FinePix S9000 digital camera review.
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