|Fujifilm S9000 new FinePix model|
Ilse Jurriën : July 30th 2005 - 14:10 CET
Fujifilm S9000 new FinePix model : Fujifilm has added another "first" to its imaging legacy with today's introduction of the SLR-styled Fuji FinePix S9000 digital camera, the world's first nine MegaPixel model for advanced amateur photographers. Advanced digital photographers have been eagerly awaiting this addition to Fujifilm's popular S-series line. The FinePix S9000 digital camera boasts 9.0 effective MegaPixels that capture up to 3,488 x 2,616 recorded pixels (9.12 million) - the highest resolution of any consumer-grade camera on the market. While these record-breaking numbers are impressive alone, Fujifilm understands there is more to a great digital picture than resolution.|
Fujifilm FinePix S9000 camera |
It is this understanding, along with its rich history of photographic excellence, which drove Fujifilm to incorporate its groundbreaking Real Photo Technology into the Fuji FinePix S9000. The company's latest innovation matches the nine MegaPixel, 5th Generation 'Super CCD HR sensor, with a super-sharp Fujinon lens and the RP Processor technology found currently in the critically-acclaimed FinePix F10 digital camera.
Fujifilm Real Photo Technology
A hallmark of Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology is its ability to reduce the amount of graininess or "noise" in digital pictures. This noise is often apparent in high-resolution photos, particularly those shot at high ISO-equivalent sensitivities. With Real Photo Technology, the Fuji S9000 can take pictures at ISO 1600 - at full resolution. Other benefits of Real Photo Technology include speed of operation (the Fujifilm FinePix 9000 has a high-speed start-up time of only 0.8 second with shutter lag down to 1/100 second) and longer battery life.
Fujifilm S9000 camera - Impressive low noise processing
"The unmatched resolution of the Fujifilm S9000 will garner the most attention. However for those in the know, the most impressive feature of this camera will be its low noise processing," explained David Troy, Senior Product Manager, Consumer Products, Electronic Imaging Products Division, Fuji Photo Film USA Inc. "High resolution photos suitable for sizable enlargements have often come at the expense of noise, particularly in this style of camera. While we cannot say that noise will be completely eliminated, especially at the highest ISO settings, the apparent amount will be far less than what shooters have come to expect at this level of resolution."
Fujifilm S9000 digital camera - Fujinon lens
In addition to offering low noise processing, the new Fujifilm FinePix S9000 is equipped with a bevy of features that will appeal to the photo hobbyist. One of those features is a world-class Fujinon 10.7x wide-angle optical zoom lens that is the equivalent of having a 28-300mm zoom on a 35mm camera. This zoom range is ideal for a wide variety of shooting situations and thus makes the purchase of additional lenses unnecessary.
Other features of the Fuji FinePix S9000:
- Mode dial with multiple settings
- Anti-Blur that automatically adjust the camera's ISO settings to combat camera shake and blur
- Natural Light for more natural looking photos, particularly in low light
- Manual zoom is operational during full frame (VGA-quality; 30 fps) movie capture
- Auto exposure and auto focus functions are operational during full frame movie capture
- The ability to shoot in the RAW file format
- A Super Macro Mode for pictures up to 0.4-inches
- Hot shoe and Syncronizing terminal for external flash
- Live histogram exposure setting checks prior to shooting
- In-camera highlight warning function; alerts the user to overexposed areas of taken pictures
- Strong auto-focus assist illuminator for quicker focusing in low light
- Tilting LCD for high and low-angle shooting
- Adjustable LCD and electronic viewfinder frame rates of 30 fps. or 60 fps. for smoother viewing
- Dual media slot accepts xD Picture card and CompactFlash/Microdrive
Fujifilm FinePix S9000 - Advanced amateur digital photographers
Framing pictures through the FinePix S9000's LCD as well as its video features should be of particular interest to many advanced amateur digital photographers who want all the controls of a digital SLR camera but are hesitant to lose some of the convenient and useful features commonly found in point-and-shoot cameras. The Fujifilm 9000 will be available in early September at a price of $699.95.
Fuji S9000 digital camera - Best of both worlds
"An all-in-one camera like the FinePix S9000 is so appealing because it offers the best of both worlds; the photographic controls of a DSLR and the movie mode and LCD framing capabilities of the point-and-shoots," remarked Troy.
Global Fujifilm digital camera announcements
EU: Fujifilm Finepix S9500 > USA: Fujifilm Finepix S9000 ($699.95 available in September)
EU: Fujifilm Finepix S5600 > USA: Fujifilm Finepix S5200 ($399.95 available in October)
EU / USA: Fujifilm FinePix E900 ($ 499,95 available in October)
Fuji Photo Film USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. and delivers technology solutions to meet the imaging and information needs of retailers, consumers, professionals and business customers. As a global leader in digital imaging, Fujifilm pioneered the development of digital medical systems, and today is the leader in digital minilab systems. The company was ranked number 15 for U.S. patents granted during 2004, employs more than 75,000 people worldwide and in the year ending March 31, 2005, had global revenues of more than $23.6 billion.