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Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Digital Camera Preview
Written by Dennis Hissink
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Fuji S9500 / Fuji S9000 - Introduction
We have had the opportunity to get our hands on an early pre-production sample of the new Fujifilm FinePix S9500 digital camera, called Fujifilm FinePix S9000 in the United States. This brand new model is the next generation hybrid digital cameras that has a Super CCD image sensor on board. This in-house developed image sensor, Super CCD HR, is already the 5th generation Fujifilm is using and today Fujifilm is proud to introduce the first 9 Megapixel image sensor of the world for compact digital cameras. The model we have had in our office is an early pre-sample. The Fujifilm FinePix S9500 is aimed at the enthusiast photographer and eager amateur. The high resolution of 9 Megapixels will definitely attract consumers aiming for the 'best of the best'. At least we can say that the image file gives you sufficient opportunities to edit and control. There will be plenty of resolution for you to blow up your amazing macro shot or family portrait.
Fujifilm FinePix S9500 World's first 9 Megapixel consumer digital camera
Fujifilm FinePix S9500 World's first 9 Megapixel consumer digital camera
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Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Storage media Fujifilm FinePix S9500 LCD monitor
Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Storage media Fujifilm FinePix S9500 LCD monitor
Either use an xD-Picture Card or a CompactFlash type I or II or a Microdrive as a recording medium in the FinePix S9500. The S9500 digital camera has to be turned off, before opening the lid of the cover, and inserting the storage medium. If you forget to turn off the camera while opening the flash storage compartment the camera will automatically deactivate. Besides you will risk that the flash card will get damaged or that the image file stored on the flash card gets ruined. The flash card has to be pushed firmly into the slot until it can't go in any further. Make sure you insert the media the right way. Then close the cover and you are ready to roll. If you want to remove the card just open the lid again, and if you used an xD-Picture card just push the xD-Picture Card into the slot and then slowly remove your finger. The lock is now released and the xD-Picture Card gets pushed out. For a CompactFlash or Microdrive card; open the slot cover, press the CF/Microdrive eject button and remove the CompactFlash or Microdrive.
New from Fujifilm is the integration of a tilting LCD screen. Due to the fact that the S9500 is a digital camera that offers more freedom and functions that are usually associated with compact digital cameras, a feature like a tilting LCD screen offers more freedom to compose images or view high quality movies. Fujifilm aimed to design a digital camera that offers the best of both worlds, and according to Fujifilm their engineers managed to do so. The integration of the tilting LCD display makes it possible to view images at nearly any angle you can think of, close to the ground or way above your head. The LCD monitor provides a resolution of 118,000 pixels. Although this kind of LCD display is very handy we would love to see a larger display, but then again maybe we are spoiled...
P - Programmed Auto F - Photo mode External Flash
Fujifilm S9500 Programmed Auto Fujifilm S9500 Photography mode Fujifilm S9500 External flash
Fujifilm S9500 Programmed Auto Fujifilm S9500 Photography mode Fujifilm S9500 External flash
Besides Auto exposure we also find the program - P Programmed Auto on the Fujifilm S9500. This is an automatic mode to specify the settings except for the shutter speed and aperture setting. This is a simple way to take pictures and this also applies to the Shutter-priority Auto and Aperture-priority Auto modes (Program shift). Turn the Command dial to select different shutter speed and aperture setting combinations without changing the exposure setting. The shutter speed and aperture setting appear in yellow when the camera is in Program shift mode.
When the FinePix S9500 is in camera mode it enables you to use the F button on the back of the camera. The F function gives access to a menu with specific photo functions like Quality mode (number of recorder pixels), ISO sensitivity and FinePix Color. The Quality mode offers seven settings. A high resolution of 3488x2616 pixels in FINE compression to 640x480 pixels, normal compression and used for e-mail, etc. ISO settings are available from Auto to 80, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1600 and FinePix Color gives access to color settings like black and white, chrome (slight) and sepia.
The Fujifilm FinePix S9500 is equipped with a hot-shoe thus creating the option for an external flash for those who like to have more flash power. Synchronized shutter speeds up to 1/1000 sec. can be used. The built-in flash has to be closed, white balance set to auto or custom white balance, mount the external flash and you are ready to roll. It's also possible to attach an external flash with a synchronizing terminal cord via the connection at the front of the camera. Available photography modes are: P, S, A and M, recommended are A or M.
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Fujifilm S9500 Recording voice memos Fujifilm S9500 AC power adapter
Editor's comment:
"Fujifilm introduced the FinePix S9500 on the digital camera market at a time when no other manufacturer is able to introduce a comparable high resolution digital camera like the S9500. We can easily say that every manufacturer of 8 Megapixel cameras has encountered some trouble with high ISO recordings and noise. Almost every 400 ISO image, and sometimes a 200 ISO photo is effected with noise. Our first experiences with the Fujifilm FinePix S9500 are 800 ISO images that are pretty noise-free! Blowing up a 400 ISO photo to a large format print is absolutely no problem at all. Pretty amazing..."
Fujifilm S9500 Recording voice memos Fujifilm S9500 AC power adapter
Voice memos up to 30 seconds can be added to your digital photos. The recorded audio format is WAV, and has a file size of approximately 480KB. Activate the view mode, select an image to add a voice memo and turn the camera with its front towards you. Because the small microphone is placed on the front of the camera. You need to hold the camera at a distance of about 20cm to get the best result. It is not possible to add voice memos to a video clip.
The optional Fujifilm AC Power adapter AC-5VX is recommended to be used for the FinePix S9500. Although the camera is very energy efficient you could lose power at inconvenient times like viewing the recorded photos or video clips with family and friends or when uploading your stored photos to a computer. It is also convenient when you use the S9500 to shoot in a studio environment.
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