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Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Digital Camera Preview
Written by Dennis Hissink
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According to Fujifilm the S9500 is a good alternative for an entry-level digital SLR camera. And indeed, looking at the camera's specifications which are pretty impressive makes you wonder why you would go for a clearly heavier and bulkier camera at all. Well, of course a system camera stays a system camera and gives you the opportunity to buy many extras for the camera itself. However the majority of the consumers will never reach that point. "There you go", might have been Fujifilm's thoughts. The FinePix S9500 features a unique image sensor concept, the Super CCD HR. Already reaching the 5th generation and definitely a worthy generation. Fujifilm seems to distinguish themselves from the competitors regarding noise. The Fujifilm FinePix F10 is an example that showed the power of a Super CCD HR image sensor, first samples of the Fujifilm FinePix S9500 show the same. Mind you, our sample of the S9500 is a pre-production sample, so the end-result may vary, but as you can probably imagine; it will not be less...
Fujifilm FinePix S9500 The control center on the Fujifilm FinePix S9500 digital camera
Fujifilm FinePix S9500 The control center on the Fujifilm FinePix S9500 digital camera
Real Photo Technology AA format batteries
Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Real Photo Technology Fujifilm FinePix S9500 AA format batteries
Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Real Photo Technology Fujifilm FinePix S9500 AA format batteries
The FinePix S9500 incorporates an important technology: Real Photo Technology. The three most important elements of the camera are attuned to one another, the image sensor, the lens and the intelligent image processing software. We have seen the results of the Real Photo Technology with the DIWA Gold Award winning FinePix F10. This innovative technology resulted in high quality brilliant colored photos that absolutely achieved top quality prints. Using the advantages of the Real Photo Technology enables Fujifilm to lift its cameras to a higher level. The high sensitivity nature of the Super CCD image sensors and the quality of the Fujinon lens result in high quality photos. Additionally the high-speed Real Photo processor ensures fast start-up time (you can almost immediately, 0.8 seconds, start taking photos with the S9500), an extreme short shutter delay and a very efficient energy consumption.
Thanks to the advantages Real Photo Technology offers, the Fujifilm FinePix S9500 manages its energy consumption in a very efficient way. Already the pre-production sample we have in our office is handling the energy consumption bravely, 1GB of shooting and viewing is not a problem at all! Deactivate the camera, open the battery compartment, load the batteries (4x AA format) and close the lid. It is recommendable to use high capacity Ni-MH batteries, like 2200mAh or higher. The Fujifilm FinePix S9500 is delivered with Alkaline AA batteries, a fast charger in combination with Ni-MH is preferred. According to the official documentation that comes with the camera the S9500 is a pro in energy-efficiency. Expect at least 300 photos to be made with a set of fully charged Ni-MH batteries (2500mAh). Half the number of shots taken with flash, all photos with LCD and auto focus illuminator activated. Our pre-production sample shows at least the same results.
AF assist illuminator Electronic viewfinder Adjustable LCD display
Fujifilm S9500 AF assist illuminator Fujifilm S9500 Electronic viewfinder Fujifilm S9500 Adjustable LCD display
Fujifilm S9500 AF assist illuminator Fujifilm S9500 Electronic viewfinder Fujifilm S9500 Adjustable LCD display
Left from the internal flash on the camera we find an AF assist illuminator. In dimly lit conditions this feature is definitely needed to control your focus. Press the shutter halfway down to allow the AF assist illuminator to fire. A bright green light will lighten the subject and it allows the S9500 digital camera easier focusing. You will obtain the best result in wide shots; telephotos are also helped by the AF-assistance but the effective range decreases. Due to the fact that the Fujifilm FinePix has a 10.7x optical zoom (equivalent to 28-300mm on a 35mm camera) it incorporates an electronic viewfinder instead of an optical one. The resolution of the viewfinder is 235,000 pixels with 100% coverage. Next to the viewfinder we find a diopter adjustment dial. Turning the dial makes it easier to see the image in the viewfinder. Just set the dial to the position where the AF frame appears the sharpest. Already mentioned, but again… the adjustable LCD monitor is very handy. Placing the camera above your head or just down to the ground by adjusting the angle of the LCD monitor you can take any shot anytime. Very useful! We took the camera with us during SAIL 2005 Amsterdam, a 6 days spectacle of one of the largest maritime events in the world, and we used the LCD feature often to be able to get particular shots. Once worked with it, you don't want to work without it!
Light metering EVF/LCD
Fujifilm S9500 Light metering Fujifilm S9500 EVF/LCD
Dennis Hissink LetsGoDigital Online Magazine
Editor's comment:
"Although the sample I have worked with is a pre-production model, and our conclusions are based on this fact, I am positively surprised about the quality of the high resolution images, especially the ISO 200 and 400 ones. Shooting under sometimes difficult conditions with contrast of black and pure white details none of the images were taken by any "noise surprise". The strength of the Super CCD HR is able to establish itself by delivering impressive low noise values..."
Fujifilm S9500 Light metering Fujifilm S9500 EVF/LCD
The Fuji S9500 digital camera offers three light metering settings. Multi mode is used by the camera to analyze the subject by using automatic scene recognition and provides the best exposure. Best to be used for everyday photography. Spot mode is useful for subjects with strong contrast and dark areas and Average mode is effective for people wearing black and white clothing and shots of scenery. This mode tends not to change too much, good for general use.
There are actually two LCD displays that can be used to view or compose images. One versatile 1.8-inch LCD display and one that is called an EVF, electronic viewfinder. To alternate between the viewfinder (EVF) and the LCD monitor you have to activate one of them by pressing the EVF/LCD button next to the viewfinder. The diopter adjustment dial on the left of the viewfinder can be used to sharpen the image in the EVF.
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