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Fujifilm FinePix S8600, S9200, S9400W long zoom compacts announced

By dpreview staff on Jan 6, 2014 at 08:00 GMT
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Three new FinePix cameras are unveiled today, each with an emphasis on providing long zoom ranges. The Fujifilm FinePix S9400W and FinePix S9200 superzooms offer a 50x optical zoom lens covering a 24-1200mm equivalent zoom range, both using a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor. The Fujifilm FinePix S8600 has a 36x optical zoom (25-900mm equivalent) and a 16 megapixel CCD sensor. The lithium-ion-powered S9400W ('W' is for Wi-Fi) and S9200 boast electronic viewfinders, burst shooting at 10 fps and 1080/60i HD maximum video resolution. The FinePix S8600 is powered by AA batteries and shoots up to 720/30p HD video.

All three cameras will be available in March with the following suggested retail prices:

  • FinePix S9400W - $349.95 / £269.99
  • FinePix S9200 - $329.95 / £249.99
  • FinePix S8600 - $229.96 / £149.99

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Press Release:

Fujifilm Announces Sophisticated Line of Advanced FinePix Digital Cameras

New FinePix models give consumers the best digital camera choice for their picture-taking needs

Valhalla, N.Y., January 6, 2014 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced its new line of powerful, feature-packed FinePix digital cameras, and will showcase them at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from January 7-10. Each new FinePix camera is specially designed to give consumers an enjoyable user experience that fits their lifestyle. The new FinePix cameras include: the FinePix S1, a "weather resistant" super zoom camera; the FinePix XP70 rugged, go-anywhere waterproof point and shoot; the super-zoom FinePix S9400W bridge camera, with advanced image stabilization and WiFi functions; and the pocket-friendly long-zoom FinePix S8600 with a versatile 36x zoom 25-900mm lens.

FinePix S1

The FinePix S1 is the world’s first "weather resistant" super zoom bridge camera and provides protection against rain and dust. The S1 features a 16MP CMOS sensor, and a bright 50x super zoom 24mmF2.8-1200mmF5.6*1 lens with ultra-fast zoom speed and 2x Intelligent Digital Zoom up to 100x. The high resolution and contrast Vari-Angle 3” LCD (920K dot) makes it easy to frame shots from any angle, and the 0.2” EVF (920K dot) is great for difficult shooting conditions. One-touch WiFi connectivity lets you easily share images to your smartphone or tablet – pictures that these devices cannot capture - and remote shooting via smartphone or tablet using the Fujifilm Camera Remote app for unique capture opportunities.

FinePix XP70

The latest addition to the best-selling FUJIFILM XP-series, the new FinePix XP70 rugged digital camera is waterproof to 33ft., shockproof from 5ft., freezeproof to 14°F and dustproof. It also features a 16MP CMOS high speed sensor with a 5x 28-140mm*2 optical zoom, WiFi connectivity for one touch transfers to smartphones and tablets, and captures full HD movies at 1080 even underwater.

FinePix S9400W (with WiFi) and FinePix S9200 (without WiFi)

The new FinePix S9400W (with WiFi) and FinePix S9200 (without WiFi) both feature a 16MP CMOS sensor with a maximum ISO sensitivity of 12,800, and deliver rapid focusing speeds and beautiful high resolution images. Both cameras also give users a bright F2.9-6.5 lens that offers an amazing 50x optical zoom 24-1200mm*3 optical range that can be boosted to an incredible 100x magnification with Fujifilm’s Intelligent Digital Zoom technology and down to 1cm in Super Macro mode for extraordinary close up images.

The S9400W/S9200 both have a start-up time of just one second, autofocus in as little as 0.3 seconds and are ready to take another shot in just 0.5 seconds. Those wanting to capture a burst of full resolution images in quick succession can do so using the continuous shooting speed of 10 frames-per-second (maximum 10 frames).

Available exclusively on the S9400W, WiFi connectivity allows users to quickly share photos and movies with smartphones or tablets, without the need for an ID or password. Users simply download the free Fujifilm Camera Application to their device and then use wireless LAN to send images from the S9400W to their device.

FinePix S8600

The FinePix S8600 is the perfect combination of powerful long-zoom at 36x, fast autofocus and HD video with portability that makes it easy to carry anywhere. Featuring a 16MP sensor, the S8600 uses a newly developed three-step collapsible lens, which automatically retracts when not in use to leave a slim and stylish body that is extremely compact. The S8600 uses a highly versatile 25-900mm*4 lens to shoot sharp images of everything from wide-angle landscapes to detailed close up pictures with its Super Macro mode. The S8600 also includes Fujifilm’s lens-shift Optical Image Stabilization system to reduce blurry pictures.

FinePix S1 key features

  • Dust and weather-resistant bridge camera
  • 16.4MP 1/2.3” CMOS sensor
  • 50x image stabilized optical zoom lens (24-1200mm)
  • Super Macro mode 1cm
  • 5-axial Image stabilization
  • AF speed of 0.14sec (*5)
  • Shooting interval of approximately 0.65 seconds
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed of approximately 10.0fps (*6)
  • Start-up time of approximately 0.68 seconds(*7)
  • 920K dot EVF
  • Vari-angle LCD screen
  • Time Lapse Interval Shooting function (up to every 10 minutes for 6 hours maximum)
  • Full HD movie capture
  • 10 Artistic Advanced Filters
  • WiFi connectivity

FinePix XP70 key features

  • Waterproof to 33ft., Shockproof from 5ft., Freezeproof to 14°F and Dustproof
  • 16.4MP 1/2.3” CMOS sensor
  • 5x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle setting
  • Wireless connectivity for instant image and movie sharing
  • Action Camera mode
  • Optical Image Stabilisation
  • Full HD movie capture
  • 10 Advanced Filters
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) capture
  • Motion Panorama 360°
  • Available in Blue, Orange, and Yellow

FinePix S9400W/S9200 key features

  • 50x optical zoom (24-1200mm)
  • 1/2.3” 16.2MP CMOS sensor
  • ISO sensitivity up to 12,800
  • Continuous shooting at up to 10fps
  • 5-axial Image Stabilization in movie shooting
  • Full HD movie capture • 200k dot electronic viewfinder
  • 10 Advanced Filter effects
  • Motion Panorama 360°
  • High Dynamic Range capture
  • Wireless connectivity with smartphones and tablets (S9400W only)

FinePix S8600 key features

  • Compact design
  • FUJINON lens with 36x optical zoom (25-900mm equivalent)
  • 1/2.3” 16MP CCD sensor
  • Optical Image Stabilisation (Sensor Shift)
  • HD movies at 720p/30fps
  • 3” LCD monitor (460k dots)
  • Face Detection (up to 10 faces)
  • Mode Dial (P/S/M and Burst Shooting mode)
  • 10 Advanced filters for creative effects
  • Mini HDMI output
  • Uses 3 AA batteries with an approximately 250-shot battery life

The new FinePix cameras will be available in March 2014 with the following MSRPs: S1 for $499.95; XP70 for $229.95; S9400W \ S9200 for $349.95 and $329.95, respectively; and S8600 for $229.95.

For all Fujifilm CES 2014 press releases and downloadable hi-res images, go to: www.FujifilmUSA.com/CES2014.

*1,2,3,4 35mm format equivalent
*5,6 According to CIPA (Camera & map; Imaging Products Association) standards
*7 Quick Start made is set to ON. (24min./ 10min.)

Fujfilm FinePix S8600, S9200, and S9400W specifications

 Fujifilm FinePix S8600Fujifilm FinePix S9200Fujifilm FinePix S9400W
Price
MSRP$229.95 / £249.99$329.95 / £249.99$349.95 / £269.99
Body type
Body typeSLR-like (bridge)
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 1840, 2432 x 2432, 2304 x 1728, 2304 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1728 x 1728
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors16 megapixels17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCCDCMOS
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100 - 6400Auto, 100 - 12800
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationSensor-shiftOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
File format
  • JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–900 mm24–1200 mm
Optical zoom36×50×
Maximum apertureF2.9 - F6.5
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2X)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range40 cm (15.75)
Macro focus range7 cm (2.76)1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNoneElectronic
Viewfinder coverage97%
Viewfinder resolution201,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed8 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec1/1700 sec
Exposure modes
  • SR Auto
  • Auto
  • Continuous
  • Scene Position 1/2
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
  • Panorama
  • SR Auto
  • Auto
  • Advanced
  • Scene Position
  • Panorama
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
  • Custom
Scene modes
  • Portrait, Baby, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Party, Flower, Text
  • Portrait, Baby, Smile & Shoot, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Party, Flower, Text
Built-in flashYes
Flash range6.00 m7.00 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, forced flash, suppressed flash, slow synchro
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous top
  • Continuous last
  • Long period
Continuous drive8 fps10 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)1920 x 1080 (60i), 1280 x 960 (60p), 640 x 480 (30p)
FormatMotion JPEGH.264
MicrophoneNone
SpeakerNoneStereo
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXCSD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included38MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini HDMI)
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11 b/g/n
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryAA
Battery description3 x AA batteries alkaline, lithium, or Ni-MH4 x AA batteries alkaline, lithium, or Ni-MH
Battery Life (CIPA)410500
Weight (inc. batteries)450 g (0.99 lb / 15.87 oz)670 g (1.48 lb / 23.63 oz)
Dimensions121 x 81 x 65 mm (4.76 x 3.19 x 2.56)123 x 87 x 116 mm (4.84 x 3.43 x 4.57)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone
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Comments

Total comments: 14
Abaregi
By Abaregi (3 months ago)

Why the small sensors in these new ones from Fuji, isn't the point of stepping up from a cellphone or compact camera to get higher image quality indoors and in darker days/nights?

Comment edited 13 seconds after posting
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photonius
By photonius (3 months ago)

Simplified: Big sensor = big lens
So, either dSLRs for big sensors, or a compromise like Sony RX100. A compact all in one with large zoom range, that's what these cameras are. If you want big sensor go for the X FUJIFILM System X-E2 etc.

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

Olympus did it well with the stylus 1
And Panasonic did as well with the fz200.
Bridges can be desireable when manufacturers keep laws of physics in mind.

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 months ago)

Fujifilm is releasing basically the same 1/2.3-inch superzooms for like 4 years in the row. I can't tell the difference between these three -- and the previous 23 of their models in this low-end class.

0 upvotes
ConanFuji
By ConanFuji (3 months ago)

If you read the specs from top to bottom, it checks all the boxes of a camera not to buy

5 upvotes
racketman
By racketman (3 months ago)

Hoping for a superzoom with a 13.2 x 8.8 sensor; what sort of range do you think such a camera could have as it's zoom if keeping the body no larger than the biggest current bridge cameras and no slower than f3.5?

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

RX10. If it would have f/3.5 instead of f/2.8, it would certainly be lighter, at the current weight of 813g it is somewhat porky.

0 upvotes
ConanFuji
By ConanFuji (3 months ago)

".........optical range that can be boosted to an incredible 100x magnification with Fujifilm’s Intelligent Digital Zoom technology and down to 1cm in Super Macro mode for extraordinary close up images."

100x!!!! Cough!!! .... now perverts can photograph their neighbour's underwear from the opposite block or see each individual fibers from macro shots on the clothelines....

0 upvotes
JF69
By JF69 (3 months ago)

……& so you think camera shake will NOT hinder image quality to the point of consequent output being useless?

2 upvotes
Gediminas 8
By Gediminas 8 (3 months ago)

No chance for any such detail with these cameras, I am afraid...

1 upvote
peevee1
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

Diffraction and shake will eat the detail long before that.

0 upvotes
ConanFuji
By ConanFuji (3 months ago)

Fujifilm...wake up.
You've been stuck on 16MP since the F500EXR like 5 years ago.
There's smartphones with more megapixel than these!
And what's with the slooooooooooooooooooowwwww lens on pinhead sized sensors?
It's the era of the Full Frame, baby!

0 upvotes
Parappaman
By Parappaman (3 months ago)

These cameras' last problem is they have TOO FEW MEGAPIXELS.
Also, if you have a way to integrate a full frame sensor on a 300$ superzoom, let Fuji know. I'm sure they are interested in hiring you.

7 upvotes
photonius
By photonius (3 months ago)

I guess that was ironic. You know of course how big a 1200mm lens is on FF : http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/find/newsLetter/Mother-of-All-L-Lenses.jsp
And that at f5.6 diffraction on that size sensors limits resolution to about 3MPs...

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