Fujifilm FinePix S9000 / S9500 Review
Announced at the end of July 2005, the FinePix S9000 (S9500 in Europe and Asia) is the latest in a long line of Fujifilm 'prosumer' camera designed to bridge the gap between fixed lens compacts and interchangeable lens SLRs, and effectively the replacement for the popular S7000. With each generation that gap has been closed a little bit more, and with the arrival of the S9000 Fujifilm's marketeers have taken the brave step of openly positioning it as a true alternative to a digital SLR... even going as far as to say in many ways it's actually better... And certainly, on paper, they've got a point; it's designed to look and feel like an entry-level SLR, it has a broadly comparable feature set, and it has a big zoom covering a useful 28-300mm focal length range. It's also got an SLR-like sensitivity range (80-1600), fast startup and a screw thread for filters and add-on lenses, hot-shoe and pc-synch flash compatibility, and movie mode and live preview - something many compact users upgrading to an entry-level DLSR sorely miss. Let's find out if the S9000 really is an SLR-slayer, or merely a sheep in wolf's clothing..
Here's a quick run through of the main selling points to get us started:
- New Fujifilm Super CCD sensor with 9.0 million effective pixels
- New 28-300mm (10.7x) Fujinon zoom lens with manual twist-barrel zoom control
- Class-leading sensitivity setting of ISO 1600 for photography in low light conditions
- 1.8” tilting LCD screen for easy high and low angle shooting
- 0.01 second shutter lag and 0.8 second start-up
- Real-time histogram
- Highlight Warning feature for displaying highlight areas in playback
- VGA movie capture of 30 frames per second with zoom capability and sound
- Closed unit design to eliminate dust accumulation on the CCD
- Hot shoe and PC sync terminal
- RAW format shooting
- Dual storage options (CompactFlash and xD-Picture Card)
*Note: The FinePix S9500 used in this review is the same camera as the S9000 sold in the US. Throughout this review any reference to the S9500 applies equally to the S9000.
Fujifilm FinePix S9500/9000 vs S7000 (differences)
Fujifilm FinePix S7000
Fujifilm FinePix S9000
|Sensor||1/1.7 inch Super CCD||1/1.6" SuperCCD HR|
|Effective Pixels||6.0 million||9.0 million|
|Maximum file size||4048 x 3040 (interpolated)
||3488 x 2616|
|Lens|| • 35-210mm F2.8 - F3.1
• Minimum aperture F8
• 55 mm thread (via optional adapter)
|• 28-300mm F2.8 - F4.9
• Minimum aperture F11
58mm filter thread
|Zoom control||Electronic (buttons)||Mechanical (zoom ring)|
|ISO settings|| • Auto (ISO 160 - 400)
• ISO 200, 400 (manual)
• ISO 800 (at 1 / 2 / 3 MP only)
ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
|Shooting modes||Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Black & White, Auto, Program (with shift), Aperture Priority, Manual||Portrait, Landscape, Night Portrait, Anti-Blur, Natural Light, Auto, Program (with shift), Aperture Priority, Manual|
|Continuous shooting|| • "Top 5" (3.3 fps up to 5 frames)
• "Final 5" (2 fps, up to 40 frames, records last 5)
• "Long period" (1 fps, up to 40 frames at 1 MP / 2 MP / 3 MP only , only available in Auto exposure mode)
| "Top 4" : up to 4 frames (1.5 fps)
"Final 4": last 4 frames before releasing the shutter button
Long-period continuous shooting: up to 40 frames (1.1 fps max.)
|LCD Screen||• 1.8", 118,000 pixel||• 1.8", 118,000 pixel
• Tilt (hinged at top)
• W: 0.3 - 8.5 m (11.8 in - 27.9 ft)
|• W: 0.3– 5.6 m (1.0–18.4 ft )
• T: 0.6– 3.0 m (2– 9.8 ft)
|597 g (1.3 lb)||745 g (26.3 oz)|
|Dimensions||121 x 82 x 97 mm (4.8 x 3.2 x 3.8 in)||128 x 93 x 129 mm (5 x 3.7 x 5.1 in)|
|Other||• High speed shooting mode
• Optional 60 fps LCD refresh rate
|Street price|| US: $699 (FinePix S9000)
UK: £480 (FinePix S9500)
• 1/1.6 inch 5th-Generation Super CCD HR
• 3488 x 2616
• 640 x 480 (30 fps)
28 - 300mm equiv. (10.7x optical zoom) Fujinon
|Focus|| Contrast-detect through-the-lens (TTL) AF
Auto and manual focus
Continuous and single shot AF
Area, Center and Multi (manual AF point selection) autofocus
1cm closest focus (Super macro mode, wideangle)
• Programmed AE with program shift
|Metering||• TTL 256-zone metering
• Multi, Spot, Average
|Shutter Speeds||• P / A / S: 4 sec to 1/4000 sec
• M: 30 sec to 1/4000 sec
• Bulb: up to 30 sec
|Apertures||F2.8 - F11 up to 13 steps in 1/3 increments (wideangle)|
|White Balance|| Auto
Manual (two custom settings)
|Image parameters|| Contrast (3 levels)
Saturation (3 levels)
Sharpness (3 levels)
Color options (standard, chrome, black & white)
|Continuous|| Top 4-frame: up to 4 frames (1.5 fps max)
Final 4-frame: last 4 frames before releasing the shutter button
(1.5 fps max)
Long-period continuous shooting: up to 40 frames (1.1 fps max.)
|Flash|| Built-in pop-up flash
Auto, Manual on/off, Red-eye reduction: on/off, Slow sync: on/off
Range (Auto ISO):W: 0.3– 5.6 m (1.0–18.4 ft ); T: 0.6– 3.0 m (2– 9.8 ft)
Hot-shoe for external flash
|Storage|| XD-Picture Card
CompactFlash Type I / II (inc. MicroDrive)
|Viewfinder|| 0.44 inches, 235,000 pixels electronic viewfinder
Approx coverage 100%
|LCD monitor|| 1.8" TFT, 118,000 pixels
approx 100% coverage
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 High Speed (480Mbits/second)
|Power||• 4x AA batteries (Alkaline included)
• Ni-MH batteries recommended
• AC-5Vx AC adapter (optional)
• AA-size alkaline batteries (LR6) (4)
RAW shooting option
|Weight (inc batts)||745 g (26.3 oz)|
|Dimensions||128 x 93 x 129 mm (5 x 3.7 x 5.1 in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
|.....the ROYAL LOTUS 2017/08/25-NEW YORK..... by Chiwat|
from Wild flowers
|Coffee and Mango cake by clicker88|
from Another cup of coffee
The new iZugar 3.25mm F2.5 super fisheye lens offers an insane 220-degree angle of view. That means it can basically see behind itself... good luck keeping your feet out of the shot.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll remember that time you took a picture of the frozen pizza baking directions.
A Craigslist poster has discovered the worst possible way to photograph a car: taking pictures of pictures displayed on a cracked and scratched up smartphone screen.
With the iPhone X coming out soon, the title probably won't last, but the iPhone 8 Plus is officially the best smartphone camera DxOMark has ever tested, and the iPhone 8 is second.
Kodak's new Facebook Messenger chatbot is trying to bring back the 'Kodak Moment' by digging up your old social media photos and trying to sell you prints and custom coffee mugs.
Affinity Photo for iPad was touted as "the first full blown, truly professional photo editing tool to make its way onto the Apple tablet." This update makes it that much more convenient.
Yashica has released a new teaser video, and this one claims they'll be releasing an "unprecedented camera" in October on Kickstarter. Ready... set... speculate!
Storage solutions company Synology has just released its very first 6-bay NAS tower. Combined with the DX1215 expansion units, it can hold and control up to thirty drives.
We're always expanding our collection of product overview content, and we've just added videos for the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, the EOS Rebel SL2 and EOS M6.
The venerable Canon PowerShot G1 was announced seventeen years ago this week, marking the start of a line of enthusiast-focused compacts that's still alive and kicking.
Super macro photographer Can Tuncer captured these incredible close-ups of a single peacock feather using a special setup and three different microscope lenses.
After successfully crowdfunding the Biotar 75mm F1.5, Oprema Jena is at it again. This time they're bringing back the Biotar 58mm F2: the world's only lens with a 17-blade aperture.
Adobe's move to a subscription model is treating it very well indeed. The company has posted record revenue for the second quarter in a row, hauling in a mind-boggling $1.84 billion.
More details have emerged about the potential sale of Blackstone's 45% stake in iconic camera brand Leica.
Popular mobile editing app Snapseed just got a major update that includes a new interface and 11 new presets for both Android and iOS, as well as adding the Perspective tool to the iOS version.
It might sound like a strange idea, but taking macro photos of boiling water can actually result in some really cool photographs. A good photo experiment for a rainy day.
The database was created to "break with the narrow lens through which history… has been recorded" by equipping those who commission photography with "the resources to discover photographers of color available for assignments.
Lensbaby has released two new optics for their special "optic swap system." The Lensbaby Sweet 80 Optic gives you that trademark sweet spot of focus, while the Creative Bokeh optic gives you 9 different drop in aperture plate options to play with.
TechCrunch has already posted their review of the upcoming iPhone 8 (not yet the iPhone X), and they're calling it "a look into the augmented future of photography."
Affinity Photo is a $50 photo editing software with no subscriptions. That's it – pay for it once and you're done. And we think it's actually pretty darn good.
Instagram is currently testing a major change to the app's profile layout: replacing the 3-photo across grid with a 4-photo grid... and some users are NOT taking the news well.
A report by USSRPhoto is shedding some light on the return of the famed Zenit camera brand. It seems the full-frame mirrorless camera they're working on will be made in part by Leica using components from the Leica SL.
According to a reliable Korean report, Samsung is developing a smartphone sensor that's capable of super slow motion. Translation: Samsung's next batch of Galaxy smartphones may be able to shoot 1,000fps.
This simple photograph of a seahorse and Q-tip has taken the internet by storm. We spoke to photographer Justin Hofman about how it was captured, and what it means to him.
After a massive leak last week, Profoto has officially debuted the Profoto A1: the company's first on-camera flash system that they're calling "the world's smallest studio flash."
"When the first hyperfocal distance charts were designed, someone decided that an acceptably sharp background contained some blur — enough to notice in a medium-sized print [...] After that point, nearly every other hyperfocal chart followed suit."
The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (also known as the EOS 200D) is the company's impressively compact entry-level DSLR. Packing a 24MP APS-C sensor, DIGIC 7 processor and Dual Pixel AF, it promises a lot of bang for the buck. And while not mind-blowing, it handles most tasks very well.
Correct these four common composition mistakes and your photos will be more balanced, tell a better story, and lead your viewer's eye where you want it to go.
The rugged, compact 360° action camera Kodak unveiled at Photokina in 2016, the Kodak PixPro Orbit 360, is finally available in the United States.
iOS 11 launches tomorrow, and it'll save all of your pictures in a new high efficiency image format called HEIC. Fortunately, there's now a converter that will let you turn those photos back into JPEGs.