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Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom announced

New camera from Fujifilm to incorporate best features of both digital SLRs and compact digital cameras

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FinePix S9500 Zoom
Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom announced
Fujifilm have announced they are to launch a digital camera which will bridge the gap between compact digital cameras and digital SLR's. Aimed at amateur photographers and enthusiasts alike, the FinePix S9500 Zoom is a new model which will bring together aspects of digital SLR's and compact digital cameras to provide the user with the best features from both these types of camera, featuring a standard of resolution good enough to challenge digital SLR's while retaining a flexibility more commonly associated with compact digitals.

The S9500 features a 28-300mm (equivalent on a 35mm camera) Fujinon zoom lens with twist-barrel zoom control - a zoom range encompassing all the major focal lengths. Manual zoom control provides the user with the ability to make precision adjustments. With a 0.8 second start-up time and a 0.01 second shutter lag users of the S9500 have the ability to shoot spontaneous pictures whenever the mood takes them, and a sensitivity range of ISO 80 to ISO 1600 means sharp and focused photographs can be achieved without the use of a flash, whether it is a sunny day or a night time shot, allowing you to point and shoot in confidence.

The S9500 is different to a digital SLR in that its body and lens are built as one closed unit - the lens on the S9500 is not removable - and this eliminates the risk of getting dust and dirt on the lens, a common problem when removing lenses on a digital SLR. Another advantage to this flexible approach is that the S9500 incorporates a 30 frames per second movie mode - a feature not possible on digital SLR's.

An interesting feature of the S9500 is a tilting LCD screen, which gives photographers the ability to view images at awkward angles, such as above the head. For added convenience images can be composed on the LCD. Other features included on the S9500 are Super CCD Sensor with 9.0 million effective pixels and RAW format shooting, providing uncompressed and unprocessed images.

Adrian Clarke, Director of Photo Products at Fujifilm, said of the S9500: "As DSLR's are specialist cameras, they inevitably offer less less flexibility when it comes to everyday photography. We've introduced the FinePix S9500 Zoom to add a credible alternative for consumers considering an entry-level DSLR."

He added: "At the same time, the camera offers a freedom of functions more usually associated with a compact digital camera... Our aim was to design a camera that gives the best of both worlds, and the S9500 truly delivers."

FinePix S9500 Zoom features at a glance:
1 New Fujifilm Super CCD sensor with 9.0 million effective pixels
2 New 28-300mm (10.7x) Fujinon zoom lens with manual twist-barrel zoom control
3 Class-leading sensitivity setting of ISO 1600 for photography in low light conditions
4 Low sensitivity of ISO 80 for ultra-high quality photography
5 1.8 tilting LCD screen for easy high and low angle shooting
6 Ultra-fast response times (0.01 second shutter lag and 0.8 second start-up)
7 Real-time histogram to assist exposure settings before shooting
8 Highlight Warning feature for displaying highlight areas in playback
9 VGA movie capture of 30 frames per second with zoom capability and sound
10 Closed unit design to eliminate dust accumulation on the CCD
11 Hotshoe and PC sync terminal
12 RAW format shooting for uncompressed and unprocessed images
13 xD-Picture Card providing large storage capacity, lower power consumption and fast write speeds (16MB to 1GB capacities currently available)


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Tony_M 18 342 England
Looks like a decent spec camera. The new manual zoom control on the lens is a welcome update from the S7000, and still retains the excellent macro functionality. Hopefully the manual focus is direct operation too, and not fly-by-wire as in previous models. Needs to come in at a good price to tempt would-be dslr owners.

Makes my 602 seem even older now!
Looked at the specs on the fuji website, and it looks even better, uses AA batteries and uses compact flash or microdrives as well. Heh looks like bye bye Fuji 4900 zoom LOL
If it improves on the already excellent S7000 it will be a fantastic photographic tool.
Pete 21 18.8k 97 England
The camera's manual focus is not direct operation Tony.
Thanks Pete. Perhaps I expected too much.
MikeRC 17 3.6k United Kingdom
Which looks best, this or the panasonic FZ30?
I am still definately in favour of the Panasonic.

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