Fujifilm FinePix S9500

Fujifilm’s new 9MP bridge camera aims to challenge entry-level SLRs.

Fujifilm’s new 9MP bridge camera aims to challenge entry-level SLRs. Described at ‘a model that marks the point where compact digital cameras and digital SLRs meet’, the FinePix S9500 is one of two new cameras from Fuji to incorporate a 9MP CCD, incorporating Fujifilm’s fifth-generation Super CCD sensor. Controlled by a twist barrel, the Fujinon lens offers a versatile focal length of 28-300mm (35mm equivalent.) Fujifilm promises a fast start-up time of 0.8-seconds and 0.01 second shutter lag, while the tilting 1.8in LCD screen enables shooting at unusual angles. A class-leading sensitivity range of ISO 80-1600 helps the S9500 to produce sharp images in low-lighting conditions. The S9500 includes a full range of exposure modes including manual, aperture priority, shutter priority and program. Enthusiast photographers can take advantage of the hotshoe, PC sync terminal and RAW shooting mode. Other features include a real-time histogram, Highlight warning and 30fps movie mode with manual zoom. Adrian Clarke from Fujifilm comments: ‘…as DSLRs are specialist cameras, they inevitably offer 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.’ A price has yet to be announced for the FinePix S9500 Zoom, which will be available in August. For more details head to www.fujifilm.co.uk or call 0207 586 1477. Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom specifications Effective pixels: 9.0 million effective pixels CCD sensor: 1/1.6 inch Super CCD HR, Number of total pixels: 9.24 million Number of recorded pixels: Still image: 3,488 x 2,616 (9.12 million) / 3,696 x 2,464 (3:2 format) / 2,592 x 1,944 / 2,048 x 1,536 / 1,600 x 1,200 / 640 x 480 pixels, Movie: 640 x 480 / 320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames per second with monaural sound. Direct storage to media. Storage media: xD-Picture Card™ , CompactFlash™,Microdrive™ File format: Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2) CCD-RAW Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG) (Design Rule for Camera File System compliant / DPOF compatible) Lens: Fujinon 10.7x optical zoom lens, F2.8 - F4.9 Focal length: F=6.2mm – 66.7mm (equivalent to 28-300mm on a 35mm camera) Focus: Auto focus, continuous AF, manual focus, AF system: TTL contrast-type, AF frame selection: AF (centre), AF (multi), AF (area) AF assist illuminator Focal range: Normal: Wide-angle: approx 50cm to infinity (in high-speed shooting mode; approx 2m to infinity) Telephoto: approx 2m to infinity (in high-speed shooting mode; approx 4m to infinity) Macro: Wide-angle: approx 10cm to 3m, Telephoto: approx 90cm to 3m, Super Macro: Approx 1 cm to 1m (wide-angle only) Shutter speed: 30 sec. to 1/4,000 sec. depending on shooting mode Aperture (wide-angle): F2.8 – F11 (1/3 EV steps) Manual/Auto selectable Sensitivity: Auto / equivalent to ISO 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 Exposure control: Program AE (Auto, P, Anti-Blur, Natural Light, Night, Portrait, Landscape), shutter priority AE, aperture priority AE, manual exposure Exposure compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV in 1/3 EV-step increments (P, S, A) Light metering: TTL 256-zone metering Multi, Spot, Average White balance: Automatic scene recognition/Preset (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Fluorescent (Cool White), Incandescent/Custom white balance (2 types)) LCD monitor: 1.8”, aspect ratio 4:3, approx. 118,000 pixel low temperature polysilicon TFT. Approx. 100% coverage Viewfinder: 0.44”, 235,000 pixels, LCD viewfinder. Approx. 100% coverage. Flash: Auto flash, Effective range: Wide angle approx. 30cm – 5.6m Telephoto approx. 60cm – 3m, Flash Mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro., Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro. Self-timer Approx 2 / 10 sec. Video output: NTSC / PAL selectable Digital input/output: USB 2.0 High Speed Flash synchronising terminal: Hotshoe or synchronising terminal Power source options: 4 x AA-size Alkaline batteries, 4 x AA-size NiMH batteries (not included, sold separately) AC Power Adapter AC-5VX (not included, sold separately) Dimensions: 128.0 (W) x 93 (H) x 129.0 (D) mm (excluding accessories or attachments) Weight: Approx. 645g (excluding batteries and media) Camera functions Photography functions: High-speed shooting, best framing, post shot assist window, frame no. memory Digital zoom: Approx. 2x (10.7x optical zoom lens used together; max zoom scale 21.4x) Colour modes: B&W / Chrome / Standard Playback: Trimming, image rotate, automatic playback, multi-frame playback, sorting by date, voice memo PictBridge: Compatible Accessories included * 16MB xD-Picture Card™ * 4 x AA-type Alkaline batteries * Shoulder strap * USB cable * A/V cable * Lens cap * Lens cap holder * Lens hood * Owner's manual * CD-ROM containing: USB driver, FinePix Viewer, ImageMixer VCD2 LE for FinePix, RAW file converter LE