fuji media release - 9.0mp S9500 due soon.

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Andrew Hennell, Sep 13, 2005.

  1. FUJIFILM’s new FinePix S9500 boasts 9.0 megapixels –
    a high resolution consumer digital camera

    Both amateur and serious photography enthusiasts are set to be delighted
    by FUJIFILM’s new SLR-style FinePix S9500 digital camera, which comes
    complete with 9.0 million effective pixels.

    FUJIFILM Product Manager - Digital, Matt Dole, said the FinePix S9500
    was also equipped with a 10.7x optical zoom and when it is combined with
    the digital zoom it expands to a 21.4x zoom in total.

    “The FinePix S9500 also incorporates the newly developed 5th generation
    Super CCD sensor to enhance precise reproduction detail and print
    enlargements. Since all areas from wide to telephoto are captured with a
    closed unit single optical lens, the risk of accumulating dust on the
    CCD is eliminated,” Mr Dole said.

    “With extensive sensitivity levels from ISO 80 to ISO 1600 – thanks to
    FUJIFILM’s Real Photo Technology imaging innovation - sharp focused
    images can be achieved in all light conditions without the use of a
    flash. An Anti-blur mode will also suppress blur caused by camera shake
    and subject movement.

    “The FinePix S9500 has a swift start-up time of just 0.8 seconds -
    enabling photos to be captured in just 1.5 seconds - and a shutter lag
    time of just 0.01 seconds, for a near instant response. The camera also
    offers RAW mode for uncompressed and unprocessed image quality.

    “The new tilting 1.8-inch LCD screen allows images to be viewed at a
    range of awkward angles, such as close to the ground or above the head.
    The LCD can also be conveniently used to compose images.

    “Other features include a manual twist barrel zoom control; VGA movie
    capture of 30 frames per second with zoom capability and sound; a
    hotshoe attachment and PC sync terminal for external flash; a wide range
    of focal range, exposure and flash mode dials; and a real-time histogram
    to assist exposure settings before shooting,” Mr Dole said.

    Accessories include a 16MB xD-Picture Card™, 4 x AA-type alkaline
    batteries, shoulder strap, USB cable, A/V cable, lens cap, lens cap
    holder, lens hood, CD-Rom with USB driver, FinePix Viewer, ImageMixer
    VCD2 LE for FinePix and RAW file converter LE.

    The FUJIFILM FinePix S9500 is expected to have a recommended retail
    price of $999 including GST, and will be available in Australia from
    September ‘05.
    Andrew Hennell, Sep 13, 2005
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    [BnH] Guest

    They already started selling it in Singapore 2 weeks ago @ S$ 998
    introductory price.

    [BnH], Sep 13, 2005
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    John Ewing Guest

    Guess it is probably their successor to the S7000. For the money probably
    an option for those who choose not to go for a SLR model, but want more
    manual control. Be interesting to see how the lens performs. The S7000
    produces reasonably good results.

    John Ewing, Sep 13, 2005
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    Ben Thomas Guest

    "Since all areas from wide to telephoto are captured with a
    Very clever marketing.
    Just love this part. So you can take a sharp focused photo at dawn simply by
    craking up the ISO? ISO 1600 doesn't give you THAT much flexibility.
    It's about time a P&S had decent shutter lag.
    1.8 inches might not be big enough if you're holding the camera with arms
    outstretched above your head.
    I like the live histogram.
    It runs on 4 Batteries?! That will not be no featherweight, but I suppose it
    will still be lighter than a DSLR fitted with lens of the same zoom range.
    Why bother when you can have a DSLR for the same money? Except for the fact that
    a lens that long will cost you more and you'll get dust on the sensor - SHOCK
    HORROR - a DSLR is still much more attractive because the you actually get
    usable high ISO.

    Have I missed anything, or am I way off the mark?
    Ben Thomas - Melbourne, Australia
    The essentials: Kodak DX6490, Nikon D70, Canon i9950, Pioneer DVR-109,
    Hitachi W37-PD2100, DGTEC 2000A, Harmon/Kardon AVR4500, Denon DVD-2800,
    Whatmough Synergy, Sony Ericsson K700i, Palm LifeDrive.

    Opinions, conclusions, and other information in this message that do not
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    given nor endorsed by it.
    Ben Thomas, Sep 13, 2005
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    tlai909 Guest

    I agree with you Ben. It's marketing run rampant. They have to sell
    what they're given and if they can't bring in an SLR they have no
    choice but to pick on the relative weaknesses of SLR systems.

    Fuji and Sony should merge their marketing arms. I also note that a lot
    of people believe all this.

    tlai909, Sep 14, 2005
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    alx Guest

    A digital SLR for under AUD 1000? I need to shop where you do.

    In addition I don;t see digital SLR's doing 30FPS vga movies to card
    capacity, nor webcam...not a great need for it but it IS useful.

    I still use my S602Z (early model to the S9500) and it's soldiered on
    flawlessly for 3 years, oblivious to motorcycle vibrations and such.

    Just acquired EOS digital SLR ...gained much (including, yes, useable ISO )
    but will miss the compactness, battery-life friendly, dual media, VGA
    movie-capable/Webcam features of the Fuji's.

    Apples and oranges..


    couple Nikons, then coupla EOS films , Olympus 300 digi, Fuji S602z
    (couple of generations before the S9500)
    alx, Sep 15, 2005
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    Ben Thomas Guest

    There were discussions recently about the lower end probably superceded models
    going for $999 in the major capital cities of Oz. Or am i mistaken and they were
    body only?
    Personally I don't have much need for those features and I don't think it's
    worth compromising the main ability of the camera, i.e. taking photos.

    I can understand many people being happy with a high end P&S and not really
    appreciating the superior photo quality afforded by a DSLR. Just like most
    people are happy with small/cheap/old TVs. We all make compromises though, each
    to his/her own, etc.

    DSLRs would have to be the most battery friendly cameras available if I'm not

    Ben Thomas - Melbourne, Australia
    The essentials: Kodak DX6490, Nikon D70, Canon i9950, Pioneer DVR-109,
    Hitachi W37-PD2100, DGTEC 2000A, Harmon/Kardon AVR4500, Denon DVD-2800,
    Whatmough Synergy, Sony Ericsson K700i, Palm LifeDrive.

    Opinions, conclusions, and other information in this message that do not
    relate to the official business of my employer shall be understood as neither
    given nor endorsed by it.
    Ben Thomas, Sep 15, 2005
  8. "most battery friendly cameras"? My film kit wins.
    Andrew Hennell, Sep 15, 2005
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    alx Guest

    Apples and oranges, you would never be in the market to assess/compare a
    S9500 then.

    I could expect sub-999 superseded DSLR bodies, given new D70s' bodies are
    around 1300-1400.

    And then whack a cheap kit lense on :-(
    alx, Sep 15, 2005
  10. heh - this and the "Compact Zoom news pictures???????" cause me to chuckle.

    Horses for courses comes to mind. SLR's have their place, as do P&S and
    MF. The "mine is better than yours" debate just closes your eyes to
    possibilities and new experiences.

    In my case:

    When I'm 'time rich', the MF kit got a workout. Recently sold, but now
    I want it back... so I'm scrounging ebay again for good kit. Mostly
    for landscape/rural work, when I feel like being artistic and spending a
    day or more just pottering about.

    When I'm 'time neutral' or being paid, the SLRs get run. Flexible,
    range of lenses, fast, accurate, sharp. It's for these reasons I stick
    with this kit for commercial work - using film (used to use velvia or
    now almost all kodak Portra VC & NC).

    When I'm 'time poor', the P&S (Fuji S5000) steps up. I carry one with
    me almost all the time - one in my backpack and another in my glovebox.
    "ooh, that looks nice" .. SNAP. The only thing that sh*ts me is the lag.

    One of my more regular employers gives me a Canon dSLR for assignments.
    I recently shot a whole job with the Fuji and they were extremely happy
    with the results. Even questioned their investment in the dSLR kits.
    Not that I mind the Canon, just the fuji did the job and was much easier
    for that particular gig. (and heck, it's only a newspaper - images are
    cropped & battered into submission and buried amongst a heap of words).

    The more I use the P&S, the less I use my SLR. This trend may continue
    as I've just ordered the new S9500. That small lag time is seriously
    attractive to me, and the flip-out screen will allow me to shoot from a
    low angle without lying in mud!

    Will a P&S replace my SLR? no. never. But they have their place and
    the latest offerings are quite nice kit.
    Andrew Hennell, Sep 15, 2005
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    alx Guest

    well said... and judging by my experience with the 602z, the 9500 looks good
    alx, Sep 15, 2005
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    [BnH] Guest

    <-- truly well typed.
    [BnH], Sep 15, 2005
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    grumpy Guest

    Pentax and Olympus both have sub-$1000 DSLR cameras. I frequently see ads for them in the Sun
    Buy a video camera.
    My 602 died. ;-(
    grumpy, Sep 15, 2005
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    tlai909 Guest

    About $1,000 SLRs...

    If you take the D50 with its free 70-300mm zoom lens at well under
    $1,400... that's about $1,100 for the camera right???

    For a Nikon that's cheap.

    tlai909, Sep 16, 2005
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    alx Guest

    oh I would if I could cart both around. You missed the point. Sorry it was
    all too hard.
    ahahah, the name explains it ehehe.
    alx, Sep 16, 2005
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    tlai909 Guest

    I find people complain about SLRs in that they don't have preview or
    movie mode etc. etc.

    Naive in the extreme. It's like complaining that toasters don't make

    Their basic design negates these features.

    I would suppose it's the same people who complain that V8s are

    tlai909, Sep 16, 2005
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    alx Guest

    oh FFS agreed :) ... thanks for agreeing with me and half the thread
    respondents that comparing DSLR's and pointnshoots is about is meaningful as
    comparing the value of apples and oranges.
    alx, Sep 16, 2005
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    kosh Guest

    agreed! Never would have happened before the MERGING of manual in a P&S

    incidentally... I saw an ad for the Pentax *ist DL with 18-50 for $935 !
    Olympys @ $999

    and you all know about the nikon and canon.

    kosh, Sep 21, 2005
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