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Fujifilm's FinePix S9100 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fuji updates the S9000
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 01:00 EDT)

Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc. has today announced a new digital camera model that is slated to hit retail exactly 12 months after the FinePix S9000 model on which it is based.

As with that camera, the Fujifilm FinePix S9100 couples a powerful 10.7x optical zoom lens which can focus down to just 0.4 inches, with a 1/1.6" nine megapixel SuperCCD HR imager that yields a maximum ISO rating of 1600. Other hardware features in the Fujifilm S9100 that are held over from its predecessor include the overall body design, dual media slots (CompactFlash / Microdrive and xD-Picture Card), and an electronic viewfinder that can offer frame rates of either 30 or 60 frames per second. There's plenty in the Fuji FinePix S9100 to cater to the needs of advanced amateurs looking to gain maximum control over their photos, with P / A / S / M exposure modes, a Raw file format, auto / manual focus, three metering modes, nine white balance modes (including two custom hold modes), and both a six-mode popup flash, plus a choice of external flash hot shoe and PC sync connector.

Changes from the S9000 to the Fuji S9100 include a slightly larger 2.0" LCD display with double the resolution at 235,000 pixels (which also makes the camera just a scant three grams heavier), the i-Flash metering functionality we've seen previously on the FinePix F30 and S6000fd models, improved autofocus performance, new image processing algorithms that are said to offer better resolution and sharpness, and the addition of Fuji's Hyper Utility Software HS-V2 (version 3) to the product bundle.

Showing the difference a year can make, the Fujifilm FinePix S9100 will be priced $100 below the original price of the model it replaces, shipping this September for US$599.

Fujifilm FinePix S9100
Fujifilm's FinePix S9100 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type SLR-style
Manufacturer Fujifilm
Model Number S9100
Dimensions 5.0 x 3.7 x 5.1"
127.0 x 94.0 x 129.5mm
Weight 649.2 g
22.7 oz
Planned Price $599.00
Planned Availability Sep 2006
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/1.6" Fujifilm SuperCCD HR
9.24 megapixels (total)
9.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Dimensions 3488 x 2616 (9.1 megapixels)3696 x 2464 (9.1 megapixels)2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, EVF type, 0.44" 235K pixel color LCD
100% field of view
LCD 2.0", 235,000 pixels
100% field of view
Lens
Lens Type Fujinon
10.7x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 6.2 - 66.7mm (actual)
28 - 300mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/4.9 (tele) - f/11
Focusing System TTL Contrast-type (Area, Multi, Center) with AF assist lamp
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing Range Normal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - 122" (1 cm - 300 cm)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed 30 - 1/4000 second
Exposure Modes Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes 256-zone multi, spot, average
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Custom 1 & 2, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Sync, Red Eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
Range: Wide: approx. 30 cm-5.6m (1.0 ft.-18.4 ft.); Tele: approx. 60cm-3m (2.0 ft.-9.8 ft.)
Creative
Scene Modes Picture Stabilization, Natural Light, Portrait, Landscape, Night
Digital Zoom 2x fixed
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie Format AVI (Motion JPEG) with audio
640x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 30 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium CompactFlash Type 1, CompactFlash Type 2, Microdrive, xD Picture Card
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format CCD-RAW, RAW, JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Other DC In
Power
Battery Type Alkaline disposable or NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 4 x AA
Product Bundle
Software Hyper Utility Software HS-V2 version 3, FinePixViewer, ImageMixer VCD2 LE for FinePix, Raw File converter LE
Battery / Charger 4 x AA Alkaline disposable battery
Flash Memory 16.0MB xD-Picture Card
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control Yes, Cable release
Operating System Compatibility Windows, MacOS
More Photos
Fujifilm's FinePix S9100 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix S9100 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix S9100 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Fujifilm's FinePix S9100 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Original Source Press Release:

NEW FINEPIX S9100 DIGITAL CAMERA ADVANCES AN ENTHUSIAST FAVORITE

Valhalla, NY, August 24, 2006 – Fujifilm today announced the launch of the FinePix S9100, the latest model in Fujifilm’s SLR-styled digital camera line-up and successor to the highly regarded FinePix S9000.

The FinePix S9100 features a 10.7x Fujinon optical zoom lens, nine MegaPixel Fujifilm Super CCD sensor and ISO 80-1600 capabilities. The FinePix S9100 is aimed at photo enthusiasts who will benefit from its impressive zoom range, functionality, high light sensitivities and overall image quality.

The camera’s high sensitivity range, made possible by Fujifilm’s Real Photo Technology, enables FinePix S9100 users to capture images using natural light in a wide variety of lighting conditions. In addition, Fujifilm’s Picture Stabilization technology uses the heightened sensitivity of the FinePix S9100 and high-speed shutter settings to reduce blur caused by camera shake and subject movement. This easy-to-access feature is selectable on the mode dial and allows the FinePix S9100 to choose the correct light sensitivity and best-matching shutter speed automatically for the highest quality digital pictures.

Other noteworthy features of the FinePix S9100 include:

  • i-Flash: Fujifilm’s intelligent flash system fine-tunes output for shooting with high sensitivity settings. i-Flash recognizes scene conditions and adjusts flash intensity accordingly to ensure superb results. With i-Flash, subjects in the foreground appear natural and background detail is bright and clear. The difference is especially noticeable in portraits with subjects that exhibit true-to-life skin tones.
  • Fujinon Lens Technology & Zooming: The FinePix S9100 features a 10.7x wide angle optical zoom with a focal range equivalent of 28mm - 300mm. In Super Macro mode, the FinePix S9100 can focus clearly as close as 0.4-inches, and the overall speed of focusing is much improved over the FinePix S9000. With the addition of a beam assist, the camera will focus automatically in low light conditions.
  • New Processing Algorithms: Users will notice a difference in the photographs taken by the FinePix S9100. New processing algorithms have led to increased sharpness and greater resolution.
  • Tilted LCD Screen: The FinePix S9100 has all its angles covered with a tilting 2" LCD, making it easy to frame your shot from a variety of shooting positions. The LCD gain-up control allows viewing of the LCD in bright and low light conditions. The viewfinder is electronic with 235,000 pixel resolution and provides approximately 100% coverage.
  • HS-V2 Software: The inclusion of Fujifilm’s Hyper Utility Software HS-V2 version 3 software enables FinePix S9100 photographers to explore the full potential of the camera’s RAW file format. By fully controlling the 18 million pixel RAW file from the FinePix S9100’s Super CCD, photographers can enjoy the control and flexibility of working on a “lossless” file format.

Due to ship in September, the FinePix S9100 will sell at a price of $599.

About Fujifilm
Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. is a subsidiary of Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. and delivers technology solutions to meet the imaging and information needs of retailers, consumers, professionals and business customers. As a global leader in digital imaging, Fujifilm pioneered the development of digital medical systems, and today is the leader in digital minilab systems. The company was ranked number 18 for U.S. patents granted during 2005, employs more than 75,000 people worldwide and in the year ending March 31, 2006, had global revenues of $22.8 billion.

In the United States, Fujifilm is a leader in delivering high quality, easy-to-use imaging and information solutions in the following categories: Digital Imaging Systems, Film and Imaging Systems, Recording/Storage Media, Motion Picture Film, Graphic Arts and Printing Systems and Medical Imaging and Diagnostics Systems. Fujifilm is an environmentally friendly, humane enterprise and an exemplary corporate citizen.For more information on Fujifilm products, consumers can call 800-800-FUJI or access the Fujifilm USA Web site at www.fujifilmusa.com.

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