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Fuji FinePix S9000

By: Dave Etchells

Fuji's latest bridge camera offers a larger, 9.0-megapixel SuperCCD HR imager with a high resolution electronic optical viewfinder.

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Page 1:Intro and Highlights

Review First Posted: 12/14/2005

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9.0-megapixel Super CCD HR produces 3,488 x 2,616-pixel images.
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10.7x Fujinon optical zoom lens equivalent to 28-300mm lens on a 35mm camera.
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Accepts xD-Picture Cards, CF Type II cards
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High-resolution electronic optical viewfinder, with 235,000 pixels.

 

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Introduction

Fujifilm, one of the major players in the digital camera field, has introduced the FinePix S9000. Replacing the FinePix S7000 at the company's high end, the Fuji S9000's resolution has been upped to a class-leading nine megapixels, and an extremely powerful 10.7x optical zoom lens combines to offer what Fujifilm obviously feels can compete head-on with competitors' digital SLR offerings. ISO sensitivity has been improved to allow ISO 1600 at full resolution, and an articulated LCD display caches in on the main advantage of non-SLR cameras - a live preview image that lets you see what you'll get before you press the shutter button. With a refined user interface and the same great exposure features, autofocus options, and performance as the S7000, the Fuji S9000 could be a hit for the company - but how will it stack up against the increasingly competitive DSLR segment? Read on to find out.

 

Fuji S9000 Highlights

  • 9.0-megapixel Super CCD HR produces images as large as 3,488 x 2,616 pixels.
  • 0.44-inch electronic optical viewfinder with dioptric adjustment, plus 1.8-inch color LCD monitor.
  • 10.7x Fujinon 28-300mm-equivalent zoom lens, with f/2.8-4.9 maximum aperture and mechanically linked zoom control.
  • Macro shooting includes normal macro and "Super-Macro" option that focuses down to one centimeter.
  • Adjustable ISO setting with 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600 equivalents, plus an auto mode.
  • 2x fixed digital telephoto.
  • Auto (single / continuous) and manual focus options, with adjustable AF area.
  • Shutter speeds from 1/4,000 to 30 seconds, with a Bulb setting.
  • Built-in, pop-up flash with five operating modes.
  • External flash hot shoe and PC sync connector.
  • Shutter button features a mechanical cable release socket for decreased vibration on long exposures.
  • Nine user-selectable white balance settings, including a manual adjustment.
  • 30 frame/second VGA movie with sound and Voice recording modes.
  • Auto, Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual exposure modes.
  • Night, Landscape, Portrait, Natural Light and Anti-Blur Scene modes.
  • Three Continuous Shooting modes, plus Auto Exposure Bracketing and a Multi-Exposure mode.
  • High-speed shooting mode reduces focusing lag, with increased power consumption and reduced focusing range.
  • Two image quality recording modes in JPEG format, and an uncompressed RAW option.
  • Dual media slots support xD-Picture Cards (16MB card included) or CompactFlash Type II, including microdrives.
  • FAT32 file system supports cards with capacities above 2GB.
  • Video cable included.
  • Power via four AA-type batteries or optional AC adapter (four AA alkaline batteries included).
  • USB cable and interface software for connecting to a computer.
  • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) and PictBridge (direct printing) compatibility.

 

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