Oct 14, 2005

Fujifilm FinePix S9000 review

The Fujifilm FinePix S9000 digital camera boasts 9.0 effective MegaPixels that capture up to 3,488 x 2,616 recorded pixels (9.12 million) - the highest resolution of any consumer-grade camera on the market.

The new FinePix S9000 is equipped with a Fujinon 10.7x wide-angle optical zoom lens that is the equivalent of having a 28-300mm zoom on a 35mm camera. This zoom range is ideal for a wide variety of shooting situations and thus makes the purchase of additional lenses unnecessary.

DC Resource Page have just posted their Fujifilm FinePix S9000 review and in their review say-
"The Fuji FinePix S9000 is a camera that finds itself in a difficult position. It's an ultra zoom camera without optical image stabilization, and it's priced very close to the entry-level digital SLRs. In other words, Fuji had their work cut out for them. In most respects, the S9000 turned out quite well, though it's not a substitute for a digital SLR. Rather, it's a competent ultra zoom camera with a few things that other cameras in this class don't offer. At the same time, the S9000 has some room for improvement.
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Overall, I do recommend the FinePix S9000 as a capable ultra zoom digital camera. It's not a substitute for a digital SLR, as those take better pictures and are more responsive. It is an interesting alternative to things like the Canon PowerShot S2, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30, and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1, though it's missing the very useful image stabilizer that all three of those offer. While the S9000 can stabilize things by boosting the ISO sensitivity, this limits your output options to smaller prints in many situations. Since all four of these cameras are good performers, I'd recommend trying them in person to see which one you like using -- since that's what ultimately matters."

So why would you buy a Fiji S9000? It does boast a 28mm-to-300mm (35mm equivalent) 10.7X zoom lens, where most low-end dSLRs come with a skimpy normal zoom; and its 1/1.6-inch Fuji Super CCD HR sensor packs in 9 million pixels, compared to 6 megapixels for most budget digital SLRs. Still a compelling combination.

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