Announced on the 24th
August, 2006 the Fujifilm FinePix S9600
/ S9100 is an SLR shaped 9 megapixel digital camera with a 10.7x
optical zoom lens and a 2.0" (230,000 pixel) tilting LCD screen for
easy high and low angle shooting. The camera has the ability to take photos
at ISO 1600, while most ordinary digital cameras stop at ISO 400. The
10.7x manually set optical zoom lens is equivalent to 28-300mm on a 35mm
camera. The Fujifilm FinePix S9600 / S9100 is available from around £300,
this makes it good value for money for a digital camera with excellent
image quality. The camera is enclosed in a sturdy plastic body and
available in black only. The S9600 / S9100 can record video in 640 x 480
resolution at 30fps with sound with fully functional manual zoom. The
body measures approx. 128.0(W) X 93.0 (H) X 129.0(D) mm , and weighs approx.
650g excluding battery and memory card. This is Fuji's replacement to
the FinePix S9500 / S9000 - the S9600 / S9100 new features are: Improved
auto focus response time in low light conditions, Improved image processing
algorithms resulting in increased image sharpness and resolution, Intelligent
Flash system, 2.0" (230,000 pixel) tilting LCD screen for easy high
and low angle shooting, and Hyper Utility Software HS-V2 version 3 for
RAW format shooting, improving options for photographers.
this to say about the camera:
the 1/1.6-inch Super CCD HR sensor, the FinePix S9600 boasts a remarkable
9.0 effective megapixels; ultra-high-resolution images characterized
by stunning detail and rich texture. The Super CCD HR offers high sensitivity
with unprecedented image quality. Thanks to effective noise suppression
performed by the Fujifilm's innovative RP Processor, the S9600 produces
beautiful photos without tripod or flash, retaining the natural light
and atmosphere of the scene. With a high-performance zoom lens equivalent
to 28-300mm on a 35mm camera, the FinePix S9600 covers the full range
photographic possibilities from wide-angle landscape or architectural
shots to normal focal length snapshots and telephoto portraits or sports
shooting. With no need to carry additional equipment and no photo opportunities
missed because of changing lenses. Because there's no need to change
lenses, the sensor is protected from dust accumulation, a common problem
that affects the quality of images captured with digital SLR cameras.
With the dust-free, integrated lens construction of the FinePix S9600,
you can always count on maximum image quality and never worry about
sensor cleaning. The FinePix S9600 sports a bright and easy-to-see 2.0-inch
LCD monitor that swivels vertically to let you shoot from high and low
angles with ease."
You can find
more information on their
a visual tour: (Photos of the camera taken with the Olympus
Camera off: Silver shutter button, surrounded by off, preview &
photo dial. Top centre photo assist lens/ light. Note Hot shoe at back.
/ side view: (partial zoom) camera on: flash release button,
microphone (on slope). Buttons: Info, Auto focus (surround focus mode
selector), macro. Grey cover for USB, AV, power.
Optical zoom: Top left, command dial, which works in conjunction
with the three buttons in front (continuous shooting, exposure compensation
& flash mode). The big dial next to that is the mode selector.
in detail: Top
left: Flash pop-up button, Info (displays setting info on LCD), center
Auto focus, surround focus mode selector: C = Continuous AF, S= Single
AF, M= Manual (using focus ring around lens), macro. Grey cover for
USB, AV, power.
On the extreme left and right are the shoulder strap loops. From
left, Diopter adjust, Electronic view finder, Auto Exposure mode selector
ring around the AE lock button, Ready LCD, EVF/LCD option button