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Fujifilm FinePix S9500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 588 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the lens and value for money. The image quality and screen are also appreciated. There are mixed comments on the reliability and build quality, and many are less positive about the energy efficiency and image stabilizer.

portability, screen, image quality, value for money, lens

features, stabilizer , energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Fujifilm FinePix S9500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom / Fujifilm FinePix S9500


Announced at the end of July 2005, the FinePix S9000 (S9500 in Europe and Asia) is the latest in a long line of Fujifilm 'prosumer' camera designed to bridge the gap between fixed lens compacts and interchangeable lens SLRs, and effectively the...

Excellent resolution, lots of detail; Useful zoom range with real wideangle and good telephoto; Excellent color rendition; Very low noise up to ISO 400; ISO 800 usable; Comprehensive photographic controls; Fast and responsive operation; Very reliable...

Minimum focus distance too long in normal mode, worse in high speed mode; Rather pointless super macro mode; Small screen; Some highlight clipping problems in high contrast/very bright scenes; No image stabilization; Occasional focus errors at long end...

I think - with the possible exception of the Panasonic FZ30 - it's fair to say the S9000 is the about as close any manufacturer has ever come to producing a fixed-lens camera that offers real SLR-like handling and operation.

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Fujifilm Finepix S9500 Zoom Review


The Fujifilm Finepix S9500 Zoom is being heavily promoted as a better alternative to a digital SLR camera by Fujifilm, and it's not hard to see why by looking at the S9500's specification. A 9...

The Fujifilm Finepix S9500 Zoom is an excellent but expensive super-zoom compact digital compact camera. The Fujifilm Finepix S9500 Zoom is a cheap but rather poor digital SLR camera. Both of...

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Good beginner camera


I am a 35mm Canon junkie. I have had the FTB,and AE-1. My last was a black body A-1. This new digital blows me away. Love it. Supurb picture quality. Have tried manual exposure, but the auto does so well-why bother. Not real happy with the red eye...

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As I emphasize the title, my opinion is mainly aimed at those who want to move from a simple mini-compact car to a more performance. Already someone has written, but I would like to repeat: If you are semi-professionals with many Soldini to spend, do...



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Quick review of Fujifilm FinePix S9500


One fantastic camera for the novice to improve with. Have had some great moments with mine. The face are shown with more that enough clarity. Truly awsome is an understatement. Macro with this camera is an experience to enjoy and mad so easy. There may...

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Excellent Friend


It has useful digital and optic zoom. You can take a book's pages easily and eligible. You can take photos and movies. You can use automatic feature or you can set your own professional setup. You can see the photos and movies after you took them. You...

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Good price for good camera


good colors

low sharpness

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It's a Gem!


Comfortable, fast, fantastic macro mode, cable release option!

some low light issues

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The s 9500 is 1 of the best


There are a lot of pros to many to list realy.

No cons at all. The camera is perfect

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Not a DSLR


I have been a serious amateur photographer since I bought my first SLR in 1969. My review is based on almost 7 months of use and 4000 pictures. Well made with great handling. Lot's of manual controls. It's build quality is about equal to the Nikon D50 ...

OK Image qualityGreat LensSolid build

Noise above iso 200Poor focusing in poor lightFocusing slow for fast moving objects

Product Specifications

Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom is a new model that marks the point where compact digital cameras and digital SLRs meet. Aimed at amateur and enthusiast photographers, the FinePix S9500 Zoom features resolution good enough to challenge entry-level digital SLRs. It combines this with a range of features that enable a level of photographic flexibility more often associated with compact digital cameras. The FinePix S9500 Zoom features Fujifilm's brand new 5th generation Super CCD sensor, and offers an image size of nine megapixels. Recognizing that image quality is determined by more than just pixel count, the inclusion of Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology gives the FinePix S9500 Zoom a true advantage. It has a class-leading sensitivity range of ISO 80 - ISO 1600, which reduces the need for reliance on image stabilization. The ISO range means that sharp, focused images can be achieved in all light conditions - from bright sunny days to night-time shots - without the use of a flash. Fast shutter speeds not only lessen the effect of blurring from camera shake, but subject movement, too. The camera incorporates a 28-300mm (equivalent on a 35mm camera) Fujinon zoom lens with twist-barrel zoom control. This is a zoom range that encompasses all the major focal lengths, and the manual zoom control enables the photographer to make precision adjustments. Furthermore, because the lens and body on the FinePix S9500 Zoom are built as a closed unit, it eliminates the possibility of dust on the lens and CCD - a serious problem when removing lenses on a digital SLR. A new tilting LCD screen on the camera means that it is possible to view images at awkward angles, such as close to the ground or above the head. Unlike digital SLRs, the LCD can also be used to compose images, which means even more convenience for the photographer. In addition, the camera features a 30-frames-per-second movie mode with manual zoom capability, giving high quality moving images with sound - a function that cannot be integrated into traditional digital SLRs due to the physical design of the cameras. With a 0.8 second start-up time, and just 0.01 second shutter lag, the FinePix S9500 Zoom will give users a near-instant response so that spontaneous shots and unexpected action need never be missed. The camera also incorporates RAW mode, for uncompressed and unprocessed image quality. A hot-shoe attachment and PC sync terminal for external flash make it a camera that's as happy in the studio as it is out and about.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Prosumer
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive / xD-Picture Card / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Folding
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Anti shake / Landscape / Natural light / Night scene / Portrait mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:xD-Picture Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Fujifilm FinePix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.9
Max Focal Length:66.7mm
Min Focal Length:6.2mm
Optical Zoom:10.7
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.9 mm ( 1/1.6 ) / 15.9 mm ( 1/1.6" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super CCD HR
Sensor Resolution:9Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:2
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Chrome
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic