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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:50 pm 
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I have recently bought Fujifilm S9600 (I think its called S9000 in USA or at least has same specs). If anyone is interested I believe its the best of bridge cameras. I will try to be short so not all features are mention here but only what I have found to be of the best interest. Can record RAW format even it is a bit slow in that. Full manual controls, LCD can display grid lines Can take CF and XD card simultaneously. Good lens coverage 28-300 equiv. to 35mm. Good macro though there is some distortion at edges. Sensor -CCD- is larger than competition so less noise. Its 1/1.6in competition has 1/2.5in. Has many features but no Depth of Field preview competition also has no DoF preview.
Handles great takes 58mm filters records video at 640x480 has manual focus but its slow. Lastly its the only one that its zoom is manual like the SLR cameras and not with buttons and dials like compacts. The 4 AA alkaline batteries supplied last for 150 shots about 20 of them with flash use.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:19 pm 
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Hi Laertiscy,

Nice feedback. I used a bridge camera for a few years before I switched to a DSLR and they have a lot going for them. Any chance of posting some pictures illustrating the camera's strengths (and weaknesses)? If you haven't done this before Gordon wrote a "how to" here.

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The S9600 is a nice camera - it's similar to its predecessor, which we reviewd here: http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/FujifilmS9500/

I agree the manual zoom ring is a really nice feature to have on a fixed lens camera and i worry the manufacturers are moving away from this again to motorised zooms on all non-DSLRs. There is still the Panasonic FZ50 though - see: http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/PanasonicFZ50/

Lets hope Panasonic updates this soon with 28mm wide angle and a bigger (but still flippable) screen!

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I will try to post some photos taken with my camera soon.

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