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 Post subject: Fuji S9500 vs Canon 350D
PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 5:50 pm 
Hi all,, i already have a fuji S9500 and was thinking of selling it and buying the canon 350D, i am really happy with my 9500 as it takes great pictures, i was wondering if the 350D takes better pictures than the S9500 just wondering if i am making a mistake selling the 9500, thank you.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 11:41 pm 
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Hello there, thanks for visiting our forums.

The best advice I can give you is to check the results page of our review of the S9500 where you'll see it compared against the 350D with its bundled 18-55mm lens. There's also a discussion about the 9500 versus an SLR in the verdict.

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/FujifilmS9500/

Just briefly though, the main differences in the favour of the 350D are lower noise, higher sensitivity, quicker general response, easier manual focussing and of course the ability to change the lens.

In the 9500's favour over the 350D, you've got a much longer lens zoom range, better macro performance, a movie mode, composition with the screen and no chance of getting dust on the sensor.

If you like the convenience of having an all-in-one camera with a long zoom range and a movie mode, then stick with the 9500. If you want to get into more advanced or specialist photography, such as using high sensitivities or swapping lenses, then an SLR will be more flexible - and the 350D is a great choice.

Hope that's helped, although for a greater discussion of the pros and cons, check out our review of the S9500.

Gordon


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 11:06 am 
I did see that review, but it could be just my eye's but doesn't the 350D with the 18-55 lens have better picture quality at least that is what my eye's saw.


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Hi Spartan, many of the results were pretty close - in terms of resolution, the Fuji had a fractional edge over the Canon 350D, but you'd be hard pushed to notice it in practice. Similarly, the real-life results exhibited similar levels of detail, although you may prefer the processing of one camera over the other.

The Fuji lens has the edge over the Canon 18-55 in terms of uniformity and geometric distortion, although again you'd be hard pushed to notice in real-life. The macro performance on the Fuji lens is definitely more impressive than the Canon kit lens though, especially if you can live with some geometric distortion.

You have to be careful about noise levels though. The Fuji results look good, but that's becuase they were of flat colour targets. Check the gallery page and you'll see quite strange noise reduction artefacts at high sensitivities. DSLRs with their physically larger sensors always perform much better at higher sensitivities and if such photography is crucial to you, then a DSLR is the way forward.

Ultimately both the Fuji 9500 and Canon 350D will take great-looking pictures which roughly deliver the same quality. The choice between them boils down to personal preferences on handling and the various pros and cons of all-in-ones versus DSLRs discussed earlier - not to mention budget. But if you take most of your photos at 200 ISO or lower, then both cameras will deliver similar image quality.

Hope that helps,

Gordon


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