Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom / FinePix S9000 Zoom review
Gordon Laing, January 2006
The following images were taken with the Fujifilm FinePix S9500 / S9000. The
recording mode was set to 9M F mode, thereby using the full 9 megapixel resolution
and the least-compressed JPEG setting; unless otherwise stated, the pictures were
taken in Program mode with the default settings. The individual file sizes, shutter
speeds, aperture, ISO and lens focal length are listed for each image.
The crops are taken from the original files, reproduced at 100% and saved in Adobe
Photoshop CS2 as JPEGs with the default Very High quality preset, while the resized
images were made in Photoshop CS2 and saved with the default High quality preset.
The three crops are typically taken from far left, central and far right portions
of each image. For examples of the S9500 / S9000 when fully zoomed-in, check the
Church: 4.32MB, Program, 1/170, f8, ISO 100, 6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm (equivalent
This shot of a city-center
church demonstrates the S9500's wide-angle capability.
The image was taken at quite close range, but the 28mm equivalent wide-angle
allowed us to capture a larger field of view than most all-in-ones.
The crops are sharp and detailed, although at 28mm, the S9500 performs best
with its aperture closed.
Macro: 4.15MB, Program, 1/480, f5, ISO 80, 6.2-66.7mm at 8mm (36mm equivalent)
The S9500 is capable of focusing
very close to its subjects, allowing excellent macro results.
As the results pages show, there's some distortion with close-ups using
the lens at its widest position, but move back and zoom-in a little and
the geometry improves greatly.
The crops here reveal a high level of detail, although there's some softness
due to the small depth-of-field at this close range.
City: 4.72MB, Program, 1/500, f7.2, ISO 100, 6.2-66.7mm at 29mm (equivalent
This photo of London's
Millennium Bridge was taken on a sunny day with the S9500's zoom at approximately
the halfway position.
As you would expect with an ISO of 100 and aperture of f7.2, the crops are
sharp, detailed and exhibit low noise levels.
Market: 4.20MB, Aperture Priority, 1/15, f8, ISO 400, 6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm (equivalent
This photo of a market stall was
taken under dim lighting conditions. We wanted a large depth-of-field so
set the aperture to f8.
In order to achieve a hand-holdable shutter speed under these conditions
we had to increase the ISO to 400.
The crops show a higher level of noise than the earlier examples and reduced
detail, although it's acceptable for all but the largest reproductions.
City: 4.32MB, Program, 1/38, f2.8, ISO 1600, 6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm (equivalent
Most all-in-ones would struggle here
due to their relatively modest sensitivities.
In contrast, the S9500's high 1600 ISO setting has allowed us to easily
handhold this photo with an exposure of 1/38th of a second and no need
for a flash.
It's an impressive capability, but not without compromise. Viewed at
100%, the crops reveal high noise levels and smearing of detail.
It's useful to have the option of high sensitivity though and the artefacts
are less visible on smaller reproductions.
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