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Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Review

Review Date: Nov 14, 2005

Fujifilm FinePix S9000

Photoxels Editor's Choice 2005 Award

Category: Prosumer - Advanced Amateur

The Fujifilm FinePix S9000 replaces the FinePix S7000 with the new 5th Generation SuperCCD HR image sensor with low noise at high ISO capabilities. It also features an exciting 28-300mm (35mm equivalent) 10.7x wide-angle optical zoom that should delight many advanced photographers desiring a wide-angle coverage without sacrificing a worthy telephoto coverage.

The Fujifilm S9000 has 9.0 megapixels resolution with a F2.8 to F11 aperture range, and shutter speed ranges from 30 sec. to a fast 1/4,000 sec. It has the same high resolution EVF (electronic viewfinder) at 235,000 pixels, and the 1.8 in. LCD monitor is now tiltable. It keeps the dual media slots for xD-Picture Card as well as CF/IBM MicroDrive. Other professional options include a manual focus / zooming adjustment lens ring, a hot shoe mount, and the full range of exposure flexibility.

It continues to supports CCD-RAW and JPEG file formats and connects to a computer via USB 2. Another nod toward popular request is the use of 4 AA alkaline batteries as its power source. A live histogram can be displayed during Recording mode.

The Fujifilm FinePix S9000 sets a new standard for prosumer digital cameras and will appeal to advanced amateur - prosumer photographers.

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Fujifilm FinePix S9000
QuickFact™ Sheet
Fujifilm FinePix S9000
Image Sensor 9.0 effective megapixels
1/1.6-inch super CCD HR
Lens Fujinon (13 elements in 10 groups)
Focal Length 6.2-66.7mm (28-300mm, 35mm equivalent)
Aperture F2.8 - F11; 13 steps in 1/3 EV increments Manual/Auto selectable
Optical Zoom 10.7X Wide (28- 300mm)
Lens Adapters Available None
Auto Focus • Mode: Auto focus, Continuous AF, Manual focus
• AF system: TTL Contrast-type
• AF frame selection: AF (Center), AF (Multi), AF (Area)
Focusing Range
   Normal Wide-angle: approx. 50 cm (1.6 ft.) to infinity (In High-speed shooting mode: approx. 2 m (6.6 ft.) to infinity
Telephoto: approx. 2 m (6.6 ft.) to infinity (In High-speed shooting mode: approx. 4 m (13.1 ft.) to infinity)
   Macro - Close-up Wide angle: Approx. 10 cm / 3.9 in. to 3 m / 9.8 ft.,
Telephoto: Approx. 90 cm / 3 ft. to 3 m / 9.8 ft.
   Super Macro - Close-up Approx. 1 cm to 1 m (0.4 in. to 3.3 ft. wide-angle only)
Low Light AF Assist Illuminator Yes
Shutter Release Control Press half way to set focus, all the way to release the shutter. Threaded for standard cable release.
Shutter Speed 30 Sec. - 1/4000 Sec
Exposure Control Auto/Manual /Programmed AE, Aperture or Shutter Priority AE / 5 Preprogrammed Scene Types (SP): Anti-Blur, Natural Light, Night, Portrait, Landscape
Continuous Shooting modes Top or Final 4-frame continuous shooting, Long-period continuous shooting (up to 40 frames)
Frame to Frame Intervals Max 1.5 frames/sec
Movie recording • 640 x 480 pixels 30fps / 320x240 pixels 30fps w/ monaural sound
• A series of continuous images can be recorded up to available recording time per media.
Audio Recording Mode Up to 30 Sec Audio Voice Memo
Color Control Modes Standard, Chrome, Black and White
Other Features Auto Bracketing, Voice Memo (30Sec.), Self-timer: approx 10 sec./2 sec., World Time, 7 Language menu interface, Tripod socket
Light Metering (Photometry) TTL 256-zones metering (Multi, Spot, Multi)
White Balance Auto, Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Custom (Custom calibrated with ambient or flash lighting)
Viewfinder Electronic TTL Viewfinder (EVF), 0.44 inch, 235,000 Pixels with 100% Coverage
LCD Monitor Tilting 1.8" TFT (118,000 pixels) 100% coverage, aspect ratio 4:3
LCD Low Light Gain-up Brightness Mode
Histogram Real time Histogram Mode
ISO Sensitivity Auto, ISO equivalent to ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600
Storage Media xD Picture Card , CF Card and Microdrive Dual Slot
File formats • Still image: DCF-compliant, Compressed: Exif ver.2.2 JPEG, DPOF-compatible, Uncompressed: CCD-RAW (RAF)    (Design rule for Camera File System compliant DPOF compatible)
• Movie: AVI format, Motion JPEG
• Audio: WAVE format, Monaural sound
Recording capacity with one 16MB xD-Picture Card (included) Still image:
• Raw 0
• 9MP (F) 3
• 9MP (N) 6
• 5MP 12
• 3MP 19

• 640x480 13 sec
• 320x240 26 sec
Power source Four AA alkaline batteries included, or 4 optional Fujifilm AA NiMH rechargeable battery packs (sold separately), and Fujifilm AC-5V AC adapter (sold separately)
Pictures / Battery Charge (CIPA Standard) Approx. 140 frames (When using alkaline batteries supplied with the camera, xD-Picture Card)
Start-up Speed 0.8 Sec
Shutter Lag Time 10ms(with AE/AF locked)
Flash External Hot Shoe, Synchronizing terminal
• Flash mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Sync, Red Eye Reduction + Slow Synchro.
• Effective range: Wide-angle: approx. 30 cm-5.6m (1.0 ft.-18.4 ft.); Telephoto: approx. 60cm-3m (2.0 ft.-9.8 ft.)
Playback Trimming, Image rotate, Automatic playback, Single/Multi- frame playback, sorting by date
Rotation Playback Mode Image Rotation mode available
Camera Terminals USB 1.1 & 2.0 compatible interface (2.0 Hi-speed), 5 volt power-input socket, Video-out (NTSC/PAL)
Printing interface PictBridge, DPOF, and EXIF Print 2.2 Compatible
Video Out NTSC and PAL Switchable
System requirements Factory installed USB port

IBM PC/AT compatible computer
• CPU Pentium, 200MHz or higher
• Windows® 98, 98SE, 2000Pro., Me, XP HE/Pro
• RAM of 256MB or more (Windows XP: 128MB or more)
• 450MB of free hard disk space
• CD-ROM drive

Macintosh computer
• CPU of Power PC
• Mac OSX 10.2.8 to 10.3.7
• RAM of 256MB or more
• 400MB of free hard disk space
• CD-ROM drive
Included Accessories • 16MB xD-Picture Card (16MB)
• USB Cable
• A/V Cable
• Shoulder Strap
• Lens Cap
• Lens Cap holder
• Lens Hood
• 4 AA Alkaline Batteries
• CD-ROM (FinePixViewer, ImageMixer VCD2 LE for FinePix, Raw File converter LE)
• User Manual
Optional Accessories • AC Power Adapter: AC-5VH / 5VHS / AC-5VX
• xD-Picture Card (16MB to 1GB)
• PCMCIA PC Card Adapter DPC-AD
• Compact Flash Card Adapter DPC-CF
• Image Memory Card Reader DPC-R1
• xD -picture card USB Drive DPC-UD1
• (2HR-3UF) NiMH Batteries
• Soft case SC-FXS9
Dimensions (WxHxD) 128 x 93 x 129 mm /
5.0 x 3.7 x 5.1 in
Weight 645g / 22.8oz (excluding accessories, batteries, xD-Picture Card or CF/Microdrive)
MSRP US $699.95 / CDN $899.99

* Specification subject to change.

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