Fujifilm FinePix S9100 Zoom Review

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Review posted 5/01/2007

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The FinePix S9100 (named the S9600 in the UK/European market) is the latest model in Fujifilm's SLR-styled digital camera line-up and successor to the highly regarded FinePix S9000. It features a 10.7x Fujinon optical zoom lens, 9-MegaPixel Fujifilm Super CCD sensor and ISO 80-1600 capabilities. The FinePix S9100 is aimed at photo enthusiasts who will benefit from its impressive zoom range, functionality, high light sensitivities and overall image quality.

The camera's high sensitivity range, made possible by Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology, enables FinePix S9100 users to capture images using natural light in a wide variety of lighting conditions. In addition, Fujifilm's Picture Stabilization technology uses the heightened sensitivity of the FinePix S9100 and high-speed shutter settings to reduce blur caused by camera shake and subject movement. This easy-to-access feature is selectable on the mode dial and allows the camera to choose the correct light sensitivity and best- matching shutter speed automatically for the highest quality digital pictures.

Other noteworthy features are:

    i-Flash: Fujifilm's intelligent flash system fine-tunes output for shooting with high sensitivity settings. i-Flash recognizes scene conditions and adjusts flash intensity accordingly to ensure superb results. With i-Flash, subjects in the foreground appear natural and background detail is bright and clear. The difference is especially noticeable in portraits with subjects that exhibit true-to-life skin tones.

    Fujinon Lens: The FinePix S9100 features a 10.7x wide angle optical zoom with a focal range equivalent of 28mm - 300mm. In Super Macro mode, the FinePix S9100 can focus clearly as close as 0.4-inches, and the overall speed of focusing is much improved over the FinePix S9000. With the addition of a beam assist, the camera will focus automatically in low light conditions.

    New Processing Algorithms: Users will notice a difference in the photographs taken by the FinePix S9100. New processing algorithms have led to increased sharpness and greater resolution.

    Tilting LCD Screen: The FinePix S9100 has all its angles covered with a tilting 2" LCD, making it easy to frame your shot from a variety of shooting positions. The LCD gain-up control allows viewing of the LCD in bright and low light conditions. The viewfinder is electronic with 235,000 pixel resolution and provides approximately 100% coverage.

    HS-V2 Software: The inclusion of Fujifilm's Hyper Utility Software HS-V2 version 3 software enables FinePix S9100 photographers to explore the full potential of the camera's RAW file format. By fully controlling the 18 million pixel RAW file from the FinePix S9100's Super CCD, photographers can enjoy the control and flexibility of working on a "lossless" file format.

FinePix S9100 Features:

  • 9 million pixel Fujifilm Super CCD HR image sensor
  • 10.7x wide-angle zoom lens (28-300mm 35mm equivalent)
  • SLR-like design with zoom and focus rings on the lens
  • Compressed JPEG and CCD-RAW file formats
  • 0.8-second boot-up time; shutter lag down to 1/100th second
  • Powerful AF-assist illuminator for quicker focusing in low light
  • Super Macro Mode for close-ups at 0.4-inches
  • Movie Mode; 640x480 30fps w/sound AVI format
  • Program AE, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual, Anti-Blur, Natural Light, Night, Portrait and Landscape modes
  • High resolution eyelevel color EVF viewfinder
  • Tilting 2" color LCD for high and low-angle shooting
  • 256-zone Metering: Multi, Center or Spot options
  • ISO sensitivity range: Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
  • Adjustable image color mode and sharpness
  • Shutter speeds: 30 secs. to 1/4000 second
  • Flash hot shoe and PC sync terminal for external flash
  • Dual media slot accepts xD Picture Card and CompactFlash/Microdrive
  • Powered by four standard AA type batteries
  • USB 2.0 connectivity and PictBridge direct-print

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Fujifilm FinePix S9100

Fujifilm FinePix S9100

Fujifilm FinePix S9100

Fujifilm FinePix S9100

Fujifilm FinePix S9100

Fujifilm FinePix S9100

Fujifilm FinePix S9100

The FinePix S9100 and a standard CD for size comparison.

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FinePix S9100 Specifications

CCD Sensor 1/1.6-inch super CCD HR
Number of Effective Pixels 9.0 million pixels
Number of Recorded Pixels Still image: 3,488 x 2,616 (9.03 million)/ 3,696 x 2,464 (3:2 format) / 2,592 x 1,944 / 2,084 x 1,536 / 1,600 x 1,200 / 640 x 480 pixels

Movie: 640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.), 320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec.), with monaural sound
Storage Media Slot No. 1: xD-Picture Card™ (16MB to 2GB)
Slot No. 2: CF Card and MicroDrive™ (compatibility listed on Fujifilm website: http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital)
File formats Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.2), CCD-RAW
Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG), (Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Lens Fujinon 10.7x zoom lens, (F 2.8 - 4.9)
Lens Focal Length f=6.2 - 66.7mm/Equivalent to 28 - 300 mm on a 35 mm camera
Aperture Range F 2.8 - F11, 13 steps in 1/3 EV increments Manual/Auto selectable
Digital Zoom ratio at Shooting Approx. 2.0x (10.7x optical zoom lens is used together: Max. zoom scale: 21.4x)
Focus Auto focus (Area, Multi, Center)/Manual focus/Continuous AF
AF assist illuminator available, Effective range: up to 3.5m (Wide angle)
Focus Distance
Normal: Approx. 1.3 ft. to infinity (wide), 6.6 ft. to infinity (telephoto)
Macro: Approx. 4 in. to 9.8 ft. (wide), 3.0 ft. to 9.8 ft. (telephoto)
Super Macro: Approx. 0.4 in. to 3.3 ft. (wide angle only)
Exposure Control 256-zone TTL metering-Multi/Spot/Average
Exposure Modes Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Sensitivity AUTO/ Equivalent to ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600
Shutter Speed Auto/Picture Stabilization/Natural Light/Portrait/Landscape: 1/4 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
Night: 4 sec. to 1/500 sec.
P/S/A: 4 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
M: 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
Bulb (Up to 30 sec.)
White balance Automatic, Manual: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Custom (2 types)
Flash Mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
Effective Range
(Auto Flash):
Effective range: Wide angle: Approx. 1.0 ft. - 18.4 ft. / Telephoto: Approx 2.0 ft. - 9.8 ft.
Self-timer Approx. 2/10 sec. delay
Electronic Viewfinder 0.44-inch Low temperature polysilicon TFT (approx. 235,000 pixels), Approx. 100% coverage
LCD monitor 2.0-inch Low temperature polysilicon TFT (approx. 235,000 pixels), Approx. 100% coverage
Camera Terminals USB 2.0 high-speed, Video-out (NTSC/PAL)
Power source 4 AA type alkaline batteries (included), 4 AA type Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (optional) or AC power adapter AC-5VX (optional)
Dimensions 5.0 (W) x 3.7 (H) x 5.1 (D) in.
Weight 22.9 oz. (excluding batteries and xD-Picture Card)
Shooting Modes (Normal, Continuous, High Speed Shooting)
Normal: Auto, Scene Position (Picture Stabilization, Natural Light, Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene)

1. Top-4 (max. 1.5 frames/sec., up to 4 frames)
2. Final-4 (max. 1.5 frames/sec., up to 4 frames)
3. Long-period (max. 1.1 frames/sec., up to 40 frames)

Color Modes Standard/Chrome/B&W
Movie Recording 640 x 480 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec.
With monaural sound, AVI format (Motion JPEG), Direct recording to the media
Playback Single frame, 9 Multi-frame, Exposure information with histogram, Sorting by date, Image rotate, Trimming, Automatic playback. Navigation screen on playback zoom.
Voice Memo Up to 30 seconds, WAV format
Guide to the number of frames for battery operation **

Battery/LCD Monitor Status/Number of Frames
4xAA type alkaline/LCD Monitor ON/Approx. 120 frames
4xAA type NiMH (2500mAh)/LCD Monitor ON/Approx 320 frames
** According to the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards*1: The storage media should be xD-Picture Card.

Optional Accessories xD-Picture Card: 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB
Rechargeable Battery 2HR-3UF (2xAA type Ni-MH)
Battery Charger with Battery (2xAA type NiMH) BK-NH/BK-NH2
AC Power Adapter AC-5VX
PC Card Adapter DPC-AD
Image Memory Card Reader DPC-R1
xD-Picture Card USB Drive DPC-UD1 (Not available for 2GB xD-Picture Card)
CompactFlash Card Adpater DPC-CF
Soft Case SC-FXS9
Wide Conversion Lens WL-FXS6

Specifications as represented by the manufacturer

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