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Fujifilm FinePix S9000 / S9500 Zoom: DSLR approach, with a flexible attitude

Fujifilm launches the FinePix S9000 / S9500 Zoom, aimed at amateur and enthusiast photographers. The new S9000 / S9500 features the new 5th generation Super CCD sensor, and offers an image size of nine megapixels. It has a sensitivity range of ISO 80 - ISO 1600, which reduces the need for reliance on image stabilisation. Fast shutter speeds not only lessen the effect of blurring from camera shake, but subject movement, too...

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All about the new Fujifilm Finepix S9000 / S9500Advanced Amateur Model Matches New Sensor with Real Photo Technology for High-Resolution Images with Less Noise

July 28, 2005 - Fujifilm has added another "first" to its imaging legacy with today's introduction of the SLR-styled FinePix S9000 digital camera, the world's first nine MegaPixel model for advanced amateur photographers.

Advanced digital photographers have been eagerly awaiting this addition to Fujifilm's popular S-series line. The FinePix S9000 digital camera boasts 9.0 effective MegaPixels that capture up to 3,488 x 2,616 recorded pixels (9.12 million) - the highest resolution of any consumer-grade camera on the market.

While these record-breaking numbers are impressive alone, Fujifilm understands there is more to a great digital picture than resolution. It is this understanding, along with its rich history of photographic excellence, which drove Fujifilm to incorporate its groundbreaking Real Photo Technology into the FinePix S9000. The company's latest innovation matches the nine MegaPixel, 5th Generation Super CCD HR sensor, with a super-sharp Fujinon lens and the RP Processor technology found currently in the critically-acclaimed FinePix F10 digital camera.

A hallmark of Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology is its ability to reduce the amount of graininess or "noise" in digital pictures. This noise is often apparent in high-resolution photos, particularly those shot at high ISO-equivalent sensitivities. With Real Photo Technology, the FinePix S9000 can take pictures at ISO 1600 -- at full resolution. Other benefits of Real Photo Technology include speed of operation (the FinePix S9000 has a high-speed start-up time of only 0.8 second with shutter lag down to 1/100 second) and longer battery life.

"The unmatched resolution of the FinePix S9000 will garner the most attention. However for those in the know, the most impressive feature of this camera will be its low noise processing," explained David Troy, Senior Product Manager, Consumer Products, Electronic Imaging Products Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. "High resolution photos suitable for sizable enlargements have often come at the expense of noise, particularly in this style of camera. While we cannot say that noise will be completely eliminated, especially at the highest ISO settings, the apparent amount will be far less than what shooters have come to expect at this level of resolution."

In addition to offering low noise processing, the new FinePix S9000 is equipped with a bevy of features that will appeal to the photo hobbyist. One of those features is a world-class Fujinon 10.7x wide-angle optical zoom lens that is the equivalent of having a 28-300mm zoom on a 35mm camera. This zoom range is ideal for a wide variety of shooting situations and thus makes the purchase of additional lenses unnecessary.

A manual zoom that along with the auto exposure and auto focus functions, are operational during full frame (VGA-quality; 30 fps) movie capture
The ability to shoot in the RAW file format
A Super Macro Mode for pictures up to 0.4-inches
Hot shoe and Syncronizing terminal for external flash
Live histogram exposure setting checks prior to shooting
In-camera highlight warning function that alerts the user to overexposed areas of just-taken pictures
Strong auto-focus assist illuminator for quicker focusing in low light
Tilting LCD for high and low-angle shooting; adjustable LCD and electronic viewfinder frame rates of 30 frames-per-second or 60 frames-per-second for smoother viewing
Dual media slot accepts xD Picture card and CompactFlash/Microdrive

Framing pictures through the FinePix S9000's LCD as well as its video features should be of particular interest to many advanced amateur digital photographers who want all the controls of a digital SLR camera but are hesitant to lose some of the convenient and useful features commonly found in point-and-shoot cameras.

"An all-in-one camera like the FinePix S9000 is so appealing because it offers the best of both worlds; the photographic controls of a DSLR and the movie mode and LCD framing capabilities of the point-and-shoots," remarked Troy.

The FinePix S9000 will be available in early September at $699.95.

Additional information: All about the new Fujifilm Finepix S9000 / S9500
July 28, 2005

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