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I would count myself as a keen amateur photographer, and this camera suits that need perfectly for me.
I didn't want to fork out for a full SLR camera but I wanted something that gave me enough control over my photographs to play with the settings and try some arty things.
The feature that most attracted me was the zoom and manual focus on the lens rather than as buttons. This works brilliantly, and is much easier (particularly on manual focus) than similar models I have tried without the lens rings. This does, however, make the camera quite bulky, but I would say it is worth the trade off.
The feature set is good, allowing for both point and shoot when your just taking a few quick snaps, and the control you need if you want to do some playing around with the manual modes. It hasn't got the flexibility of lenses you get with a DSLR, but if that doesn't matter to you, its worth going onto your shortlist.
This Fuji offering was my first dip into the world of digital photography, having said for years i would never go there. I had my own darkroom at home and loved the flexibiltiy of doing what i wanted, and swore i would never enjoy the digital world in the same way.
Though i still maintain that there is something very special about developing your own photos, and i will never lose that passion, i have to admit that the digital world also has its very own appeal. The ease of being able to take as many photos as you like (dependant on your memory card) and then only print the best selction is great - you can take 20 photos of a views on different settings and then use your PC to see which worked best - very handy!
Also in terms of what you can do with the pictures - well if you have a good photo editing suite on your PC you can pretty much do all the darkroom tricks and more! Maybe slightly less hands on and fun, but the scope is amazing!
Back to the camera itself - not a true SLR but a very well designed camera that in my opinion is an ideal precurser to going SLR. Its a lovely to handle and feels like a high quality product, something which can not be said for all cameras!
It takes lovely pictures on all settings once you suss them out, and gives a better colour reproduction that most non-SLR units - this is particularly true if you have a view with large amounts of green! The Fuji camera produces greens beautifully!
It is a very straightforward item to learn to use and with all of its settings used fully will take you a very long way into the world of digital photography!
I would very highly recommend this camera to someone wanting to start to learn on a budget!
I bought my Fujifilm Finepix s9500 a few months ago on ebay, wanting to get into photography without a clue of how to use a professional camera.
I instantly picked up what to do. The camera is pretty easy to figure out, without having to read through all the manuals!
I love the feel of this camera, and the quality. it makes photography easy, and isnt as heavy as a lot of professional cameras that are almost as good.
It includes a variety of easy-to-use features, such as the shutter-speeds.
I was pleasantly surprised with this camera, having had a fujifilm finepix digital camera previously, which didnt at all impress me.
So if you have bought a fujifilm Finepix digital camera in the past and aren't sure whether the buy this one, go for it, there's no reason not to!
The quality is incredible and its extremely easy to use! :)
I have owned this camera for over 2 years now and have no intention of selling it until it breaks.
This is about as close as you can get to a DLSR without the hefty pricetag. There are six automatic shooting options, one option to record video (with sound, and the quality isn't that bad either), and then there are the manual settings. You can also shoot Macro with this camera without needing an external lense. Automatic settings are:
And then the manual settings are either Shuttery Priority or Aperture Priority. If you are a novice to photography then the instruction manual does contain a lot of helpful advice so you can get the best out of your camera.
Despite it's size, it is a surprisingly light camera considering the amount of shooting options available on it, and while it obviously isn't a sleek camera that can be shoved into your back pocket, the picture quality definitely makes up for this.
With 9 million pixels, external flash and an excellent optical zoom facility, memorable photos can be taken with this camera. While it might not have the status of the Digital Rebel, it takes photos of the same quality and isn't nearly as expensive.
One neat little feature that is often overlooked is the the LCD tilting screen. It means you can see the image through your lense from most angles but without having to change your position.
Would definitely recommended this camera to anyone looking to invest in their photography but who does not want to pay for a 'proper' DSLR. It has all the features you need to take memorable photos and is a simple camera to learn to use. The instruction manual is top quality as well- it takes you through every mode step by step and has been a great source of help for me. This is not a DSLR but for someone who is keen/enjoys photography and does not want to start with a more advanced camera, I would suggest this as a good starter :)
I Love this camera my friend bought this one whilst i went for the fits in your pocket one, this out shines it considering they are both by fujifil finepix you can feel the quality in this. The photo's have all been excellent the face recognition is a god send so you can just point and shoot if you need to or go manual. Would definatly get this one next time as it's great for the amature photographer and at a great price. Also love the fact you can use video (not brilliant but good quality) so you don't have to have your video camera with you just to snatch a few seconds of footage. I think this would be a great purchase for anyone just starting out or with a bit of knowledge
THe only downside i can think of is the size you can't just put it in your pocket but i think the quality of the camera out ranks this fault.
You can change the lenses if you needed to and the
This camera is a real gem, especially for the price. Having tried the odd digital camera in the past, I was concerned that its quality migt not be up to that of my old Minolta. However, it far surpassed my expectations in nearly all ways.
If you are a beginner to photography, you will find the automatic settings nearly perfect. It is great at choosing the right settings whether you are inside or out, with or without the flash. But, if you happen to be a bit more adventurous, there are plenty of more advanced settings as well as the ability to take short films. and, incidently, the manual is very clearly written too.
Quality of the pictures is exceptional, even when fully zoomed in. I have found that few pictures need to be adjusted afterwards on the computer before printing, even on automatic settings. The lens has such a wide range that I don't miss my SLR at all. In fact, I'm glad to avoid the problems caused by changing lenses (e.g. dust and water getting in, or just having the wrong lens at the wrong time). I work as a countryside ranger, and have carried the camera with me all over the place. It's just as good at taking pictures of a wee beetle as landscapes or people.
As for comfort, the camera fits perfectly into any size of hand. It is not nearly as heavy as an old-fashioned SLR, and comes with all those nice extras you don't appreciate till you have (good straps, tilting LCD etc).
Only a few down sides... I feel it does use up its batteries a bit too fast. It is also much sheaper to import from France, but that means you have a French instruction manual rather than English. That said, you can get a copy on the Fujifilm web site.
Overall though, I am trully a digital convert now, and its this camera that achieved what I had previously thought impossible!
As an ex 5500 user I found the 9500 a joy to use, and what about the features? not as comfortable as 5500 a lot heavier, manual zoom is better, a lot easier to control. Flash hotshoe, bulb shutter control, multi exposure, pull out and tilt viewing screen, dual memory storage cards which give an amazing amount of video at 30 fps and of course the huge 10.7 zoom. one other important thing tho' is my wife loves my old 5500
Well it's as clean as a whistle, but I love the little virtual shutter sound it makes to tell you that you've used enough pressure to move from metering/focus to taking the shot. It fits your hands in the way an old slr did -a light one, not a brick- and it all feels precise and deliberate. All those dials and buttons actually do perform multiple functions -they're not just to show off- and you can perform all sorts of skillful tricks to alter the way the camera freezes what you're framing- but it's also possible to just point & shoot, and still get big bright sharp images almost every time. I'm amazed by the quality and the features for the price.