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I have had one for about a year and half now and I am struggling to find an alternative camera to replace it. Excellant value for money and easy for beginners to use.I have used mine mostly underground where it has be subject to mud and water , compact cameras with motor driven lenses don't last long in this environment if any bits of grit get into it. The best features are the angled LCD screen and its manual zoom lens and long exposure time on manual setting.I do go through a lot of batteries though.
I bought this camera to replace my old Fuji S602 Zoom and was torn between it and a full SLR. Although the image quality is not quite as good as an SLR some of its other features make up for it. I'd recomend this camera for somebody wanting a reasonable camera for outdoor use or who wants to learn about photography without spending too much.
Good zoom range (x10)
Fast switch on time
Lasts ages on 4 AA batteries
Clear and crisp images in good light
Strong vivid colours
good video mode with ability to change zoom
Flip out LCD really useful for taking pictures in crowds
Dual XD and CF slots mean you have two cards to fill before changing
Electronic viewfinder means you can see a preview of your most recent shot without taking your eye off the viewfinder. It also means you see exactly what is being seen through the lense rather than through a separate view finder.
Able to keep the shutter open for anything up to 30 seconds through settings and longer just by holding down the shutter buttton for as long you need. Great for long exposures at night.
Not great indoors, built in flash is quite weak
Images can be grainy in low light
Sometimes washes out or over darkens images in auto mode in strong sun light.
Quality of optics not as good as many entry level SLRs or even the older fuji S602.
Images often lack depth of field and appear very "flat". Caused by small aperture range at certain zoom levels.
Long exposures at night always seem to put a star effect around lights, this can look good but is annoying to know I can't stop it.
Rapid shooting slow compared to most SLRs making out at about 3fps continuous
This is an excellent camera, it is very easy to get to grips with and has many interesting featues. I have never had a digital camera so this was my first, it didn't take me too long before I felt like a pro. The best feature has to be the screen with it retractable design. Whether you want to take a picture of someone below or above you, there is no need to strain your neck; simply flip the LCD screen out and snap away! Although the price may seem a little expensive, it has most of the features and functions you would expect. The only additonal items I bought were a Fisheye Lens and Wide Angle Lens, costing around £10 to £15 each. The camera can be easily connected to your pc via USB 2.0 and has editing software provided for additional options. It also has a built in flash and can take a Compact Flash card or SD card for storage.
The Fuji Finepix S9600 was my second digital camera which I have owned and my first real step into actual photography instead of point and press.
The camera picture quality isn't great, but if you're a beginner into photography then this camera is probably the camera for you.
The display is easy to use, the picture quality as mentioned isn't great but it's good, the camera is well built and fits perfectly in your hand, the screen is clear to view along with the lens having a decent size zoom which also has macro functionality.
The macro functionality on the camera is my personal favorite although it only works well if you are incredibly close to the target of your photo otherwise it can't focus.
Additionally you are also able to switch off the autofocus on the lens and manually focus on your intended target which is what I prefer for macro photography.
All in all this is a good camera for any beginner as it's not as expensive as a Digital SLR but has alot of the functionality whilst also still having the point and press functionality of cheaper and more basic cameras.
This was my first professional camera when I first started getting into photography, and I'm still being impressed by it.
Before this camera, I was used to piddly little compact digital cameras that you basically turned to 'Auto' and clicked away for easy results. However, I decided I needed something more, and after a bit of careful consideration (mainly over my bank balance than over what camera I wanted, as I was actually clueless), I selected this one.
When I first got it out of the box, I was surprised that I immediately knew exactly how to use it without consulting the manual. All the buttons have pictures on so you know exactly what they do.
I'm not going to go into specifications because there's probably plenty of professionals on here who know a lot more than me, but for a starter photographer with not a huge budget, I'd say this is the camera for you.
If you want to be more technical with the camera than there is plenty of capacity to do so. There's lots of things I haven't even explored about the camera and I've had it for about a year and a half!
It's a great camera, not too big or clunky either, and fits nicely in a standard camera case.
I have been using this as my main camera for all my photography work for the past year, mainly photographing models, landscapes and bands. This camera has the ability to focus on different points as well as just having one main focus area, therefore pictures of landscapes come out brilliantly, as it captures all the colours. For dark areas though, I find that sometimes the flash is not adequate, therefore attach my own, and this is something I recommend if you're shooting something further away.
For photographing people, the focus on faces is incredible, therefore I've always received really good results. I find on some other cameras that they can omit some colour which can make the photos look lifeless, but not on this one.
The times I have been most impressed with this camera is when I'm photographing bands live, which is my main area of work. Usually, there's loads of movement, flashing lights and other unpredictable issues at these events, therefore I was a bit worried upon buying the camera that it wouldn't be up to standard in this area, but I was really wrong. Even sometimes I'll put the mode on 'auto' and let the camera take care of the details and I'm still impressed by the results, as the flash seems to capture a lot of colour but without much movement, which is difficult to do on most digital cameras. Using different settings on the camera, such as changing the ISO,etc, will achieve different effects but it all depends on what you're going for.
It's a fairly basic camera, but it does everything it needs to do and with a few attachments, etc, will be an excellent buy. It's an affordable yet professional camera.
I purchased this camera when i was looking to cross-over from simple point and shoot cameras into the world of DSLR cameras and I couldn't be more pleased. I purchased this for well below the RRP on amazon for £189.99 and was amazed at the product quality and quality of images it produced at that price point.
The camera has a quick startup time and is ready to use within a couple of seconds. There is however a slight lag when using the flash which might be off putting to some.
The camera performs well under low light conditions and that ISO settings produce very little noise up-to ISO 800. The macro function on this is brilliant and extremely easy to use without any need to learn anything, just point and shoot away. The continuous shoot mode is one of my favorite functions and you can get some great action shots.
I would recommend this camera to anyone that would like to cross-over to professional DSLR cameras but doesn't want to jump right into the deep end or pay the professional price tag.
This is only our second digital camera, but we decided to go upmarket with this one. The Finepix s9600 has a RRP of £423, but can be found in a lot of places for considerably less than that. We got ours from Amazon for a sweet £179.99.
The s9600 is designed to bridge the gap between a point and click camera and a true SLR, and is a good choice for someone looking to get into "proper" photography on a budget. Although the lens is fixed it has a massive 10X optical zoom and super macro settings. There is also the option to screw on other add ons. We fitted ours with a filter lens the minute we got it, just to protect the lens, as if that gets scratched (being non-removable) the camera has had it.
If you want it to, the camera will let you have complete control over aperture, shutter speeds, inbuilt flash, exposure, focus etc. It also has individual settings that let you play with just one aspect at a time.
The camera can shoot in RAW format, which allows you far more control in your editing suite - although the files are 18MB and I would advise buying the largest memory card you can if planning to use this.
The image quality is fantastic. Colours are very true to life and the image detail at its highest setting is gobsmacking.
My only complaint is that although I love it in manual mode, as a point and click camera it can be hit and miss. Sometimes you get a crisp in-focus shot and sometimes you don't. I experimented with this last night with a lot of different settings - just taking a photograph of my knee - and it was very hit and miss. Sometimes the camera can take long to focus that you've missed your shot. I have got used to using the manual focus to get the shots I want.
All in all - at this price I don't think you can go wrong, it's a great entry into the SLR world - although I can see why previous reviewers have moved on from it.
This S9600 was my first proper digital camera, I still own it but I moved up to better cameras, but only because I needed the extra zoom and closer macro, this camera did everything right and even a couple things better than my 4x more expensive new one, the noise is well under control, focus is very good (not manual) image quality and resolution was great, but it seems like it would choose low shutter speeds in daylight and make things too bright when left to think for itself, easily fixed with exposure compensation though.
A very good, easy to use camera and if you don't need the two extremes of true macro and really big zoom then it is perfect, and you don't even have to worry about lenses!
It's easy to use, very good image quality, and helped me learn all about the digital camara world.
You can read the reviews elsewhere but I would like to add some points
These features save you big time money and maintenance.
Comes with a 58mm filter thread. This means it can take many accesories like filters/wide angle adapters etc.
Uses AA batteries. With Canons you need to buy adapter tubes.
Does not attract dust like DSLRs do.
The price is a big jump from the lower models (s5600/s5700) but this lens widens a bit more and has more megapixels and zoom range. Also the zoom works in the video mode as well
99% of the DSLRs would not record videos. The quality of the video is very good. Also with SLRs you have to buy Angle Finder to see camera when shooting waist level. Super macro mode is a very nice touch too.
I wish three things:1) I wish Fuji gave a proper lens hood instead of the flower hood.2) I wish the LCD was as flipflop as some of Canon's.3) I wish the strap lug was scientifically designed. Sheer physics and commonsense, I suppose.Of course, the AA batteries do make sense.
Fuji rarely disappoint, and this is no exception. At 9.0 Million pixels, you are guarenteed great print quality. The number of features also ranks impressively. The zoom allows for great flexibility and it's easy to operate and get the hang of. The screen is wonderful and the camera's general speed is handy for taking that quick snapshot that most people will miss!
For the price together with the quality, you can't really beat it. So far I have had no problems and have taken many great photographs.