Review: Fujifilm Finepix S9600 (S9100)

Fujifilm Finepix S9600

Is the Fuji S9600 (S9100 in the US) a good camera? ThinkCamera sought to find that out with a production unit of the camera in their hands.

In his report, reviewer Andy Lane noted that the 9-megapixel S9600, which has a 10.7x zoom, is great for landscapes, portraits and macros. And because it does not require any changing of the lens, there’s no worry of getting dust onto the sensor ever.

“Overall it’s a nice camera worth buying if you don’t want to go up to an SLR just yet. It feels nice in your hand and is well balanced. The buttons are placed logically and are easy to use,” Lane said. He also liked the S9600’s quick focus, intelligent flash and bundled software.

What’s not to like? Pictures are noisy at ISO 400 and above. Notice too that Lane’s sample photos are not as crisp and sharp as one would want it to be, considering that the S9600 will cost you between $500 and $600 to buy.

[Via: ThinkCamera.com]

Chris Malinao

About Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.

4 thoughts on “Review: Fujifilm Finepix S9600 (S9100)

  1. Steve Solomon

    Greetings. As a Fuji S9100 user, I can attest to the sharpness and resolution of this camera. As for the comment that “Lane’s sample photos are not as crisp and sharp as one would want it to be…”, I can only attribute that to either a bad sample, no jpeg processing, or technique. Please see the images on my homepage to indicate the sharpness and overall quality I am getting. Thank you!

  2. chris

    thanks for pointing that out, steve. i looked at your website and indeed your photos are sharp and of very high quality. i can’t pick out, though, which ones were taken by the S9100 as there are no info on this. however, if i assume that all those pictures were taken with the S9100, then lane could learn a thing or two from you. thanks again.

  3. Steve Solomon

    Hi Chris.
    Thanks for the kind words! To answer your question, all the images on my homepage (http://www.totalqualityphoto.com) with the exception of the Tai Chi Sword) were taken with the Fuji S9100. It is indeed a fine compact digital camera, and I believe that the only way to surpass its image quality would be with a good DSLR or medium format camera. You can print excellent 11x14s from the files produced with this camera! If you need to know any specifics on the S9100, feel free to drop me an email.
    Thanks and Happy Holidays!
    ~Steve
    Steve@totalqualityphoto.com


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