• Price: 425

  • Company: Fujifilm

  • Pros: Lots of features make this a versatile camera. A quality 10.7x optical zoom with a 28-300mm range and super-fast ISO1600 at full resolution are the main attractions.

  • Cons: No image stabilization, and the flip-out screen looks very small. Noise levels at maximum sensitivity may not be acceptable to some.

  • Our Rating: We rate this 8 out of 10 We rate this 8 out of 10

Fuji was one of the first manufacturers to introduce digital cameras with powerful zoom lenses. This new model meets the demand for better versatility and higher-resolution sensors.

The nine-megapixel S9500 Zoom replaces the prosumer S20 Pro at the top of the FinePix range. There isn’t much difference between the two in terms of size – both cameras are bulky – but the new zoom lens makes the S9500 feel a much larger proposition.

 border=0 />A new articulated monitor now pulls out clear of the body to be used as a waist-level finder, but it’s a pity Fuji could only stretch to a 1.8-inch screen. It feels undersized and doesn’t rotate, so there are fewer viewing options available. Nevertheless, it is detailed and bright enough to check focusing accuracy, and has a choice of refresh rates for near real-time viewing and negligible smearing. 
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The electronic viewfinder has the same choice of frame rates as the S20 Pro – either 30 or 60fps. It’s bright and has a reasonably high contrast, though it still has a tunnel-like view – not unlike that of the Panasonic DMC-FZ30. 
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