Fujifilm launches the FinePix S9600

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Fujifilm has unveiled the FinePix S9600, a replacement for the popular FinePix S9500, with improvements image quality, performance in poor light and in size of LCD screen.

Pitched as a camera for the "serious hobbyist and enthusiast photographers" (which probably means it’s simple to use like a compact, but with performance nearer an SLR), the nine megapixel FinePix S9600 features Fujifilm’s Super CCD HR sensor and Real Photo Processor II, delivering IS0 1600 performance for crisper/clearer images even in low light. There’s also a Fujinon 10.7x optical zoom lens with manual twist barrel control, a two-inch tilting LCD screen, intelligent flash for more natural-looking illumination and TV-quality VGA movie recording of 30 frames per second with sound.

In low light, the S9600 has an autofocus response time up to 40 per cent quicker than its predecessor. With the camera’s 0.01 second shutter-lag and 0.8 second start-up time, this means that images can be composed and captured almost instantaneously. Combined with the high ISO performance, which combats image blur through movement and camera shake, the camera should be well suited for anyone looking to photograph fast paced subjects such as sports or wildlife.

The FinePix S9600 will be available from UK retailers in October 2006, with price to be confirmed nearer the launch.

Fujifilm website

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Dave Walker