Product Reviews (12)
Strengths: AA-type batteries, RAW image format, manual focus, good control layout
Weakness: No image stabilization, electronic viewfinder, not very good night shots
If you're looking in the dSLRs and don't want to shell out all that cash, then this is a great prosumer/dSLR bridge camera. Although I'm disappointed it doesn't have image stabilization (there is an anti-blur feature but that just selects an exposure with a faster shutter speed), but for the amount of features and its price, who can complain? Pictures are of high-quality, almost as good or sometimes better than regular dSLRs. I also like the fact that it uses AA batteries, so in an emergency and I can usually just buy spares.
By reuv - Feb 7, 2007
FujiFilm FinePix S9100 Digital Camera
Strengths: AA batts! (Use rechargable nimh. I get 400+ shots w/ LCD panel off) Fast start-up; bright view finder/LCD panel; dual flash media; focuses in almost total darkness; hotshoe plus sync cord plug.
Weakness: Could focus faster but it's not too bad; could be easier to change resolution; should auto-detect dual flash cards and ask on screen which one to use, then switch automatically to other when full.
I really like this camera, especially with all the features for the price. In this class/catagory of camera it can't be beaten in my estimation. Obviously technology is advancing by leaps and bounds in the digital field. Five years ago, I paid twice as much for a 5MP camera, and now I've paid HALF as much as then for TWICE the camera with the S9100. Life is good. You can't go wrong with this one. It'll make you look and feel like a pro.
By casadri - May 17, 2007
Not very good for fast action photography
Strengths: Light weight, bright viewfinder, feature packed, good zoom range, good battery life and easy to use.
Weakness: very slow focusing in both auto and manual mode. External flash not available in continuous mode. Slow to render shots even when using high speed CF Card.
This is an excellent camera for most general photography applications. The functions are laid out in a very non complicated way and very easy to access. The major failing is in the slow focusing. This becomes very evident in action or sports photography where you want to catch a specific moment or a sequence such as a basketball player blocking a shot or a dog catching a Frisbee. Also the camera is capable of taking 40 pictures continuously but you cant use the flash (not even an external) when shooting in the continuous mode not very helpful when shooting indoor sporting events. After shooting there is quite a long delay while the camera saves the image to the memory card, I use 100X high speed CF cards and it still takes as long as 25 seconds before I can shoot again.
I would reccomend this camera for just about anything except sports or action photography.
By fantasticflash - Feb 1, 2007
Great 9 megapixel camera
Strengths: Uses both compact flash and Xd type memory cards, super zoom, large footprint, aa batteries, 9 megapixel, great photo's, fantastic price.
Weakness: a little slow storing RAW photos
I got this $900+ camera for $399 and it was the best deal that I have run across in years. The camera features intelligent flash, 10.7 zoom (28MM TO 600MM), two types of storage (compact flash and Xd), fuji fabulous color, chrome color optional, multi-angle lcd (for high and low shooting) Because there's no need to change lenses, the sensor is protected from dust accumulation, a common problem that affects digital SLR cameras. This camera is probably best for an advanced amateur. Highly recommended
By mtman22 - Apr 1, 2007
FUJI s9100 superb pro feel!
Strengths: Egonomics, Performance, Image quality, sensor.
Weakness: None, if you don't compare to a DSLR.
As a long time photo enthusiast, I understand photography and the mechanics of taking quality photos. This lets me do everything a DSLR can to a little lesse degree.
For it's sensor size, image quality is unmatched. (FZ50 photos are too sharpened but great for the uneducated masses and llok unrealistic in my opinion. And after ISO 200, forget about it) This camera can shoot excellent 8' x 10" without PP at ISO 800 and at ISO 1600 with some PP work. I normally shoot at lowest ISO but it's nice to have the option when called upon. Image stabilization is for the Kids that have no photo experience and want everything done for them. Again it's called dumbing down for the masses. With good technique, I shoot at 1/5 sec at 28mm, blur free because of the great balance and ergonomics of this camera. Performance is very zippy and turns on instantly. Raw works a little slower, but again it's not a DSLR. Too many 'reviewers' compare it to a DSLR! Best in class and better than some intro DSLR's when it comes to design and egonomics. I got rid of my dual lens kit Evolt 500 for the convenience of one fixed lens that covers the same range. To maximize a DSLR you need the better lenses, not the cheap kit lenses that come packaged with it. The S9100 Fuji lens is higher quality and just lacks the bigger sensor of a DSLR. If you know photography, get this camera. If you have pro ambitions and want to spend thousands on the best lenses get a DSLR. I may no longer have the "Status" attached to owning a DSLR but I won't miss a shot with this sweet camera. My 4¢
By anonymous; - Oct 14, 2007
Horrible Camera for the Price
Strengths: None really as its strengths are made useless by the actual picture quality that results
Weakness: Picture Quality, Autofocus, Price
1. DO NOT buy this camera if you want a point and shoot camera. It is a horrible point and shoot camera.
2. DO NOT buy this camera if you want a camera that can shoot in lower or low light situations.
3. DO NOT buy this camera if you ever want to manually shoot faster than ISO 200.
This camera is very noisy. Images shot faster than ISO 400 are noisier than a $10 junk kids digital camera. I read all the reviews about how if you wanted to shoot good pictures you needed to do everything manually, so I spent the three months reading the manual again and again and kept trying to get better lower light or faster pictures. It just isn't going to happen.
I am now finding many more reviews to support what I have found out the hard way. If you are shooting ISO 80 or 100 your going to have some pretty good pictures. ISO 200 is still not too bad. ISO 400 is as noisy as some other cameras ISO 1600 shots. ISO 800 shots are unacceptably noisy and anything shot at 1600 is completely useless and unusable.
This camera uses a faster shot instead of image stabilization and while that in itself is not such a bad thing the noise present in those faster shots is not acceptable. One of the big reasons this cameras auto mode is useless is that it will often use ISO 400 or faster which makes the auto mode useless if you want a good picture.
One of the main reasons I bought this camera was that it had a manual focus option to use in my low light situations. The manual focus is still direct linked to the auto focus and is not a true manual. If you run it out to infinity in hopes of getting focused on those far shots your in for a cruel surprise. The manual focus at infinity goes past infinity and back out of focus. Even when you back up a bit your at the mercy of the autofocus motor to start and stop moving when it wants as it lags behind your actual moving of the manual focus ring.
Macro modes do not focus well up close at all where they should, and forget manual focus for macros because the auto focus will take over and take the picture back out of focus even on manual mode when clicking the shutter.
The video quality is not too bad on this camera but the auto focusing while in video mode is very bad. It focuses too slow and has to keep trying to refocus. The auto focus does not work well in many cases. Some times it will show a good focus lock and after you look at the pictures you will often find that it was not in focus at all.
This camera has got plenty of bells and whistles and had a great potential but things like the manual focus which is a great idea fails because it was poorly implemented.
The bottom line is that this type of camera is supposed to make it easy to take good pictures while allowing you the options to go manual and change things but it should not be so hard to get 10 out of 1000 pictures to be worth keeping.
This camera is not worth this kind of money to get a few good shots. The camera looks good and has plenty of features but in the end it's about what kind of pictures it takes on on that note it fails miserably.
By anonymous; - Jul 16, 2007
Strengths: AA bateries, light weight, non inter changeable lenses
Weakness: slower to write to CF card
I use this camera in leiu of toting around all my lenese etc for my DSLR. this camera is light weight easy to use and does a great job. Photos are clear and sharp.. I used it recently to photograph a MotorCross and was able to do an execellent job with it. Controls are easy to find and use. Feels good in my ahnds andyes no imigage stablization but neither does my DSLR that cost 100's more.. Great price for a really good tool
By anonymous; - Apr 27, 2007
Good camera for the prosumer
Strengths: AA battery, movie clips, fast reflex
Weakness: image quality
I've used six different digital cameras extensively over the past seven years (Kodak DC280, DC290, DC4800, Olympus Stylus 500, Olympus C-8080, Fuji S9100), with over 5,000 images captured. Even though I've only owned this camera for a month, I've already used this camera in a variety of situations: low light indoors, bright sunny outdoors, baby photos, scenery shots, close-ups, movie capture. Since I've grown quite fond of my C-8080, my review will make more sense referencing that camera.
In general, the image quality is above average. Compared to the Olympus C-8080, there are several weaknesses, such as less dynamic color range and harsher colors. Additionally, I do notice severe purple fringing in certain low light situations (this never happened on C-8080). Also, noise is severe in those situations as well, and quite apparent when viewed at 100% size on screen. When photographing people, the skin tone tends to be skewed towards yellow, and not as soft or dynamic as with C-8080. In sunny outdoor situations, the camera doesn't handle the contrast in color (sunlight vs. shadow) very well even with force flash turned on.
There is also a bug in the algorithm that makes the picture overexposed when the force flash is on indoors. It seems the camera does not take into account that the flash is on and the shutter speed needs to be shortened for the extra light. Consequently, many of my pictures turned out overexposed, and this problem is most apparent in close up (
By anonymous; - Feb 18, 2007
Best Fuji Digital Camera For Wildlife Photography
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By reviewgist.com - Jan 6, 2010
Fujifilm FinePix S9100
Testseek.com has collected 9 expert reviews for Fujifilm FinePix S9100 and the average expert rating is 75 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
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By testseek.com - Feb 9, 2009
Fuji Finepix S9100
Fuji Finepix S9100 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 2.68 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #124 standard digital camera of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a...
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By TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008
Fujifilm FinePix S9100
Shooting with the Fujifilm FinePix S9100 is a lot of fun. All this long zoom digital camera lacks is optical image stabilization. That may seem like a big omission these days, but the S9100 does surprisingly well without it, capturing usable images with a handheld shutter speed as low as 1/5 second. The lack of optical image stabilization does make the S9100 a very affordable long zoom, and it...
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By Imaging Resource - Apr 16, 2007