Summary: I purchased my S9500 after weighing up all the other options out there (well, most of them). I wanted an SLR-like camera with first and foremost a good/great zoom range. Second to that I wanted manual control over shutter speed, aperture etc whilst still being able to stick it into Auto mode when I was feeling lazy, and lastly I was on a fairly tight budget (around the £300 area) so I couldn't exactly spend out on a £800 Canon!
Fuji FinePix S9500 - notes on upgrading from a Compact
Claire de Lune, Amazon
10 October 2006
Summary: I bought this as I wanted to upgrade from a Digital Compact and didn't want to fork out for all the associated paraphernalia (lenses etc)that you need for an SLR. I was also attracted by the powerful zoom. My first response was disappointment - it is heavy and some of the controls are quite small and difficult to operate. You really do need a tripod to make good use of the zoom, which means more stuff to lug around.
Summary: Firstly, I am a complete novice to photography, but as my travels have taken me to far away places I've decided to spend a little more on a Camera to take, I would hope, more impressive pictures. This Camera appeared to fit the bill, it has plenty of "bells and whistles" quite versatile at a reasonable price. However, I can probably relate to all the reviews of this camera.