Fujifilm Finepix S9900W Review

September 23, 2015 | Amy Davies | |

Image Quality

Directly from the Fujifilm Finepix S9900W, images display a good level of punch and vibrance, without going too over the top to make images appear unrealistic.

There's a fair amount of detail in the JPEGs, but you can see some image smoothing if you examine an image at 100%, even when shooting at very low ISOs, such as ISO 100. It's not particularly uncommon for cameras of this kind though, and it's certainly not an issue at normal printing or viewing sizes.

As you move up the sensitivity scale, the amount of detail which is lost becomes even more apparent. At ISO 1600 it's possible to see that image smoothing at printing sizes, but it's not too bad if you keep it to A5 or below. Sensitivities such as ISO 3200 are usable at very small sizes, but are best avoided if possible. You can shoot at a maximum of ISO 12800, but unless the subject is pretty much pitch black, again it's worth sticking to lower sensitivity options.

It's a shame that you can't shoot in raw format so that you could apply your own noise reduction settings after an image has been taken - but again, it's not particularly uncommon for cameras at this price point.

Generally speaking, the Fujifilm Finepix S9900W's automatic metering system does a good job to produce accurate colours in the majority of situations, only requiring a little positive exposure compensation in very high contrast situations. Similarly, automatic white balance copes well with different kinds of lighting conditions, including artificial lighting.

There are a range of different digital filters which you can use, and you may find you like some, but others less so - it's worth experimenting with them. Again, it's a shame you can't shoot in raw format in case you change your mind down the line.

As a key selling point of most bridge cameras, the telephoto lens has to perform well at the far end of its reach. At the far end of the telephoto range, there's a little loss of detail, but it's fine at most normal printing and web sizes. The digital zoom is also usable as well, but at smaller printing and web sizes.

Noise

There are 8 ISO settings available on the Fujifilm FinePix S9900W. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Fujifilm FinePix S9900W's 50x zoom lens provides an astonishing focal range of 24-1200mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

24mm

1200mm

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Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little bit soft at the default sharpening setting, but don't really benefit from further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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Chromatic Aberrations

The Fujifilm FinePix S9900W handled chromatic aberrations well during the review. A little purple fringing was present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

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Macro

The Fujifilm FinePix S9900W has two macro modes. The standard macro can focus as close as 7cm at wide-angle and 1.3m at full zoom. Go into super-macro and you can close into 1cm. However, the zoom is disabled in this mode.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

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Flash

The flash settings on the Fujifilm FinePix S9900W are Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, and any of those modes combined with Red-eye Reduction. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (24mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (24mm)

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Flash Off - Wide Angle (1200mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (1200mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots.

Flash Off

Flash Off (100% Crop)
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Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
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Night

The Fujifilm FinePix S9900W's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 100.

Night

Night (100% Crop)

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Advanced Filters

The Advanced Filter mode on the Fujifilm FinePix S9900W offers 11 artistic special effects to help customise the look of your images as you take them.

Toy Camera

Miniature

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Pop Color

High-Key

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Low-Key

Dynamic Tone

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Fish-Eye

Soft Focus

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Cross Screen

Partial Color (Green)

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Sketch

 
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Panorama Mode

The Fujifilm FinePix S9900W allows you to take panoramic images very easily by 'sweeping' with the camera while keeping the shutter release depressed.

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