I read a whole bunch of posts on a blog about the Fuji S9000 and S9500 and people were especially scathing of the Nikon D50 and D70.
Here are 2 examples
andI bought the Fuji S9500 last week and quite happily sold my Nikon D70.One of the most overrated cameras ever-I am convinced that those that own the Nikon have convinced themselves its the best thing since the wheel.If that is the case why do they have to rush out and buy Photoshop costing in excess of $500 then spend all night in front of the computer to try and get a useable image? why?-because the Nikon is incapable of producing a decent out of the camera picture--so what the heck makes it a brilliant camera then? it can`t do what a camera is supposed to do so its not that clever then is it.All the pics I have taken so far with the Fuji have been perfectly focused(no blur-like 20% of Nikon turns out)spot on exposure and razor sharp.Producing an image of about 4.5mb in jpeg whilst the Nikon only manages 2.5mb or so.Will never get a dust problem,Nikon are prone to this.Is fitted with first rate optics,an excellent macro mode and is half the price of the Nikon lens kit.
I have compared many similar photogaphs between the two cameras and to my mind the Fuji is turning out much better quality images.In fact I was still using an old S7000 when I bought the Nikon and even then I was in two minds as to which camera turned out better straight from camera pics.In view of the price difference at the time the Nikons should have been 3 times better,suffice to say they wern`t even twice as good as the S7000`s pics.Us guys who use Fuji S9500 digicams and similar should all get together for a shoot out with dslr owners,take the media cards straight into a photo lab and get 10x8 prints taken off--see how lost these poor users would be without the power of an image enhancer to give them a good photo.We would have some right p**** off dslr users and if they had tails would be firmly between legs.No doubt they would come up with some excuse as to why their images were left in the shade by a humble digicam.
I must admit, I have always thought that top end "bridge-cameras" as I call them actually offer far more functionality and even take better pictures than bare bones entry level dSLRs.I'm a photogrpher for a newspaper chain in western Canada with 25 yrs experience in photography. If the image quality of the Finepix S9000 stands up decently, I'll be able to hang up my big, heavy DSLR and lenses exept for the most extreme low light conditions. It will give me a small all-in-one camera that's easy to carry, will not have dust issues, will always have the right lens on it, has quick operation and because it is small and silent (no mirror slap) I'll be able to work unobtrusively with it. I also get the benefit of a tilting LCD readout for those hard-to-reach extreme angle shots.
I've been waiting for years for a camera like this to come out and I can't wait for it's release.
As for the CCD vs. CMOS argument over image quality, all I can say is I use a 6 MP CMOS-based DSLR now. It's very good, but my old 3 MP Finepix S1 Pro blew it into the trees for colour and B&W reproduction. The old S1 was a pig to operate, but it provided outstanding images.
When Fujifilm bolts together a good camera you really get a great image maker.
I've been waiting for a camera like this
I think this is a good topic of conversation as a number of you always recommend dSLRs to beginners which I think is the wrong move.
**edit FujiS9000 vs Canon 20D