Fujifilm S9800

Fujifilm S9800 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F2.9-6.5) lens
  • 670g - 123 x 87 x 116mm
  • Released January 2015
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  • Size Comparison
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Fujifilm S9800 summary

Fujifilm S9800 is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially revealed on January of 2015. The camera has got a 16MP, CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The Fujifilm S9800 is scored #79 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over-all #579 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should try out our Smart camera finder to get camera listings based on your custom requirements.

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Fujifilm S9800 history

The Fujifilm S9800 is part of a family of products. You can view the detailed list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Fujifilm-S9800 front thumbnailFujifilm S980024-1200mm
Fujifilm-S9900w front thumbnailFujifilm S9900w
Fujifilm S9800 vs Fujifilm S9900w
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Fujifilm-FinePix-S8600 front thumbnailFujifilm S8600
Fujifilm S9800 vs Fujifilm S8600
Fujifilm-FinePix-S1 front thumbnailFujifilm S1
Fujifilm S9800 vs Fujifilm S1
Fujifilm-FinePix-S9200 front thumbnailFujifilm S9200
Fujifilm S9800 vs Fujifilm S9200
Fujifilm-FinePix-S9400W front thumbnailFujifilm S9400W
Fujifilm S9800 vs Fujifilm S9400W
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Fujifilm S9800 vs Fujifilm S8400W

Fujifilm S9800 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of pros and cons of the Fujifilm S9800 based on aspects that are normally considered important in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
flash built-in
great zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
has HDMI port
long reach (1200mm)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
offers face detection focus
offers tracking autofocus
really wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
very good minimum ISO (100)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
focusing manually not possible
heavier than competition in class (670g)
lacks phase detect auto focus
lacks RAW format
max zoom aperture not good (f6.5)
no external mic port
no headphone port
no moving screen
no Time Lapse recording
screen has low resolution (460 thousand dot)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
slow maximum aperture (f2.9)
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Fujifilm S9800 Sensor information

The specification of the sensor in the Fujifilm S9800 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 16MP and provides a standard ISO range of 100 - 12800. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported so you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image below illustrates the Fujifilm S9800's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The Fujifilm S9800 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm S9800 dimensions

Fujifilm S9800 weighs in at 1.48 lbs (670 gr / 23.63 ounces) & the dimensions of the camera is 123mm x 87mm x 116mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 4.6"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Fujifilm S9800 is more heavy as compared to various competitors.

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The following is a photo of the Fujifilm S9800 alongside a soda to help you to get a feel for its size.

Fujifilm S9800 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show the button arrangement on the Fujifilm S9800.

Fujifilm S9800 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm S9800 Lens information

The Fujifilm S9800 includes an inbuilt lens offering a focal range of 24-1200mm giving it a 50.0 x zoom which is great and could make it easier to zoom right in.

At it's widest 24mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f2.9 which is quite sluggish and not great for low light situations and you may find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You will also need to up your ISO which causes noisy shots. With the long end, 1200mm is brilliant zoom and comes to f6.5 making it fairly sluggish and you might have to choose slower shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm S9800 Connectivity

The Fujifilm S9800 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to transfer files and in some cases change camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

Many apps also provide a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external display. Virtually all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Fujifilm S9800 Video information

The max video quality in the Fujifilm S9800 is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in H.264 file format. 1080p quality gives a great balance for video quality versus file size but 1080p won't leave you with any room to crop. The body does not have a microphone or headphone socket so you have got absolutely no control over the sound. It is probably best to get an alternative camera if you need good sound for your videos.

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Fujifilm S9800 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing in the Fujifilm S9800 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.

Fujifilm S9800 Screen and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm S9800 has got a 3 inch fixed screen having a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

It features a selfie friendly screen to take self portraits and even group shots when necessary. Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details for Fujifilm S9800 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 920 thousand dots
  • Coverage 97%

For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tough to see, viewfinders can be particularly useful.

Fujifilm S9800 Shutter information

Fujifilm S9800 continuous shooting speed is 10.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1700 sec.

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Fujifilm S9800 Flash and Hot shoe information

Fujifilm S9800 comes with just built-in flash without external flash support.

Fujifilm S9800 Autofocusing information

Fujifilm S9800 comes with only Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & exact as compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has got Face detection which can be handy for taking portraits of people.

It also boasts Tracking AF for subjects that move. Fujifilm S9800 doesn't have manual focusing. Manual focusing mode is good for low light situations or you need more precise control on focus.

Photography Glossary

Fujifilm S9800 Battery life

The battery pack (4 x AA) in the Fujifilm S9800 is fashioned to last for 300 photos according to the CIPA benchmarks making it similar to it's competition. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the maximum (600) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Here is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Fujifilm S9800 for varying categories of photography

The following graph indicates a rundown of the Fujifilm S9800 for varying categories of photography. To understand more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Fujifilm S9800 Portrait photography highlights

The Fujifilm S9800 gets a points tally of 37 which is really bad, and means the camera is just not very good for portraits. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW files along with the ability to use off-camera flash.

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sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
provides face detect focusing
no manual focus
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Fujifilm S9800 as a Street photography camera

Getting a really bad score of 41, the Fujifilm S9800 is just not very good for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
heavier than competition (670g)

Fujifilm S9800 Sports photography details

A modest sports photography points total of 53 means the Fujifilm S9800 is fairly adequate for shooting sports. A camera needs to have very good autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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amazing zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus

Fujifilm S9800 Travel photography information

Size is very crucial when choosing a camera for travel. Overall, the Fujifilm S9800 gets a reasonable 57 as a travelling camera which is relatively suited to buy for your journeys.

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resolution is good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
relatively wide (24mm)
very long reach (1200mm)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (670g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.9)

Landscape photography with Fujifilm S9800

If you find yourself planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most significant factor will no doubt be image quality. The Fujifilm S9800 at it's really bad rating of 42 for a landscape camera is just not very good in the current marketplace.

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reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.9)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
no Time Lapse recording

Fujifilm S9800 Vlogging factors

A camera for vlogging should come with a moving display screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Fujifilm S9800 is fairly adequate as a vlog camera as it comes to a decent rating of 57.

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reasonably wide (24mm)
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.9)
no mic jack
heavier than average in class (670 grams)

Fujifilm S9800 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the Fujifilm S9800, here is a list of the top ranked cameras that fall under the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line chart listed below shows you a summary of the Fujifilm S9800 versus it's top rated competitors mentioned previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may look at as alternative options. To check out a extensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Fujifilm S9800
Small Sensor Superzoom
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-1200mm (50.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inch
Resolution of screen
460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
920 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
8 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/1700 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
7.00 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash settings
Auto, flash on, flash off, slow synchro
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (6oi), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution
Video format
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
670 grams (1.48 lbs)
123 x 87 x 116mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 4.6")
Battery life
300 pictures
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
4 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots
Price at release