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I started looking at the s9500 and don't think I would have been disappointed, but ultimately thought I'd get more out of the D50, on the grounds of more options for creative control and better picture quality. Still gives the 'idiot' settings for use while you learn to be more creative.
The S9500 would have been a big step up from my compact but I felt I'd be wanting more in a few months.
So ask me in a few months if I regret it! However if you're considering a D50 that's probably what you should go for - unless you're really paranoid about dust or need to shoot movie clips.
Also, make sure you have time to read the manual in detail, and spend time learning to use all the controls, which are brilliantly laid out - once you know where they are.
As point and shoot you may not be able to tell PQ difference from either camera.
Also you may ( initially) find the Nikons controls a bit fiddlly to start with.
Its main advantage is perhaps an upward path when you want to upgrade. If you buy an additional Nikon lens, flash or other assesory, you can use it on a latter model.
This may not nessesarily be true for the Fuji.
I have a fuji 602z which I had used for 30 months and felt very au fait with. I now have ( in addition ) a Canon 350D and almost never use the fuji any more.
In reality, there are some great shots from the fuji and rather naff ones from the Canon ( taken when first bought) but that was down to me .. not the camera.
My latter efforts with the Canon have been very rewarding
I had a Canon film EOS whose lens and flash have come in handy with the DSLR
If you think you will have a sustained interest The Nikon seems a better bet (in the long run) otherwise the Fuji will serve you well while you make your mind up one way or the other.
Suffice to say the Nikon is probably able to enhace your creativity further when you master its controls.
Must say despite owning the Canon I recently held th D50 and liked its build quality.
The Canon is much better featured and it is actually a lot more robust than initial impressions give. It can take a few knocks contrary to its initial feel would suggest.
However clearly Both Cameras are a big step up from P&S
The 3.3 megapixel 6900 you have compared (rather unfairly) to a 350D doesn't even begin to compare with the 9 megapixel prosumer 9500 though really does it.....
I have the 9500 and it is a good fun "serious" camera with lots of bells and whistles but that a child could use - on the flipside to the upgradability, with a half decent 28-300mm lens as standard and the 9 mp files / raw files to work with in photoshop you will save yourself a fortune on buying lenses!