I just got FX9 from Japan, and using both Fuji S7000 and FX9 side by side..
really impressed with this FX9..
only diff bet FX8 and FX9 are..
1) high resolution on LCD
2) more scenic Mode
3) higher MP
4) Lower Battery life (FX8 is 300 shots, but FX9 is 270 shots), but in my 20days stay in Japan, I have only charge once. and seldom uses flash since the Image is very natural and non blur when I take without flash.