Thanks and yes it gets sharp on this side of the world. As far as I can remember I used the macro mode, the rest was just plain lazy auto. I was on a cold mornings walk, the angle of the branch, compared to the angle of the dead leaf caught my attention. Took a moment to compose it and took less time to get my hands back into my pockets!!
I think its important that S9500 users that are happy with their camera's start posting more shots. Just to get away from the continuous "whats wrong now" threads. Just to remind people that it's a handy little camera that does exactly what it says on the tin. Great price, great results – not a DSLR.