On November 24 2011, Fujifilm announced the X-S1
, a new bridge camera with a 2/3-type 12 Megapixels EXR CMOS sensor and a 24-624mm (35mm equivalent) Fujinon optical zoom lens. The X-S1 is built in Japan to exacting standards, the body has a high-quality look and feel with metal dials, a rubberised coating and superior handling characteristics that will appeal to the discerning photo enthusiast. Here are the key features:
- High quality Fujinon 26x optical zoom covering 24-624mm (35mm equivalent) with Intelligent Digital Zoom boosting range up to 1248mm
- Superb build quality and finish with rubberised coating and metal dials
- 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor
- Up to 10 frames-per-second shooting
- Large EVF with 1.44 million pixels and 26 degree viewing angle
- Tiltable three-inch rear LCD with Sunny Day mode
- Full HD video
- PASM modes
- Raw file format
- Film simulation modes
- Macro focusing down to 1cm
- Lithium battery providing up to 500 shots per charge
- Optical image stabilisation
- 360° Motion Panorama mode
Optically, the lens comprises 17 glass elements, including four aspherical elements and two ED lenses, a nine-bladed diaphragm and a maximum aperture of f/2.8 at the wide end of the zoom range. In standard mode, the lens focuses down to 30cm, but by selecting Super Macro Mode, users can focus down to 1cm. Additionally, the Fujifilm X-S1 features the same 2/3-inch 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor as the X10, Coupled to the EXR CMOS sensor is the high speed EXR processor, which offers a minimal shutter lag of just 0.01sec and a high speed continuous shooting capability of 7fps at full resolution or 10fps at six-megapixel resolution. The 0.47-inch EVF features 1.44 million pixels for clarity and has a wide viewing area of 26 degrees to reduce eye strain. The camera also features a tiltable rear monitor, manual exposure controls and raw image capture. The Fujifilm X-S1 is listed for $999.99 and it's currently selling at around $798. Here's the summary of review by Steve's Digicam:
"One of the nice things about today's more advanced cameras is that they can offer a large number of manual control features, while also remaining easy to use in fully automatic mode. The X-S1 fits right in with these types of cameras, providing quite a few manual controls -- including a manual focus option -- while also remaining easy to use when you just want to shoot some quick snapshots. My primary complaint with the X-S1 when in fully automatic mode was that the autofocus mechanism tended to struggle at times with finding the right focus range. When this happened, the camera didn't create just a slightly soft photo; it was a unusable blurred mess. This problem didn't happen very often, but it was occurring just enough to be noticeable. For a camera in this price range, you'd expect almost perfect autofocus results. When the autofocus did work properly, which, again, was the vast majority of the time, it resulted in very sharp images. Colors were also really good, either in bright sunlight or indoors. This camera's zoom lens is an outstanding option. Besides having a great zoom range at 26x, having the opportunity to manually twist the zoom ring means that you can arrive at the exact zoom setting you want very quickly. You can go from full wide angle to full telephoto in about a second with the X-S1's manual zoom lens, which is a speed that a zoom motor simply can't match. The X-S1 works very quickly, too. You can shoot your first photo just over a second after flipping the power switch, at least when you're in Fujifilm's fast start-up mode. The X-S1 responds very quickly between shots, too, even when shooting with a flash. Very few fixed-lens cameras can match the response times found with the X-S1. You'd probably have to move into a DSLR or DIL model to find a faster camera.
Bottom Line - The high price of the X-S1 is its most significant drawback, as some photographers my be wondering -- understandably -- why they should spend as much for a fixed-lens camera as they've spend for an interchangeable lens DSLR or DIL camera. However, the X-S1 is a great performing camera that works quickly, creates high-quality photos, has a large manual zoom of 26x (which would be hard to match with a bag full of lenses), and provides quite a bit of manual control. The ability to adjust the zoom lens by hand is going to really appeal to some photographers. There's a viewfinder, a mode dial, a tiltable LCD screen, and a separate compartment for the memory card. The X-S1 works equally well in low light and bright sunlight. The handgrip on the right side is very comfortable to use, and there is quite a bit of rubberized coating on this camera, making it easy to hold. If you've never used a large camera before, however, I would strongly suggest that you test the X-S1 before you buy it. Some people will dislike the heavy, bulky look and feel of this camera. However, for those who cut their photographic teeth on 35mm SLR cameras, the Fujifilm X-S1 will make them feel right at home."
|PCMag - Oct 29 2012|
"We used Imatest to check the sharpness of the X-S1's lens. It scored 1,685 lines per picture height at its widest setting and aperture, which is a bit shy of the 1,800 lines required for a sharp image. This is in line with Fuji's similar HS30EXR, which ekes out 1,704 lines. Where the X-S1 beats the HS30EXR is in terms of image noise--it keeps it below 1.5 p..." More »
|PhotographicCentral - Oct 24 2012|
"That Crazy Lens!- As if a 24-624mm focal range wasn't enough, add an excellent macro ability and a f/2.8-5.6 max aperture across its range, and it should just about cover most photographic situations with aplomb. Indeed, this lens is the heart of the XS1 and it leaves very little to be desired as an overall package. Best of all, its really no larger and hea..." More »
|CNET UK - Mar 28 2012|
"The X-S1 shoots HD movies at either 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution or 1,280x720. It can step down to 640x480 for videos intended to be posted online -- a resolution at which it can up the frame rate to 70 frames per second. If you're happy to cut it still further, you can increase this to 120fps and 200fps at 320x240 and 320x112 pixels respectively. Each of t..." More »
|Digital Camera Info - Mar 12 2012|
"The X-S1's build quality, handling, and user experience are the best that we've seen in a superzoom, period. It's bulky compared to, say, the Panasonic FZ150, but the extra real estate makes the X-S1 easier to grip and more comfortable to operate. The twist-barrel zoom mechanism is a thing of beauty, and the electronic viewfinder is the best we've seen outs..." More »
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