Fujifilm X-S1

$367
  • 12 MP
  • 26x f/2.8
  • 2/3" CMOS
  • 3" LCD
#1 in super zooms
Released November, 2011
With the new X-S1, Fujifilm have produced the ultimate super-zoom bridge compact camera, with a long list of desirable features, intuitive user interface and excellent image quality.
Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Fujifilm X-S1

Back view of Fujifilm X-S1
Add to this 1080p Full HD movie recording at 30fps, solid build quality and a high-resolution 1.14m pixel electronic viewfinder, and the X-S1 begins to look like an attractive prospect.
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megapixels

0 MP
17.9 MP

12 MP
24.2 MP
30 MP
This is more than twice as large as a standard compact camera's 1/2.3in sensor, which should result in better image quality, especially as Fujifilm have sensibly chosen a modest 12 megapixel resolution.
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Range Priority (DR) mode simultaneously takes two images and then combines them to produce a 6 megapixel image with increased dynamic range.
Fujifilm X-S1 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)

sensor size

Fujifilm X-S1
Nikon D3200
Canon EOS 600D
We wouldn't hesitate to use the X-S1 at ISO 100-800, and even ISO 1600 and 3200 are usable for smaller prints and the web, putting the X-S1 well ahead of all other super-zoom compacts.
Fujifilm X-S1 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)
High ISO & Low Noise (SN) mode combines adjacent pixels to create larger photodiodes and improve low-light quality in the resulting 6 megapixel image.
Fujifilm X-S1 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)

wide angle lens

Fujifilm X-S1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR
Throw in the 1cm Super Macro mode and impressive maximum apertures of a bright f/2.8 at 24mm wide-angle to f5.6 at full 624mm telephoto, and it's clear that the X-S1 is perfectly suited for virtually any subject that you can think of, near or far.
Fujifilm X-S1 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)
Macro performance is excellent, allowing you to focus as close as 1cm away from the subject when the lens is set to wide-angle.
Fujifilm X-S1 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)

aperture size

Fujifilm X-S1
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Nikon Coolpix P510
The same dial is also used to change the aperture and shutter speed when using the more advanced shooting modes.
Fujifilm X-S1 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)
As with all recent mid- to high-end Fuji cameras, the X-S1 offers a generous range of exposure modes, including the regular creative quartet of Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority and fully Manual.
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zoom range

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50x

26x
41.7x
50x
The full 26x zoom range can be accessed in the H.264 MOV format movie mode, with the X-S1 offering full 1920x1080 pixel footage at 30 frames per second with constantly adjusting auto exposure and focus with stereo sound.
Fujifilm X-S1 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)
The anti-shake system works very well when hand-holding the camera in low-light conditions or when using the telephoto end of the zoom range.
Fujifilm X-S1 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)

body size

135 x 107 x 149 mm
125 x 96 x 76.5 mm
120 x 83 x 102 mm
7ps at full resolution is faster than most compact cameras and indeed most comparable DSLRs too.
Fujifilm X-S1 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)
Together, these make the X-S1 very comfortable to hold, and while it’s just about possible to shoot single-handed the not inconsiderable weight means you’re much better off using both hands – just as you would with a medium-weight DSLR.
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Performance Real world tests of Fujifilm X-S1

battery life

460 photos
200 photos
315 photos
If you’d prefer to hold the camera to your eye the1.14million-dot electronic viewfinder offers a relatively large, bright and impressively sharp image, especially when set to 50fps (the 30fps setting increases battery life but is much too stuttery for anything other than still-life work).
Fujifilm X-S1 by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2012)
Battery life is excellent at around 450 shots or 500 if you exclusively use the EVF.
Fujifilm X-S1 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)

max continuous shooting

Once the burst is completed, it takes over fifteen seconds for the camera to clear the buffer, during which you cannot take another picture.
Fujifilm X-S1 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)
Other highlights of the X-S1 include a large 2/3-inch 12-megapixel EXR CMOS sensor, a 3-inch tilting LCD monitor, electronic viewfinder with 1.44 million pixels and eye-sensor for automatic switching, full 1080p HD movie recording with stereo sound, ISO range of 100-12800, High Speed movie capture at up to 200fps, continuous shooting at 7fps at full resolution or 10fps at six megapixels, 0.01 sec shutter lag, full PASM manual controls and support for the RAW file format.
Fujifilm X-S1 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)

DxOMark low light performance

Fujifilm X-S1
Nikon D3200
Canon EOS 600D
The Fujifilm X-S1's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography.
Fujifilm X-S1 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)
To help avoid blur resulting from camera shake when shooting in low light or hand-holding the camera at the telephoto extremity of the zoom, Fujifilm have added a 'belt and braces' solution of high ISO sensitivity, stretching up to ISO 12800 at full resolution (JPEG only), a built-in mechanical stabilizer with Continuous or Shooting Only modes, and digital image stabilisation too if required.
Fujifilm X-S1 by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 26x
  • Contrast detection focusing system
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
  • Generic
  • 49
  • Yes
  • 460
  • Great for recording movies
  • 24 mm
  • 3.5mm
  • 10 mm
  • Optical
  • Stitches together multiple photos into a single ultra-wide view
  • 1/4000 s

cons

  • f/2.8
  • 460 k dots
  • 2/3"
  • 49.0
  • Nov, 2011
  • 11.2 ev
  • 20.4 bits
  • 12,800 ISO
  • 135 x 107 x 149 mm
  • No automatic HDR
  • Use buttons to access features and menus
  • 216 ISO
  • 12 MP
  • 149 mm
  • 920 g
  • Won't have that film look
  • Lacks the ability to create slow motion video
  • 1,400 k dots
  • 30 s

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 80%
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The deep, ergonomically designed finger-grip is large enough to accommodate three fingers with ease, and is neatly complemented by a sculpted thumb-rest on the back.
Rated 90%
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The lens also features mechanical image stabilisation, twist-barrel manual zoom and focusing controls, and a minimum focusing distance of 1cm in super macro mode.

Lens

It also has a 9-blade aperture diaphragm and comes complete with a metal lens barrel with manual zoom and focus rings, just like on a DSLR lens.
Fujifilm X-S1 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)
On the front of the camera the 26x optical zoom is manually operated and offers a focal range of between 24mm and 624mm in 35mm terms.
Fujifilm X-S1 | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2012)
Still viewing the X-S1 from the front, the stereo sound speakers are positioned one on either side of the lens barrel, with a familiar dual purpose AF-assist illuminator and self-timer lamp to the left.
Fujifilm X-S1 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)

Zoom

The only real drawback is the price-tag, which puts the X-S1 up against mid-range DSLRs and high-end compact system cameras as well as its main superzoom rivals.
Fujifilm X-S1 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)
It is quite a big bigger and heavier than its more consumer-oriented sibling, however, and indeed any other super-zoom currently on the market.
Fujifilm X-S1 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)
The Fujifilm X-S1 is a premium bridge-style super-zoom camera with a 26x zoom lens and a long list of stand-out features.
Fujifilm X-S1 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)

Sensor

The inclusion of a Focus/Exposure-lock button is a welcome addition for tricky lighting conditions, as is the one-touch Raw recording button for those situations when you think an image may benefit from some additional post-processing in a digital darkroom.
Fujifilm X-S1 | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2012)
The X-S1 boasts a 24-624mm focal range, full 1080p movies with stereo sound, 3 inch tilting LCD screen, a high resolution electronic viewfinder, 7fps burst shooting, full manual controls and a 12 megapixel 2/3-inch sensor with JPEG and RAW formats.
Fujifilm X-S1 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)
At ISO 3200 it’s still possible to shoot at 12MP, but JPEG quality must be stepped down to Normal.
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Focus

Completing the front of the X-S1 is a handy Focus Mode dial which lets you quickly choose from the AF-S, AF-C and Manual focus modes.
Fujifilm X-S1 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)
Using the camera in Single-area AF mode there are a total of 49 AF-points to choose from, and it’s also possible to resize the focus box and to move it around the screen as you wish.
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Should you want to fine-tune focus in the MF position then the Focus Check feature is assigned to the Fn1 button by default, and this will magnify the part of the image inside the focus box.
Fujifilm X-S1 | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2012)

Image quality

The Fujifilm Finepix X-S1 has three dynamic range settings - 100% (on by default), 200%, and 400% - and an Auto setting if you want to let the camera take control.
Fujifilm X-S1 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)
Chromatic aberrations were very well controlled, with limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations.
Fujifilm X-S1 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)
Just a little purple fringing was present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the example below.
Fujifilm X-S1 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Feb, 2012)

Competition What else you should consider

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