Fujifilm X100S Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Fujifilm X100S
Resolution: 16.30 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
(23.6mm x 15.6mm)
Kit Lens: Non-Zoom
(35mm eq.)
Viewfinder: Hybrid / LCD
Native ISO: 200 - 6400
Extended ISO: 100 - 25,600
Shutter: 30 - 1/4000
Max Aperture: 2.0
Dimensions: 5.0 x 2.9 x 2.1 in.
(127 x 74 x 54 mm)
Weight: 15.8 oz (449 g)
includes batteries
MSRP: $1,300
Availability: 03/2013
Manufacturer: Fujifilm
Full specs: Fujifilm X100S specifications
16.30
Megapixels
Non-Zoom APS-C
size sensor
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X100S Summary

The Fuji X100S rangefinder-style camera takes a leap forward with its new 16.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor that helps it deliver stellar images with low noise, high dynamic range, good color and improved resolution. Overall, its performance bests that of its popular predecessor, the X100, with speedier operation and faster autofocus in good light, thanks to the addition of on-chip phase-detect pixels to create its new hybrid AF system. However, in many ways, the camera didn't turn out to be as big an upgrade as we had hoped, with its low-light AF performance still sluggish and inaccurate in real-life situations, and its video capabilities hampered by moire and the lack of image stabilization. Still, the Fuji X100S can be a great camera for the right shooter, especially street and landscape photographers, delivering Leica-like feel and quality in a more affordable package.

Pros

Attractive, retro rangefinder-style design; Improved (excellent) still image quality that's even better thanks to second generation X-Trans sensor technology; Great, sharp f/2 35mm-equivalent lens; Overall better operation and performance than the X100; Addition of phase-detect pixels makes bright light autofocusing faster.

Cons

Low-light AF slow and inconsistent; Video quality, even at 60p, compromised by moire and lack of image stabilization; Combined four-way pad/Command dial means AF control points cumbersome to change; Too easy to bump control dials and change settings accidentally (especially the EV dial).

Price and availability

The Fujifilm X100S started shipping in March 2013 at an original retail price of nearly US$1,300. Current street price is about the same.

Imaging Resource rating

4.0 out of 5.0

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