Fuji X100S review: A powerful photographic tool for the advanced—but patient—shooter


posted Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 12:25 PM EDT


First things first: In our Fuji X100S review, we discovered the retro-style advanced compact is inarguably a better camera than its predecessor, the X100. It delivers superior image quality, thanks to its APS-C-type, next gen X-Trans CMOS II sensor featuring 4 megapixels more resolution. And its new hybrid autofocus system incorporates phase-detect pixels that improve AF speed and accuracy in good light, and overall its operational performance is faster and better.

Moreover, manual focus is no longer a bust, as the focus ring on the X100S is far more responsive than the previous model's, and it's assisted by a Digital Split-Image Focus Assist function that harkens back to the manual focus systems found on the analog cameras of yore. Additional upgrades include a speedier burst rate of up to 5.7fps (as tested), reduced flare from the sharp, fast, 35mm-equivalent lens and improved battery life.

But, unfortunately, the X100S proved not to be the major upgrade we hoped it to be. We still found the AF system to be lacking, especially in low-light, real-world shooting conditions with moving subjects. We can't tell you how many throw-away pictures we took with this camera indoors, or wherever the light was a bit dodgy, or we were dealing with low-contrast subjects. All of this is a shame, because the camera produces great high ISO images with a fantastic balance of detail and noise reduction.

Can this camera's pros outweigh its cons? Read our in-depth Fuji X100S review to find out! You'll get a better understanding of the issues we faced in reviewing this powerful photographic tool, as well as see the great images a patient shooter can capture with it.