Fujifilm X100S Summary
Fuji X100S Assessment
The Fuji X100S is an extremely capable premium compact camera. It features a unique 16 MP X-Trans II CMOS sensor without anti-alias filter that delivers image-quality which competes with the best APS-C DSLRs on the market.
The new sensor incorporates Phase-Detect AF to improve autofocus speed. The X100S remains fast and responsive and only slows down when light is low. Its external controls make it relatively efficient to operate but the interface has more than its share of oddities.
The hybrid viewfinder is very clever but it is the 2.4 MP EVF mode which is truly superb. It is very sharp and assists manual-focus in one of three ways, including a unique Digital Split-Screen.
Unlike when its predecessor was launched, the Fuji X100S faces a healthy amount of competition. There are new several fixed-lens camera with an APS-C or larger sensor, including other models without anti-alias filter. At its price, it also faces competition from mirrorless cameras, including Fuji's own X-series which look rather similar to the X100S.
Photographers who are comfortable with a fixed F/2 23mm lens would be highly pleased with the Fuji X100S. While the AF slows down in low-light, MF is quick and direct when needed. The all-in-one body and excellent quality of this camera is sure to make it last under capable hands.
|Superb image quality in compact size||Very slow autofocus in low-light|
|Extremely low noise||Some over-exposure|
|Very good sharpness from wide-open||Some cast under tungsten lighting|
|Flexible rendition of colors and tones||Wrong Live-Histogram, based on display|
|Bright F/2 lens||Not Exposure-Priority|
|Real aperture ring||Clear but pointless OVF|
|Leaf-Shutter allows High-Speed-Sync||Two dials needed per exposure parameter|
|Built-In 3-Stop ND Filter||No AE-L with MF|
|Plenty of external controls||Illogical and under-used button functions|
|Inconspicuous analog camera look||No direct Self-Timer access|
|Excellent EVF clarity||Poor camera grip|
|Great LCD visibility|
|Excellent build quality|
|Excellent + Excellent +|
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Fujifilm X100S Highlights
Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|16 Megapixels Fixed Lens||ISO 200-25600|
|Fixed 35mm lens||Shutter 1/4000-30s|
|0.48" Hybrid EVF 2.4 Megapixels (0.50X)||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|1 Axis Digital Level||Spot-Metering|
|6 FPS Drive, 29 Images||Hot-Shoe|
|1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video Recording||Stereo audio input|
|2.8" LCD 460K Pixels||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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