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Fuji X-S1 Comparative Crops

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Electronic View FinderElectronic View FinderStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringWeatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Comparative Crops

Given that the Fuji X-S1 can easily be mistaken in appearance for a digital SLR, this comparison is provided to show that the image quality of even the best ultra-zoom cannot be mistaken for that of a modern DSLR. On the left we have 100% crops from the X-S1 next to crops of at the same ISO for the Pentax K-5
Pentax K-5
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The X-S1 uses a 1/2" sensor compared to the APS-C one on the K-5. Accounting for 25% more resolution on the DSLR, it comes down to pixels which are 5 times larger than on the ultra-zoom. This translates into a five stop image quality lead at the base ISO which narrows down to 2½ stops at ISO 3200, the last full-resolution sensitivity of the X-S1. This is obviously an excellent acheivement for the X-S1 but shows that when it comes down to low image noise, larger sensors are better. Of course, the smaller sensor allows the Fuji to pack a huge 26X optical zoom lens, unmatched by any DSLR lens in terms of range, size, weight and versatility.

Fuji X-S1 Pentax K-5
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Fujifilm X-S1
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Fujifilm X-S1 Facts

Large digital camera
12 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 100-3200
26X Mechanically Linked Ultra-Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/4000-30s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.47" Built-in EVF 1.4 MegapixelsCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Automatic Eye-Start sensorSpot-Metering
1 Axis Digital LevelHot-Shoe
WeatherproofStereo audio input
7 FPS Drive, 8 ImagesLithium-Ion Battery
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSecure Digital Extended Capacity
3" LCD 460K PixelsInternal Memory
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