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Fujifilm X-S1 Review

For all those who are desperate about seeing the newly announced Fujifilm wonder, the Fujifilm X-S1 Superzoom, they can now try it. In 2011, just after the bigger brother X10 was released on the market, the company president proudly announced that for the next product from the company’s ‘’X-series’’, the goal is to create a mirror less interchangeable camera. Well, the product is now here and my question is: if it is a mirror less camera, why is there a hump for the pent prism? Well, it seems that this Fujifilm X S1 Compact Digital Camera has the same sensor as the X10 bigger brother, with a 26x zoom, while the hump is for the large EVF and for the flash, which makes the Fujifilm X S1 an update of s100fs. These details being established, let’s have a closer look..


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By . Published on May 31, 2015. 0

For all those who are desperate about seeing the newly announced Fujifilm wonder, the Fujifilm X-S1 Superzoom, they can now try it. In 2011, just after the bigger brother X10 was released on the market, the company president proudly announced that for the next product from the company’s ‘’X-series’’, the goal is to create a mirror less interchangeable camera. Well, the product is now here and my question is: if it is a mirror less camera, why is there a hump for the pent prism? Well, it seems that this Fujifilm X S1 Compact Digital Camera has the same sensor as the X10 bigger brother, with a 26x zoom, while the hump is for the large EVF and for the flash, which makes the Fujifilm X S1 an update of s100fs.

These details being established, let’s have a closer look and see what this new Fujifilm can do and if it is really worth to spend our money on it. Let’s put together all the features and figure out whether the camera or the photographer is in control now. Some say that the sensor of this Fujifilm X S1 is too large, but even though it is so large, it is still able to include the 26x 24-642mm equivalent zoom lens F2.8-5.6 that so many people appreciate. In addition to this, the X-S1 has a RAW shooting, an excellent 1.44 dots electronic viewfinder, as well as a 460,000 dots rear LCD. The metal dials and the rubberized coating offer it a vintage aspect that looks good on it and the premium picture performance seems to really match its look. All these having been said, it seems that when it comes to the new ‘’’x-series’’ family member, the photographer is the one who is in charge.

Now, let’s turn our attention to more serious matters and see what its key features are. I am sure that someone who is in love with photography will appreciate the high quality (how else, we are still talking about a Fujifilm) 26x optical Fujinon zoom that covers 24 to 624mm (equivalent to 35mm), the intelligent zoom that boosts a focal range even up to 1248mm, the metal dials and the rubberized coating details, the 12 megapixel and EXR CMOS sensor, the possibility to shoot as much as 10 frames per one second, the large EVF that has a viewing angle of 26 degrees and 1.44 million pixels, as well as full HD video and the PASM modes. The list of key features that will attract the attention of any photography passionate continues with the RAW file format, the film stimulating modes, the optical image stabilization, the macro focusing to 1cm and 360 degrees Motion panorama mode. However, even though all these key features are interesting for someone who is not new in this field, a novice will feel confused about them and there are many who won’t even use all of them because they won’t know how to do it.

Directing our attention to the actual performance, the one that attracts the interest of both a specialist and a novice, you will be glad to hear that the Fujifilm X S1 has a maximal optical quality and versatility. What is great about this Fujifilm X S1 Compact Digital Camera is that the seventeen glass elements comprised in the lens, together with the two ED lenses and the four elements that are not spherical result in an amazing clarity. Thanks to them, you can take pictures that have a fantastic sharpness that specialists describe as being perfect.

In which concerns the picture taking process, there is no difference between the Fujifilm X-S1 Superzoom and the now old X10. They have the same sensor: it is a 2/3 inch 12 megapixel EXR CMOS . However, this means that the pictures taken with the Fujifilm X S1, as well as the ones taken with the X10 are of a high quality, no matter what the conditions of light are. Thanks to the bright EVF, you can check the settings with ease and adjust the focus manually if there is something wrong with it. Some say, and I tend to believe it, that the most powerful combination of Fujifilm X S1 key elements is the one between the rear LCD and the electronic viewfinder that is of a high quality. Thanks to them, the composure is ensured, while the viewing of the images is simple and quick. This happens, again, regardless of the conditions of light. The EVF has 1.44 million pixels, which means that the picture’s clarity is going to be amazing. Another advantage of the Fujifilm X S1 is represented by the ability to capture a HD video that has stereo sound when you reach 30 frames taken per second. This is saved as a H.264 format.
Another big advantage of Fujifilm X S1 is represented by the 460,000 pixels which make an easy scroll to menus possible. They also enhance the exposure accuracy, as well as the view images’ accuracy.

I think that all in all, the new Fujifilm X S1 is not exactly what the company’s president presented to be considering the fact that the 2/3 inch with 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor is the same as the one found in the X10, but it surely has features that recommend it for your next Digital Camera. Unfortunately, even though scrolling through menus seems simple, a novice will surely be confused by all the key features and will need some time to learn how to use them all in order to obtain the best picture quality.

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