[Review] Fujifilm X-S1

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Fujifilm X-S1The all-new Fujifilm X-S1, made in Japan, is the latest addition to the premium Fujifilm X-series that includes the Fujifilm X100 and Fujifilm X10. The device features a large sensor and a newly-developed, bright all glass and high-definition Wide-Angle to telephoto lens with an ultra-smooth manual zoom. The Fujinon lens consists of 17 glass lens elements in 12 groups, to offer amazing clarity and high resolution through the entire image. The new Fujinon lens has a metal cam design that delivers smooth, precise zoom control, and an O-ring that is injected with a specially blended grease similar to what is found in high definition broadcast television lenses.

Fujifilm X-S1 Features

This device is a premium, high performance DSLR-styled long-zoom camera, built with careful craftsmanship for the sophisticated consumer and enthusiast photographer who are looking for maximum photographic performance – and true picture quality – with a versatile long-zoom lens housed in a durable, lightweight body.

The EXR processor delivers an extremely fast auto focus while minimizing shutter lag and supports high speed continuous shooting at full resolution. The premium long zoom device has a wide electronic viewfinder (EVF) that is exceptionally bright and clear, and it includes a heads-up sensor that automatically switches between the viewfinder and the LCD screen when the camera is raised to the user's eye to compose an image. The viewfinder uses two glass lenses and one non-spherical lens to capture realistic lighting and display true-to-life images. It has a large titling LCD display with a Monitor Sunlight Mode that allows users to review their images in bright sunlight. 

It is the ideal "all-in-one" camera because it offers all of the benefits of a DSLR system in a single camera and lens body. It is designed to exceed expectations in all photographic situations, and is especially well-suited for nature photography thanks to its impressive wide angle, long zoom and super macro capabilities, all from a single lens.

The camera features Fujifilm's Intelligent Digital Zoom which effectively doubles the telephoto capabilities, and a Super Macro Mode that captures images as close as 1 cm.

This well-balanced camera also features an enhanced, full-body, rubberized grain texture coating that adds superior grip, a hot shoe mount to add additional accessories, and milled mode and adjustment dials for exceptional feel and functionality.

Why you should buy it?

1. Silky-smooth manual zoom.

2. Sharp optics; excellent for daylight shooting.

3. Shoots full HD.

4. Great auto-white balance and colors.

5. Full manual control for photography.

6. Outstanding build quality.

7. Large EVF.

8. Super strong body with good rubber grip.

Why you shouldn't buy it?

1. Not a DSLR replacement for use at high ISO's.

2. Auto-focus (AF) not fast as that of Olympus OM-D E-M5.

3. Expensive.

4. A bit big in size, just like a DSLR.

Fujifilm X-S1 Verdict

If you are a person who is desirous enough to expand beyond your current point-and-shoot and get infinitely better pictures, this camera is made for you. If you go out often with your family, I highly advise it.

But, if you are just another pixel-muncher, this one won't influence you. Also, if you are a video enthusiast, try Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 so that you can manually control the recording feature.

Fujifilm X-S1 Specifications

Image sensor: EXR CMOS

Effective pixels: 12.0 million

Lens: Fujinon

Lens focal length: 6.1-158.6 mm (equivalent to 24-624mm in 35mm format)

Optical zoom: 26x

Digital zoom: 2x

Exposure modes: Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual

Sensor size: 2/3 inch

Shutter speed: 1/4-1/4000 second

Continuous shooting: 10 fps

Memory: SD/SDHC/SDXC with 26 MB internal memory

Image size (pixels): 4000x3000, 4000x2664, 4000x2248, 2992x2992, 2816x2112, 2816x1864, 2816x1584, 2112x2112, 2048x1536, 2048x1360, 1920x1008 and 1536x1536

Movie size (pixels): 1920x1080, 1280x720 and 640x480

Viewfinder: 3.0 inch TFT color LCD (460,000 dots)

File formats: JPEG, RAW, MOV

ISO sensitivity: 100-12800

Interface: USB, HDMI

Power: Lithium ion battery

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 135x107x149 mm

Weight: 945 g (with battery and SD card)

Price: Get a price on the Fujifilm X-S1 12 MP digital camera (Black)

Fujifilm X-S1
Reviewed by Garg Ankit Rating: 4.5


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