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Fujifilm X-S1 review

Audley Jarvis




Our Score:


User Score:


  • Manually operated zoom
  • Larger than average 2/3inch sensor
  • Good quality electronic viewfinder
  • Much better image quality than most superzooms


  • Slight sluggish AF at long telephoto
  • Slow shot to shot time
  • Doesn't match image quality of DSLR or CSC

Key Features

  • 2/3inch 12MP EXR CMOS sensor
  • 26x optical zoom with lens-based Image Stabilisation
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (exp to 12,800 at lower resolutions)
  • Tiltable 3inch, 460k-dot rear LCD monitor
  • 1.44m-pixel electronic viewfinder offering 100% coverage
  • Manufacturer: Fujifilm
  • Review Price: £699.99

The X-S1 continues Fuji’s push into premium camera territory through its X-series range. Within this range we’ve already seen the fixed-lens X100 with its cutting edge hybrid-viewfinder and the super-stylish and more pocket-friendly X10. Using the same larger-than-average 2/3inch sensor of the X10, the X-S1 is Fuji’s attempt to inject the same high production values into the world of superzoom bridge cameras.

Fitted with a manually operated 26x optical zoom that offers between 24mm and 624mm (in 35mm terms) the X-S1 also benefits from lens-based Image Stabilisation technology and a generous range of exposure modes, including three EXR-specific modes that are able to take advantage of the sensor’s unique pixel arrangement.

Add to this 1080p Full HD movie recording at 30fps, solid build quality and a high-resolution 1.14m pixel electronic viewfinder, and the X-S1 begins to look like an attractive prospect. Does it deliver on this promise, or are there any less obvious flaws holding it back? Let’s take a closer look and find out…


February 11, 2012, 10:30 am

Thanks for the review, I have been interested by this camera for a while. I currently use 2 Canon DSLR's (550d and 60d), one usually with Canon 15-85mm lens and the other a Canon L 100-400mm, to cover all eventualities. As the X-S1 covers the same range in one convenient package, would I be disappointed with its image quality? I always shoot RAW, and have been disappointed with bridge cameras in the past.


February 13, 2012, 6:17 pm

Hi interpleb,

To answer your question I think the X-S1 produces fantastic image quality compared to other superzoom/bridge cameras, however it can't really compete with either the 60D/550D in terms of overall image quality - especially with regards to sharpness. This is simply the price you pay for cramming such a huge focal length into a single lens. The flipside to this, of course, is that the X-S1 is much more flexible/portable than a DSLR and a big bag of lenses.

I think it all comes down to what you want to do with your images really and how critical your eye is. If you're only planning to make small prints (4x6inch or suchlike), or viewing your images on a 13-15inch laptop screen then I'm sure you will be perfectly happy with the X-S1's overall image quality. If, however, you want to make poster-sized prints for your walls then you're better off sticking with the 60D/550D.

As to the second question you raise, if you shoot in Raw then you will of course have much more scope to manipulate your images post capture. Fuji has bundled some Silkypix conversion software with the camera for exactly this purpose.

David Spence

February 17, 2012, 1:59 am

Thanks for the informative review of the Fuji X-S1.

As an owner of a Fuji S100fs I have been following this camera since it was announced. It looks as if Fuji have finally produced a superzoom that might be a suitable upgrade for the S100fs.

I recall the favourable reviews Trusted Reviews gave the S100fs and the S200exr and would value your opinion regarding how the image quality of the X-S1 would stack up againgst that of the S100 or S200.

Thanks for a really useful website.


May 11, 2012, 1:40 pm

In reply to Audley`s reply to Interpleb i utterly disagree with his assumption that Fujis X-S1 is only capable for producing 4x6 prints, this assumption is tottaly `rubbish` for heavens sake even some small compact cameras were perfectly capable of producing A4 prints several years ago (technology has moved on since then Audley) now some are capabile of producing A3`s as is and should be of the X-S1, secondly, to state `as long as you view the X-S1`S pictures on a 13-15" laptop screen` is also tottaly `rubbish` i view my X-S1`s images on a 17" HP laptop screen and most of its pictures look fabulous, indeed i have viewed some X-S1 images on a 23" screen and they look the same, i would not be put of buying the X-S1 based on Audleys comments, indeed i would beleive that if any other camera websites reviewers implied that the X-S1 was only capable of producing 4x6" prints then in all sense the camera should only be awarded 1 out of 10 overall, we all know by now that the bridge cameras cannot yet match the high and mighty SLR`s but they are running a very very close second.

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