Fujifilm won many fans when it launched the X100 retro styled camera earlier this year, with demand outstripping supply. It followed that up with its similarly styled little brother, the X10, but has now announced a more modern model in the X series, in the shape of the Fujifilm X-S1.
Fujifilm claims that the X-S1 is: “The Bridge Camera, Reinvented” aiming it at the travel photographer with a 26x optical Fujinon lens as its star attraction. The lens offers a range of 24-624mm (35mm equivalent) and features a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture at the wide-angle setting.
Like the X10, the X-S1 features a 12 megapixel 2/3in CMOS sensor which features Fujifilm's EXR pixel arrangement, so as well as using the full 12 megapixel resolution, the camera can be set up for improved dynamic range or high ISO capture, with the resolution dropping to 6 megapixels.
The EXR technology will allow you to switch between three modes – High Resolution, Wide Dynamic Range and High Sensitivity/Low Noise - depending on the lighting conditions – with an Auto EXR mode is also available.
Another nice feature is Super Macro Mode, which lets users focus down to just 1cm for frame-filling close-up images – compared to 30cm in standard mode. Furthermore, the lens’ aperture is made up of nine blades which promise “excellent bokeh effect photography.”
Looking at the video capabilities of the Fujifilm X-S1, it is able to capture Full HD 1080p footage at 30fps as well as capturing stereo sound.
On the rear you’ll find a tiltable 3in 460k-dot LCD as well as a electronic viewfinder featuring 1.44 million pixels
Due to be launched in February 2012 in the UK, the X-S1 will have an estimated selling price of £699.
Let us know in the comments what you think of the new X-S1. Is the more modern styling attractive or would you have rather Fujifilm stuck with the retro look of the X10 and X100?