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FujiFilm X-S1 Is The Bridge Camera, ‘Reinvented’

David Gilbert


Fujifilm X-S1

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.

Fujifilm X-S1

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.”

Fujifilm X-S1

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.

Fujifilm X-S1

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?


November 24, 2011, 2:34 pm

And all that with same old tiny sensor. Why?
Seems like a lot of wasted potential. Canon 400D will still make better quality photos even though it's 5 years old and can be bought, with equvalent lenses, for half the price.
Also, for video FujiFilm cameras are poor choice due to their loud and overactive/unreliable autofocus during shooting.


November 24, 2011, 3:30 pm

Compact Super Zooms are never as good as the full frame or in my case the Panasonic GH2 (Hacked). 170 mega bit with FULL HD with all the Hollywood grain you could want.

I suppose if you just need a point and click camera the ok but £700 for a compact Super Zoom DSLR body. Um I think I'd stick with the GH2.

Martin Daler

November 24, 2011, 6:38 pm

actually no, it is not the "same old tiny sensor". Most bridge cameras use 1/2.3" sensor (6.16mm x 4.62mm), this one uses 2/3" (6.6mm x 8.8mm), over twice the area.

Also they have sensibly limited it to 12M instead of chasing the crazy figures of some manufacturers (eg 16M on Sony's 1/2.3" sensor DSC-HX100V). 12M is ample unless you plan on paying for an A2 printer, or using aggressive digital zooming (which is hardly necessary given the prodigious optical zoom).

And your last point about using a DSLR instead - users of this bridge camera presumably don't want to lug the weight necessary to cover the a 24-624mm equivalent focal range. The Canon 400D certainly won't take better pictures if it gets left at home on account of the weight of lenses. Each to their own.


November 25, 2011, 4:55 pm

I stand corected... how did I skip that sensor bit. That is quite important change. And resolution is more then enough. If you really need bit images there are specialised programs that can zoom quite extreme withoud noticable losses.
But the size/weight factor doesn't really work for me. It's way to close to ignore quality/price/freedom of options adwantages of an old entry level DSLR. Few months ago I even saw Canon 500D with 18-270 tamron brand new for less then 700 USD online.

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