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
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
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
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
On the rear you’ll find a tiltable 3in 460k-dot LCD as well
as a electronic viewfinder featuring 1.44 million pixels
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?