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

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?

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