Fujifilm X-S1 Review

Pros

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

Cons

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

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £699.99
  • 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

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…

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