Fujifilm X-S1 Brief Review


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  • 12 megapixel 2/3-inch EXR CMOS sensor
  • 26x manual optical zoom with 24mm wide-angle
  • 1080p HD video with stereo sound
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • 3-inch tilting LCD screen
  • Optical image stabilization
  • RAW capture
  • Manual modes
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-11-24
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

Fujifilm X-S1
12 megapixel 2/3-inch EXR CMOS sensor; 26x manual optical zoom with 24mm wide-angle; 1080p HD video with stereo sound; Electronic viewfinder; 3-inch tilting LCD screen; Optical image stabilization; RAW capture; Manual modes; Lithium-ion battery
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 9/11/2014

The Fujifilm XS-1 is one of the highest-end extended zoom camera money, and lots of it, can buy. For those who want an all-in-one that offers a tactile experience that rivals that of DSLRs, the XS-1's 26x lens is operated manually rather than with a toggle. The lens is based around a large 2/3-inch 12 megapixel EXR sensor, the same technology used in a variety of Fujifilm's successful compacts. The user can choose one of three modes that favor either high dynamic range, low noise, or high resolution. The low noise and high dynamic range modes reduce the resolution, yet measurably improve image quality. You can even leave the camera on EXR AUTO, which will make these difficult decisions for you. And, as you'd expect from such an expensive camera, there are manual modes, 10fps continuous burst, 1080p HD video, and a high-resolution electronic viewfinder. The XS-1 does cost more than many entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless systems, however, so it really is meant for those who want the zoom range without the bulk. Image quality isn't as good as larger-sensored interchangeable lens cameras, but it's certainly the best you'll find in an extended zoom camera. For some savings, Fujifilm also makes the EXR-equipped (but smaller sensor) HS30EXR.

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Being among the first creators of the compact camera, Fujifilm is one of the world's most significant imaging and photographic companies. Fujifilm launched the DS-1P in 1988, gaining credit for the first real digital camera widely available.

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Fujifilm digital cameras are famous for their natural image color, wide dynamic range, low noise and high sensitivity. It's hard to go wrong with a Fujifilm X mirrorless camera. Models like the X-M1 have an affordable price, yet sacrifice the right features in order to reach that price. Models like the X-T1, on the other hand, are packed full of the latest, greatest features on the market.

Fujifilm is about more than mirrorless though, offering several fixed lens cameras that are good options as well. Their super zoom cameras are usually a pretty good bet. They also offer a waterproof XP line, but they're more of a budget camera than a best-in-class option.

Fujifilm has also recently joined the retro camera craze, giving many of their models a retro film look with all the features of digital. Many of their models follow this trend, but there's a few that stick with a more digital look.

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