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The Fujifilm X-S1 is the latest X series camera from Fujifilm, we went hands-on with it and had a look at its design and build quality. Fujiflm are currently market leaders in the Bridge Camera market, with cameras such as the HS20EXR selling well, as well as having a wide range of ultra zoom cameras with SLR styling. The X-S1 is their premium camera with a heavy focus on image quality.
Fujifilm X-S1 Lens Extended
The X-S1 features a wide angle 26x optical zoom lens, with a metal lens barrel, and Fujifilm are keen to point out that the majority of expense comes from the high quality all glass lens design and metal barrel construction. The camera has a rubberised coating around the body and metal dials.
The 12 megapixel 2/3 inch EXR CMOS sensor is the same sensor used in the Fujifilm FinePix X10, so noise performance is expected to be the same or similar to the X10. The big test will be to see how the lens performs, it features 9 aperture blades designed to enhance bokeh / out of focus areas.
- 12 megapixel 2/3 inch EXR CMOS sensor
- 24mm wide to 624mm ED telephoto lens, f/2.8 at the wide end
- 12 group, 17 element lens, 4 Aspherical Lenses, Super EBC Coating
- Optical image stabilisation
- 3 inch, 460k pixel tilt screen
- Large EVF, 1.44million dots
- 1cm Super Macro
- ISO100 to ISO3200 at full resolution
- 7fps continuous shooting at full resolution
- 10fps continuous shooting at 6 megapixels
- RAW Support, PASM Manual Controls
- Full HD video, 30fps with stereo sound, microphone socket
- 360 Panorama mode
Fujifilm X-S1 Top
On top the camera features a flash hot-shoe, metal dials, and a number of quick access buttons letting you quickly change the exposure compensation, continuous shooting, Fn1 button, and 3 custom modes on the dial.
The camera has a generous rubber grip to hold onto at the front and a large rubber grip at the back for your thumb. To make sure you can get a firm grip on the camera, you can hold the zoom tightly with your left hand thanks to the large rubberised zoom control on the lens.
Fujifilm X-S1 Back
Larger buttons on the back are designed to improve access to controls, as well as a second Fn button. The EVF has built in eye-detection to allow the camera to switch automatically to the EVF when the camera is brought up to your eye.
Come back for our full review when we get access to the final product. Fujifilm has released a selection of sample photos on their website. The Fujifilm X-S1 will be available in February 2012, priced at £699.
Fujifilm X-S1 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/2.8 - f/5.6|
|35mm equivalent||24mm - 626mm|
|CCD pixels||12Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||2/3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||8.8mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||6.6mm|
|Screen resolution||460k dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||30sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 12800|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Li-ion battery NP-95|
|Box Contents||Li-ion battery NP-95, Battery charger, BC-65N Shoulder strap, Lens cap and Lens cap cord, Lens hood, USB cable, CD-ROM Owner's manual|