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Category: Compact Cameras
Product: Fujifilm X-S1
Price: £296.02

Fujifilm XS-1 Bridge Camera Hands On Preview - We go hands on with the new Fujifilm XS-1 Bridge camera - with an impressive 26x optical zoom lens.

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Fujifilm X-S1
Fujifilm X-S1

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 Features

Fujifilm X-S1 Lens Extended
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.

Fujifilm X-S1
Fujifilm X-S1

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.

Key Features

  • 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 Handling

Fujifilm X-S1 Top
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
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
Optical Zoom 26x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels 12Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 4000
Pixels (H) 3000
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 2/3 inch
Sensor Size (width) 8.8mm
Sensor Size (height) 6.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in
Screen resolution 460k dots
Touch Screen No
Min Focus 1cm
Focusing modes
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest 30sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • TTL
ISO sensitivity 100 - 12800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp +/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 10fps
Movie mode Yes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS 30
Stereo Sound Yes
Optical Zoom with Video Yes
Other Features
Image Stabilisation Yes
Wi-Fi No
Card Type
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery Type Li-ion battery NP-95
CIPA Rating 500
Box Contents
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
Weight 880g
Width 135mm
Height 107mm
Depth 149mm

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Niknut e2 Member 4386 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2011 - 5:40 PM

880 grams ???????......Strewth !!!!!

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marc484ie  731 forum posts Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 7:29 AM

sound nice as a second camera or for a small form factor with no hassle of extra lenes

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