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Fujifilm X100s Hands-On Preview

Fujifilm X100s Hands-On Preview - We go hands-on with the new Fujifilm X100s, the update to the X100 may look similar externally, but it's what inside that counts.

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Fujifilm X100S in Compact Cameras

Fujifilm X100s (14)

The Fujifilm X100s is Fujifilm's update to the Fujifilm X100, and provides a number of upgrades over the previous model, including a new 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, new EXR II image processor, hybrid phase-detection focus for improved focus speed, 6fps continuous shooting, focus peak function, digital split image display for manual focus, as well as artistic filters, and full HD video recording. The Fujifilm X100s is expected to retail for £1099 when available in mid-February.

Fujifilm X100s (4)
Fujifilm X100s Top

Key Features

  • 16.3 million pixels APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • EXR Processor II
  • Hybrid Viewfinder (OVF / EVF)
  • FUJINON 23mm f/2 lens
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF (with the world's fastest AF speed of 0.08 sec.*)
  • Start-up time of 0.5 sec.*4
  • Shutter time lag of 0.01 sec.
  • Shooting interval of 0.5 sec.
  • High-contrast and wide viewing-angle 2.8-inch Premium Clear LCD (460K dots)
  • Super Intelligent Flash
  • Burst shooting rate of up to 6.0 frames per second at full resolution (max. 31 frames*7)
  • Focus Peak Highlight function
  • Digital Split Image display
  • Artistic filters
  • Full HD movie recording (60fps / 30fps)

Fujifilm X100s (10)

Like other new Fujifilm cameras, the X100s benefits from the new Fujifilm menus that are more neatly arranged. The Fujifilm X100s has the same number of buttons and controls externally as the X100, and will benefit from the Q button for quicker access to options on the rear screen (Shown above is an early pre-production version showing a RAW button, which will be replaced with a Q button on production models, which can be seen here). The ample external controls for aperture, shutter, exposure, Q button and the Fn button should suffice for the majority of settings, without the need to enter the menus.

Fujifilm X100s Screens (1) Fujifilm X100s Screens (2)

Fujifilm X100s vs X20: The classic looks of the Fujifilm X100 and X10, have made them popular compact cameras for street shooting, and with the design continuing on the new models, these should also be popular for street shooting. Improvements made in focus speeds and responsiveness will also help to quickly capture the moment.

Fujifilm X20 (13)
Fujifilm X100s next to the Fujfilm X20.

Fujifilm X20 (12)

Fujifilm X100S Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Fujifilm X100S Specifications

Max Aperturef/2 - f/16
35mm equivalent35mm
Optical Zoom0x
Image Sensor
Pixels16.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4896
Pixels (H)3264
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.6mm
Sensor Size (height)15.8mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor2.8in
Screen resolution460k dot
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus10cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Multi
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Manual
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Underwater
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting6fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
Video FPS60fps/30fps
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoNo
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLi-ion battery NP-95
Battery Life (CIPA rating)330shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsLi-ion battery NP-95, Battery charger BC-65N, Shoulder strap, USB cable, Lens cap, CD-ROM (Viewer software, RAW File Converter etc.*4), Owner's manual

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Photographs taken using the Fujifilm X100S

Animals to feedWaitingEAT MEAT!!!Cleaning the Stork NestEmulating Roger DeanAncient Lunar ClockWhy don't you come a bit closer?Split toning on a Paris shotTemple GirlThe WatcherItalian bottle carrierenjoying the momentThe TravellerLight Shard*


josa 6 25 Czech Republic
8 Jan 2013 10:22PM
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9 Jan 2013 7:14PM
According to the Fuji website the Q button is on the X100S http://download.fujifilm.co.jp/press/en/n130107_02/02.jpg
joshwa Plus
7 847 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 8:11PM

Quote:According to the Fuji website the Q button is on the X100S http://download.fujifilm.co.jp/press/en/n130107_02/02.jpg

The camera we were shown must have been an early prototype. We'll update the article.
joshwa Plus
7 847 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2013 10:40AM

Quote:According to the Fuji website the Q button is on the X100S http://download.fujifilm.co.jp/press/en/n130107_02/02.jpg

Article updated and link added to production images of the camera, thanks.
mikesavage 16 299 2 England
14 Jan 2013 2:53AM
It's amazing how the 'retro' look is 'in' when it comes to this kind of camera design. I remember so many 35mm rangefinder cameras looking like this when I started buying AP in 1976!
roopa 5 India
1 Feb 2013 9:05PM
myself being dumb in camera knowledge, plz tell me how you rate this cam...thanks..

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