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Fujifilm X-S1 and large sensors

kodachrome 6 703
29 Aug 2012 8:13AM
I just wondered why Fuji did not go that bit further and fit an APS-C sensor or even a 4thirds sensor in the X-S1. They could have used the X-100 sensor. Is there a technical reason they didn't or is there a commercial reason?


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andart 16 508 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 10:47AM
larger sensors need larger lenses - the cost (and weight) of creating an APS-C version with the same focal range as the X-S1 would be enormous.
kodachrome 6 703
29 Aug 2012 11:06AM
Thanks, I see what you mean, would this also apply to a 4thirds size sensor.
andart 16 508 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 11:32AM
yes - look at the panasonic G3 - arount 350 with the kit lens, you would have to add a 100-300 lens (costing another 420 ish) to cover most of the range of the X-S1
kodachrome 6 703
29 Aug 2012 11:54AM
I know the advantages of the Fujifilm X-S1 lens. Its focul range is probably more than I would ever need. Apart from the extra lens costs of a DSLR/ M4thirds system, I looked at other points in the Fuji's favour as well, one lens, one filter, one lens hood, one small kit bag and no dust problems.
If you have several detachable DSLR or M/4thirds lenses, each with a quality filter and lens hood per lens at roughly 35 each, a largish kit bag, it works out pretty expensive and heavy, I think the Fujiflm X-S1 sells its self.

Now look at the new entry level X-E1 from Fuji, Wow!

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