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Fujifilm X100S First Look

The Fuji X100S is a much coveted camera, it definitely has style, if what you look for in technology is something that harks back to before you were born. It also has a pedigree of fine technical excellence so do you want one?

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When Fujifilm announced its FinePix X100 retro-styled compact at Photokina 2010, it instantly captured the imagination of serious photographers. With its fixed 23mm F2 lens and SLR-sized APS-C sensor, it offered outstanding image quality, while its ‘traditional’ dial-based handling and innovative optical/electronic ‘Hybrid’ viewfinder gave a shooting experience reminiscent of rangefinder cameras. On launch its firmware was riddled with frustrating bugs and quirks, but a series of updates transformed it into a serious photographic tool. Certain flaws remained, apparently too deeply embedded into the hardware to be fixable, but despite this, it counts as something of a cult classic.

Fujifilm X100S key features

  • Fujifilm-designed 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • On-sensor phase detection autofocus
  • Novel colour filter array to suppress colour moiré, no optical low-pass filter
  • EXR Processor II image processor
  • Hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder with 2.35M dot LCD EVF
  • Analogue dials for shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation
  • Fixed 23mm F2 lens (same as X100)
  • Improved manual focus system (more responsive focus ring, focus peaking and split-image displays)
  • 2.8″ 460k dot LCD
  • On-screen ‘Q’ control panel and tabbed menu system
  • Full HD 1080/60fps movie recording, 36Mbps bitrate
  • Socket for electronic remote release/stereo microphone

SEE ALL OF THE ARTICLE ON DP REVIEW HERE

By the way it costs about £1000

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2 responses to “Fujifilm X100S First Look

  1. The G2 Gallery April 12, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Reblogged this on A&E: Art and the Environment and commented:
    Old is new with this camera. Fantastic look.

  2. Pingback: 500px Is Turning Four! Another Competition | Oxford School of Photography

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