Fujifilm X100S review: Hands-on
The Fujifilm X100S is an upgrade to the popular X100 and sports the same vintage styling along with several techie performance boosts
Unveiled alongside the Fujifilm X20 at CES in Las Vegas, the Fujifilm X100S is the brand's latest fixed lens digital compact camera. An updated version of the popular Fujifilm X100, the new snapper sports the same retro aesthetics as its predecessor, with a classic black and silver design that's inspired a lot of imitation from rival manufacturers.
All of the physical controls are pretty much the same as on the original model, but there are plenty of tweaks under the chassis. You'll find a new processor and a new sensor, as well as a high-definition hybrid viewfinder.
Fujifilm X100S: Screen
At 2.8 inches, the LCD screen remains unchanged since the original model. While this looked great on the X100, it now looks a little dated compared to those on some rival manufacturers' models. We would've liked to have seen a little improvement here - a slightly bigger screen with a higher resolution would do nicely.
The hybrid optical and electrical viewfinder is noticeably better, with resolution being upped to 2.35million dots (from 1.4million on the X100).
Fujifilm X100S: Picture quality
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The pixel count of the X100 (12.3MP) has been upped to 16.3MP on the new model and it also sports the newer APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, as seen in the Fujifilm X-Pro1, which the maker claims will offer 30 per cent improvement in low light conditions. We didn't get a chance to test out that claim in full at the show, but it's certainly something we'll be looking at in our full review.
Along with a faster burst mode of up to 6fps, the X100S also offers better manual focusing. A split screen (including a close-up view of the focal point) can be used when in manual mode to make it easier to see when the subject is sharp.
What's more, the camera has the world's fastest autofocus, at just 0.08, says Fujufilm. While we weren't able to give it a full test run, the shots that we reeled were very zippy to focus, with pratically no lag time.
Fujifilm X100S: Verdict
The Fujifilm X100S looks set to be a worthy successor to the impressive X100. We're pleased to see that Fujifilm has concentrated on fixing some of the complaints from the first model, in the form of some small, but important technical tweaks.
We would've like to see a little improvement with the screen, but it's unlikely that this will detract from what looks like an excellent camera. Stay tuned for a full review.
Fujifilm X100S release date: Expected March 2013
Fujifilm X100S price: Around $1,300
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