Excerpt: For 2012, FujiFilm has really brought out the 'big guns', as can be seen with the new X-S1. This model is a cross between their popular HS series of high-end super-zooms, and their newer X series of high-end dSLR-like cameras like the X100 and X10 . The X-S1 brings a lot to the table, with exposure options to suit the needs of just about any level of photographer. From EXR Auto to full manual, the X-S1 has you covered.
The Fujifilm X-S1 is a high-end bridge camera aimed at the gap between superzooms and DSLRs.
9 March 2012
Conclusion: Once upon a time, superzooms were built to bridge the gap between pocket shooters and DSLRs, as a happy medium in terms of price, performance, and target audience. That's still the point to a certain degree, but changes in the industry have blurred that gap considerably. Entry-level DSLRs are as cheap as some premium superzooms. The advent of mirrorless compact system cameras altered notions about size, price, and image quality.
Conclusion: It really excites me to see that traditional camera bodies are coming back into the marketplace and at affordable prices. Whilst the X Pro 1 is more expensive than other options it is certainly not overpriced when you consider the sensor, image quality and the ability to choose from a range of sharp lenses soon to be expanded.
Summary: The X-S1 is an impressive superzoom, though it's not quite the perfect machine. It's a recommended piece of kit as there's nothing else like it out there, and it gives the superzoom market the kick it needs. But then at £700 it is expensive, the overall autofocus performance won't rival a similar-price DSLR, and the sensor can fall into difficulties when confronted with direct light sources that can generate hard-edged, circular highlights.
Conclusion: As with any superzoom, it really is about whether you need that whopper of a lens on the front. If you do, then the Fuji X-S1 is presently about the best big zoom bridge camera that's out there.
Summary: The Fuji X-S1 is an extremely versatile digital camera packed with features and built around a relatively large EXR CMOS sensor which gives low image noise for its class and top-notch dynamic-range. Its mechanical 26X optical zoom lens with stabilization is a pleasure to use and suitable for virtually any photographic subject. The X-S1 turns in a great all-around performance from image quality to speed.
Pros: Mechanical ultra-wide to super telephoto lens, Stellar dynamic range, Reliable metering, Low image noise, Good lens sharpness, Very low distortion, Impervious to chromatic aberrations, Quick autofocus system, Short shutter-lag, Generally responsive, Responsive manual focus ring, Generally good ergonomics, Excellent build quality, Good battery life
Fujifilm X-S1 – the semi-professional camera that will not make you want a real DSLR
13 December 2011
Conclusion: All of that versatility means that you can go a pretty long way without feeling the need for a new lens, which is the main reason people who bought a semi-professional camera switch to DSLRs early on – when you can do all that, you don’t need a dSLR, and that’s exactly what Fujifilm is marketing the X-S1 for.
Summary: While a handful of people predicted that the emergence of compact system cameras would signal the death of bridge models, compact system cameras have also presented bridge camera manufacturers with a new opportunity. Manufacturers seem to be freeing themselves of the constraints of what have now become traditional sensor sizes, and can now to produce new products with sensor sizes that didn't exist a few years ago.