Excerpt: Had to buy one- the price is just too good. I reviewed one for Fujifilm a while back (as a loaner), just a preview actually, but the recent rash of good superzooms and my HS50EXR review has me revved up to use a superzoom again. I cut my teeth in digital with good superzooms like the F828 and R1, and have used several Fuji SZ's in the past as well.
Summary: First of all the lens quality of Fujinon lenses is spectacular. The camera is very rugged, controls in easy to access. Wide range of features, for both the novice and experienced photographer.
Summary: This is an incredible camera, especially at the current price of $350. It is not a DSLR, but can come really close if you know how to use it. You will get mixed results on Auto or EXR modes, like with most cameras. Those modes interpret the subject field and available lighting, but can't read your mind. If you know how to use ISO, shutter, and meter settings, this camera can take some amazing photos. The 24-624mm range is incredible, and the lens is very sharp.
Summary: This is an amazing camera for the money!! I bought this for my wife but I steal it from her when I can. Low light photos are the only place this camera stumbles a little. The videos are great also. Would for sure buy again if needed.
Summary: Competent and versatile without the need for extra lenses and other heavy baggage of an SLR. It is a big and relatively heavy camera, not your typical bridge camera. It is built tough and with lots of metal so if you do not like dealing with the weight of an SLR body, this camera is probably not for you. I am not a pro, but the output of this camera is difficult to discern from a low/mid SLR.
Summary: There are other reviews here that will go over more details about the camera, and I won't try to duplicate what's already been covered. I am more than satisified with this camera, happy that I got it, and have no second thoughts about it. I got the X-S1 initially because I wanted a camera that could shoot RAW, but didn't think I could afford going up to a full DSLR.
Great camera for the price, lots of features and images look amazing
21 May 2014
Summary: I bought this for my wife as a Christmas gift and we have both enjoyed it. As neither of us our much of photographers, I decided to go with a "bridge" camera before diving into a DSR. We have been very pleased so far and we still have a lot functions and features on the camera that we have yet to explore. 12 MP is plenty for our needs as the pictures look great.
Summary: The camera is a little heavy but I knew it would be with glass lenses & stronger constuction. I have taken the clearest pictures with it and think its great. I have bought fuji cameras for a long time and think they are a great value.
Excerpt: After having owned my XS1 for over 12 months,I still think it's a great alternative to a Dslr,having all you really need,in a package like the XS1, has a lot going for it. Fuji have the unfortunate habit of making some great camera,which don't always have the bugs removed first,the HS series,and the XS1 are cases in point.