Summary: I bought this camera as a replacement and upgrade for my 6-year-old 7MP Nikon CoolPix camera. Unfortunately, it fails at both tasks. If I had paid full price for this camera, I would be returning it, but for under $350 on black friday, I will keep it. Pros: Versatile - There are many different shooting options, but without the hassle of multiple lenses. Battery life - HUGE upgrade from my Nikon Coolpix that uses regular AA batteries. Not surprising but very nice.
Good camera, pro feeling, nice optical zoom, but there is no stabilizer make it hard to use on the 600mm.
W. Zhao, Amazon
18 November 2013
Summary: This is a good optical camera, and it takes time to focus because it is manual stabilizer, you can use a tripod to take a really good picture, but the handheld is very difficult to hold it steady. I like the view finder, it is very well built, when you get it close to your eyes, it turns off the LCD display and turn on the view finder, very convenience feature that you can see through it. And the viewfinder is large enough to see.
Excerpt: Having tested out the X_s1, I have to say it is the best in its superzoom category. Its manual zoom lens is much more convenient. It has a much more solid feel compared to nikons and canons which feels plastic. Its image quality is relatively good thanks to its larger sensor than most others in its range and 4 aspherical elements. Problems: Expensive!
Excerpt: Just got this out of the box, and would like to know if anyone else has commented on the lens play near the outer range of zoom? It really seems to be allot for a camera that is otherwise very tight. The one I got was a refurb from Amazon, so Im wondering if this camera is an anomally, or they are all built this way. Very interested to hear any feedback from anyone that has noticed this, and if it is a design issue, or I just got a lemon.
disappointed with lens and EVF sharpness - suboptimal user experience for many features
21 May 2012
Summary: Disclaimer: English is not my native language. If anything "sounds" odd, it may be a translation mistake. Sorry for that. More about me. I don't postprocess at all. I mainly wanted a camera with a good viewfinder (disappointment), a sharp 5x zoom (or higher) with no front/back focusing issues (disappointment with sharpness), great colors and exposure from Fuji (satisfied). The bottom line for the X-S1 is probably that I may chose to keep it and not return it.
Summary: Revisited 10/16/12 - added one star The XS-1 has significantly come down in price since this review was posted. While I still think it's photo quality is only marginally better than your typical superzoom, it offers a feature set like none of the other superzooms on the market and really is the ultimate bridge camera. I only hope that Fuji has worked out some of the bugs with the later copies of this camera. And it needs to have better RAW support as well.
Summary: I only had this camera for a few days. Had one major use for it and it was at the long end of the zoom. I felt my example just was not sharp enough at full zoom to satisfy my needs. (Yes, I used a tripod to test.. a very solid Bogen.) I confess, I had high expectations for my 800 bucks! If you are interested in the shorter focal lengths, especially wide angle, you may like the camera. Exposures and controls were all good and really wanted to like the camera but ..
Summary: Hi, I own this camera nearly almost half year.And bought this camera after see the reviews from this site. Actually I'm satisfied from first the time I bought this camera. Sharp images, fast focus, stunning colours...etc. But after I found out the weak point from this camera, totally disappointed. Even though updated the firmware still not solving the 'white dics blooming' problem.
Pros: great design, sharp images, fast focus, stunning 'fuji style' colours.
Cons: purple fringing right in the center of the image when photographs a bright background. 'white disc blooming' appears from the bright light when photographs low light scene.
Summary: I'm an enormous fan of the rangefinder styled Fujifilm X-10, so when I heard there was a bridge camera that used the same sensor I was very excited and ordered one immediately. Initial impressions are excellent - the robust build quality, the feel in the hand, wonderful EVF and sheer weight make you feel like you are using a premium product. I'm left-handed, but the camera controls are so nicely positioned I found it quite intuitive to operate.