Excerpt: I've been positively impressed from the beginning by the X-S1's quality of construction and the presence of so many direct physical controls. It looks and feels like a quality DSLR, but obviously with a lot more zoom for the money. Admittedly, the 2/3" sensor is quite small by present standards, and the EXR sensor and processor have now been replaced with X-Trans and APS-C Bayer in Fuji's later lines.
Summary: The larger than normal sensor(for super zoom and bridge cameras) pays off nicely in this camera. The image quality in good to great light is fantastic and the features, performance and build of this camera are excellent. This does give you better high iso / low light performance than your average super zoom camera but will not rival a DSLR.. it's just a matter a physics as the larger sensor in a DSLR will be more sensitive to light and thus produce less noise.
Summary: I purchased thew XS-1 from Amazon.com's Warehouse deal used. It 's a 14.....Series Serial number. I say this because when taking a shot of the moon, well after Amazon's return deadline, all I was able to get was a bright disc and no features. Fuji repairs says that the camera in this series has orbs issues, specular light, and will not focus on bright subject matters.
Excerpt: I really love this camera. Remember that we have to judge it based on the catagory that it fills. First I will adress the build quality. It is simply outstanding without a doubt. Built great, feels great. A true pleasure to use due to the solidity, materials and architecture. A camera that you really want to pick up. Very easy to seamlessly interface with your intent and become one with. Controls are thought out well.
Summary: I'm enjoying this camera alot. The telephoto lense is unbelieveable. At times the internal software is a little glitchy and won't turn on right away...other times it works perfect. Friends of mine experience software glitches with their expensive camera, too, so it is probably just the nature of these types of devices. I have many cameras, Canon G12, Canon D-7 and I have to say I enjoy the versatility and size of this camera.
Summary: First, you must know what you are getting into when you buy/use this camera. WHAT IT IS NOT: this is not a DSLR replacement for use at high ISO's, it will not replace a top end video capable micro-4/3 camera or similar (ex. GH2/GH3), it's AF is not as fast the Olympus OM-EM5, It's sensor is smaller than m/43 but larger than the average point & shoot and other bridge cameras. It is NOT for pixel-peepers.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: 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.