Excerpt: As I mentioned previously on this forum, I came late to the X-S1, picking one up around year and half ago. They were selling them ridiculously cheap (one vendor did on eBay) at around $349, and I just couldn't resist. Prior to this I had never even considered getting one.
Summary: I bought this for its zoom ability and all the positive reviews I've read about it. After having had this camera for almost a year, I would say the advantages are: 1) The camera body and lens are solidly built.
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.
Summary: This Fuji is as big and heavy as a DSLR with a medium sized zoom lens. It's saving grace is its excellent image quality all the way from close macro to 624mm (35mm equivalent). I especially like it for wildlife on safari and in national parks.
Excerpt: I own a Fuji X-10 with is a wonderful little camera when you don't want to carry along your DSLR (mine is presently a Pentax K30. I really love the IQ, the responsiveness, the build quality and the ergonomy of the X10, which shares the same sensor and processor with the X-S1.
Summary: I wasn't even looking for a camera to replace my nearly 5 year old Panasonic FZ-18 which I still like. Somehow I stumbled across the Fujifilm X-S1 (I think it was an email from Amazon). When I learned it had a large (for a point and shoot) 2/3" sensor, 26x zoom going from an extra wide 24mm equiv.
Summary: I have been involved in Photography for over 45 years. Started with Nikon and Minolta 35 mm, Twin Lens reflex and eventually digital. I know a little bit about it. I was looking for a camera that would allow me to experience the DSLR feel and functionality but achieve this with one camera and lens.