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.
Summary: I've owned an SLR for the past 14 years and have wanted to "upgrade" but without spending a lot of money on a new camera. Digital SLR's are just too expensive, especially when you throw in the lenses that I would have liked to use. The Bridge cameras really caught my attention about 5-6 years ago and Fuji-film has always been at the top of the list. From the first time I saw the X-S1 I fell in love with the looks and the different things it could do.
Summary: This is a great camera! I have owned this now for about two weeks, and I have tried most of the settings. Each setting works, and there are enough settings to challenge a take charge kind of a photographer as well as a let the camera take control type of photographer. Before I elaborate, let me state that the IQ is startling! The colors are gorgeous.
Summary: I wanted to get to know this camera for a few weeks before posting my review. Being an enthusiast and a neophyte to the world of DSLR-style photography, I had a lot on my plate but I think I managed. I did not put this camera's capability of shooting video through its paces as I did not purchase this camera with that in mind. As other reviewers have noted, this is not a straight-up DSLR camera; the camera has a permanent lens that cannot be removed.
Summary: Bought this for my wife so she could get better photos of our 2 young boys while they are growing up. I had researched and read up a lot of several cameras and found this one. The price was basically chopped in 1/2 from the original price since the unit is discontinued, but this thing is amazing. Take the time to read the manual and learn how to properly use it, you will greatly benefit from it.
Excellent attention to detail and usability by Fujifilm.
Amazon Customer, Amazon
5 April 2014
Summary: A really, really good super zoom type camera! Fast accurate focus, occasional missed focus, but easy to tell in the great viewfinder, and easy to just shoot again. Lens is sharp and high quality. Zoom and manual focus rings are smooth and easy! A great electronic view finder. Unbelievable at this price point. Large and bright and easy to use with auto switching between the screen( very nice also) and the evf.
Summary: I've been reading reviews for months to purchase a new camera. I actually read reviews until my eyeballs hurt. Originally, I planned to get my first DSLR, I had missed my old SLR film camera from college so much I thought I'd take the plunge and invest in a better digital camera with changeable lenses. The only digital camera I've ever owned was a little Canon SX100, decent little camera but terrible in low light.
Summary: I no longer relish the hassle of carrying several lenses with my SLR camera. After deciding to purchase a bridge camera, I agonized over the wide variety of cameras available. Finally, I vacillated between the Fujifilm HS35EXR, the Fujifilm HS50EXR, Canon SX40, the Nikon P520 and this camera, the manual zoom Fujifilm XS-1. I have always used film manual focus SLR cameras, and my favorite camera was the Canon EF (the 70's model).
Best Bridge Camera at the Best Price!!! Period....
Circus Circus "Ken", Amazon
3 March 2014
Summary: This is my 2nd Fujifilm Camera I buy in less than 01 Year. I already own the Fiuji HS30-EXR which I bought from Amazon 10 months ago. I thought the HS30 was the best Bridge I will ever owned but this X-S1 is by far the Best Bridge high Performance Digital camera you can get ok?. This Camera has the largest Sensor (2/3 inch) of its class and comes with Manual Zoom and Manual Focus (Optional) because it has 03 types of Auto Focus which works pretty well.
Excerpt: My first camera was a Fuji 9600 Bridge camera and I liked it well enough but didn't really know how to use it. I nevertheless proceeded to buy and use the following: Panasonic FZ8, FZ28, Canon 40d, Nikon D80, Nikon D90, Canon 500d, Pentax K-5, Samsung NX11, Nikon D7000, Pentax K-r, Canon SX50. In addition, and working in a Camera Store, I have had the chance to use many of the other makes and models up to the start of last year.