Summary: The Fuji X100S is an extremely capable premium compact camera. It features a unique 16 MP X-Trans II CMOS sensor without anti-alias filter that delivers image-quality which competes with the best APS-C DSLRs on the market. The new sensor incorporates Phase-Detect AF to improve autofocus speed. The X100S remains fast and responsive and only slows down when light is low.
Pros: Superb image quality in compact size, Extremely low noise, Very good sharpness from wide-open, Flexible rendition of colors and tones, Bright F/2 lens, Real aperture ring, Leaf-Shutter allows High-Speed-Sync, Built-In 3-Stop ND Filter, Plenty of external controls, Inconspicuous analog camera look, Excellent EVF clarity, Great LCD visibility, Excellent build quality
Cons: Very slow autofocus in low-light, Some over-exposure, Some cast under tungsten lighting, Wrong Live-Histogram, based on display, Not, Clear but pointless OVF, Two dials needed per exposure parameter, No AE-L with MF, Illogical and under-used button functions, No direct Self-Timer access, Poor camera grip
Conclusion: The Fujifilm X100S is a very good camera, geared toward photographers who really want control over almost every aspect of still image quality. Street photographers in particular will find this camera appealing. The 35mm f/2.0 prime lens is really sharp, we love the aperture ring and the Hybrid Viewfinder, and responsiveness is top notch. It looks and feels like an old film camera and delivers results that are very film-like, which is very cool.
Pros: Superior 16MP stills, Excellent Hybrid viewfinder, Very responsive
Cons: Expensive, Not geared toward casual users, no matter how much money they have, Small LCD screen with so-so quality
Excerpt: Continuing the successful design and concept of the X100, the Fujifilm X100S advances this lightweight and compact fixed-lens series with a 16-million-pixel APS-C size X-Trans CMOS II sensor. It also features faster in-camera processing, a more advanced hybrid viewfinder but still uses the same excellent 23mm F2.0 wide-angle Fujinon lens.
Conclusion: Don't be fooled by the Fujifilm X100S's retro exterior; it's a modern, full-featured digital camera that impressed us enough to earn our Editors' Choice award.
Pros: Hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder. Superb high ISO image quality. 35mm wide-angle field of view. Fast f/2 lens. Excellent control layout. Fast focus. Continuous shooting at 5fps. X-Trans image sensor. Wide-angle adapter available.
Cons: Bigger than some other large-sensor compacts. Lens suffers from edge softness. Macro shots at wide apertures have a soft-focus look. Video could be better. No image stabilization. Rear LCD could be sharper.
Summary: Given the price of the X100S, it is difficult to draw comparisons. For the same bucks, you could easily get a camera that performs as well and accepts interchangeable lenses. But the compactness and the overall experience wouldn’t be the same.
Excerpt: Fujifilm's X100S is powerful rangefinder model, updating the X100 released in 2011. Sporting a new X-Trans CMOS II imaging sensor, EXR II processor and fantastic hybrid viewfinder; Fuji has put everything they have into this camera. With its fixed 35mm, f/2.0 Fujinon lens, this camera is definitely not for everyone, but that group of enthusiasts looking for a great rangefinder model, this is a must see.
Summary: Fuji got off to a strong start when they released the X100 to the public, not to mention startling their competition in the process. It was a solid performer overall, but it was plagued with a few drawbacks, both major and minor, that made some prospective buyers think twice in getting it.
Summary: The Fujifilm X100S is the successor to the X100, a model that almost single-handedly rekindled the market for high quality advanced compacts with fixed lenses. With its hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, bright f2 lens and retro rangefinder styling, after a shaky debut, solidified with a succession of firmware updates, the X100 attracted an enthusisatic following.
Pros: 16MPX X-Trans CMOS sensor., Fast Hybrid AF with manual focus aids., Hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder., Bright f2 35mm equivalent fixed lens., Excellent high ISO noise performance.
Cons: Viewfinder prone to light leaks., 1/1000 min shutter speed at f2., Lacks built-in wi-fi and GPS., Limited movie exposure options., Buttons occassionally unresponsive.