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
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.
Summary: The Fujifilm X100 was a redefining camera for the point and shoot segment, but sadly, it shipped with many flaws. However, the X100s feels like a camera made by a company that listens to its customers. Not only does the new camera inherit no flaws from the X100, but it also brings with it a set of new features that are sure to win many over. But the price on the X100S can be a deterrent for a few along with its fixed focal length lens.
Pros: Speedy startup and AF times, Excellent image quality even at high ISO, Q button for quick access to all important features
Cons: Slightly pricey, Lens cap is easy to lose, Fixed focal length lens might not be for everyone