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
Summary: The Fujifilm X100S is a hugely likable, very capable camera with some useful tricks up its sleeve. Almost all of the bugs from the X100 have been ironed out, and image quality from its 16MP X-Trans sensor is excellent.
Pros: Excellent JPEG image quality - little need to shoot Raw except to correct WB, Very sharp 23mm (35mm equiv.) F2 lens, Fast and responsive when shooting (with decent SD card), Speedy and generally accurate hybrid AF (but still slower than the best M43 CDAF systems), Versatile manual focus mode with effective focus aids (peaking and digital split image), Excellent, highly versatile hybrid viewfinder, Logical and effective ergonomics, Q menu for easy access to key shootin...
Cons: AF can still get confused occasionally even in bright conditions, Histogram does nothing useful in manual mode (when it would be most useful if it worked), No face-detection AF, Rear LCD somewhat prone to glare in bright light (use viewfinder instead), EVF switch can be fooled when sun is behind or to one side (occasionally refuses to switch off LCD), Rear jog switch under-utilized (should be customizable), Rear control dial small and fiddly - lacks clear detents, Onl...
Summary: The Fuji Finepix X100 is a uniquely intriguing camera. Its inconspicuous analog-camera look is alluring for its quantity of buttons and dials, promising efficiency while shooting. A one-of-a-kind hybrid viewfinder lets it have an EVF and an optical-tunnel viewfinder in the same place. With an APS-C sensor behind a superb 23mm F/2 Fujinon lens, the Fuji Finepix X100 delivers on image quality like no other fixed-lens camera.
Pros: Superb image quality in compact size, Extremely low noise, Very good sharpness from wide-open, Flexible rendition of colors and tones, Bright lens with F/2 maximum aperture, 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: Sluggish autofocus system, Slow manual focus ring, Severe yellow cast under tungsten lighting, Live-Histogram shows metered exposure, Previews metered exposure, not actual, 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: While the FinePix X100 takes some bold and appreciated steps forward for digital photography, don’t confuse it as a user-friendly device. We will say that initial frustrations gave way, and shooting with the X100 grew on us. But generally, this device is for camera buffs extremely comfortable with manual settings and who intend to put the camera through its paces – otherwise you’re just blowing your money.
Pros: Hybrid viewfinder is everything it’s cracked up to be, Sturdy chassis, vintage look, Yields impressive images
Cons: Steep learning curve, Pricey, Slow AF, Complicated handling, unfamiliar physical and in-camera UI
Summary: The X100 combines excellent image quality, solid build and a superb viewfinder with somewhat sluggish and quirky operation. It's been much-improved by multiple firmware updates since its initial incarnation, and despite its flaws is now a very likeable camera indeed.
Pros: Excellent sensor offering superb image quality even at high ISO settings, High quality lens with excellent cross-frame sharpness, and minimal distortion and chromatic aberration (although see Cons below), Exceptional build quality - extremely solid, yet not too heavy, Intuitive and straightforward traditional control layout (aperture ring, shutter speed and EC dials), Ground-breaking hybrid viewfinder works extremely well - large, bright and clear, with detailed expos...
Cons: Camera locks-up certain key functions for several seconds while writing to card (including ISO), Requires fastest possible SD cards to give tolerable write speeds when shooting raw, Several key features buried deep in the menus (Auto ISO configuration, ND filter, flash exposure compensation), Autofocus not quite as fast and accurate as the best mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, 'Focus by wire' manual focus slow and unresponsive (but accurate), No face detection...
Summary: The Fujifilm X100 is here, offering DSLR-like image quality and noise performance in a decidedly un-DSLR-like package. The classic rangefinder look is smart and relatively compact, at least compared to the typical DSLR. Materials, fit and finish are quite good. The camera packs some interesting touches, like the hybrid viewfinder arrangement, and a wide range of settings and image adjustment tools set this camera up to appeal to serious shooters who aren't looking to...
Pros: Very good image quality and color fidelity, Very good high ISO noise performance, Good shutter lag, Good feature set for serious shooters, Useful viewfinder
Cons: Some imprecise controls, Slow write times, AF times average to a bit slow, Cost
Conclusion: In summary, the Fuji X100 is a well-crafted camera with a range of useful functionality and excellent image quality. It's only really let down by slow writing times and minor operation issues, but otherwise it truly delivers.
Excerpt: The Fujifilm X100S rests in its own niche. It won't really suit all that many picture-takers because there's no zoom available from its fixed 35mm f/2.0 equivalent lens and physical dials are set up in a retro fashion that may confuse the mass market. Oh, and there's little change from £1,100 either.
Pros: Retro design, hybrid viewfinder with wider-than-100% optical viewfinder and electronic overlay/full-time EVF options, improvements to autofocus compared to original X100, solid build quality, decent image quality, digital split image and peaking make for intricate fine manual focus, fast flash sync and leaf shutter built into lens
Cons: At over a grand its undeniably expensive (X-E1 with a lens is less), no true ISO 100 sensitivity, exposure compensation dial still knocks out of place fairly easily, small LCD screen given chunky overall design, autofocus can be inaccurate/fail to focus, autofocus sounds are mildly audible, 35mm equivalent lens won't suit all (no zoom), continuous autofocus really isn't all that, 1/4000th sec can only be properly used at f/8.0 or less, close-focus using wide apertures...