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: 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: 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: If you have the bucks and you want the best photo quality possible, the Fujifilm FinePix X100 delivers. But definitely try before you buy to make sure the focusing systems won't make you crazy.
Cons: Sluggish performance, especially for such a high-priced camera, and a frustrating navigation control make shooting with the camera a lot less fluid than it should be.
Summary: The Fujifilm X100S is priced just over £1000, which is a lot to pay for a compact. However when you look at the compariable options in that field, it's not too bad – Sony's fixed-lens, full-frame RX1 doesn't feature a viewfinder and it costs over double that, while Nikon's Coolpix A, which is closer in spec to the Fujifilm X100S, is £100 or so cheaper, but again lacks a built-in viewfinder.
Conclusion: The X100 is a truly pioneering camera that has brought retro styling back to market in a big way. Though retro styling aside the real beauty of the X100 is that it offers the market a relatively inexpensive rangefinder camera that delivers incredible image quality from a large APS CMOS sensor. The minor negative in focusing speed can be easily overlooked in that the X100 produces incredibly sharp images on almost all subject matters (though perhaps not sport).
Summary: With an original March 2011 launch price of £1000 the Fujifilm FinePix X100 was by no means cheap - although compared to its closest rival at the time, the Leica X1, it still looked like excellent value. Fast forward to November 2012 and the X100 can now be picked up online for around £615, which makes it a much more attractive proposition.
Summary: Fuji's strategy for the X100S was to keep the good features of the X100, make changes according to customer requests and to evolve the technologies. On this basis, the X100S is a firm success. The elegant looks of its X100 predecessor remain. Several handling issues have been addressed, so while the X100S looks the same as the X100, it is more responsive. The new camera is quicker in its autofocusing, manual focusing, start-up and image processing.