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The Fujifilm X-S1 is a new super-zoom bridge camera. Looking and handling like a DSLR, the Fujifilm X-S1 boasts a 26x zoom lens which covers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 24-624mm and has a maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens also features mechanical image stabilisation, twist-barrel manual zoom and focusing controls, and a minimum focusing distance of 1cm in super macro mode. Other highlights of the X-S1 include a large 2/3-inch 12-megapixel EXR CMOS sensor, a 3-inch tilting LCD monitor, electronic viewfinder with 1.44 million pixels and eye-sensor for automatic switching, full 1080p HD movie recording with stereo sound, ISO range of 100-12800, High Speed movie capture at up to 200fps, continuous shooting at 7fps at full resolution or 10fps at six megapixels, 0.01 sec shutter lag, full PASM manual controls and support for the RAW file format. The Fujifilm X-S1 is available now for £699.99 / $799.99 in the UK / US respectively. The X-S1 is Fujifilm's new flagship super-zoom camera, costing a whopping 300 / $400 more than the HS20EXR model.
As part of the X series, the Fujifilm X-S1 ($799.95 direct) is placed among Fuji's top cameras. The 26x superzoom is as big and heavy as an SLR, but gives you a much longer zoom factor than you'll find in any interchangeable lens camera, and it's got a large rubberized manual zoom ring, a sharp EVF, and an excellent control layout. It delivers better image quality than the similarly designed Fujifilm HS30EXR , especially at higher ISO settings. The 12-megapixel camera earns the same 4-star rating as our Editors' Choice Nikon Coolpix P510 , but despite its design and performance, the high asking price prevents it from earning that award. Design and Features At 4.2 by 5.3 by 5.9 inches (HWD) and 2.1 pounds, the XS-1 is as large and heavy as a compact D-SLR. Other superzoom cameras are smaller, including the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS —it's only 3.6 by 4.8 by 4.2 inches and has a more ambitious 35x zoom lens. If you're used to shooting with an SLR, you'll probably feel a bit more at home with the X-S1—it feels exactly like a smaller D-SLR in the hand, and its lens is operated manually; most superzoom cameras use power zoom lenses that are controlled electronically via a rocker.
I was bowled over by the Fujifilm X10 when I reviewed it back in December. Not only did it look great, but it performed well too, courtesy of a sharp lens and Fujifilm's EXR sensor. Now the company has taken that same sensor and built it into the X-S1, which has a fixed lens, as opposed to the detachable lenses of dSLR cameras. The results, as you can see from our rating, don't disappoint.You can buy the Fujifilm X-S1 now for around £525. The first thing you'll notice is the X-S1's size. The body has pretty much the same footprint as a consumer dSLR, and the lens arrangement extends more than 8cm from the front of the chassis when fully retracted. It's a hefty beast, tipping the scales at almost a kilo, including the battery and memory card. Weighing close to a kilo, and with a lens that measures 8cm at its shortest, this is a hefty snapper. Even so, that's neither as large nor as heavy as it could be. Let me explain: the lens' range is enormous, covering off 24-624mm (35mm equivalent). That's a 26x zoom, which dwarfs, for example, the 18-135mm kit lens option on Canon's dSLR line-up. Despite this, the Canon option is a full 15mm longer and considerably heavier. What you're getting with the X-S1, then, is the power of a dSLR without the inconvenience.
The Fujifilm X-S1 is a high-end bridge camera aimed at the gap between superzooms and DSLRs. The idea here is to combine reach and all-in-one convenience with natural handling and superior image quality. Fujifilm seems to be marketing the camera toward enthusiast nature photographers, but like any superzoom, there's broad appeal to be found if the design is executed well. Basically, the X-S1 is a mash up of the HS20EXR superzoom and last year's X10 premium compact. It's built around the same oversized, 12-megapixel, 2/3-inch EXR CMOS sensor as the X10, but stuffed into a full-sized body with a huge 26x zoom lens strapped to the front. We'd already put together a hands-on preview of the X-S1 from CES 2012, but we've just finished up a few weeks of proper testing. The design and user experience are plainly awesome, but the image quality falls short of what we'd hoped to see from at $800 camera. Read on to see where it shines, where it struggles, and whether it might be worth your money anyway.
The bridge camera market proved pretty buoyant in 2011, which just goes to show that these chunky cameras with their fixed but powerful zoom lenses still appeal to the general public. Fujifilm's latest bridge, the X-S1, is a high-end model with plenty going for it, including a 1,440,000-dot electronic viewfinder and a larger than usual 2/3" sensor. In its design, its size and its shape, the X-S1 looks a lot like a mini-SLR. In fact, with its imposing viewfinder (although it's electronic rather than optical), chunky grip handle and optical zoom lens, you'd be forgiven for thinking this camera was an SLR at first glance. The X-S1 is pretty heavy, weighing in at just under 1 Kg, but it's a nice camera to handle—especially if you hold it with your left hand under the lens. We do, however, think that the handle could have been a bit deeper to improve general grip. The camera's textured covering is pleasant to the touch and the product generally has a high-quality finish. Fuji has done a particularly good job with the EVF, which displays 1,440,000 dots like the VF-2 viewfinder accessory sold by Olympus. Images in the EVF are very smooth in good light, and although there are some glitches when you use it indoors, it still offers greater precision than competitors' alternatives.
Always liked the idea of an all-in-one camera with a massive zoom capability, but hated the often all too-plastic feel? Fuji's X-S1 may, nay will, cause you to re-evaluate the humble bridge camera.Whereas Fuji has previously applied an 'X' - its signifier of a premium camera - to the Leica-like FinePix X10, for the first time it gives a superzoom that same distinction. This means that the new 26x optical zoom Fuji X-S1 figuratively sits above the existing Fuji HS20 and HS30 models, even though the latter boast 30x zoom (maximum 720mm equivalent telephoto setting in 35mm terms). While the construction of all three Fuji HS models to date has for us been more solid than any competing bridge camera, the Fuji X-S1 takes build quality to a new level. It looks and even smells gorgeous, thanks to a rubberised coating adorning the entire DSLR-like body. Despite the neck-straining weight of 945g fully loaded, photographers aren't likely to get butter-fingered with this camera, even when manually operating the similarly rubber-entombed zoom, here running from a wide 24mm to 624mm in 35mm terms. Thankfully this is supported by optical image stabilisation, which is needed.
What Digital Camera
The very concept of a superzoom is to give an all-in-one package; a camera system that's somewhere between a compact and DSLR that also has a significant zoom range. Enter the . Although it may look similar to many other superzoom cameras (and you'd be forgiven for mistaking it for a DSLR), underneath the hood is a large 2/3in sensor size (the same as found in the high-end X10 compact camera). With a surface area more than twice that of a standard compact cameras' 1/2.3in sensor, the promise is for better image quality, all wrapped up in a high-spec body with a peppering of other top features. But with a 700 SRP, is the X-S1 high quality enough to tempt a more demanding audience? 1. 12MP, 2/3in CMOS sensor2. 26x optical zoom (24-624mm equiv.)3. Manual zoom and focus rings4. Lens-based image stabilisation5. 100% FoV, 0.47in, 1.44m-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF)6. 3in, 460k-dot, tilt-angle LCD screen7. Full manual control8. Raw & JPEG shootingAs the X-S1 features a larger sensor its lens isn't quite as far-reaching as some of the competition. The larger sensor demands a larger lens size in order to deliver an image circle of light to cover the sensor, though the 24-624mm (26x) zoom range is still considerably more than you'd find in any compact camera.
Somewhat lost in the shuffle of the big X-Pro1 announcement, Fujifilm's other new X-series camera made it's North American debut at CES. The X-S1 is a premium superzoom, aimed at enthusiast photographers who like the idea of bridge cameras but have never quite been satisfied with typical image quality. It's based around the same oversized 2/3-inch EXR CMOS sensor as the X10 (which we reviewed a few weeks back), but with a huge 26x optical zoom lens strapped onto the front, and comfortable, DSLR-like handling. It's like a bigger, badder version of the HS30EXR (which also has a first impressions review on the way). Fujifilm thinks that it's the ideal all-in-one camera for nature photographers. We spent some time with the X-S1 at CES 2012 and put together some initial thoughts on the design, handling, control scheme, and hardware. Read on for our first impressions review. The X-S1 is designed like an inflated version of Fuji’s own HS30EXR (or last year’s HS20EXR, which is probably still more familiar to most readers at this point). It’s the most “serious-looking” superzoom we’ve seen, in no small part because of that extra bulk; it looks even more like a DSLR than a typical bridge camera. The relative proportions are the same, just bigger overall.
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