Fuji X-S1 camera review

Fujifilm have been on a good run recently with the launch last year of the superb X100, followed by the more diminutive but equally desirable X10. These digital cameras are part of an increasing trend that try to compete with the usual dslr cameras, and are enjoying great success. Fujifilm have taken the latest innovations in the X series and put them to good use in the new X-S1.

The camera we have been reviewing is a full production model. Most other manufacturers produce one or two bridge cameras but Fuji excel in giving consumers a range of over 6 to choose from. The X-S1 is quite a large camera in the hands, but feels very high quality. It is very similar to the Fujifilm HS20 in size and looks but feels a different beast altogether. The rubberised grip feels good in the hand and the position of the buttons are easy to access.

The most prominent feature of the camera is the lens. Focal length stretches from a 35mm equivalent of 24mm-624mm giving a huge 26x zoom. Aperture starts at f2.8 at it's widest allowing for fast shutter speeds and a pleasant narrow depth of field. The grip on the lens has also been updated to give a better more confident grip.

The quality spreads not only to the 3” 460,000 dot rear tilting LCD screen but also into the 1,144,000 dot 0.47-inch electronic view finder. The screen turns it's self off when you put the camera up to your eye, which is a feature usually reserved for digital slr cameras. At the heart of the Fujifilm is the 2/3 EXR 12 megapixel CMOS sensor taken directly from the X10. Even with the small sensor in such a large camera it should still impress and give a boost to your Fuji photography with high image quality and up to 10 frames per second on burst mode. There are plenty of buttons to customise your shooting style which means less searching in the menu and more time taking photographs. Other features include being able to shoot in RAW as well as Jpg plus it can focus to 1cm in macro mode making it a truly versatile digital camera.

With an easy to follow menu system, comfortable grip, image stabilising, 2/3 EXR sensor and large zoom this Fujifilm digital camera not only looks like a DSLR but feels like a DSLR without the expense of future lens purchases. The X-S1 could possibly be the best camera in it's class.

Andy West - Park Cameras

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