Fujifilm X-S1 Compact Digital Camera

We are proud today to grab Fujifilm’s new flagship that steals the show not merely because of its features, but because of its $600 or more as the price tag: the new X-S1. With the said price, it’s frankly hard to distinguish it from the other digital SLRs which consequently parallels to it in terms to marketing value. Design-wise, the said confusion or identification is still apparent, but we are today more into what this new Japanese camera is all about.

The X-series to where our test model belongs is actually a breed of super-zoom cameras with high-quality CMOS sensor. Predecessors like X100 or even the HS20EXR had made it almost to the top (if not really on the top), but this new X-S1 is taking a lot of suits to brag about. The first one is its larger CMOS sensor which measured 2/3 in inch. The result is a hi-fidelity image quality without compromise to its resolution.

As for the design, the Fujis made it well with the overall build, and the slightly non-gloss material that wrapped the whole gadget is superfluous for me. The body weighted at around 945grams, which is a bit heavy, but the long lens barrel is truly the reason without making the design look big. The X-S1 has a specific physical dimensions of 135x107x149mm, making it not a member of the smallest super-zoom cameras on the market.

Aside from the very optimized lens barrel, I would like to also take a few notes on the overall layout and aesthetics of the Fujifilm X-S1. I have already mentioned the cool non-gloss matte finish in this design, but the grip seems a bit narrower than usual though it doesn’t feel outbalanced when held at hand. You can do the camera’s weight by one hand actually, but the design will require both hands to do the real-time tuning. I personally love the pop-flash that peeks a little distance forward like a head, though there’s also a hotshoe for additional flash guns or peripherals.

Above all the parts that I’ve mentioned so far, I love the lens barrel with very smooth and silky rotating handles, making the focus system and the zooming very much accurate while slashing out the fear of accidental spins. Compared to DSLRS and other superzooms, the Fujifilm X-S1 also has a rotating dial for switching focus modes instead of a slide-on switch. The said dial sits beside the barrel and is very easy for the left thumb to switch. The rest of the controls are properly laid out without looking crowded, though I think they’ve been spread all over the camera’s exterior.

The lens is a big factor to making this X-S1 from Fujifilm truly justifiable in its high price. The lens has a capability of 26x zoom, and is said to be made out of several groups and elements aside from the two ED lenses. If the 9-blade aperture system is added with the focus rings, we get a nice wide field viewing equivalent to 24mm but ends up to a telephoto-matching 624mm. With a few tweaks with the Macro settings and the camera’s aperture features, the distance between the camera to its subject is not a thing to worry at all.

Other features of the Fujifilm X-S1 that I saw worth posting about are: the built-in image stabilizer that in this design is rather mechanical (this is helpful for making very sensitive zooms at extreme ranges), the movie mode with a dedicated button and is capable of 30fps with MOV format, multiple smart modes for both video shooting and still image capturing, a still-image priority option for videos, two Fn buttons in different locations (on at the top right, and the other on the main control interface), a vertically tilting hi-res non-touch display, a very resolute EVF, multi-bracketing technology, and the Motion Panorama capability (probably from Sony). There’s still a lot more to list but at least these are the ones I see as remarkable or important.

See more for yourself the detailed specs of the camera, but as per my call to this X-S1, Fuji has really made a dramatic increase in its line of super-zoom cameras with this model. It’s too pricey though, but the same price is a lot efficient compared to others which are actually costing cheaper, but require the users to buy additional stuff to achieve what the Fujifilm X-S1 possesses from within.

Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 35,000.00

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