Friday, November 30, 2012

Fujifilm X-S1 High End Bridge Camera Hands-on Review & Sample Photos

Fujifilm X-S1 High End Bridge Camera Hands-on Review & Sample Photos

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Hands-on Review

FujiFilm X-S1 High End Bridge Camera
The FujiFilm X-S1 is very well-designed, with large metal dials, a deep grip, smooth manual zoom, and convenient and practical controls.



The Fujifilm X-S1 super-zoom bridge camera was released in the spring of 2012, but should still be at the top of the list for anyone considering an all-in-one camera.  Built much more like a DSLR than most bridge cameras, the high end, high performance X-S1 has a durable and pleasing feel and balance to it, and allows for smooth manual zooming and focusing controls that most other bridge cameras do not.  The electronic viewfinder (EVF) on the X-S1 is far superior to any other bridge cameras we have tested.

The X Series Sensor

Great skin tones and a broad dynamic range.  1/200 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 640.

 

The “X” in the product name indicates that the X-S1 sits alongside the X100, X10 and X-Pro1 in Fujifilm’s premium range of cameras.  Indeed, the large 2/3-inch 12 Megapixel (12 MP) EXR CMOS sensor in the X-S1 is exactly the same as that found in the very highly regarded Fujifilm X10.  The sensor is more than twice as large as sensors in other bridge cameras such as the Canon SX50 HS.  The larger sensor should result in substantially greater detail than other bridge cameras

The All Glass 26x Zoom Lens

Fuji X-S1 sample image at 24mm.
A wide angle photo of Radio City Music Hall captures a broad dynamic range, including the dark group of people waiting in line and the blue sky beyond.  24mm, 1/300 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 400.
At the heart of the Fujifilm X-S1 is an attached, bright, all glass, 26x zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 24-624mm.  The lens has a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8 that goes to f/5.6 fully zoomed out.  By comparison, the Canon SX50 has a maximum aperture of f/3.5, and goes out to f/6.5 fully extended, or nearly a full stop slower.  The X-S1 remains reasonably fast out to 170mm at f/4.5, and allows for a minimum focusing distance of just 1 cm in “super” macro mode.

Fuji X-S1 sample image at 624mm.
Zoomed in to 624mm, the "Y" in "City" is crisp, the colors are spot on, definition and contrast are great.  Fuji has done a wonderful job with this lens.  624mm, 1/250 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 640.

The Fujinon lens consists of 17 glass elements in 12 groups in order to offer top-notch clarity and resolution through the entire image.  The lens also features mechanical image stabilization, quite necessary at the longer zoom ranges.

Other Features

The X-S1 includes a 3-inch tilting LCD monitor and a fantastic large, bright, informative electronic viewfinder with 1.44 million pixels that bests all other bridge cameras we’ve tested.  The X-S1 also sports an ISO range of 100-12,800 and continuous shooting of up to 7 frames per second (fps) at full resolution and 10 fps as 6 megapixels.  Shutter lag at such speeds is virtually non-existent.

Fuji X-S1 sample image at 624mm.
Very good color representation and contrast, even zoomed out.

The camera offers full “PASM” controls for full manual control of the camera as well as a number of automatic “scene” functions.  The X-S1’s mode dial even allows for three customizable functions.  Simultaneous RAW and JPEG shooting is available at the touch of button, and other RAW settings are available.  The X-S1 also shoots in full HD video.

Feel of the Camera

The camera has a great feel to it, with a “grippy” textured surface, a deep hand grip and a very practical layout:  all of the buttons are quite large and easy to access, the wheels are easy to turn, and the shutter is perfectly placed.  The selection wheel (made of metal, not plastic!) is conveniently positioned atop the camera, near where the thumb rests, and is easy to use once you get the hang of it—Canon users or others accustomed to a wheel near the shutter will have to adjust.  In short, while the X-S1 is somewhat bulkier than its bridge camera competitors, it handles much better than cameras that pack too many small buttons into a tiny frame.

Image Quality

The X-S1 takes beautiful, crisp photos, similar in quality to other X series FujiFilm cameras.  Photos are very, very sharp given the focal range of the lens.  Colors are accurately represented, and contrast is excellent.

Here are some more samples:

Fuji X-S1 sample image at 300mm.
Al Roker preparing for the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Zoom at approx. 300mm, 1/220 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 800.
Police barriers outside of Rockefeller Center before the Tree Lighting Ceremony.  1/60 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 160.

The star atop the Rockefeller Christmas Tree.  Note the dynamic range that the lens picks up even at its longest zoom range:  details on the star and the building behind it as well as blue skies.  624mm, 1/250 sec. at f.5.6, ISO 200.

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