Fujifilm has this morning released official details of its new premium-level compact, the X-S1, and confirmed it will go on sale in February 2012.

Fujifilm has this morning released official details of its new premium-level compact, the X-S1, and confirmed it will go on sale in February 2012.

Touted as a ?new breed of bridge camera?, to rival a ?fully-manual DSLR?, the Fujifilm X-S1 sports a 26x optical zoom designed to deliver the 35mm viewing angle equivalent of a 24-624mm lens.

A digital zoom will bolster overall zoom power to a 52x focal length range of 24-1248mm, according to Fuji.

The 17-elements-in-12 groups (nine blades) lens includes four aspherical elements and two ED lenses.

Fuji claims photographers will be able to focus down to 1cm, using the camera’s Super Macro Mode.

The X-S1 borrows its 12-million-pixel 2/3in EXR CMOS imaging sensor from the Fujifilm X10 and boasts a minimum shutter lag of 0.01sec, plus a burst rate of seven frames per second at full resolution.

Armoury also includes a Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) movie option and a hotshoe.

A built-in EVF carries a screen resolution of 1.44 million pixels (viewing angle 26 degrees), and a 3in LCD monitor (460,000 pixels) that is tiltable, says Fuji.

The X-S1 has a maximum equivalent ISO sensitivity of 12,800 (small JPEG format only).

Controls include manual exposure, while colour, sharpness and tone can be ?fine-tuned?, adds the firm.

Also on board are four auto bracketing options, eight Film Simulation modes, plus raw format shooting.

Creative options include 360 degree Motion Panorama.

The X-S1 is due to land on the UK high street priced £699.

Fuji X-S1