In 2011, the Fujifilm X100 took the world by storm, offering the style of a Leica M but at a more affordable price. We test its successor, the X100S, with upgraded 16.3-million-pixel sensor. Read the Fujifilm X100S review..

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Fujifilm X100S review – at a glance:

  • 16.3-million-pixel, APS-C-sized, X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • Fujinon 23mm (35mm equivalent on full-frame) f/2 lens
  • ISO 100-25,600
  • Hybrid viewfinder
  • Full HD 1920×1080 capture at 60fps
  • On-sensor phase-detection AF
  • 0.5secs start-up time
  • Street price around £1,099
  • See sample images taken with the Fujifilm X100S

Fujifilm X100S review – Introduction

To say that the design of the Fujifilm X100 caused a stir among enthusiast photographers is a bit of an understatement. An online poll put to Amateur Photographer readers suggested that almost half of those who took part were prepared to buy an X100, even before the camera had been tested and therefore before they knew what the picture quality was like. The camera commands the same kind of interest as the Leica red dot, and has been followed by a number of popular digital cameras with similar retro appeal, including Fuji’s own extensive X series and models such as the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Thankfully, as the successor to the Fujifilm X100, the Fujifilm X100S carries virtually the same stylish exterior, but with numerous improvements that address some of the handling issues we discovered when we tested the X100 in AP 23 April 2011.

Those who bought the X100 on looks alone will have been pleased with its performance – our test of the camera confirmed its impressive picture quality. The X100S now features an upgraded sensor, which is the same 16.3-million-pixel, X-Trans model as that found in Fuji’s X-Pro1 and X-E1. Not only can we expect improved handling, then, but better images too.

A key aspect of the Fujifilm X100S is that it uses a fixed focal length lens – the same 23mm (35mm equivalent on full frame) f/2 optic as its predecessor, so there is no option for zooming in and out. This focal length is associated with street photography, but is also suitable for reportage, landscapes and environmental portraits. There is also a WCL-X100 wide conversion lens, which shortens the equivalent focal length to 28mm. This is the lens used during this test.

  1. 1. Fujifilm X100S review - at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Manual-focus assists
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. White balance and colour
  6. 6. Metering
  7. 7. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. Autofocus
  9. 9. LCD, viewfinder and video
  10. 10. Dynamic range
  11. 11. The Competition
  12. 12. Our verdict
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  • Raymond Irons

    I recently purchased a new Pentax X5 which I used to photograph a wedding in York. The wide angle lens was excellent for groups and interiors and the film speed automatically changed when shooting indoors in low level light. The lens focussed all the way up to 4,000 mm for shooting wild life or any other use, such as photographing Angela Merkel in her office in Germany from the White Cliffs of Dover. Brilliant performer. Saves me from carrying my Hasselblad and a range of lenses. There are positives and negatives with every type and make of camera. This saves me time and space instead of having to change lenses.

  • David

    Great overview that is pretty accurate. I’ve had my x100s now for about 4 weeks, and as a previous x100 user, this is a real step up in image quality, iso range, AF, manual AF and ease of use. I have a Canon dslr that gives great images with right lenses, and in some circumstances it is better than the x100s. That’s the 60d with primes. But, for an all day multiple use camera with outstanding image quality, the x100s is very hard to beat. I havent tried the RX1 yet but plan too soon, although the price is right up there. I’ve been blogging about it recently at my blog click here to see…www.dwwphotography.blogspot.com.au if anyone is interested. I’ve posted many different pictures and even a high speed sync flash setup that works up to 1/4000th of a second.

  • ascu75

    I still think it is beautiful and would buy one just to sit on he side to stare at all day it is pure camera porn, ohhhhhhhh and it takes picture as well