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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The Competition

When we tested the X100 in AP 23 April 2011, its only competitors were the Leica X1 and compact system cameras. Two years later there are a few more, such as the full-frame Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1, APS-C-format Nikon Coolpix A and the Leica X2.

The sensors of the APS-C models contain around 16 million pixels, while the RX1 has 24 million. Of the APS-C cameras, the X100S has the fastest lens at f/2, compared to f/2.8 on the Coolpix A and X2. Equivalent focal lengths are 35mm, 28mm and 36mm respectively. Like the X100S, the RX1 uses a 35mm f/2 lens.

The Coolpix A is the smallest of the these cameras and lacks a viewfinder or accessory port. An OVF slots onto the hotshoe instead. The X2 has an accessory port for an OVF or EVF, while the X100S features Fuji’s built-in hybrid viewfinder. The X2 has neither video recording nor live view.

  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… 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