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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Fuji’s strategy for the X100S was to keep the good features of the X100, make changes according to customer requests and to evolve the technologies. On this basis, the X100S is a firm success. The elegant looks of its X100 predecessor remain. Several handling issues have been addressed, so while the X100S looks the same as the X100, it is more responsive. The new camera is quicker in its autofocusing, manual focusing, start-up and image processing. It works very well, and street photographers in particular will be pleased.

Image quality in the X100 is very good, but in the X100S it is better. With the same sensor as that used in the X-Pro1 and X-E1, the X100S resolves far more detail than its pixel count suggests. The camera may be more limited than interchangeable-lens cameras, but the wide conversion lens is a welcome high-quality addition, effectively becoming a second lens. If the 35mm focal length is a favourite, then the X100S is an excellent compact and stylish camera. In fact, it is less costly than proprietary versions of the 35mm f/1.4 lens, so it could just as well replace it in a kit bag.

Fujifilm X100S – Key features

Eye sensor
When selected, the eye-sensor view mode automatically switches between the rear LCD and viewfinder displays when it detects that the camera is held to the face.

Top dials
Controls on the top-plate include dials for shutter speed and exposure compensation, as well as a function button and shutter button with on/off switch. The on/off switch and exposure compensation dial can be knocked rather easily, so be careful to check their positions before shooting.

Macro
Close focusing is down to 10cm in macro mode, which is respectable. However, in a huge improvement over its predecessor, the X100S can focus down to 21cm when macro focusing is not selected, while the X100 can manage only 80cm.

Drive mode
Menu options for drive mode include single, continuous high (6fps) and low (3fps), exposure bracketing, two-frame multiple exposure, motion panorama and movie. For the movie mode there is no direct control elsewhere. In the X100, the drive mode is on the control wheel.

Quick menu
Whereas the X100 has a raw button here, the X100S instead features a quick menu like its compact system camera counterparts. The menu contains 16 regularly used settings for quick access.

Flash
There is a built-in flash in a central position on the front of the body, close to the lens. In the flash menu it can be set to suppressed, forced, slow synchro or used as a commander. Alternatively, an external flash can be used via the hotshoe.

Details

Video:1080p HD, 60/30fps, MOV (H.264)
White Balance:Auto, 7 presets, custom, manual, WB shift
External mic:Yes
Built-in Flash:Yes
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Viewfinder Type:Hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder
Output Size:4896 x 3264 pixels
Exposure Modes:Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual
LCD:2.8in, 460,000-dot LCD
Sensor:16.3-million-effective-pixel X-Trans CMOS II
Weight:445g (including battery and card)
Power:Rechargeable NP-95 Li-Ion
Lens:23mm f/2-16 (35mm equivalent)
File Format:JPEG, RAF (raw), JPEG+ raw, MOV
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec, plus bulb (max 60mins)
Drive Mode:6fps continuous high, 3fps continuous low
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
DoF Preview:No (via EVF)
Metering System:256-zone TTL, multi, spot, average
Dimensions:126.5 x 74.4 x 53.9mm
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0, HDMI, microphone input with MIC/ST1 adapter
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Exposure Comp:±2EV in 1/3EV steps
RRP:£1,099
ISO:200-6400 (100-25,600 expanded)
Focusing Modes:Single, continuous, manual
  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