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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Manual-focus assists

Not only does the Fuji X100S feature an improved focus ring for manual focusing, but it also offers three manual-focus assist modes, two of which are new. Standard mode simply activates focus magnification in live view, which can be viewed on the LCD screen or via the EVF. Focus peaking is new, although we have seen it before in cameras such as the Sony Alpha 77. Again, it works via live view, adding a high-contrast black line around subject edges that are in focus. There is a low and a high setting, designed for differing degrees of precision focusing. I would like to see different colour outlines other than black for focus peaking, such as red, because the black outline can be difficult to view clearly.

Most intriguing is the new digital split-image focus-assist function. I have been hoping for many years to see split-image focusing, inspired by a conventional rangefinder camera, to make its way into a digital model. It is possible in the X100S due to the inclusion of phase-detection pixels on the sensor. The central 40% of the frame that is covered by the phase-detection pixels is displayed in live view (on screen or via the EVF) in black & white, and then split into left and right images. Turn the manual-focus ring and the central portion of the live-view image is magnified, from which it is easier to view and line up the two images to achieve accurate focus.

This does not have quite the same feel as when using the ‘traditional’ method via the optical display, but nevertheless this assist function is useful. The manual-focus assist that works best depends on the scene being captured, but the X100S offers virtually the most comprehensive handling for manual focusing we’ve seen in a digital compact camera.

  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