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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LCD, viewfinder and video

Unlike the Leica X2, which is another stylish fixed-focal-length compact, the Fuji X100S offers video capture. Movie files can be recorded in 1920×1080-pixel full HD at 60fps, while the X100 offers 720p HD capture only. Photographers benefit from video capture because, as a consequence, the camera offers live view – although, of course, it can be switched off if desired. With live view activated, however, I found I was using the rear screen just as much as the viewfinder when composing images, and the compact size of the X100S makes it comfortable to hold away from the body. With its modest 2.8in display and 460,000-dot resolution, the LCD screen remains the same as that on the X100.

Fuji’s unique hybrid viewfinder, used again in the X100S, offers both optical (OVF) and electronic (EVF) views. The EVF has been improved to the 2.36-million-dot display used in the X-E1. The benefits offered by this display include exposure preview and manual focus assist modes (see Features in use). However, the ‘reverse Galilean’ optical finder has a display that is noticeably brighter, and using it instead of the EVF or rear LCD conserves battery life – up to twice the number of shots, with 600 possible compared to a 300-shot life when using the electronic displays. It is, however, less clear what is going to be in the final image as the illuminated ‘bright frame’ shows the frameline, which shifts in the finder when pressing the shutter and covers approximately 90% of the final image. The OVF is not available when the macro AF mode is selected. All in all, I regularly switched between each viewing option, enjoying them all.

  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