Fujifilm X100s Camera Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Image/Video Quality
      • 9
      • Features
      • 9
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 9
      • Performance
      • 9
      • Expandability
      • 8
      • Total Score:
      • 8.80
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Class leading image quality
    • Significantly faster autofocus performance
    • Small and light body
    • Excellent build quality
    • Built-in ND filter
    • Leaf shutter lets you sync flashes at a super high speed
  • Cons

    • The flash has some seriously weak game
    • Lens cap is easy to come off and not easy to store
    • Focusing in low light can be frustrating
    • Video mode is limited

Quick Take

With its retro styling and fixed lens design, the Fuji X100s is sure to be a hit with experienced shooters. We love the camera's image quality and fast AF.

The Fuji X100s is a point-and-shoot, fixed lens camera with a small, retro look that hits home for nostalgic photographers who used to use film cameras. The camera has a 16.3MP APS-C Sized X Trans II sensor. The X100s is an update to the X100 and is refreshed with new auto and manual focus.  The X100s is a great camera for street photography and candid images.

\"FujifilmThe X100s is a small model at 5.0 x 2.9 x 2.1-inches and 15.7 ounces. DigitalCameraReview noted it has a good size and is easy to carry around for a day with no fatigue. The camera has no automatic modes, which DCR noted is not good for inexperienced photographers. DCR also found the camera’s buttons are “right where you need them.” The front of the X100s has minimal controls, but does feature an OVF/EVF switch and flash. The top of the camera has a hotshoe, shutter speed dial, on/off switch/shutter release and exposure composition dial while the back panel features the main control deck, AEL/AFL lock button, four-way control dial, display/back dial, quick menu, 2.8-inch LCD screen, view mode and AE, drive and playback buttons.

DCR noted the X100s has “loads of different menus” including drive mode, playback and control menus. While each of the menus are color coded, DCR noted it takes some digging to find certain settings and modes and noted it “can be a pain.” Available modes include program auto, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, motion panorama and movie.

The camera features a 2.8-inch LCD screen with 480K dot resolution and DCR found the low resolution to make it difficult to see details and “wishes it were better.” However, the camera also has a 2,360K resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), which DCR called “positively stunning.” Users are able to choose to use either to optical viewfinder or EVF, but DCR found the OVF slows focusing. There is no lag when using the EVF.

DCR called the X100s “one of the highest performing point and shoot cameras currently on the market.” There is minimal shutter lag and the lens is sharp and keeps down distortion and chromatic aberration. The camera works well in good lighting conditions and generally has very good focus speeds, but DCR did find it suffers in low light situations. The battery life is “quite excellent” and DCR was easily able to use it casually for a week without needing to charge the battery. The X100s has a 23mm f2 optic lens with 35mm field of view and f3.5 aperture when shot wide open. DCR noted the lens is sharp when shot wide open, but there are better lenses on the market. When using the flash, DCR called the lens “absolutely astounding.” However, DCR did experience some purple fringing in high contrast situations and some distortion, but otherwise said there “isn’t much to complain about.”

The camera can shoot 1080p HD video at 60 or 30 frames per second, but the ND filter cannot be activated. DCR noted video “can look good” but wishes there were full manual controls available. When it comes to image quality, however, the X100s was at the top of its class. DCR noted the RAW files are “extremely versatile ad jaw-droppingly good.” Reviewers found no image noise, even at high ISO. JPEG output was also good. DCR called the overall image quality “more than good enough to be considered professional.”

Overall, DCR found the X100s to be an “extremely solid camera” and was impressed with its excellent image quality, “blazing fast” AF and processing, excellent lens and wonderful ergonomics. However, DCR did note the X100s struggles in low-light situations and isn’t the best camera for inexperienced photographers. In the end, DCR said the X100s “wins our highest praises.”

Check out DigitalCameraReview for a full review of the Fujifilm X100s, including performance and specs.


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