Fujifilm X-S1 review @ Neocamera

Fujifilm X-S1 review @ Neocamera

Remember that Fujifilm superzoomer with a larger than usual 2/3" sensor? Time has come for it to meet its first reviewer, and the verdict is 'excellent':

"The Fuji X-S1 is defined by a combination of its unique mechanical lens and a larger-than-usual sensor. The optical zoom range with built-in 

stabilization covers a huge variety of photographic subjects. The ultra-wide end is perfect for architecture, landscapes and indoor shots. At the

other extreme, a long reach of 624mm makes it suitable for wildlife and birding. By contrast, a DSLR would require multiple lenses, weighing several kilos and costing thousands of dollars to cover the same range. Needless to say, other applications are covered: street photography, portraits, sports and more.

The mechanical-link allows precise, smooth and quick framing of subjects. This is truly a pleasure to use on any camera and something that is bound to improve your photography. Having no zoom motor not only saves energy, it also produces virtually silent zooming while filming video.
 
The X-S1 is designed for efficient access to manual controls and offers a large number of buttons to directly control the camera with little use of the menu system. This kind of efficiency makes it usable in a hurry. There is also a fly-by-wire manual focus ring which serves its purpose well.
 
High-speed features such as 7 FPS drive mode and pre-capture buffering make it more usable than similar cameras for action. The low-light side is covered by a 100 to 3200 full-resolution ISO range which is suitable for most uses. At the extreme of low-light, the X-S1 stops being usable before its peers due to a slowest shutter-speed that is reduced by one stop for each ISO. At ISO 100, exposures can take up to 30s exposures and at ISO 200 that gets reduced to 15s. By ISO 3200, the limit is a paltry 1s. This is probably the case because of noise-characteristics of the CMOS sensor. While there is a Bulb mode, it offers exactly the same limit as manual exposure."
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