Fujifilm X-S1 review at Pocket-Lint

Fujifilm X-S1 review at Pocket-Lint

Wow, what a coincidence, almost all major reviews of the X-S1 have been posted within the past 48 hours. Pocket-Lint's review, is as always on the rather short side, no intricate iso-trains or elaborate comparison scripts here. Sort of, the TL:DR of reviews.

 

"The X-S1 is king of the superzooms and will see off any of the competition. Though, at £700, it’s a costly investment. But an investment is just what it feels like – this is a quality bit of engineering.

 
But it’s not without fault. The autofocus system is good, but can leave a feeling of longing for something yet more capable – in particular at the telephoto end of the zoom range and when in continuous autofocus mode. Image quality, too, is an echo of theX10: there’s that ongoing processing issue that can cause specular highlights to morph into white orbs (whether shooting Raw or JPEG, it doesn’t matter).
 
Otherwise we’re full of praise: image quality is impressive and beyond its competitors, though next time we’d like a full-resolution ISO 6400 setting. A decent electronic viewfinder is also something superzooms have been crying out for – and the X-S1 hits the nail on the head with its 1.44m-dot EVF.
 
The £700 price tag will be a big ask for many, yet the sensor, viewfinder, metal parts in the build and the high-standard of optics won’t be cheap to produce. And what alternative is there? A Nikon J1 with 30-110mm or a Panasonic Lumix GF3 with 100-300mm will both cost considerably more and neither offer a viewfinder. Think of it in that perspective and the X-S1 is worth every penny for the right user."
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