Fujifilm X100s review @ digitalversus. "Picture quality has taken a giant leap forward, making the X100s a true reference to be reckoned with across all camera categories"

Fujifilm X100s review @ digitalversus. "Picture quality has taken a giant leap forward, making the X100s a true reference to be reckoned with across all camera categories"

"One key new feature in the X100s—and a worldwide first—is the Digital Split Image (DSI) manual focusing assistant, which makes clever use of Fuji's phase-detection AF system integrated into the new X-Trans CMOS II sensor. The DSI mode is effectively a kind of digital stigmometer that splits an out-of-focus image in two. As you focus the lens manually, the images look to blend together until they form one when you find the right focus position. 

From a technical point of view, the DSI function is a very clever use of the AF system. In fact, it's hard to image how no-one has thought of doing this before. In reality, though, it's a little less exciting. This function definitely makes manual focusing easier, but it can be hard to see exactly when you've found the right focus, as the split image just doesn't look sharp or precise enough onscreen. A touch of peaking over the top could have made a nice addition here (note that a separate peaking mode is available). Plus, seeing as the lens uses an electronic rather than a mechanical focusing system, the whole experience could generally be more pleasant and more accurate. The DSI mode is therefore best left as an occasional helping hand in complex situations that the autofocus may have trouble dealing with (shooting in conditions that are too bright, working with uniform subjects, etc.). All in all, it's an impressively innovative function, but it feels like it still needs a little polishing.

Thankfully, the X100s has a secret weapon: 

picture quality that beats pretty much anything else on the market right now. Compared with both compacts and SLRs with APS-C sensors—and even compared with some full-frame cameras—the X100s outdoes the lot with its 23 mm lens and, above all, its 16-Megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor. In terms of sharpness and quality levels as the ISO setting rises, Fujifilm's new expert compact is a camera to be reckoned with. Respect!"
 

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