Romanas Naryskin at Photography Life analyzes and comments on Fujifilm's new X100S camera: Fujifilm is big on customer opinions – they seem to have heard the more known complaints and reacted accordingly.

Romanas Naryskin at Photography Life analyzes and comments on Fujifilm's new X100S camera: Fujifilm is big on customer opinions – they seem to have heard the more known complaints and reacted accordingly.

I'd say Fuji overreacted, no fan of Fuji would ever dream of such a leap in (claimed) improvements. Only major bummer for the people on the street (or so i hear) appears to be the retained rear LCD screen of the X100.

"Lets start with an improved, sharper OLED EVF (still hybrid, thank goodness, and can be switched to optical viewfinder) with 2,360,000 dots. It is likely the very same unit found in Fuji’s latest mirrorless camera, the X-E1. It is also used in other cameras with some tweaks and is, as of today, more or less state-of-art. I’m not a fan of electronic viewfinders as I believe they are not quite there yet in replacing OVFs, but this one comes close enough for me to consider buying the X-E1 or X100S. Expect great sharpness, good dynamic range and deep blacks. EVF allows one to see very well in dark

environments and sometimes even better than with naked eye (albeit with visible grain). More importantly, one can check for correct exposure, white balance and other settings live, as EVF will show a “what you see is what you get” image. Again, the ability to switch to an optical viewfinder virtually eliminates any shortcomings associated with EVFs, such as slow refresh rates when light fades and lag. I hope to see more such cameras from Fujifilm in the future.

Things get even better further on. Originally, X100 had a 12 megapixels APS-C sized sensor. I found it to be very similar to the sensor used in Nikon D300 camera with the exact same resolution, but thought it to have been tweaked somehow. While this may or may not be true, in any case X100 was very good at high ISOs and delivered pleasant colors and sharpness. The new camera sees to improve on that performance by offering the same, or very similar to, 16 megapixel X-Trans sensor found in X-Pro1 and X-E1 mirrorless cameras. Fujifilm claims it to be comparable to Full-Frame sensors and we have no doubts about it, as seen in our Fujifilm X-Pro1 review. This sensor carries a unique color filter arrangement, which allows Fujifilm to remove low-pass filter for more sharpness without the fear of moiré patterns appearing. Fuji’s sensor is also very good at high ISO values."

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