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Fujifilm X100S 16 MP Digital Camera with 2.8-Inch LCD (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 16MP APS-C X-TRANS sensor
- 6 frames per second continuous shooting
- Fixed 23mm F2 lens (35mm equivalent)
- Hybrid phase/contrast-detection AF system
- ISO 200-6400, expandable up to 12,800
- 1080p HD video
- 2.8 inch LCD with 460,000 dots
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||330 Photos|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||6 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||460000|
|Display Size||2.8 inches|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||25,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||200|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG (Exif 2.3),, RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Hybrid AF|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||Large sensor compact|
|HDMI Type||Mini connector|
|ISO Range||Auto (ISO 200 - 6400), ISO 100, 12800 and 25600 with boost|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.91 x 2.13 x 5 inches|
|Item Weight||0.98 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||6.2 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.6 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.54 grams|
|Macro Focus Range||10 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,896|
|Metering||Multi, Average, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||EXR II|
|Remote Control Description||Yes|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||2.4 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NP-95 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||H.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60, 30fps)|
|Viewfinder Description||2350000 dots|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic and Optical (tunnel)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||2.8 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||2.8 in|
|Item Dimensions||2.13 x 5 x 2.91 in||2.05 x 5 x 2.91 in||6.77 x 6.89 x 4.06 in||7 x 3.9 x 6.9 in||7 x 7 x 3.9 in||2.24 x 4.61 x 2.76 in|
|Item Weight||0.98 lb||0.97 lb||0.88 lb||2 lbs||1.9 lbs||0.77 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 megapixels||16 megapixels||16.3 megapixels||24.3 megapixels||16.3 megapixels||12 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60, 30fps)||1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)||1080p||—||1080p||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (70, 30 fps), 320 x 240 (120 fps), 320 x 112 (200 fps)|
|Viewfinder||Electronic and Optical (tunnel)||Electronic and Optical (tunnel)||LCD||optical viewfinder||None||Optical (tunnel)|
Leading the way to the ultimate image quality, the X100s features the new APS-C 16M X-Trans CMOS II Sensor & EXR Processor II. X-Trans CMOS II incorporates an original color filter array with a highly random pattern, eliminating the need for an optical low-pass filter (OLPF). These filters are used in conventional systems to inhibit moiré at the expense of resolution. The X-Trans CMOS II array lets the sensor capture unfiltered light from the lens, achieving an unprecedented level of resolution. Also the unique integration of phase detection pixels in the array contributes to the dramatic leap in AF speed. Fujinon 23mm F2 fixed focal length lens, quality without compromise was the goal when the FUJIFILM X100S was being developed. While featuring the generous brightness of a maximum F2 aperture, the large-diameter rear lens group is integrated into the body for an ultra-slim profile. In addition, the optimization of the sensor for this special lens fully exploits the advantage of a fixed focal length lens for superior edge-to-edge image quality. The new Hybrid Viewfinder offers expanded freedom in a range of challenging shooting conditions. When you want to view the subject with maximum clarity or keep shutter time lag to a minimum, the Optical Viewfinder (OVF) impresses with stunning optical quality. For confirmation of focus, exposure, white balance and depth of field while shooting the scene, just move the lever to Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) featuring an integrated 2,360K LCD. Using the power of the phase detection pixels integrated in the X-Trans CMOS II sensor, Digital Split Image helps you manually focus your shot with greater precision. While viewing the split image displayed in the LCD monitor or EVF, you can manually adjust for pinpoint focus, especially helpful when working with an open aperture or macro shooting. Focus Peak Highlight For pinpoint manual focusing highlights high contrast areas of your subject for smoother and more accurate focusing.
From the Manufacturer
The Joy of Photography
Take Your Passion for Photography to the Next Level
Since the age of film photography, the history of FUJIFILM has paralleled the path of the professional photographer. Our story is the endless pursuit of unparalleled photographic expression, and the X series was born. What is the meaning of a camera or photos in your life? Now you can hold the answer to explore the depths these questions. FUJIFILM X. It is the promise of unprecedented photographic pleasure.
Pursuit of Image Quality
Commitment to Uncompromising Image Quality
The high-quality FUJINON lens, the larger sensor, and the processor - each device is the product of our commitment to uncompromising quality in every detail. Each exploits the full potential of the other, achieving an optimum balance that enhances their total performance. This is the FUJIFILM way to a development approach that has produced breakthrough after breakthrough in image quality. FUJIFILM X. It is the promise of ultimate image quality.
Exploration of New Angles on Photography
Subject Through the Viewfinder
Experience photography with the viewfinder that incorporates the cutting edge of FUJIFILM technology! Through the viewfinder, your eye finds the freedom to compose your shot in a wide field of view and the luxury of a bright, clear view of the scene. Here is the pleasure of focusing on your subject, and the endless fascination of exploring the scene from every angle. FUJIFILM X Series. It is the promise of discovery of a new world through the viewfinder.
Quality & Operability
The Joy of Sharing Every Moment with Your Camera
The tactile pleasure whenever you hold it and operate the controls. The delight of its styling with a timeless attraction. Your growing attachment to this instrument every time you venture out together. These are qualities that cannot be measured, and the difference is the passion and experience of FUJIFILM. FUJIFILM X. It is the promise of a camera that transcends the definition of a photographic instrument and opens your senses to a world of possibilities.
The design of the FUJIFILM X100S prioritizes "photographing"
The FUJIFILM X100S employs numbered dials for aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation and is equipped with a viewfinder that allows you to select your composition. The design of the FUJIFILM X100S resembles the cameras of the film age, and there is wisdom that has been passed down behind it. This gives the FUJIFILM X100S commonality that transcends the ages. The FUJIFILM X100S is designed to enable you to quickly capture that moment you wish to document.
Optical Design with a Priority on Performance
The simple all-glass lens configuration (6 groups/8 elements) is designed around a single high-performance double-sided aspheric lens. Uncompromising image quality is assured by the application of multi-layer HTC-EBC (High Transmittance Electoron Beam Coating) coating and other technologies. The result is perfectly balanced optical excellence promising low aberrations, sharp resolution and faithful color reproduction.
New Intelligent Hybrid AF brings your scene into focus in only 0.08 sec*.
Equipped with both the super fast phase detection AF system, and contrast AF for accurate focusing in dark scenes, Intelligent Hybrid AF instantly switches to the optimal focusing system. Applying the fastest algorithm depending on the subject and scene, Intelligent Hybrid AF can bring your subject into focus in the blink of an eye - only 0.08 sec*. at its fastest speed so those priceless moments will never escape your lens.
Replicate FUJIFILM's acclaimed color reversal photo films with Film Simulation.
Just like choosing the ideal film for your creative direction, this powerful mode lets you simulate the film color and tonal qualities of FUJIFILM's acclaimed color reversal films: the natural look of PROVIA, the dramatic tonality and vivid colors of Velvia, and the soft tones and beautiful skin color reproduction of ASTIA. Faithfully reproducing Fujichrome color quality loved by professional photographers, Film Simulation transforms your vision into masterpieces of color expression. You can also replicate the timeless beauty of monochrome film photography with a selection of monochrome filters.
"Studio Ready" Professional Color Negative Film Modes for Perfect Portraits
Every detail captured with gentle tonality.
Enjoy the exceptional definition of Full HD Movie Shooting!
Full HD Movie (1920 x 1080) mode offers 60fps for smoother capture of the action in full high definition detail. Shooting movies at the high bit-rate 36Mbps results in enhanced image quality and clarity that reveals every detail from individual leaves in the trees to subtle changes in facial expression. You can also take advantage of Monochrome and the vivid color expression of other Film Simulation modes, and exploit the brightness of the lens to shoot movies with a stunning "bokeh" effect.
3x Digital Zoom Movie Shooting
Just press the Playback Zoom In Button any time while shooting to switch to 3x digital zoom, tripling the lens focal length to 105mm (35mm format equivalent).
Leading the way to the ultimate image quality.
APS-C 16M X-Trans CMOS II Sensor & EXR Processor II
The extreme resolution of FUJIFILM's bespoke APS-C 16M X-Trans CMOS II sensor with OLPF-less architecture. The clarity of the signal achieved by the optimization of every aspect of its processing circuitry. The enhanced image quality produced by the powerful EXR Processor II.
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Top Customer Reviews
I had purchased an X100 just before the S model was announced and found the image quality to be remarkable. Because I was late to the game in purchasing the X100 many of the 'quirks' others complained about I did not experience due to the numerous firmware updates Fuji had released since the camera's inception. Because the X100S had features that could not be fixed through a firmware update such as the Q button and moving the focus point selector from the left to the right I opted to sell my X100 and preordered the S model. I will say that I sorely missed having an X100 or S model during my two month wait.
I have experimented with the X100S over the past two months using it in both personal and commercial work. Yes I said commercial work. There are several features I find quite remarkable on this camera regardless of a camera in any price range:
1. The sharpness of the images due in part to the elimination of the optical low pass filter
2. The noise performance of the camera
3. Having an (almost) unlimited flash sync speed due to its leaf shutter
4. Built in 3 stop ND filter
5. An almost completely silent shutter (again due to its leaf shutter)
What I would like to see improved:
1. A bit more resistance to the on/off switch
2. Allowing the user to customize the Q menu to allow for ALL camera operating choices
3. Allow shooting in RAW mode to include 100 ISO (200 is currently the lowest ISO in RAW)
4. Allow shooting at any shutter speed at any aperture. (this may not be physically possible...)
5. The camera has a tendency to overexpose by about 2/3 of a stop. Easily corrected with the EV control
6. Even though the X100S has a dedicated EyeFi card menu selection, the transfer speed of small JPGS to an iPad is very slow. Much slower than a 5DIII and in some cases makes using it as a wirelessly tethered camera almost useless.
The OVF and EVF viewfinders are absolutely brilliant. I find that I have used both equally depending on the shooting situation. In very low light I have found the EVF invaluable. In situations where I need to keep an eye on the environment, the OVF is just killer. While I'm on the subject I personally would never consider a camera that does NOT have a dedicated viewfinder. Since I grew up using SLRs and DSLRs I just cannot effectively use a camera where my only option is to use an LCD screen. I'm also not a fan of having to purchase an 'optional' EVF viewfinder for any camera. Just a personal preference.
Did I consider other non DSLR cameras before purchasing the X100S (originally the X100)? Yes, I considered the Canon line for a couple of reasons; their G series has a viewfinder and my primary gear is Canon. Others? Only those that had a viewfinder and I found that those which only have an EVF were a bit too 'jerky' to me. I also tend to put more stock into reviews from people whose body of work I respect. There are plenty of sites on the Web that give tech details and masturbatory reviews of tech specs, but in the end what I produce from any camera is what's more important. I respect Zack's (Arias) work and put stock into how he feels about a camera simply because of his body of work. Although we shoot different types of imagery I trust his and other photographers I respect more than technical sites. A personal view which has served me well.
I have always wanted a camera that is lightweight and compact (relative to my work gear) that I can carry with me everywhere. No the X100S is NOT something I can slip into my pocket, but that's OK by me. I simply wear it across my chest using a Luma Labs Cinch strap and I barely notice it's there. My plan was to use it primarily for street shooting, which is something I have a voracious appetite for and have done quite a lot over the years. At least when I have time! Yes I miss a zoom which I found I depended upon quite a bit for my street shooting. But something that a fixed lens camera forces me to do is to immerse myself into the environment for street shooting. It also allows me to grow as a photographer, to get more context into my shots. I have personally found that using the Fuji at night rather than the day makes it easier for me to street shoot. The ISO performance of the X100S is on par with my 1DX up to 6400 ISO and a tad better than my 5DIII. The f2.0 lens allows me to bokeh scenes in a wonderful way. Of course that all depends on how close I am to the primary subject, aperture, etc but I've found it quite lovely.
One of the most remarkable features for me is the ability to use small hand held flash units off camera as fill flash with the X100S due to its leaf shutter. I was literally blown away that using a single Canon 580II through a modifier could produce results that in the past required me to use a studio strobe and an ND filter to achieve. I love the fact that I can carry a small flash unit in my bag and take almost commercial level portraits. I'll try to upload some examples with this review. I had mentioned that one of my wishes was for Fuji to enable the X100S select any shutter speed with any aperture. Currently they recommend 1/1000th at a minimum aperture of f2.0. If you want to use 1/2000th, then you must use f4.0 or smaller.
I have found that if I'm using a radio trigger to activate the off camera flash 1/1000th and f2.0 works. Anything faster in speed results in funky exposure results. However if I use a cable rather than a radio trigger I can squeeze 1/2000th with f2.0. In terms of flash, milliseconds count so a wired connection is better in some circumstances. It all depends on what you're trying to achieve.
In terms of the 'silent shutter' I had firsthand experience with that feature this past week. I was hired to photograph both a live and rehearsal performance of a major US symphony. Since I use two cameras whenever I shoot production had I not had the X100S I would have only shot with my 5DIII in silent mode during louder passages. I never even considered my 1DX because even on 'silent' mode it is way too loud. And when I was told the last commercial shooter was kicked out by the world renowned conductor due to his camera noise (understandable) and attitude (bad) I didn't intend to make the same mistake. So during passages where the musicians were playing very softly I was able to make images with the X100S. Again, a remarkably useful feature for my work.
I won't go into the things I 'love' about this camera since that is all relative to each user. I also won't ever be able to completely replace my commercial gear with only mirrorless cameras. Because I shoot dance and live theatre the X100S along with other cameras of this type are just not fast enough from a focusing/shutter release standpoint. But for portraits and publicity work I have and plan to continue to use it for client work; it's that good.
Who should buy this camera? Who am I to say!? I can only say (in no particular order) that with its remarkable shutter sync speed, image quality, hi ISO performance and build quality I'm very happy to have purchased this little camera. It's THAT good. And like any tool (rather than looking at gear as a 'jewel') it's perfect for the right job. Will it make you a better photographer; nope. Only improving your skills and executing your imagination will do that.
UPDATE June 18 2013
I have had my first image taken with the X100S published commercially. When reviewing imagery my client is not made aware of the camera I've used and bases their selection strictly on image quality, feel, impact among other factors.
UPDATE June 30 2013
I recently utilized a wired solution to obtain faster sync speeds than 1/1000th of a second using an off camera flash. I purchased the following system through Amazon: [...]
I have been successful at using shutter speeds up through 1/4000th at f2.0 using a WIRED off camera flash. The reason I chose this particular tethered option was twofold. First by having the ability to use regular CAT 5 Ethernet cable I can select what length to carry with me rather than being confined to lengths offered by other off camera flash cords.
I also prefer straight cords over coiled because coiled cords tend to tip over my light stands if I stretch them. One of the most remarkable features of this system is the ability to attach up to three cables to the very same controller on top of the camera. I find I'm often using two flash units whenever I take a shot and having this option in one unit is just brilliant. Also since the sockets are on both left, right and front of the controller I can use the two side sockets and not worry about having to hold the cable away from the lens like other single cord off camera cables.
I never use TTL so only having one TTL feature available with multiple flashes attached does not affect me.
I have posted my commercially published image for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's 2013-14 season which was printed 11x17 and mailed to all current subscribers.
One of my publicity images was printed at 18x80 feet for Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The image was shot with my X100S.
What I mean is, it is small, very well built, and takes extremely good pictures with a sensor which is big enough to take prints at large sizes and provide some DOF control (though really shallow DOF can only be achieved on close focusing/ very wide apertures on a 'wide-normal' lens such as the one on this), and a lens which is very sharp across different apertures (more later); it is very versatile, and looks sexy. you won't want to leave this at home to give your shoulders some respite like I know you do with your DSLR (I own a D600 which is hardly the heaviest DSLR out there; and a 24-70, f2.8 and a couple of primes; but I find carrying such a kit a pain for just casual walkabouts around town).
Did I actually say 'versatile' to describe a fixed lens camera? Yes. This is why: With a Fuji x100s, you don't waste time thinking about which prime to pull out of the bag (you in fact now don't even carry a bag, remember?), you just shoot. If you were used to zoom lenses, now you don't have to spend much time thinking about what focal length to compose at - again you just shoot - or you walk back and forth. the X100s also has quite an adept macro end performance - may not have the magnification and good working distance of dedicated high-focal length macro lenses, but again, versatility is the key here. Besides, most fixed aperture good quality zooms are very heavy and you wouldn't even be carrying your camera to half the places would you find yourself carrying the x100s.
Specific Observations -I will concentrate mostly on issues you may have on your mind reading other reviews.
Autofocus - I had no problems with it - it is very effective and pleasant to use. The D600 equipped with the 24-70 f2.8 (and I use only the central AF-point) is probably as fast as autofocus gets, south of the high-end pro bodies. The fuji x100s obviously doesn't reach such rarified speeds, but you wouldn't notice any difference in normal shooting conditions - unless your normal shooting conditions involve shooting pictures of a plain wall at night without lights on.
Bottom line is: if you are worried about AF performance. Don't. It is fantastic; and the AF is VERY accurate, even more so than any DSLR I've used. I don't want to compare the speed with other systems like the Ollie 4/3 cameras like the EP-5 and the OM-D series because (a) I don't own those cameras ; and (b) its not about split second differences; its about whether the AF is fast enough for wide range of normal uses (Yes!) and deadly accurate (Heck yes!).
I generally use the AF-S (single point auto-focus). the AF-C mode is not that useful since the AF tracks when you are NOT half-pressing the shutter (which is kind of counter-intuitive for DSLR users) and locks when you do - which means it is useless for shooting moving objects in burst mode (which is mostly when we need continuous auto-focus). If you need to get one shot of a moving object - you follow it WITHOUT pressing the shutter and then press completely at the decisive moment. It usually gets the focus right - but puts a huge onus on choosing the right moment. Also you can use only the central AF point in this mode. I agree the AF-C mode is not very useful.
Manual focus - I've heard many complaints about the x100 manual focus. I never owned one so can't comment on that. But in case you are worried about any such problem on the X100s - don't. Manual focus is a real pleasure. It is not a mechanical MF system like in DSLRs so it requires more turns (though it covers focal distance quite fast between 1.5m and infinity), but this is actually a big advantage for macro work and precise focusing (which is precisely the only time you should be using manual focus in an AF camera!). Further, there are two amazing focus confirmation methods (the digital split view which gives you a B&W patch in the center a little like a rangefinder focusing patch; and a focus highlight which make the focused areas sparkle like vampires in bad teen literature) - these tools make manual focusing much easier and more pleasurable than in modern DSLR systems (where there is no split prisms, and you have to trust the focus confirmation dot, which is not always accurate).
Conclusion: MF is perfect and tailor-made for uses which generally require precise MF - like macros and precise focusing for still-lifes/ portraits. Similar in effect (though not in implementation) to the manual overide system in some high end DSLR systems, you can do a hybrid autofocus cum manual fine-tuning for very precise work. To do this, press the AF/AE-Lock button when on manual focus - it auto-focuses; after that if necessary you can fine tune! so this is a good sub for manual override.
between f2.8 and f11 it is superb; f2 is perfectly usable regardless of what CNET tells you (the largest apertures are always slightly softer but there is very little noticeable loss of sharpness at f2 on the x100s) and above f11 there may be some diffraction induced softness (this is the usual range for APS-C sized sensors); but f11 will give you enough depth of field for most purposes with a 35mm equivalent lens. Don't worry about sharpness; it is superb (owning to removal of the anti-aliasing filter we are told, but those are for nerds - the results are all I know personally).
The image files are just superb - the jpegs look great enough right out of camera for casual use; and the raw files yield superb images with my workflow (Lightroom 4.x, PS6 and Nik Software Collection).
This is the reason you will want to buy a Fuji. I read about it but didn't believe it. But when I saw the pictures - yes, even the out-of-camera jpegs, I was a happy soul. There is just something pleasing about them.
I like the jpeg picture settings - they are not generic and soulless 'vivid" "standard" "Potrait" etc., but very unique looks, wherein saturation, contrast etc obviously vary, but the result is a cohesive artistic whole and not just a result of tweaked settings. Yes they are named after popular films and that's a bit of a gimmick really (it really doesn't look the same - which is why I am still shooting film - an actual film look is just different!) but these are still very well done, IMHO. Just don't expect the results to look like actual Velvia or Astia slides seen through a slide projector (they different, not qualitatively worse)!
The high ISO images leave any other APS-C sized sensor I've used in the dust (I've owned the D90 and D7000 and have used my Dad's Canon 550d). Granted, these are not the latest APS-C DSLRs but the x100s' high ISO performance matches even those from my D600 so I guess it probably outshines even modern APS-C sensors. I am quite confident the pictures will have way less noise than any micro 4/3 camera can produce - just on account of the size of the sensor and the qualities of the X-trans processor. So would you rather have a slightly faster low light AF or ultimate pictures which have much less noise?
My philosophy with high ISO performance is that you don't judge results by peeping at pixels of photos of diverging lines for noise (like review sites do). It is more useful to see how much detail one can preserve once one applies proper noise correction software such as Define2 or even the built in LR or Capture NX noise tool. With the Fuji, I can preserve as much detail as with my larger sensor-ed D600 and that makes this is a real winner for me. I can happily shoot at ISO 3200 and get usable files (hint: you get much better files shooting handheld at ISO 3200 and shutter speed of 1/40 then with ISO 1600 and shutter speed of 1/20). 6400 is quite usuable for casual uses though I am not sure about prints (I'd be amazed if ISO 6400 yielded good prints in any camera).
All in all, best high-ISO performance one can expect not counting full frame sensors.
I love this to bits. Both the optical and electronic viewfinder systems have their advantages and with this camera (and the x-pro1) you never wish you had one or the other! The OVF is very usable especially with parallax correction and tons of useful information which is overlaid - I find especially the histogram, the focus distance scale, and image plane level indicators very useful. the histogram especially is extremely useful to figure out whether highlights and shadows will be preserved and the focus distance scale is extremely useful to confirm whether the AF has fixed on the correct object. A common question regarding the x100s and the Fuji X system, as also my concern before actually trying the x100s, was dependable focusing with the OVF (without which the OVF feature is just useless), but owning to the focus confirmation signal (the focus box outline highlights in green) which is mostly accurate unless you TRYING to fool it (i tried and, alas, succeeded), and more importantly, the focal distance scale (which is more foolproof), focusing with the OVF is absolutely usable.
I use the optical viewfinder more during harsh light or while shooting into the light- the nature of electronic viewfinders is such that contrasts are too high to make out details in either the darker or very light areas in these conditions. On the other hand, in low lighting, the electronic viewfinder can be quite useful to avoid squinting at dimly lit objects. Also the ease at which one can literally "switch" between the two (just flick of a lever) makes this work as even better than the sum of the parts as you can use both types of viewfinders to confirm the exposure and compositional aspects of the shot. Of course, for macros, you can use only the EVF which is sensible since the parallax error would be too high to handle for the OVF and you need the EVF to confirm the focus since the distance scale is undependable for such precise requirements (where we are talking about fractions of millimeters when focusing for macros).
Layout and usability
Every camera system is different. Coming from another system (like me), there are some menus and layouts to get used to, but nothing I find too counter-intuitive or frustrating. I think the Q button system which lets one access the common camera settings instantly, including some saved shooting settings, is a very useful tool. Most of the buttons which you need to reach when the camera is held to your eye are sensibly laid out such the OVF/EVF flick, the control toggle, the focus point selector and flash etc (though understand that there are constraints given the camera size -for example, the exposure mode is one of the buttons on the left side of the camera's back and as such difficult to get to because that's usually where one's nose is, when the camera is held to one's eye). Camera ergonomics I believe increase with size and heft upto a certain point - I find my D600 and F100 easier to handle due to their bulk and contoured body; with the x100s the small size and svelte styling causes some fumbling on my part; however my wrists (and shoulders) don't pain anymore after a long day of shooting so win some, lose some. Also note that, while smaller than full frame DSLRs or modern SLRs, it is actually of comparable size or larger than most of its actual competition like the RX1 and RX100, Pen cameras, OM-D cameras or GX-1/GX-7 type cameras. It is also only slightly smaller than my film Olympus OM-4T. Its probably just that I am ham fisted..
I have ordered one of those leather half-cases with extra padding on the grip area - hopefully that will make the camera easier to hold....lets see.
I love the fact that it has proper dials for shutter and Exposure compensation, and that you change aperture with a ring in the lens - to be honest, changing aperture this way is necessarily a two handed operation unlike in a modern DSLR/SLR like the D600 or F100 where you can hold the camera and flick the aperture dial with a single hand, but its a compromise I am willing to make for the vintage feel it gives. I also like that it doesn't have a PASM dial with lots of scene modes or art filters - In fact it doesn't have a PASM dial, period. One selects shutter priority by putting the aperture ring on Auto; aperture priority by placing the shutter dial on Auto and Program Auto mode by putting both on auto - just like an old time RF. The lack of quick access to scene modes and art filters may put off some casual shooters but this camera I think is consciously designed for a more advance users who are aware of how to set up their cameras for different lighting challenges and uses such as "night portrait" "landscape", "parties" "silhouettes" etc by themselves and prefer to apply filters in post processing. I should add that there are some art filters available (the usual toy camera, soft focus etc)- but these are hidden away in the shooting options and don't take up a dial on the top of the camera (unless you want to dedicate the Fn button to that. you don't really - use to it adjust the ISO).
All in all, I am very happy with my purchase. Money well spent. I will be using my D600 for specific projects such as planned landscape outings and portrait shoots and the Fuji for most everything else. Depending on Fuji's roadmap, I am seriously considering switching to the X-system as well when they bring out their next X-pro body.
Enthusiast to professional photographers who would like a high quality camera as a constant companion.
Inexperienced casual shooters looking for a camera for snapshots. The controls and IQ are designed with at least a slightly knowledgeable user in mind. A beginner can definitely use it but there is a slightly steeper learning curve. There are better choices for snapshots, holiday pictures etc, some of which even provide comparable (though not equal) picture quality. I think the NEX or 4/3 system cameras or even the superzoom cameras serve better for such users, and provide a more gradual learning curve.
Scores (these are extremely subjective based on my own experience and not based on clinical test)
Build quality, look and feel - 9 (only gripes: strap feels cheap, lens cap falls off easily)
Picture quality (sharpness, noise, color rendition etc)
JPEG - 9.5
RAW - 9
AF - 8 (points deducted only for not so useful AF-C)
MF - 8.5
Viewfinder - 10 (amazing technological achievement)
Ergonomics and layout - 7 (apart from points made above; would have preferred a dedicated ISO and AF-on button)
UI and shooting options - 8.5 (if you don't need scene modes or art filters)
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