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Fujifilm X-S1 12MP EXR CMOS Digital Camera with Fujinon F2.8 to F5.6 Telephoto Lens and Ultra-Smooth 26x Manual Zoom (24-624mm)

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  • 2/3 inches - 12MP EXR CMOS Sensor
  • High Quality Fujinon 26x Manual Optical Zoom Lens
  • Large High Performance EVF
  • 3.0 inches Tilting LCD
  • All-Metal Dials
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Fujifilm X-S1

From the Manufacturer

The FUJIFILM X-S1 is a premium, high performance DSLR-styled long-zoom camera, built with careful craftsmanship for the sophisticated consumer and enthusiast photographer who are looking for maximum photographic performance – and true picture quality – with a versatile long-zoom lens housed in a durable, lightweight body.

The all-new FUJIFILM X-S1, made in Japan, is the latest addition to the premium FUJIFILM X-series that includes the X100 and X10. The X-S1 features a large 2/3” 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor and a newly-developed, bright all glass and high-definition FUJINON F2.8 Wide-Angle to F5.6 telephoto lens with an ultra-smooth 26x manual zoom (24-624mm). The FUJINON lens consists of 17 glass lens elements in 12 groups, to offer amazing clarity and high resolution through the entire image. The new FUJINON lens has a metal cam design that delivers smooth, precise zoom control, and an O-ring that is injected with a specially blended grease similar to what is found in high definition broadcast television lenses.

The X-S1 is the ideal “all-in-one” camera because it offers all of the benefits of a DSLR system in a single camera and lens body. The X-S1 is designed to exceed expectations in all photographic situations, and is especially well-suited for nature photography thanks to its impressive wide angle, long zoom and super macro capabilities all from a single lens.

The EXR processor delivers an extremely fast auto focus while minimizing shutter lag and supports high speed continuous shooting of approximately 7 frames per second (fps) at full resolution. The premium long zoom X-S1 has a wide, 1.4 million dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) that is exceptionally bright and clear, and it includes a heads-up sensor that automatically switches between the viewfinder and the LCD screen when the camera is raised to the user’s eye to compose an image. The viewfinder uses two glass lenses and one non-spherical lens to capture realistic lighting and display true-to-life images. The X-S1 has a large 3.0” titling LCD display with a Monitor Sunlight Mode that allows users to review their images in bright sunlight.

The well-balanced X-S1 also features an enhanced, full-body, rubberized grain texture coating that adds superior grip, a hot shoe mount to add additional accessories, full 1080p HD movie capture and milled mode and adjustment dials for exceptional feel and functionality.

The FUJIFILM X-S1 features Fujifilm’s Intelligent Digital Zoom which effectively doubles the telephoto capabilities and provides up to an amazing 52x total zoom, and a Super Macro Mode that captures images as close as 1cm.

Fujifilm X-S1 Highlights

Images Worthy of the X-Series Designation
The FUJIFILM X-S1 features the same large 2/3-inch 12MP EXR-CMOS sensor as the FUJIFILM X10 to ensure high quality images regardless of the lighting conditions. The unique EXR- CMOS technology, pioneered by Fujifilm, allows the user to switch between three modes depending on the lighting conditions – or leave the camera to make its own choice in the EXR Auto Mode.

Switching between the modes changes the performance of the sensor. The High Resolution option is perfect in bright conditions or when the very best picture quality is the primary aim. Wide Dynamic Range mode can be used in scenes of high contrast when the user wants to get details in both shadow and highlight areas of an image, while the High Sensitivity & Low Noise option should be selected for optimum results in low light conditions.

Coupled to the EXR-CMOS sensor is the high speed EXR processor, which offers a minimal shutter lag of just 0.01 seconds and a high speed continuous shooting capability of 7fps at full resolution (Large JPEG) or 10fps at six megapixel resolution (Medium JPEG).

Extraordinary versatility
At the heart of the FUJIFILM X-S1 is the FUJINON 26x optical precision zoom lens that offers a focal range of 24-624mm with its bright and fast f/2.8 maximum aperture at the wide-angle zoom setting.

The X-S1 FUJINON lens delivers images with superb edge-to-edge sharpness and amazing clarity. The lens construction is of the highest standard, featuring metal cams for smooth zoom control and fast, precise framing.

The FUJIFILM X-S1 is also ideally suited for capturing subjects close up. In standard Macro mode, the zoom focuses as close as 7cm, but by selecting Super Macro Mode, users can focus as close as 1cm for frame-filling close-up images. Furthermore, the lens’ aperture is made up of nine blades for excellent "bokeh" effect photography.

Full Manual Controls for Maximum Flexibility
Photographers who prefer full manual controls will enjoy the flexibility of the X-S1 with its full range of conventional shooting functions (program/shutter-priority/ aperture- priority/manual). The extensive external controls give the more advanced photographer direct access to virtually every control they will need for uninterrupted shooting, and the specially designed chassis includes dedicated command buttons for quick and easy key functions such as ISO, white balance, focus and metering.

The large command dial, manual focus ring, twist and zoom lens barrel, bright, clear electronic viewfinder, high quality tilting LCD screen and deep hand grip ensures the camera handles well. Additionally, the X-S1 provides four auto bracketing options, eight Film Simulation and white balance functions and Raw file shooting capabilities.

For simplicity, the X-S1 automatically assesses the subject and then selects the relevant scene mode for the perfect result, automatically switching the EXR-CMOS sensor accordingly. Not only does it determine the type of scene being photographed, it can also calculate whether an image contains a person, features backlighting or has any subject movement. ISO settings are adjusted by the Auto ISO mode, which selects the optimum setting between ISO 100 and 3200. Those after more ISO flexibility can manually select up to ISO 12800 (Small JPEG format only).

HD Movie Capture and High Speed Movies
The FUJIFILM X-S1 captures full 1080p High Definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) movie with stereo sound at 30fps, which is saved in the H.264 format profile compression for smaller file sizes without sacrificing quality. With a mini-HDMI output connector, it is easy to connect and view images on your HDTV (HDMI cable not included). Versatility is further increased thanks to the High Speed Movie options, which include capture at an incredible 320fps. With features like this, even the fastest moving subjects can be captured and watched in slow motion.

RAW / RAW+JPEG Shooting
The X-S1 has the ability to shoot both a RAW and JPEG shot simultaneously. RAW is for ultimate quality shots via post processing, JPEG is for great quality with no need for further post-production work.

Motion Panorama 360°
The FUJIFILM X-S1 delivers exquisite panoramas by allowing its sensor to extend the sweep range to 360˚ (shots can also be taken vertically). Combined with high quality Fujifilm printing, sweeping and impressive scenes can be taken, showing fine detail, low noise and high resolution at 180°, 240˚ or full 360˚ panoramic ranges.

Clear Viewing and Reviewing for Ideal Results
The FUJIFILM X-S1 offers a powerful combination of a high quality electronic viewfinder and a tilting LCD screen to ensure composing and viewing images is quick and simple, regardless of the lighting conditions.

The 0.47-inch electronic viewfinder (EVF) features 1.4 million pixel resolution for superb image clarity and has a wide viewing area of 26 degrees for better image framing. The bright EVF makes it easy to check settings or adjust focus manually.

The large, tilting 3” LCD features 460,000 pixel resolution making it easy for users to scroll through menus, assess exposure accuracy and view images. The LCD also offers a useful Sunlight mode that allows for easy viewing in even the brightest locations.

FUJIFILM X-S1 key features

  • Large 2/3-inch 12 MP EXR-CMOS sensor
  • High quality FUJINON 26x optical precision zoom 24-624mm (35mm equivalent) with Intelligent Digital Zoom boosting focal range up to 52x and Optical Image Stabilization
  • Superb build quality and finish with rubberized coating and metal dials
  • Up to 10fps continuous shooting
  • Large tilting 3” 460,000 pixel resolution LCD screen with Sunlight mode
  • Large EVF with 1.4 million pixel resolution and 26 degree viewing angle
  • Full 1080p HD movie with stereo sound
  • Super Macro focusing as close as 1cm
  • Raw and jpeg shooting
  • Film simulation modes
  • Program / Shutter-Priority / Aperture-Priority / Manual modes
  • Lithium Ion rechargeable battery providing up to 500 shots per charge
  • 360° Motion Panorama mode

Product Information

Product Dimensions 5.3 x 5.9 x 4.2 inches
Item Weight 2 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.6 pounds
Item model number 16199188
Batteries 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
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4.4 out of 5 stars 183 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #8,390 in Camera & Photo
#877 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at September 14, 2012

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First, you must know what you are getting into when you buy/use this camera.

WHAT IT IS NOT: this is not a DSLR replacement for use at high ISO's, it will not replace a top end video capable micro-4/3 camera or similar (ex. GH2/GH3), it's AF is not as fast the Olympus OM-EM5, It's sensor is smaller than m/43 but larger than the average point & shoot and other bridge cameras. It is NOT for pixel-peepers.

NOTE/CAVEAT: If you have a body with a serial number starting with the numbers 21 or 22, this is an old production unit and will most likely have the noted (in other reviews) sensor blooming and lens issues. I have a SN 23X.... (replaced by Fuji with a new camera) and it is perfect for these two issues.

1) Good ISO performance for sensor size up to ISO 800, 1600 useable.
2) Excellent MANUAL zoom, silky smooth. Note, it does have a rubber gasket you can hear (internally) if you put your ear up to it - this is a good thing.
3) Optics are sharp, contrasty and the lens alone is worth the price IMO. f/2.8-5.6 is nice for the range.
4) The FPS is nice an speedy if you need it
5) Shoots full HD, but does not have full manual control, but for most causal video people this isn't an issue. If you are a video enthusiast, look elsewhere.
6) Great Fuji auto-white balance
7) Great Fuji colors
8) Full manual control on the photographic side of the camera
9) Weather sealed to a certain level - although not completely. Ex. There ARE seals in the lens, battery door, connection port door, SD card door, ,etc. I cannot confirm seals internally around knobs. The Canadian Fuji site called it sealed, but the USA site does not. Keep this in mind.
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The X-S1
I only write this review to enlighten some people about what this Camera really is, and why I bought it. Take this writing for what you believe it to be.

As a Photographer for over 40yrs, and a never ending Student of the Art, the X-S1 intrigued me from the moment I first became aware of it in Feb. of 2011. In my lifetime, I have had the good fortune to own some pretty fine equipment. It does not matter what the brands of those tools were, nor does it matter how much gear I had. I just know that I was really tired of the amount of gear I had. So I decided to read all the information that I could get my hands about the Fuji X-S1. At first, like many other great cameras that have come along, the X-S1 had some early troubles. There was a sensor problem, which caused white (Or bright) Orbs to appear on some Photos. That and a few other problems have long since been corrected by Fuji. In my research of this camera I spoke with lots of owners of this camera. I did not find a single "Knowledgeable" owner who did not love it! Not one! I downloaded the User's Manual from Fuji in March of 2011. I read, and reread this document until I knew the camera inside and out. This is something that is a pet peeve of mine. Why do people buy nice/complex things and never read the User Manual? Why? This is something that a long time ago, my Flight Instructor made very clear to me. Now really, would you fly a plane you did not know anything about? If your answer yes...well, forget buying this camera. Actually, this is a very easy camera to become very easy to use. Of course if you want to, you can put it full auto mode and get very good photos right out of the box. But...if you are a serious shooter, or want to become one, this is the camera for you.
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I will say a few things. Build quality is outstanding. No doubt about that.

I have had it a couple of weeks and used it under a good many situations to get a feel for it. I really like it. But let me get right to the "negatives". But please understand that all cameras are trade offs of one thing for another. There are far more positives than negatives.

1. Image quality.. People have a strange idea of what image quality is and they toss the term around. I think a lot of people who have knocked the image quality and said it is no better than an average point and shoot have not explored all the settings because it is far more than point and shoot image quality. There is a lot you can change in terms of setting and how you shoot. So it is possible to get great images and they are far more than point and shoot images. The images could be sharper under some circumstances but in others it is really good. The thing is that for the most part the average person is not going to notice the difference. The image quality issue is VERY dependent on the circumstances. The macro is excellent. Portrait is good and acceptable but a G 12 would do better. Outdoor is just fine even with lower light and even at 600mm zoom I was pleasently suprised. Also there are different modes and image quality will be effected by those. But IF you really want to pick... the lens could be sharper BUT the sharpness will not be an issue for most people and it would not be noticed until you blow up a picture. Funny how people that don't shoot much and cannot compose often will get hung up on stats. For the average person looking for nice pictures with advanced possibilities sharpness in this camera is not something to get hung up on.
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