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I got the X-S1 from Amazon a couple of weeks ago, and am quite happy with it so far. It's nearly twice as heavy as some of the other super-zooms (incl. the Panasonic), in fact with the lens retracted in all the way, it is about the same size as the Nikon D5100 DSLR I also recently got, with its 18-55mm lens kit. (The… see more I got the X-S1 from Amazon a couple of weeks ago, and am quite happy with it so far. It's nearly twice as heavy as some of the other super-zooms (incl. the Panasonic), in fact with the lens retracted in all the way, it is about the same size as the Nikon D5100 DSLR I also recently got, with its 18-55mm lens kit. (The DSLR grows significantly in size with a comparable lens though, e.g. the 18-300mm Nikkor super-zoom).
I don't have a FZ200 to compare with, but given the larger sensor in the X-S1, the IQ "should" generally be better. Someone else compared these two (with image samples) at:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3352784
If you view these images in full size, you'll generally find the X-S1 ones to be clearer/less noisy and also with better color representation.
The FZ200 has a faster lens in the "tele" end though (F2.8 all the way through), so might compensate for some of this difference when zoomed in with moderate light. (Note though that the smaller sensor won't allow for quite as high ISO).
Also, the faster lens in the FZ200 will also give it a narrower depth of field. Plugging the numbers, given a subject 10m away and zoomed in all the way:
* The FZ200 (focal length 108 mm, F2.8) will have a DoF of ~0.27 m
* The XS1 (focal length 158 mm, F5.6) will have a DoF of ~0.36 m
So the FZ200 will allow you to create slightly more "bokeh" in your photos. In comparison, a DLSR with an APS-C sensor (crop factor 1.5x) and a 300mm lens, F5.6 will have a DoF of 0.27 m. Note though that the "Full Frame" equivalent focal length in this case is 450mm, vs. the Panasonic's 600mm equivalent zoom - so the DSLR option will give you more "bokeh" for the same zoom factor.
Both seem to have decent/good battery life (in the mid-DSLR range).
Still contemplating whether to keep my X-S1 or the Nikon + the Nikkor 18-300mm lens. The latter is definitely much more expensive and also there are compromises with ANY super-zoom lens (vs. prime lenses), but this latter option is still quite versatile and gives overall better IQ than the bridge cams. see less
I got the X-S1 from Amazon a couple of weeks ago, and am quite happy with it so far. It's nearly twice as heavy as some of the other super-zooms (incl. the Panasonic), in fact with the lens retracted in all the way, it is about the same size as the Nikon D5100 DSLR I also recently got, with its 18-55mm lens kit. (The DSLR grows significantly in size with a comparable lens though, e.g. the 18-300mm Nikkor super-zoom).
I don't have a FZ200 to compare with, but given the larger sensor in the X-S1, the IQ "should" generally be better. Someone else compared these two (with image samples) at:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3352784
If you view these images in full size, you'll generally find the X-S1 ones to be clearer/less noisy and also with better color representation.
The FZ200 has a faster lens in the "tele" end though (F2.8 all the way through), so might compensate for some of this difference when zoomed in with moderate light. (Note though that the smaller sensor won't allow for quite as high ISO).
Also, the faster lens in the FZ200 will also give it a narrower depth of field. Plugging the numbers, given a subject 10m away and zoomed in all the way:
* The FZ200 (focal length 108 mm, F2.8) will have a DoF of ~0.27 m
* The XS1 (focal length 158 mm, F5.6) will have a DoF of ~0.36 m
So the FZ200 will allow you to create slightly more "bokeh" in your photos. In comparison, a DLSR with an APS-C sensor (crop factor 1.5x) and a 300mm lens, F5.6 will have a DoF of 0.27 m. Note though that the "Full Frame" equivalent focal length in this case is 450mm, vs. the Panasonic's 600mm equivalent zoom - so the DSLR option will give you more "bokeh" for the same zoom factor.
Both seem to have decent/good battery life (in the mid-DSLR range).
Still contemplating whether to keep my X-S1 or the Nikon + the Nikkor 18-300mm lens. The latter is definitely much more expensive and also there are compromises with ANY super-zoom lens (vs. prime lenses), but this latter option is still quite versatile and gives overall better IQ than the bridge cams.

By Tor Slettnes on January 2, 2013
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On EXR and Auto mode I've found my images in low light to be sub par without using the flash - which then can unfortunately cause it's own set of problems. However, as I learn the camera I find adjusting the settings and really depending on the manual as a reference guide, along with youtube tutorial videos tha… see more
Hello,
On EXR and Auto mode I've found my images in low light to be sub par without using the flash - which then can unfortunately cause it's own set of problems. However, as I learn the camera I find adjusting the settings and really depending on the manual as a reference guide, along with youtube tutorial videos that my low and dim light photos are improving. I'm an Amateur at this stage of course but more advanced photographers would have an effortless time taking great shots in low light conditions. If you're shopping around check out the Panasonic FZ200 and the Sony DDSC-HX300 both have won tremendous accolades for low light performance. Hope this helps! see less
Hello,
On EXR and Auto mode I've found my images in low light to be sub par without using the flash - which then can unfortunately cause it's own set of problems. However, as I learn the camera I find adjusting the settings and really depending on the manual as a reference guide, along with youtube tutorial videos that my low and dim light photos are improving. I'm an Amateur at this stage of course but more advanced photographers would have an effortless time taking great shots in low light conditions. If you're shopping around check out the Panasonic FZ200 and the Sony DDSC-HX300 both have won tremendous accolades for low light performance. Hope this helps!

By Peter Suslock on December 1, 2013
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I scored the deal yesterday and have it in hand today. Serial Number 33.......... This tells me that it was produced in 2013, 3rd quarter so it definitely is the new sensor. It doesn't exibit lens droop or unwind. There is a little play in the lens when extended, but not like I saw on Utube videos of the problem. Batt… see more I scored the deal yesterday and have it in hand today. Serial Number 33.......... This tells me that it was produced in 2013, 3rd quarter so it definitely is the new sensor. It doesn't exibit lens droop or unwind. There is a little play in the lens when extended, but not like I saw on Utube videos of the problem. Battery is charging and I'm fired up! see less I scored the deal yesterday and have it in hand today. Serial Number 33.......... This tells me that it was produced in 2013, 3rd quarter so it definitely is the new sensor. It doesn't exibit lens droop or unwind. There is a little play in the lens when extended, but not like I saw on Utube videos of the problem. Battery is charging and I'm fired up!
By Tony B on November 15, 2013
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Hi, I'm in Australia and I take it that the chances are that the questioner is in the USA. We have a different legal framework here concerning consumer protections that are more strict on the supplier than in the USA. All my Fuji cameras have been good and I've had about six of them over the last ten years so I don't… see more Hi, I'm in Australia and I take it that the chances are that the questioner is in the USA. We have a different legal framework here concerning consumer protections that are more strict on the supplier than in the USA. All my Fuji cameras have been good and I've had about six of them over the last ten years so I don't worry about warranty cards, I flick them in the bin. having said that I can't remember seeing a warranty card in the box either but I'm trying to remember back nearly two years. If you have real concerns I'd contact Fuji in your country but I think with a few small inconveniences this camera is a real good one to have. I've taken some of my best shots with this camera. Its versatility is really good. Many programmes and facilities to help you take your best shots. It has a lot in it and may take you a while to come to grips with all the goodies in this camera. Happy shooting with your new camera. see less Hi, I'm in Australia and I take it that the chances are that the questioner is in the USA. We have a different legal framework here concerning consumer protections that are more strict on the supplier than in the USA. All my Fuji cameras have been good and I've had about six of them over the last ten years so I don't worry about warranty cards, I flick them in the bin. having said that I can't remember seeing a warranty card in the box either but I'm trying to remember back nearly two years. If you have real concerns I'd contact Fuji in your country but I think with a few small inconveniences this camera is a real good one to have. I've taken some of my best shots with this camera. Its versatility is really good. Many programmes and facilities to help you take your best shots. It has a lot in it and may take you a while to come to grips with all the goodies in this camera. Happy shooting with your new camera.
By B. Eibisch on May 8, 2014
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HI.
This camera is NOT a DSLR camera. It is a BRIDGE camera i.e. in the physical style of a DSLR but is NOT a DSLR. It does have a screen on the back and an eye piece to look through which is 1.44 MP and is really good (all digital images) but does NOT have an optical pentaprism flip up mechanism. Hope this helps.

By B. Eibisch on November 15, 2013
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Hi Liz. Yes, the camera comes complete with a Li-ion battery and a charger. The serial # on my unit is the 33 series (an up to date version) so no worries there. For some strange reason the star rating would only accept one star when I was trying to give it five*****. It's a monster and what they don't tell you is the … see more Hi Liz. Yes, the camera comes complete with a Li-ion battery and a charger. The serial # on my unit is the 33 series (an up to date version) so no worries there. For some strange reason the star rating would only accept one star when I was trying to give it five*****. It's a monster and what they don't tell you is the outstanding quality of the lens - macro and super-macro in particular is awesome. I purchased mine for $349 so bang for buck it can't be beat! see less Hi Liz. Yes, the camera comes complete with a Li-ion battery and a charger. The serial # on my unit is the 33 series (an up to date version) so no worries there. For some strange reason the star rating would only accept one star when I was trying to give it five*****. It's a monster and what they don't tell you is the outstanding quality of the lens - macro and super-macro in particular is awesome. I purchased mine for $349 so bang for buck it can't be beat!
By Rafe Lavine on January 22, 2014
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Video quality is quite good and you may use the full zoom during video; single video "session" is limited to something like 30 minutes (don't recall the exact number from the manual), but you may just start it again or periodically stop and start it to avoid the time limit.
By Alex Z on November 14, 2013
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I scored the deal yesterday and have it in hand today. Serial Number 33.......... This tells me that it was produced in 2013, 3rd quarter so it definitely is the new sensor. It doesn't exibit lens droop or unwind. There is a little play in the lens when extended, but not like I saw on Utube videos of the problem. Batte… see more I scored the deal yesterday and have it in hand today. Serial Number 33.......... This tells me that it was produced in 2013, 3rd quarter so it definitely is the new sensor. It doesn't exibit lens droop or unwind. There is a little play in the lens when extended, but not like I saw on Utube videos of the problem. Battery is charging and I'm fired up! see less I scored the deal yesterday and have it in hand today. Serial Number 33.......... This tells me that it was produced in 2013, 3rd quarter so it definitely is the new sensor. It doesn't exibit lens droop or unwind. There is a little play in the lens when extended, but not like I saw on Utube videos of the problem. Battery is charging and I'm fired up!
By Tony B on November 15, 2013
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There is a sports setting that I use for my 1 year old and it does really good with capturing him, if you're slow to push the button, you depress it like half way it helps focus better
By Maria on March 25, 2014