Fujifilm's Beastly X-S1 Offers 26x Optical Zoom, Major Power

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Cameras these days... so hard to keep up with. You've got cameraphones, point-and-shoots, mirrorless cams, DSLRs, and evidently, "bridge cameras." These are generally spoken of as "superzoom" or "megazoom" cameras, and the Fujifilm X-S1 is the latest. We're told that the XS-1 represents a new breed of bridge camera. Featuring a Fujinon 26x optical zoom lens through to the EXR sensor technology found in the X10, the X-S1 also touts a 4-624mm (35mm equivalent) lens (f/2.8), 52x zoom range, and a lens comprised of 17 glass elements, which includes four aspherical elements and two ED lenses.


The X-S1 is also ideally suited to capturing subjects close up. In standard mode, the zoom focuses down to 30cm, but by selecting Super Macro Mode, users can focus down to just 1cm for frame-filling close-up images. Furthermore, the lens' aperture is made up of nine blades for excellent bokeh effect photography. The X-S1 also takes high-quality movies. It captures Full High Definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) video with stereo sound at 30 frames-per-second. The rear mounted high quality, tiltable three-inch LCD screen features 460,000 pixels,and for simplicity, the X-S1 will assess the subject and then select the relevant scene mode for the perfect result, automatically switching the EXR CMOS sensor accordingly. The XS-1 can also calculate whether an image contains a person, features backlighting or has any subject movement. ISO settings are taken care of too by the Auto ISO mode.

Additionally, the X-S1 provides four auto bracketing options, eight Film Simulation and white balance functions and a Raw file format. Due to be launched in February 2012 in the UK, the X-S1 will have an estimated selling price of £699; we're still awaiting a price here in the States.

Fujifilm X-S1: The bridge camera, reinvented

24th November 2011 - The Fujifilm X series of premium cameras has a third model, the X-S1, due for UK launch in February 2012. The XS-1 represents a new breed of bridge camera. Featuring a Fujinon 26x optical zoom lens through to the EXR sensor technology found in the X10, the X-S1 puts the photographer in control.

The X-S1 is the ideal camera for the safari and travel photographer – offering superb image quality, extensive zoom range and superior handling.

Maximum optical versatility

The centrepiece of the X-S1 is the superb Fujinon 26x optical zoom lens. Offering a range of 24-624mm (35mm equivalent) it caters perfectly for every photographic need and features a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture at the wide-angle setting.

This optical range is boosted further by Fujifilm's Intelligent Digital Zoom capability, which effectively doubles the focal range without the drop in picture quality traditionally seen on older digital models As a result, the X-S1 offers users an incredible 52x zoom range of 24-1248mm (35mm equivalent).

Optically, the Fujinon lens comprises 17 glass elements, which includes four aspherical elements and two ED lenses, to deliver images with superb edge-to-edge sharpness and amazing clarity. The lens' construction is also of the highest standard, featuring metal cams for smooth zoom control and fast, precise framing.

The X-S1 is also ideally suited to capturing subjects close up. In standard mode, the zoom focuses down to 30cm, but by selecting Super Macro Mode, users can focus down to just 1cm for frame-filling close-up images. Furthermore, the lens' aperture is made up of nine blades for excellent bokeh effect photography.

Great results in every picture-taking scenario
The X-S1 features the same 2/3-inch 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor as the X10 which guarantees high quality images regardless of the lighting conditions.

The unique EXR CMOS technology pioneered by Fujifilm allows the user to switch between three modes – High Resolution, Wide Dynamic Range and High Sensitivity/Low Noise - depending on the lighting conditions – or leave the camera to make its own choice in the Auto EXR mode.

Coupled to the EXR CMOS sensor is a Fujifilm high speed EXR processor, which offers a minimal shutter lag of just 0.01sec and a high speed continuous shooting capability

The X-S1 also takes high-quality movies. It captures Full High Definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) video with stereo sound at 30 frames-per-second.

Easy composition and image review
The X-S1 offers a powerful combination of high quality electronic viewfinder and rear LCD, with the 0.47-inch electronic viewfinder (EVF) featuring 1.44 million pixels for superb image clarity with a wide viewing area of 26 degrees to reduce eye strain.

The rear mounted high quality, tiltable three-inch LCD screen features 460,000 pixels to make it easier for users to scroll through menus, assess exposure accuracy and view images. The LCD also offers a useful Daylight mode that overcomes the problem of viewing the screen in bright conditions.

Full user control and picture taking versatility
The X-S1 offers a superb level of functionality whether users want to make picture taking as simple as using a compact or as involved as a fully-manual digital SLR.

For simplicity, the X-S1 will assess the subject and then select the relevant scene mode for the perfect result, automatically switching the EXR CMOS sensor accordingly. The XS-1 can also calculate whether an image contains a person, features backlighting or has any subject movement. ISO settings are taken care of too by the Auto ISO mode.

Photographers after full control are well catered for with the X-S1. The camera offers a full range of conventional shooting functions (program/aperture-priority/shutter-priority/manual), plus users can also fine tune levels of colour, image sharpness and tone.

Additionally, the X-S1 provides four auto bracketing options, eight Film Simulation and white balance functions and a Raw file format.

Due to be launched in February 2012 in the UK, the X-S1 will have an estimated selling price of £699.

Fujifilm X-S1 key features
• High quality Fujinon 26x optical zoom covering 24-624mm (35mm equivalent) with Intelligent Digital Zoom boosting range up to 1248mm
• Superb build quality and finish with rubberised coating and metal dials
• 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor
• Up to 10 frames-per-second shooting
• Large EVF with 1.44 million pixels and 26 degree viewing angle
• Tiltable three-inch rear LCD with Sunny Day mode
• Full HD video
• PASM modes
• Raw file format
• Film simulation modes
• Macro focusing down to 1cm
• Lithium battery providing up to 500 shots per charge
• Optical image stabilisation
• 360° Motion Panorama mode
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gazd1 replied on Fri, Nov 25 2011 7:06 AM

Can hardly wait for some more write ups & see how the general public feels about this camera, but anyway it sounds like a good deal. So I might get one in the future. Good for when you go camping or hiking ,etc.

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Nov 26 2011 10:35 AM

These are nice and SONY has a very nice new on as well but I don't think it is available yet we saw them on TV the other day on some reality show we blipped through. The cameras were DSLR small and silver that interchanged lenses and seem very functional as well as turning out nice photos from what we saw.

Here is a comparison of them against some Olympus cameras as well as the lst brand from SONY in the line.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonynex5n/

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omegadraco replied on Sat, Nov 26 2011 11:02 AM

Very cool. This sounds like it is going to be ideal for the average consumer who wants a high quality/versatile camera. I stick with my Canon DSLR for now.

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Manduh replied on Sat, Nov 26 2011 10:17 PM

Pretty nice specs for sure, I wonder what the Canadian pricing will be. However I'm not in the market for a new camera since I just got a new DSLR last christmas :) I'm still waiting for prices to come down on a lens that I want ugh, Most times DSLR lenses are more expensive than the camera itself :(

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realneil replied on Sat, Nov 26 2011 10:48 PM

Manduh:
Most times DSLR lenses are more expensive than the camera itself :(

Yeah, I spent a lot on my extra lenses for the NIKON. Too much.

(699 Pounds is equal to $1,094.00 US   and 1,120.00 CAD)

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gloriad1 replied on Sun, Nov 27 2011 12:22 PM

Yeah! This will be a real good one. I think that this will take real cool landscape photos, etc.

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rrplay replied on Sun, Nov 27 2011 3:10 PM

I used to think sometimes when actually looking at a higher end camera like this .That I could imagine myself actually learning how to use it get the proper lenses and stuff like that etc.. but in all reality just dreaming 'cuz it 's best for me the leave taking the real good pics and stuff to folks that actually know what they are doing with a camera.. & have the patience and experience to use the camera properly

Just ask some of my relatives from Thankgiving lol with the basic camera I have now which is more than enough for me to handle lol :)

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AKwyn replied on Sun, Nov 27 2011 4:12 PM

Looks pretty good and gots lots of horsepower under the hood. Shame it's a 12MP but if it manages to make a 12MP looks good then I might be willing to get one; depending on whether or not I can afford it or not.

 

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realneil replied on Sun, Nov 27 2011 4:25 PM

TaylorKarras:
depending on whether or not I can afford it or not

Yeah, It's expensive as Hail, (too much for me anyways) but it looks to have some nice features on it.

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RSmith replied on Sat, Dec 3 2011 2:01 AM

I do believe that I've found my new dream camera, lol.  Oh the wonders I could accomplish with such a beast!

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