Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models from Large Sensor Compact category, introduced by Fujifilm. We are going to take a closer look at the technical and physical characteristics, features, and performance. The models we are going to assess and compare in this review are FinePix X100 and X100S. The models we are going to compare in our review have different sensors. Fujifilm FinePix X100 features a CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 12.0 MP. Fujifilm X100S, on the contrary, has a different CMOS X-TRANS II sensor with 12.0 MP resolution.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Fujifilm FinePix X100 and Fujifilm X100S.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 Key Features:
Fujifilm X100S Key Features:
Since Fujifilm FinePix X100 has been around for some time, it was substituted by Fujifilm X100S.
|Wireless Connectivity||Eye-Fi Connected vs No||Better connectivity|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP vs 12.0 MP||25% more pixels|
|Continuous Shooting||6 fps vs 5 fps||1 fps faster|
|Battery Life||330 shots vs 300 shots||30 more frames with a single charge|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720||Higher Resolution Video|
|Viewfinder Resolution||2,350k dots vs 1,440k dots||38.7% higher resolution|
|Viewfinder||Electronic and Optical (tunnel) | Electronic and Optical (tunnel)||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Size||2.8″ | 2.8″||Not suitable for flash photography|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots | 460k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP | 16.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||No | No||No Face Detection|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps | 6.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Image Stabilization||No | No||No image stabilization|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Fujifilm FinePix X100 and Fujifilm X100S from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Fujifilm X100S is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 0g less than the Fujifilm FinePix X100. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Fujifilm FinePix X100 and Fujifilm X100S any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Fujifilm FinePix X100 features a 12.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor and boasts of a EXR processor . Fujifilm X100S, in its turn, comes with a 16.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS X-TRANS II sensor and EXR II processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Fujifilm FinePix X100 and Fujifilm X100S by the size of their sensors.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 and Fujifilm X100S are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Fujifilm FinePix X100 and Fujifilm X100S in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Fujifilm FinePix X100||Fujifilm X100S|
No Significant Advantages
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Fujifilm FinePix X100 or Fujifilm X100S, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Fujifilm FinePix X100 and Fujifilm X100S here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Fujifilm FinePix X100 deserves a higher Total Score than the Fujifilm X100S. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Fujifilm FinePix X100||Fujifilm X100S|
|Announced||May 16, 2011||Jul 29, 2013|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact||Large sensor compact|
|Sensor Type||CMOS||CMOS X-TRANS II|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.6 x 15.8 mm||23.6 x 15.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||372.88 mm2||372.88 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4288 x 2848||4896 x 3264|
|Max Native ISO||12,800||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||25,600|
|Min Native ISO||200||100|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||10||10|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||49||49|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots||460k dots|
|ViewFinder||Electronic and Optical (tunnel)||Electronic and Optical (tunnel)|
|ViewFinder Resolution||1,440k dots||2,350k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps||6.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync|
|Video Resolutions||1280 x 720 (24 fps)||1920 x 1080 (60, 30fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720||1920 x 1080|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||445 g||445 g|
|Physical Dimensions||126 x 75 x 54 mm||127 x 74 x 54 mm|
|Battery Life||300 shots||330 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|