Fujifilm X-S1 Review

Overall 37
Imaging 11
Features 38
Size 66
Price 0

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 2/3" EXRCMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Expands to 12800)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 135 x 107 x 149 mm
  • Weight: 920 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Fujifilm X-S1 Summary

This review is devoted to X-S1 that Fujifilm has first introduced to the public in Nov 24, 2011. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm) sized EXRCMOS sensor.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #204 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 37/100 and it takes a rank of #1097 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Fujifilm X-S1 Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Fujifilm X-S1 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 49
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 10.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes

CONs

  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 216
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Af Phase Detection: No

Complete Comparison of Fujifilm X-S1 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Fujifilm X-S1. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Fujifilm X-S1

Fujifilm X-S1 has the following external dimensions 135 x 135 x 149 mm (53.15 x 42.13 x 58.66″) with the weight of 920 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Fujifilm X-S1, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Fujifilm X-S1 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 149mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Fujifilm X-S1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Fujifilm X-S1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Fujifilm X-S1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Fujifilm X-S1 — 149 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Fujifilm X-S1 — 920 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Fujifilm X-S1 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Fujifilm X-S1 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Fujifilm X-S1 Photo and Sensor Features

Fujifilm X-S1 comes with EXR processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm) sized EXRCMOS sensor.

The base of Fujifilm X-S1 has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 12800.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Fujifilm X-S1 features a 12.0 MP 2/3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Fujifilm X-S1, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 49 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Fujifilm X-S1’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Fujifilm X-S1 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 2/3" sensor featured in Fujifilm X-S1 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Fujifilm X-S1

LCD and ViewFinder

Fujifilm X-S1 is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Fujifilm X-S1’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 .

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Fujifilm X-S1 are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, X-S1 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

X-S1 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, X-S1 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Fujifilm X-S1, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Fujifilm X-S1 allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Fujifilm X-S1 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Fujifilm X-S1 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect X-S1 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

How Good is Fujifilm X-S1 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Fujifilm X-S1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Fujifilm X-S1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the X-S1 to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Fujifilm X-S1 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm X-S1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 45. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm X-S1 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm) sensor

Fujifilm X-S1 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm X-S1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 63. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm X-S1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (135 x 107 x 149 mm)
  • Small 2/3"(8.8 x 6.6 mm) sensor

Fujifilm X-S1 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm X-S1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 58. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm X-S1 can be called a 58 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (135 x 107 x 149 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (10.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (49)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (216)

Fujifilm X-S1 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm X-S1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 84. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm X-S1 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (920 g)
  • Big size (135 x 107 x 149 mm)

Fujifilm X-S1 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm X-S1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 63. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm X-S1 can be called a 63 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Good Dynamic Range (11.2)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (216)

Fujifilm X-S1 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Fujifilm
Model X-S1
Announced Nov 24, 2011
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 8
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 49
DxO Color Depth 20.4
DxO Dynamic Range 11.2
DxO Low Light ISO 216
Sensor
Sensor Type EXRCMOS
Sensor Size 2/3"
Sensor Dimensions 8.8 x 6.6 mm
Sensor Area 58.08 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO 12,800
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 49
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 920 g
Physical Dimensions 135 x 107 x 149 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model NP-95
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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