The Fujifilm X-S1 has been officially

announced after the existence of a Fujifilm X10 sensor-based model was

confirmed earlier this year. The specs are, as expected, a large 26x optical

zoom combined with the 2/3inch sensor seen in the superb manual control compact

released a few months ago.

Looking similar to a DSLR rather than a

traditional bridge camera, the X-S1 sports an electronic viewfinder with 1.44

million dot resolution as well as a 3inch tilt-angle LCD offering 460k dots.

Full manual controls are also present, accessible via a dial on top of the body

rather than menu-based shortcuts.

The lens’ 26x optical zoom translates to a

24-624mm focal length utilising Fujinon optics. This is a touch shorter than

the 24-724mm lens currently being sported by the Fujifilm HS20 and its

predecessor, the HS10. Much in the same manner as Fujifilm’s 30x zoom bridge

camera the zoom is manually controlled rather than powered, strengthening the

parallels with DSLR design.

The sensor, which is the same seen in the

Fujifilm X10, offers a 12MP resolution alongside the EXR technology. The most

significant element is undoubtedly the size, which is 2/3inch rather than the

more commonly seen 1/2.3inch present in the majority of compacts. Although the

sensor is still smaller than those seen in Compact System Cameras and DSLRs, it

still sits at the top end of those seen in fixed lens cameras.

The EXR technology gives users the chance

to take low light photography and images with potential issue with

over-exposure with confidence that quality will not be compromised thanks to

the sensors ability to combine images taken at different metering levels.

Raw shooting, a 10fps burst mode and HD

movie recording is also available, as is a 1cm close focussing macro mode and

various film simulation filters. The Fujifilm X-S1 will hit UK shelves in

February next year, initially priced at £699. This is in excess of the X10 and

a number of DSLRs and Compact System Cameras, so it’ll be interesting to see if

the performance matches up to the price tag.

For more information on the X-S1 check Fujifilm’s website, and we expect

to have a hands-on preview sooner rather than later.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Fujifilm X-S1 Key Specs
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  • DanCart

    Wow it looks impressive! the looks of an SLR ,rugged looking body, a dedicated RAW button,………mmm,mmmmm, mmmm…it looks a tempting !!

  • John Rich

    David, I have a Sony A300 and I expect any new camera to have superior high ISO image quality, but the size of the Fuji sensor in this new model will not let it compete favourably with APS-C cameras, your right about the lens though, a very impressive focal range, but not up to DSLR lens standards I fear. The Nikon D5100 is most certainly in a different category, with the same sensor as the D7000, this is another league.

  • John

    I own two Fuji bridge cameras (as well as Nikon DSLR) and I do love the Fuji cameras. You get a hell of a lot for your money with the only down side really being the smaller sensor. If the sensor in this is bigger it could be nipping at the heals of DSLR’s. The price is high but I would pay it if it was as good as I hope it will be. I still use my bride cameras regularly and one I use at weddings for certain shots (close up of rings etc)

  • Rob Ellis

    David, I cant imagine a 26x zoom to be all that fantastic, theres a reason why primes have the best optical quality 😉

  • Pam Amiet

    Still waiting for the perfect bridge camera which is obviously do-able as Canon, Sony,Panasonic and Fujifilm bridge cameras all contain certain specs that would produce such a camera.

  • Ivor Mullings

    Looks damn good, but the price tag will make you consider a DLSR! A big gamble by FUJI…

  • Rock Balany

    Both good and bad. Good: the camera; bad: the price.

  • David Rose

    I find the price not a problem. It would cost a fortune to get an lens of this size. I expect this to be as good as a entry level and some consumer cameras, aka Sony A300 + and Nikon A3100 & A5100 even. But I will look forward to the performance. If it is as good as Fuji say it is, £699 and less will be a bargain!

  • Rob Ellis

    I read all the way through the article pretty impressed at the camera, then I got to the price tag O.o thats horrific, I cant imagine its performance would match the likes of the nikon d5100 or sony a55, but it’ll be interesting to find out…