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.