Can this large-sensor superzoom take the category to a more professional level?

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Fujifilm X-S1

Overall score:89%
Image Quality:90%


  • Best in class images, best in class viewfinder, great stabilisation system, manual zoom and focus rings


  • Sensor issues with specular highlights, autofocus won’t rival a DSLR, on/off issue on occasion, it's rather expensive


Fujifilm X-S1 Review


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Value & Verdict

Fujifilm X-S1 review – Value

There’s no denying, this isn’t a cheap camera. The £700 asking price is more closely aligned with DSLR cameras, though, at the same time, there’s not a superzoom on the market with a feature set as advanced as this. It’ll prove good value for money to many, though is pricier than the longer-zoom FinePix HS30 model that’s also due out this year. More shrewdly priced than may at first meet the eye.

Fujifilm X-S1 review – Verdict

The X-S1 is an impressive superzoom, though it’s not quite the perfect machine. It’s a recommended piece of kit as there’s nothing else like it out there, and it gives the superzoom market the kick it needs. But then at £700 it is expensive, the overall autofocus performance won’t rival a similar-price DSLR, and the sensor can fall into difficulties when confronted with direct light sources that can generate hard-edged, circular highlights.

Expense taken in context, however, and there’s nothing else out there that can compare to the X-S1. A Panasonic Lumix GX1 and 100-300mm lens is closer to £900 and that’s without the EVF. Long-lenses on DSLR brands will be more expensive still. So Fujifilm’s been savvier here than it may at first seem.

There are plenty of positives to be had too: the X-S1 has a solid build, produces better low-noise images than any other superzoom, has a better viewfinder than any other superzoom (and, indeed, one that’s on par with many Compact System Cameras), a decent image stabilisation system, and a layout that handles a lot like a DSLR. That’s a big list of pros to outweigh the cons.


White Balance:Automatic scene recognition; Preset: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Custom, Colour temperature selection(2,500K~10,000K)
Video:1080p max at 30fps (H.264 output as MOV files)
Memory Card:SD (HC/XC)
LCD:Tilt-angle, 3in, 460k-dot LCD
Flash Modes:Auto, Red-eye removal, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
Sensor:12-megapixel, 2/3in size EXR CMOS with primary colour filter
Exposure Modes:Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual; Scene Modes: Natural Light & Flash, Natural Light, Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Dog, Cat, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Party, Flower, Text
Metering System:TTL 256-zones metering, Multi, Spot, Average
Other:Focusing modes: Single AF / Continuous AF (EXR AUTO, Movie), Manual AF (One-push AF mode included); Electronic Viewfinder: 0.47in, 1.44m-dot, LCD EVF with 100% coverage; Drive Mode: Single, Continuous, Burst 10fps (M/S size only)/7fps (L size)/5fps and 3fps available, Self-timer, Bracket (AE / Film Simulation / Dynamic Range / ISO sensitivity); Other information: 360° Motion Panorama mode, Macro focusing down to 1cm, Film simulation modes, standard TTL hotshoe, Body structure that keeps off moisture and dust
Weight:920g including battery & card
Connectivity:video out, USB 2 out, HDMI mini out, 3.5mm mic in
ISO Range:100-3200 (4000-6400 at M size; 12,800 at S size)
Power:NP-95 Li-ion battery (included)
Lens:24-624mm (equiv.) f/2.8-5.6; 12 groups 17 lenses (4 aspherical glass moluded lenses included) with optical image stabilisation
Shutter Speeds:30 sec. to 1/4000th sec
Dimensions:135(W) x 107 (H) x 149 (D) mm
File Formats:JPEG, Raw (RAF), Raw & JPEG
  1. 1. Fujifilm X-S1 review - Key Specs
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Value & Verdict
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