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Product Highlights
  • 16 Mp APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
  • EXR Processor II
  • Fujinon 23mm f/2 Fixed Focal Length Lens
  • Hybrid Optical and Electronic Viewfinder
  • 2.8" 460k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 60fps
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF System
  • Expandable ISO 100-25600
  • Film Simulation and Advanced Filters
  • Die-Cast Magnesium Body Construction

The silver Fujifilm X100S Digital Camera features a 16 megapixel APS-C-sized X-Trans CMOS II sensor and an EXR Processor II image processor to provide high quality imagery and exceptional camera performance. The combination of the sensor and processor enables a native sensitivity range from ISO 200-6400, which is further expandable to ISO 100-25600. Fujifilm's proprietary X-Trans sensor uses a unique randomized pixel array in order to avoid the use of a resolution-reducing optical low-pass filter, therefore providing images with the utmost sharpness and clarity. This imaging system is benefitted by the Intelligent Hybrid AF system, which uses both contrast- and phase-detection methods to acquire focus quickly and accurately. The EXR Processor II also delivers fast performance speeds to all aspects of the camera, ranging from quick startup and shutter lag times to a fast 6fps continuous shooting rate.

The X100S incorporates a unique Hybrid Viewfinder that blends the capabilities of both optical and electronic viewfinders into a single entity. The optical viewing benefits include a clear, natural method of composing your scene with the added benefit of exposure and camera settings being displayed in the perimeter of the frame. The electronic viewing method utilizes a 2,360k-dot LCD monitor to provide clear, sharp live view monitoring with the ability to previsualize focus and exposure settings. You can toggle between both viewing methods quickly and easily using a lever located on the front of the camera body. Manual focusing capabilities are greatly enhanced when using the electronic viewfinder in connection with either the Digital Split Image function or manual focus peaking; both of which aid in acquiring exacting focus. In regard to auto focusing, a unique Intelligent Hybrid AF system employs both contrast- and phase-detection methods to focus accurately and as quickly as 0.08 second.

A built-in 23mm f/2 fixed focal length lens is used and provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 35mm, which is ideally suited as an everyday-use wide-angle lens. The fast f/2 maximum aperture benefits both low-light shooting as well as control over the focus in the image. The lens has been intentionally designed as a non-interchangeable, non-collapsible, and fixed in focal length in order to provide the highest quality optical performance possible. Its construction includes a single double-sided aspherical lens and features a Super EBC (Electron Beam Coating) to reduce lens flare and ghosting. A three-stop neutral density filter has also been built-in to allow greater control over your exposure settings and selective focus applications.

Full HD movie recording is supported up to 1920 x 1080p at 60fps with a 36Mbps bit-rate for clear, fluid-looking videos. Focus can be manually controlled during recording, while audio levels, white balance settings, and Film Simulation modes can also be applied to refine the overall appearance of your movies. Film Simulation modes make use of Fujifilm's history of producing both negative and slide films, and allow you to apply those films' characteristics to your digital imagery to better suit your intended look.

Surrounding the camera's technology is an elegantly designed camera body that features die-cast magnesium top and bottom plates, precision-milled metal camera controls, and a durable synthetic leather body wrap.

16 Mp APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
A large APS-C CMOS image sensor is integrated into the X100S to provide high image quality and detail. Using Fujifilm's unique X-Trans bespoke pixel array, the sensor is designed with a randomized pixel pattern to eliminate the need of an optical low-pass filter for reducing moiré and aliasing. By removing this filter from the design, higher image sharpness is possible. Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO) factors are also taken into account using the EXR Processor II, which helps to automatically compensate for aberrations and diffraction blur in order to produce images with the utmost inherent sharpness. The image sensor also utilizes backside illumination technology to help with the integration of phase-detection pixels into the sensor for improved autofocus performance without affecting image quality.

The X-Trans sensor also pairs well with the EXR Processor II to provide highly effective noise reduction and a clean signal-to-noise ratio. This enables smoother-looking imagery that becomes especially apparent when photographing in low-light situations with an expanded sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600.
EXR Processor II
Aside from benefitting low-light performance, the EXR Processor II also provides quick performance throughout the entire camera system. The camera start-up time is about 0.5 second, shutter lag is about 0.01 second, and the shooting interval time is about 0.5 second. Additionally, this processing power provides enough speed to capture full resolution images at a continuous rate of 6fps for up to 31 consecutive frames.
Intelligent Hybrid AF
Intelligent Hybrid AF is a quick, responsive autofocus system that employs both contrast- and phase-detection methods to acquire focus quickly in a wide variety of shooting situations. Clear focus can be attained in as little as 0.08 second to aid in catching fast-paced movement more easily.

Three focus modes are available (AF-S, AF-C, and M) for greater control over how the X100S achieves sharp focus. When working with autofocus, the AF area is divided into a 49-point matrix in order to gain clear focus of any type of subject matter. Additionally, a built-in AF assist lamp is available for aiding the focus system when photographing in low-light situations
Fujinon 23mm f/2 Fixed Focal Length Lens
The built-in 23mm f/2 fixed focal length lens gives a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 35mm, making it an ideal single prime lens length for everyday shooting. This fast wide-angle lens is purposefully designed as non-interchangeable and non-collapsible in order to garner the highest optical quality possible. The rear lens group is designed with a large diameter in order to allow its position nearer to the sensor to render an overall slim profile for the whole camera. This closeness to the image sensor also provides optimal edge-to-edge sharpness and illumination for enhanced image quality.

The simple lens construction is comprised of just eight elements within six groups, including a single double-sided aspherical element to reduce aberrations and improve sharpness. Lens elements also feature the Super EBC to reduce lens flare and ghosting while maintaining image contrast and color fidelity.

A three-stop neutral density filter is also incorporated into the design to allow for more control over exposure durations and promote the use of wider apertures. This allows for a more fluid rendering of moving subjects as well as greater control over your focus plane. A nine-blade aperture diaphragm benefits the ability to shoot with wider apertures by producing a more aesthetically pleasing out of focus image quality. Additionally, this lens is capable of focusing on subjects as close as 3.9" / 10cm for macro-like shooting.
Optical and Electronic Hybrid Viewfinder
Both optical and electronic viewing tools are incorporated into the unique Hybrid Viewfinder, which provides both the simplicity of an OVF with the technological advancements of an EVF. Switching between both viewing methods is done with the Viewfinder Switch Lever located on the front of the camera body, enabling quick transitioning between both modes. The OVF has its benefits in providing a clear, unadulterated view of the scene you're photographing and reduces the shutter lag time to a minimum. For fine-tuning of focus, exposure, white balance, and other camera settings, the EVF gives you the ability to monitor all of the applied settings prior to making the exposure.

A conventional bright frame viewfinder is used as the base construction for the Hybrid Viewfinder, and from which the LCD monitor was incorporated into. A viewfinder shutter can be opened or closed in order to use either the OVF or EVF, and with this method the highest clarity is attainable using both viewing methods. An approximate horizontal apparent field of view of 26° and 0.5x magnification offer comfortable viewing conditions that best suit the built-in 35mm wide-angle lens. High-refractive glass, a high-precision prism, and Super EBC coatings also contribute to producing a clear view for both the EVF and OVF.

While the optical viewfinder does give crisp natural viewing abilities, it is also aided by an LCD projection of customizable shooting information along the border of the frame. This information is useful in that it allows you to continuously use the OVF without having to check settings on the LCD or with the EVF setting.

The EVF provides you with 100% frame coverage by way of the 0.48" / 12.19mm 2,360k-dot LCD monitor. This monitor is able to provide a high resolution live view and is useful for confirming focus , exposure, depth of field, and white balance accuracy. The EVF can also be used for menu navigation and review of imagery.

An eye-sensor is located on the viewfinder to automatically turn off the rear 2.8" LCD monitor during eye-level viewing. These settings can further be adjusted to always keep the LCD off (and only use the viewfinder) or to always keep the viewfinder off (and only use the LCD).

The Hybrid Viewfinder also gives way to efficient and effective manual focusing performance. By using the phase-detection pixels located on the imaging sensor, Digital Split Image is able to assist in acquiring precise focus by showing comparative in and out of focus areas of the image. Also contributing to manual focus accuracy, focus peaking has been integrated and enables a more objective system of focusing by way of highlighting sharp edges and lines of contrast in a clear manner.
Design in Mind
The X100S is designed to mimic film-based cameras and exhibits a clean, functional, and compact form-factor that emphasizes the ability to make photographs in a direct, intuitive manner. The top and base components are constructed from die-cast magnesium for durability, while also remaining lightweight. The aperture ring, shutter speed dial, and exposure compensation dial are all constructed from precision-milled metal to give a sturdy, tactile reinforcement when controlling camera settings. The body is finished with a synthetic leather wrap that provides additional durability and tack for improved handling. Small, nuanced details, such as the ability to change sound of the shutter, firm aperture click stops, and an elegant metal lens cap are also kept in mind to provide even greater satisfaction during use.

An efficient graphical user interface promotes greater intuitiveness for menu navigation and monitoring. The Q Button gives a one-touch solution to modifying commonly used camera settings quickly and easily. All of the menus and setting navigation is done on the rear 2.8" 460k-dot LCD that also provides high definition playback of still images and video. This monitor can be used to display an exposure histogram, an electronic horizon leveling gauge, and focus point zoom, too.
Film Simulation Mode
Taking advantage of Fujifilm's vast history in traditional film-based photography, the X100S integrates several Film Simulation modes to mimic the look and feel of some Fujifilm's classic film types. Pulling from their line of transparency films, PROVIA offers natural-looking tones for everyday shooting, VELVIA produces a more dramatic and rich tonality with deeper color saturation, and ASTIA gives less contrast for a softer depiction of skin tones. Mimicking their negative films, PRO Neg. Std. gives smooth image tones that are suitable for accurate color renditions, while PRO Neg. Hi produces a more dramatic feel with the ability to draw color out of a variety of lighting conditions. In addition to the colorful benefits of these Film Simulation modes, there are also monochrome modes that simulate the look of traditional yellow, green, and red black and white contrast filters. A sepia mode is also available for producing an inherently nostalgic look.
Full HD Movie Capabilities
Full HD movie recording is possible with multiple frame rates and formats up to 1920 x 1080p at 60fps to produce smoothly-depicted movement. A high bit-rate of 36Mbps enables greater clarity when shooting video, which is ideal for showcasing your movies on an HDTV utilizing the built-in HDMI mini connection.

While recording video you can manually control the focus settings via the lens, and, additionally, you can control the audio level in four steps. A 3x digital zoom is available during movie shooting to effectively triple the lens' focal length to 105mm (35mm equivalent). White balance settings and Film Simulation modes can also be applied to movie recording to fine-tune the appearance of your videos.
Advanced Filters
Eight Advanced Filters are built-in to the camera to enhance the aesthetic quality of imagery further:
  • High Key
  • Low Key
  • Soft Focus
  • Toy Camera
  • Miniature
  • Pop Color
  • Dynamic Tone
  • Partial Color (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple)
  • Other Camera Features
  • An in-camera RAW converter lets you record your images in 14-bit RAW and process them prior to computer-based editing procedures. This process enables you to modify the exposure, white balance, and other controls directly through the menu interface. Additionally, for more thorough processing of files, SILKYPIX software is included for RAW conversion and processing on your computer.
  • Multiple exposure mode gives you the ability to overlay imagery in-camera. When working in this mode, subsequent exposures can be paired and the final appearance can be previewed on the LCD or in the EVF before making the final exposure.
  • The exposure controls for the camera are all physical and easily accessible via the shutter speed dial, aperture ring, and exposure compensation dial. This physicality offers instant familiarity and intuitiveness when working, as well as making it simpler to work without having to remove your eye from the viewfinder.
  • Both Time (T) and Bulb (B) exposure settings are available for recording long exposures. T enables exposure lengths between 1/2 and 30 seconds, and B allows you to keep the shutter open for a maximum duration of 60 minutes.
  • Motion panorama mode allows you to record expansive views up to 360° wide in a seamless, sweeping manner.
  • A built-in flash provides additional illumination to imagery for photographing in dark conditions. The flash will automatically synchronize with the shutter at all shutter speeds from 1/2000 sec. or slower.
  • Four different auto bracketing modes are available: Dynamic Range, Film Simulation, AE, and ISO Sensitivity.
  • Imaging
    Pixels 16.3 Megapixel
    Sensor APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) CMOS
    Bit Depth 14-bit
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
    Audio: Linear PCM
    Max Resolution 16MP: 4896 x 3264
    Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 16:9
    Color Spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB
    Optics
    Lens 8 elements in 6 groups
    1 Aspherical
    EFL: 23 mm (35 mm equivalent: 35 mm)
    Aperture: f/2 to f/16
    Zoom Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Focus Range Normal: 1.64' (50 cm) - Infinity
    Macro: 3.94" (10 cm) - 6.56' (2 m)
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-6400 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)
    Shutter Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 1/4 - 1/4000 sec in Program Mode
    Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 30 - 1/4000 sec
    Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 60 min in Bulb Mode
    Exposure Metering Multi, Spot, TTL 256-zones
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
    Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    Shooting Modes Panorama
    White Balance Modes Auto, Custom, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade, Underwater
    Burst Rate Up to 6 fps for up to 31 frames
    Self Timer 10 Sec, 2 Sec
    Flash
    Flash Modes Auto
    Auto/Red-eye Reduction
    Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction
    Forced On
    Off
    Slow Sync
    Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Maximum Effective Flash Range 1.64 - 29.53' (0.5 - 9 m)
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Memory
    Built-in Memory Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Memory Card Type SD
    SDHC
    SDXC
    Recording
    Video Recording Yes
    Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps
    Video
    Video Clip Length Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo
    Viewfinder/Display
    Viewfinder Type Optical, Electronic
    Diopter Adjustment - 2 to +1 m
    Viewfinder Coverage 85/100%
    Screen 2.8" LCD Rear Screen (460,000 pixels)
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity HDMI C (Mini)
    USB 2.0
    Environmental
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
    32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Humidity: 10 - 80%
    Power
    Battery 1x NP-95 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 1800mAh
    Physical
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.0 x 2.9 x 2.1" / 126.5 x 74.4 x 53.9 mm
    Weight 15.70 oz / 445 g

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    FujifilmX100S Digital Camera (Silver)
     
    4.6

    (based on 194 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (138)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (45)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (114)
    • Great resolution (112)
    • Good in low light (95)
    • Easy to use (76)
    • Fast shutter speed (57)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (63)
    • Complicated controls (12)
    • Lag / shutter delay (12)
    • Limited zoom (8)
    • Poor in low light (5)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (126)
    • Family photos (90)
    • Low light (89)
    • Weddings (42)
    • Macro photography (31)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (64), Semi-pro photographer (36), Pro photographer (34), Casual photographer (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (166), Yes (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    It's not hype.

    I bought the X100s after reading, I believe, every review, watching every video, and fantasizing about it for months. Finally, I pulled the trigger, wondering all along if I was simply...Read complete review

    I bought the X100s after reading, I believe, every review, watching every video, and fantasizing about it for months. Finally, I pulled the trigger, wondering all along if I was simply buying into a lot of hype.

    I wasn't.

    This camera performs as billed. I'm amazed at the clarity of the photographs I'm taking. The autofocus, which some still question, is just not an issue. And manual focus is a joy. People seem to almost pop off their backgrounds when the aperture is set at its widest. They have a beautiful dimension to them. And the colors...they are so true to life. Skin tones are marvelous.

    The ergonomics of the X100s are wonderful, as well. Things are easy to get to, shortcuts abound, and the whole user experience is intuitive. It's a pleasure to shoot with.

    It has a few limitations, such as shooting wide open at high shutter speeds, but the built-in ND filter helps with that. And when I think about it, every camera has SOME limitations. It's all about trade-offs. And this camera has far more pluses than minuses. In fact, it's hard to really think of any other negatives.

    I currently own two other cameras. I have the Canon 60D along with three prime lenses: 28, 50 and 85. I am happy with it, but like many others, I don't always want to lug all of that around. And I am very attracted to the idea of a simple, fixed-lens solution. I've also found that the quality of the 23 mm lens on the X100s is superior to my Canon lenses. And the X100s seems to perform better at higher ISOs.

    The real factor complicating my purchase was the Sony Nex-7 I also own. It was a gift, and I've never been thrilled with it. It does take beautiful pictures, but the user experience is quite different. For me, a lifelong Mac guy, it just seemed very PC. I never got comfortable with it. Having a small mirrorless camera already made buying the X100s a real question for me.

    But I did it anyway. And I don't regret it one bit. It just functions more intuitively than the Nex-7. And, let's be honest, it looks a lot cooler.

    If you're on the fence about adding an X100s to your camera collection, I recommend going for it. This camera is destined to be a classic.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Didn't check my boxes

    In summary, I sent the X100s back after a few weeks. I felt sad. I really wanted to like this camera, but we just didn't bond.

    Let me first begin...Read complete review

    In summary, I sent the X100s back after a few weeks. I felt sad. I really wanted to like this camera, but we just didn't bond.

    Let me first begin by pointing out three things about the context of the test this camera took: 1) I shoot mostly medium and large format film, so that kind of pegs the standard against which I personally compare image quality 2) This camera was intended as a second quick shooter I could use on family shots and just generally to have around for fast moving situations, or when I don't want to lug around my other cameras. 3) The ability to quickly take snippets of video was also very important.

    I read essentially every review I could find of this camera and went in with a high degree of anticipation. But I also recognized that video, though improved, might still be a weak point.

    I am going to focus on some of the negatives in my write-up, as I haven't seen these discussed as much. Overall, it's a decent camera with limitations others may have no problem with. For me it just didn't fit the role I had in mind as well as I hoped.

    My very first experiences with the camera were emblematic of what I ultimately decided were show-stoppers for a camera at this price point. I am a big fan of prime lenses, and love the advantages of being able to shoot at wide apertures. Foot zoom is fun! I was a little shocked, though, at the bizarre ghosting and other artifacts that I saw in both jpg and raw files from shots taken with the X100s wide open: essentially unusable. OK, so I eventually figured out that in certain conditions wide open was not a big issue, and in others it just looked almost Holga-like. Hmm. So, not really an f2 lens, it just happens to open up that far. A limitation that could be worked around, but strikes me as odd if the selling point of a camera like this is you get a fast prime as part of the deal.

    The autofocus sometimes also mysteriously got totally lost. I mean, really lost. Point the center-focus square at a cherry blossom, depress shutter halfway, watch it give me a focus confirmation, then notice it focused on stuff behind the blossom that was not in the focus box. Try again. No. Try again, oh I think that got it. Release shutter. Good thing cherry blossoms can't run away. Then there was an interior shot, a low-ish light portrait of my son, who sat patiently still while the camera repeatedly told me he was in focus (again, his eyes were right in the focus confirmation window), while in fact it was clearly focused on the wall around and behind him. It was almost as if the focus window was telling me exactly what it would not be attempting to get in focus. Weird. It just meant that I frequently found myself questioning whether I was actually getting focus on the right thing. My trust in the AF having been somewhat shattered, I found myself often switching to manual to work around it.

    The manual focus features are cool - the electronic rangefinder is particularly nifty and something I would probably use frequently if I held on to the camera. Being spoiled by the 2.25x2.25 inch viewfinders on my TLRs meant, however, that it still seemed a little alien and difficult to nail focus in all situations. I'm sure practice would overcome that.

    Lightroom 4 made a hash of the raw files, at least using default processing or with my tweaking to sharpening and nr settings. The colors looked over-cooked, and the details were smeared. As many have commented, the jpgs are really quite good. They showed better color and better resolution and detail than the processed RAWs. If shooting just out-of-camera jpg serves your ends, then this will not be an issue. I suspect I could have done better with the RAW processing if I spent time with it, but it was just another area where I felt like I was going to have to make investments of time that were not really the goal here.

    The many comments out there about the image quality from this camera had me prepared to chuck these issues in the back seat once I got to review the files in detail. This is where my context is important to understand. Forget comparisons with MF film. The X100s certainly does not compete with that. Its files still looked very digital to me compared to my film scans– fragile highlights, weird artifacts in high frequency detail areas, lower resolution etc. The usual digital stuff. OK – so it's not like X-trans is that kind of revolution. Fine, I don't need it to be, that's why I shoot film. My other digital camera is a seven year old canon Rebel XT. The X100s did beat that in overall resolution and noise – especially at low light levels where the progress in sensor design is clearly visible. But, it didn't beat it as badly as I hoped and expected. My 8 mpix Rebel XT with Canon's decent 35mm EF (not the L) prime mounted on it produces nicely sharp files – and does not periodically render a bizarre mess at f 2.0. And it is a compact package that is frankly not that much larger than the X100s, and it focuses MUCH more reliably. Hmm. But, the Rebel is still bigger than I would like to just carry around, and it doesn't do video.

    So, I tried the video. Not that bad at all. Some of it came out downright pretty. The lack of a dedicated video button is a bigger problem than I expected, however. Having to fish around to get video going when the kids were having a "moment" often meant capturing a lot of "after moments." Alas.

    So, decision time came and it went back. I was sad about that because I truly like the range-finderness of the X100s, but it just didn't check the right boxes for my purposes. It wasn't good enough to compete with my film cameras (wasn't my goal anyway), and it wasn't convenient enough to be the "family" cam (which was my goal). The X100s is pocketable in the geek sense, but doesn't bear comparison with a point and shoot like the Sony RX100, which is a marvel of pocketableness. I ultimately found the Sony RX100 to be a better fit as the digital complement to my film arsenal.

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    5.0

    Excellent

    By RAW

    from Mexico

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

      Still adapting to it coming from a DSLR but so far loving the change. I deliberately went for the fixed lens to avoid the constant changing of and just to focus on the photography. Glad that I did. Black X100s looks very sleek and so far has gone pretty much unnoticed in my street photography.

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      5.0

      MUCH faster than the X100, +1

      By lindsoni

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good in Low Light

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel

        Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

        Just upgraded from the X100 and I'm already extremely happy with the speed upgrade of this little guy. Even after the firmware upgrade of the X100, the startup time for the camera was significantly faster with the X100s, so I don't miss shots waiting for the camera to start up. AF is quicker too. Overall very happy.

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        5.0

        Great little thing

        By Susan Slattery

        from Berkshire County

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

          I upgraded to the X100S from the X100, and I have loved these cameras. I have DSLRs but they are very imposing, where the X100s looks like a film camera and is utterly SILENT. I can't tell you how many times people say, "when are you gonna take the picture?" I never use the flash. Image quality is fantastic. Here's a shot in near darkness in a bar/restaurant at night, and one of my black dog, Buddha.

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          5.0

          High Ratio of Keepers

          By Anderson

          from Denver, CO

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Fast lens
          • Great Evf
          • Great manual controls
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • One Button Nd Filter
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Limited Flash W Hood
          • Limited Zoom

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Street Photography
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

          I've been into photography for the past 30 years and can say this is my favorite camera. The fixed lens is not for everyone but if you can learn to be the zoom and can appreciate the perspective this focal length gives you, then this camera is every bit 5 stars. Plus, it gets hip considering what extras you can put on it. And, did I mention the internal ND filter (daylight bokeh!)?What I end up telling people is that the proof is what's in my frames at home. I have more "keepers" from this camera than any other camera I own (pic for pic). (And, I've shot the Canon 7D ever since it came out and now have the Nikon 610; have also had higher end P&S's like the Canon S95/100s)

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          4.0

          Camera as art

          By Donnie

          from El paso

          Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

          A perfect tool for the experienced photographer. Simple yet complex beautiful images Could use proper gps other that excellent instrument

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          5.0

          Great camera...buy away!

          By Marcos Araujo

          from Sao Paulo, Brazil

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Limited Zoom

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

          It's an amazing camera. The images are crisp and clear, full of color and easy to use.

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          5.0

          Impossible !

          By Alex

          from Florida

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Battery Life
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel

            Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Silver):

            What ??The best non-DSLR camera is discontinued ?OMG, the X100s is a fantastic camera, that I use when I don't feel caring my 60lbs Nikon DSLR backpack.I'm glad I have mine, and I will take care of it, may worth a fortune soon on @.X100s discontinued ? Incredible.

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            4.0

            Great Travel and Street Camera

            By PJE56

            from Orlando, FL

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Street Photography
              • Travel

              Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

              I previously owned the X100 and sold it as I wanted to get the X100S but it wasn't in stock for quite awhile. So in the mean time I was using the OM-D M1 which is a great camera, which I also use for street and travel. However when the X100S became available again I picked one up. My attraction to the X100S is that it's all there in a nice compact package with the focal length I want for street photography. It's not perfect, but it does what I need it to do. Yes the menus are not optimal and somewhat confusing at times but once you have it setup and understand the limitations it performs well for my needs. I carry both the X100S and the OM-D M1 with the 45mm f/1.8 mounted (90mm in 35mm terms) for when I need to do street portraits. I'm not a video guy but from the little time I've played with it I wouldn't recommend the X100S for video as it's far too limited.As for the review that said the X100S doesn't write RAW files doesn't either know what he's talking about or doesn't have the camera setup correctly. My SD card certainly has Fuji Raw files on it (.RAF) along with JPEGs as I setup the camera to create both. Along with the camera I purchased an extra battery (which I'd recommend)and a FotodioX Pro Thumb Grip (a must for me on the street) and a Vello LH-X100B lens hood. The lens hood is something I wouldn't be without as not only does it address flare but keeps the lens surface a good 3/4" away from potential damage. The hood is also setup to accept a filter if so desired. A 58mm pinch cap fits the hood if feel you need a cap.

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              5.0

              Great pix...it'll take a while to master

              By ADJ

              from Milton, GA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Great Resolution
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel

              Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Silver):

              B&H delivered quickly, as promised. Camera itself is awesome - very flexible and robust. It will take a while to truly harness this camera's full capabilities, but JPEG are beautiful SOOC!

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              4.0

              Focus Peaking changed my life

              By Libby

              from Denver, CO

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Focus Peaking
              • Great image quality
              • Great Resolution
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Silver):

              I am a full time wedding photographer, and I bought this camera for my husband, who is my second shooter on some weddings, and has a ton of experience from back in the film days. He is now shooting every day, partly because he can take this with him everywhere. He loves it, and especially using the focus peaking feature when manually focusing. On the occasion that I've been able to play with it, I've enjoyed it very much. It's extremely capable considering it's size. I have a hard time holding it and feeling secure because it's so small, but then again, I've shot exclusively with a DSLR+battery grip for the last several years, so I'm sure I would get used to it.

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              5.0

              Beautiful Photos in a Little Package

              By Nick F.

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Portrait Photography
              • Travel

              Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Silver):

              I love this little guy! After splitting time between a handful of film cameras (Minolta SRT-201, Contax T2, and a behemoth Mamiya RB67), it's great to have something that can capture images with such amazing quality in such a compact body. I feel like I have a lot of the versatility and control of my Canon 7D, but with a film-esque quality of the images and the added work of the fixed focal length. Very pleased with what I've been able to do with the x100s. It lived up to the hype!

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              5.0

              X-T1 TO X100S

              By patricklgv

              from Bloomfield, CA, USA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

              I just swapped my X100 and X-T1 for a black X100S. Why?
              silent shutter
              smaller - great for travel
              one-handed operation
              no temptation to get extra lenses (my Pentax K5 serves that purpose
              discreet - black won't entice thieves to think it is a Leica
              I had a X100 for several years, and realized that with AF and start-up lag fixed, plus more megapixels, better layout of controls, and a brighter screen, my needs are met
              What I don't like:
              buttons need to be more customizable
              silent mode should have a dedicated button that turns off sound and AF illuminator

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              4.0

              Great Camera Technically

              By JMKP

              from GA, USA

              Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Silver):

              This camera is great on paper and I can't complain about the quality of the files that it produces. They look great!
              The form factor of the camera and offerings don't fit my needs though. I shoot mostly portraits and thought that I might be able to make this work, but realized quickly that it just doesn't work for portraits. I need the ability to change focal lengths. I also do timelapse for fun on the side and this camera offers next to nothing in that area.

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              5.0

              Lives up to high expectations

              By blook

              from Lexington, KY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

                This camera is my *first* digital camera. I held off a long, long time (obviously), having shot film now for over 30 years. What I really like about the camera is that it's so retro in design that it makes me feel completely comfortable with it. At the same time, I have come to enjoy all of the advantages of digital: instant feedback; incredible control of lots of variables. Two other things: I love the fixed 23mm (35mm equiv.) lens and the color reproduction in the JPEGs.

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                4.0

                Have this and the canon 5d mark ii now

                By Jorge Marzuca

                from Chile

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel

                  Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

                  It is a really nice camera to carry around all day, thats why I bought it, but I thought auto focus was faster, it really can not replace my canon DSLR for more serious work. The Image quality is amazing and everything but the accesse to button, the speed with witch you can take a photo in a pro DSLR is still way beyond this camera, but for relaxed street photography or carry around with excelente quality this is great.

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                  3.0

                  Great camera but...

                  By Roe

                  from NY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Travel
                  • Video

                  Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Silver):

                  it does not save your Raw images you are forced to choose to export them in either tiff or Jpeg.

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                  3.0

                  Doesn't live up to its billing

                  By Johnny

                  from Tarpon Springs FL

                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Battery Life
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Complicated Controls

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos

                  Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Silver):

                  I am a Canon shooter. Own 5d3 and 6d plus a G15. Was looking for a smaller form factor camera that would produce DSLR quality images. I rented this camera to try it before I bought it and man was I glad I did. I found the controls on this camera complicated and there was some glitches in the manual. I tried to get the camera to go into Auto Flash Mode and eventually stumbled on fact that you could only use this mode only full auto mode. Could not get clear shots in the Macro mode. Had difficulty using the camera in bright sunlight. I even had trouble with the EVF in bright sunlight. Also viewing window was very small. I also have large hands and found the camera hard to hold properly. All in all I get clear, better photos with my G15 in Raw Mode. I would not recommend this camera to anyone. Another feature that bothered me was there was no external controls for ISO also there was no shutter shade and you had to buy a ring adapter to use a filter. Given the fact that the camera is so small and the lens is flush with the end of the lens barrel it would be easy to damage the lens or get fingerprint images on the lens. All in all not much of a buy for $ dollars.

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                  5.0

                  Street shooting perfected

                  By Randmvision

                  from Las Vegas

                  Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Silver):

                  Honestly I can say this camera made me love shooting again , I have 2 dslr bodies and they tend to be very bulky, even with my black rapid strap it's just a lot to carry when you want to take photos for yourself , so switching from the weight and bulk of a 5d to this made want to bring my camera everywhere ! A week after I got it in the mail , I teavlled home to finish a move I brought along the camera and ended up booking a family shoot and having to use this camera. There were some limitations but overall the camera performed bueautifully and the clients loved the photos , awesome choice I can't say that I might not replace my dslr someday . For now I love my 5d for studio and this for me .

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                  5.0

                  Dream camera

                  By Frank Mercurio

                  from Brisbane, Australia

                  Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Silver):

                  I held out as when the X100 came out although it initially reviewed well they appear to have upped the ante on the s version. I have no complaints except for my nose smudge marks on the back screen. I use the viewfinder 100% and love composing through it. If an iPhone were a camera and not a phone, an X100s is what it would dream to be. I absolutely love the color, the sharpness of the lens, the interface is great. The viewfinder is a wonderland! Wysiwyg. Love the results! Best digital cam I have ever owned.

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                  5.0

                  Recommended <3

                  By Amelia

                  from Jakarta, Indonesia

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Battery Life
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Silver):

                    I've been taking this camera while i'm traveling and i love it! It has a nice quality and it's really cute vintage looking camera, even though it's quite expensive but i think it's worth it since it has a fixed lens so we don't have to buy any other lens. :)

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