New X-S1 Bridge Camera from Fujifilm

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The new Fujifilm X-S1 is the third in a series of Fujifilm Premium X-series digital cameras. Complementing FujiFilm’s X100 and X10, the Fujifilm X-S1 is a robustly built bridge camera designed around a Fujifilm 12Mp 2/3" CMOS sensor and a fast-for-its-class, 26x, 24 to 624mm f/2.8-5.6 equivalent Fujinon zoom lens.

Fujifilm’s X-S1 features heavy-duty body construction with rubberized body panels to better ensure a secure grip, and large, easy access metal-alloy control dials. For composing and reviewing stills (JPEG or RAW at up to 10 frames per second) and video clips (1080p) the X-S1 offers the choice of a rear-mounted, tilt-able 3.0" 460,000-dot LCD or the camera’s 0.47" 1.44-million dot EVF.

Other features found on Fujifilm’s premium X-S1 bridge camera include portrait, sport, auto and manual modes, film-simulation modes, macro focusing down to 1cm, in-camera panorama capture (120°, 180° or 360°), a top ISO of 12800,  advanced low-light shooting modes and up to 500 exposures per battery charge.


Resolution 12 MP - 2/3-inch EXR CMOS
Storage SD, SDHC, SDXC, 26MB Internal Memory
Format Stills - JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG / Movie - H.264
Lens  26 x Optical Zoom, 35mm equivalent 24 - 624mm
Aperture f/2.8 - f/11
ISO  100 - 12800
Shutter speed 1/4000
LCD monitor 3" LCD Screen - 460,000 dots
Viewfinder  0.47" EVF - 1,440,000 dots
Dimensions WxHxD 5.3 x 4.2 x 5.9"  (135 x 107 x 149cm)
Weight  33.3 oz  (945 g)

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I find this type of statement "2/3" CMOS sensor" to be unhelpful.  why not give actual dimensions of the sensor, like "sensor size 6.2mm x 9.4mm" or whatever it is.  then anyone who reads it knows what it means.  only camera insiders know what a "2/3" size sensor is.

Only an "insider" would understand sensor dimensions.

A trip to wikipedia takes less time than complaining -- and you'll be an insider too. ;-)

Hey Paul,

You probably wouldn't be surprised to learn most people - even those "in the know" - don't actually know the specifics of point-and-shoot sensor sizes. They might know which one is bigger, but not always how much bigger, and seldom the actuial sizes.

That said, some of the more common point-and-shoot sensor sizes are as follows;

1/2.7" = 5.37mm x 4.04mm (6.72mm diagonally)

1/1.8" + 7.2 x 5.35mm (9mm diagonally)

2/3" = 8.8 x 6.6mm (11m diagonally)

There are about a half-dozen other sizes in this category, and for the record a full-frame (35mm) sensor measures about 24 x 36mm, a Four Thirds sensor measures about 17.3 x 13mm, an for added touch of confusion on the subject, an APS-C sensor measures 23.7 x 15.7mm (Nikon DX), or 21.5 x 14.4mm (Sony), or about 22.2 x 14.8mm for Canon APS-C format imaging sensors.

And thanks for taking the time to write to us!

I have never figured out the sensor size debate, it is nearly pointless. I guess it is good to know what size just for quick reality checks like Sony's 24mp A77/65 from an APC-S sensor (I mean how many photo diodes are crammed into that thing!). Size is important, but pixels per mm2 and processor technology is also a big player. For example, the Fujifilm EXR processor puts out raw files from my X10 that is not far off from both my D700 and 7D (yes, I own too much gear). The X10 has more detail than my D700 and less noise than my 7D. I am surprised on how good the EXR technology is since the X10 sensor is 8.8 x 6.6 and far smaller than the Nikon and Canon. Does that mean it is a better camera, NO, but it means people should focus on pixel density and processor technology more than sensor size.

But, I am just a camera nut. I can't imagine any party where someone asks about a friend's camera "hey, nice camera, what is the pixel density on that bad boy?".  :)

Amen. There is more to recording a good image beyond the sensor size. Although I won't argue the positives of an average density (12-14 MP), large pixel, low noise, full-frame, 35mm format sensor. 125,000 ISO ROCKS!

Thanks for supplying those more common sizes as I was looking for EXACTLY that information :-). I was simply curious how my (new) X20's 2/3 sensor fit into the scheme of things... I did metric conversions which came out roughly to .34" x .25" which is close to 1/3" x 1/4". Sounds to me almost like a "mini 4/3"!

Seems to me, Paul, like your blaming the camera makers and sellers because you understand metric units but not English units.

Actually, he's rightfully blaming camera makers, because this system measuring sensor sizes by comparing them to obsolete vacuum tubes really alienates anyone who has never worked with ancient TV cameras. Mere conversion to metric units won't help you here a bit.