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FujifilmX100S Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 216 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (126)
  • Great resolution (124)
  • Good in low light (108)
  • Easy to use (89)
  • Fast shutter speed (63)

Cons

  • Short battery life (68)
  • Complicated controls (13)
  • Lag / shutter delay (12)
  • Limited zoom (10)
  • Poor in low light (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (141)
  • Family photos (100)
  • Low light (99)
  • Weddings (47)
  • Macro photography (34)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (76), Semi-pro photographer (38), Pro photographer (35), Casual photographer (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (180), Yes (12)

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

terrific camera

By barbsman

from brewster,n.y.

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Resolution

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Travel

Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

have the 100s black for about a year. very happy with it. for me there is no reason to upgrade to the 100t. maybe if it had a tilt screen. maybe. but it doesn't. anyone know why, on bhphoto .com, the black x100s is the same price as the x100t. just curious.

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5.0

Sharp and quiet

By Traveler Dave

from Tucson, AZ

Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

The X100s takes outstanding photos and is quiet and unobtrusive in operation. In-camera JPEGS are fantastic in most situations. It reminds me of film Leicas that I used to use years ago in many ways. I'm happy with the purchase.

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5.0

great camera

By bmilan

from daly city, ca

Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Silver):

This is a great camera, especially knowing that you can possibly have control of everything. The OVF is great, takes some getting used to but i prefer the OVF than EVF. i like havin the evf so i can see what the picture looks like, lighting wise, and using the ovf to take my shot, especially since you can see outside the frame line. The battery life in my opinion is great, mainly because i dont take as many pictures as others do. Im no profressional by any means, but this camera can be used by professionals, as well as anyone else who is willing to take the time to figure this camera out.

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5.0

Awesome Camera

By Binarymart

from Pennsylvania

Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

Wanted this camera since it was introduced. Couldn't pass up the deal offered on B&H. Plus I Ordered it at 3:00 PM on Wednesday and received it at 9:30 AM the next day with no shipping charges!
Used the camera as my only camera while traveling in Key West. Worked great!

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5.0

Absolutely Wonderful!!

By Gordon

from Castro Valley, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Silver):

    I wrote the "Absolutely Wonderful!!" review yesterday and forgot to include one more thing. Could you please add:

    And yes Fuji's 16MP are in fact much better than 16MP from the other guys. I figured I would have to compromise IQ with such a comparatively low MP count. However I have no such worries after receiving my first 22 x 33 Giclee print (The Giclee Factory does a fantasticd job!). Sharp, clear and a shear delight to look at.

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    5.0

    Absolutely Wonderful!!

    By Gordon

    from Castro Valley, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    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
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel

      Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Silver):

      ProNeg.Hi film simulation - for me that was the key. I have been learning the camera for the past few months. Really like it. The Velvia shots are quite nice. THEN.....I discovered ProNeg.Hi Vivid film simulation and I am TOTALLY hooked. One guy wrote: "When I found ProNeg.Hi I fell in love with it." For my eyes and taste it is astonishingly good. The other key for me is Iridient Developer the Version 3.0 beta 4 test version, not the 2.4 version that is for sale. For Sharpening I use "Iridient Reveal" with no noise reduction. Processing ProNeg through the genious of Iridient is absolute magic to my eyes. Love it, love it....from ISO 100 to 6400 the pictures are amazingly sharp and a shear joy to look at.

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      5.0

      Better Impossible

      By hampudia

      from NY, NY

      Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Silver):

      Extra Battery.
      Card.
      Sensor protector.
      Carrying bag.
      Everything I was planning to buy anyway and more. I was so happy with the price of it.

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      5.0

      I NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT

      By docdeepix

      from SUNRISE, FLORIDA

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

        Needing something lighter, smaller and easier to carry than my F5 and D7000, the Fuji X100S has met and surpassed all my wildest expectations, and continues to do so the more I use it. Superbly engineered and ergonomically designed, everything about it just makes sense, and works ~ Very Well. Having very large hands, it took me a little while to establish a good shooting style in which I didn't press or turn controls unwantedly ( the power grips on my SLRs seem bigger than this camera ! ), but once established, the camera now goes everywhere with me, convenient and inconspicuous in a fanny pack, always ready for use. The low light capabilities are AMAZING, I have yet to need or want the flash,( which proved itself confidently during pre-shoot tests in the studio ). I particularly welcome the bright, clear viewfinder and LCD, and easily viewed information displayed ~ eyes not as young as they used to be ! Initially a 'toy ', it is now my main back-up camera and a fixture on my belt.

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        5.0

        great Fuji X100S

        By Little stinky

        from Leesburg Va

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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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

          Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

          Most fun I have had since my Leica days. Easy to use menu has short learning curve. Q button fantastic short cuts. I'm now carry The X100s with meat all times and makes me think and make pictures stretching my imagination.It is a whole way of seeing
          If I could have only one camera and one lens I always said an M4 and 35mm f2
          this little camera sure fills that bill.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Amazing Camera

          By JaxJeebers

          from Jacksonville, FL

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

          Pros:
          - Fast start
          - Easy to utilize
          - Great low light capabilities

          Cons:
          - Not sure what to do with lens cap
          - Auto ISO locked at max 6400
          - Battery gauge doesn't show estimated shots left

          Lastly: I love how there is a histogram built into the screen and viewfinder.

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          5.0

          The perfect littlr camera.

          By hampudia

          from NY, NY

          Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Silver):

          Compact and has everything. I've been dreaming of buying it and I'm very happy. Lots of functions, great size can take it anyware!!! Reccomend it!!!

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          5.0

          My new favorite posession

          By Natasha

          from NY, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

            I picked up this camera on the recommendation on a few friends, and I couldn't be happier. I was in the market for a camera small enough to be an everyday carry, but powerful enough to justify using over my iPhone 5s.

            This is a great compromise of size for quality and image quality, and is plenty of camera for me. It's discreet, takes sharp photos, and looks like a cool vintage camera.

            Can't recommend it enough to anyone looking for a new camera!

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            5.0

            Fast, High Quality & Pocketable

            By Bill from the Virginia Coast

            from Portsmouth, Va

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Not Interchangeable Lens

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Street-photography
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

            Best quality is it's small enough to carry in a jacket pocket without sacrificing image quality. Operations are quick & generally intuitive, and it's small and quiet enough to not draw attention. I also love the feel and weight; it's metal, it has heft and reminds me of the old 1950's Nikon SP-rangefinder I used to carry everywhere. It's still fairly new to me and I have a lot to learn about it, but so far I'm impressed with the image quality under various lighting conditions; from a winter sunset to people-photos indoors. If it has a flaw it's that it's not an interchangeable lens camera, and the 23mm lens is not quite wide enough for me. Really, I think I'm going to love this even more than I alread do. It won't replace my dslr for most shots, but it looks like it will be a great 'street-photography' camera.

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            5.0

            Big Fun

            By David-eye

            from Texas Hill Country

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact
            • Stellar Iq

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Street
            • Travel

            Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

            I couldn't resist getting this little goodie from the Fujifilm "candy store" to add to my X-T1 and my Nikon D600. What pristine images and a joy to use. To me the 35mm equivalent focal length is the optimum single view, and the most used in my interchangeble lens cameras. It is like having a great 35mm lens in my bag with an excellent camera already behind it.

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            5.0

            Close to Perfect - If It's Right for You

            By NYC DP

            from New York, NY

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact
            • Stunning Images

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

            The headline is obvious. This camera is a joy to hold and operate. It's light, unobtrusive and doesn't get between you and the subject.

            I upgraded from the original X100. All the little quirks that made the X100 difficult for some users have been fixed and the operation and usefulness of this third model are superb.

            The Fuji sensor produces wonderful skin tones. Low light capability is very good and the images are clean. Even the noise is beautiful. It's more like grain than any other digital camera produces.

            It's not as fast as some DSLRs and it's a fixed lens and it doesn't have the heft of large, heavy system cameras. If you'd miss that and those things are what make you happy, look elsewhere.

            If you're in the market for a precise, beautifully designed and built photographic instrument please take some time to try the Fujifilm X100T. It's not a perfect fit for every photograper, but for some it's as good as it gets.

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            5.0

            Everthing I Expected It To Be

            By Jim K.

            from Girard, OH

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape
            • Nature
            • Street
            • Travel

            Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

            As a lifelong hobbyist photographer, I've been reading about the Fuji X cameras for several years with great interest. I shoot mostly landscape, nature, and street. So far, everything I've read about this camera - the good and the not so good - has been spot-on. The good: The X-trans sensor renders amazing JPG images right out of the camera. High ISO shots are noise-free. Shooting with a rangefinder after years of using SLR/DSLR bodies is a treat! The 23mm f/2.0 fixed lens with leaf shutter is sharp, fast, and nearly silent, and this focal length is nearly the perfect all-around length for me. The build quality is excellent, and the camera feels great in hand. This is the first camera in a long, long time that makes me want to pick it up and go make pictures. An extra advantage I wasn't expecting: Macro shots are excellent. The bad: Battery life, even for a mirrorless camera with an EVF, is dismal and the battery indicator is useless. By the time it shows being down one bar, you have a handful of shots left before the camera dies. At least one extra battery - and probably two in all reality - are an absolute must. The deal B&H was running on the black version (the one I wanted anyway) for around $ (with SanDisk 32GB SD card and a nice little Lowepro case) clinched the deal for me. As has always been the case for me, ordering from B&H was fast and accurate, and the camera arrived in less than three days with complimentary shipping. I highly recommend this camera!

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            4.0

            terrific camera

            By Eric

            from Lake Oswego, OR

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Battery Life
            • Great Resolution

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

              I am a Fujifilm fan. I have an X E-1, an X T-1 and now an X 100S. The Fuji cameras have mostly replaced my lovely but large and heavy Nikon D800E and huge professional zooms. I have been trying to find a camera that was small enough to carry with me, with a viewfinder, and with a large enough sensor to obtain images of high quality. I bought and sold a Sony RX100 and had been eyeing the X 100S. I saw it as a camera that would improve my photography. With a fixed lens, the changing focal length debate ends. One zooms with one's feet. Previously my most commonly used focal length in 35mm film, medium format film and even large format (4x5) film was a short tele, 65-85mm in 35mm equivalence. The wider angle of the X 100S will teach me to be more inclusive, to look at the surroundings of my subject and make more interesting photographs. Using it is a joy. I use the optical finder outdoors in good light and the EVF inside. I've enjoyed using it and it is light and fast. I would have liked the X 100T but B&H's pricing on the beautiful black X100S made it hard to spend an extra $ for a camera with some more conveniences but with the same basics, the same lens and sensor. Fuji's traditional impressive quality even at high ISO was an additional benefit.

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              5.0

              Solid camera

              By Mike

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fuji Jpg's

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

                I already own X-e1 camera and bought this one as a gift for my wife. She happy with it :) - me either :)

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Fuji X100S a great tool

                By Starrider

                from Ontario, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

                  So far real happy with this camera. Coudn't find enough new features to sway me toward the new 100T model. Great price and fast shipping as always from B&H. Bought this as a travel camera when traveling by bike. Will get a chance to give it a work out when the weather warms.

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                  5.0

                  A Fantastic small digital camera

                  By Shavingsflyer

                  from Santa Fe, New Mexico

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Limited Zoom

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

                  I just got this camera and am learning how to use it. The X100s is more intuitive than my Canon Dslr and allows
                  me to take photographs in much the same manner as it I were using an automatic Leica M-3. The camera is small,compact, and easy to use for really candid photographs.

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