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FujifilmX100S Digital Camera (Silver)
 
4.6

(based on 196 reviews)

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    (45)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

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    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (115)
  • Great resolution (112)
  • Good in low light (96)
  • Easy to use (77)
  • Fast shutter speed (57)

Cons

  • Short battery life (64)
  • Complicated controls (12)
  • Lag / shutter delay (12)
  • Limited zoom (8)
  • Poor in low light (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (127)
  • Family photos (90)
  • Low light (89)
  • Weddings (42)
  • Macro photography (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (65), Semi-pro photographer (36), Pro photographer (34), Casual photographer (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (167), 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

One stunning camera!

By Dan B

from Los angeles

Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

I'm equally versed in film and digital, and I have to say I'm incredibly impressed by the quality and versatility of this camera. I like to think every camera has personality, which a lot of digital cameras are devoid of. This one has plenty of personality, it is unique. The results of this camera are fantastic and I can't wait to see how far I can go with it. Love it!

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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

    My new favorite walkaround camera

    By IMG Weaver

    from Modesto, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good in Low Light
    • Just Plain Fun
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

    My main camera is a 5D3, and I was looking for a walkaround camera without the weight of a DSLR. This is it. If you're someone who needs a zoom, look elsewhere. However, if a 35mm prime field of view is something you can work with, you'll love it. Since I use this camera for more candid, non professional work, I find myself using the SOOC jpegs, and I love them. If you can't work a camera in manual mode, this is not the camera for you.

    The EVF is awsome, autofocus is good as well. I can't wait to use the high speed flash sync speed when the weather permits.

    I recommend grabbing one of the 3rd party hoods, and also a B+W 49mm filter, simply to protect the front element. Grab a few extra batteries too.

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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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      • No

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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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        • No

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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

            Verified Buyer

            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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            • No

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            5.0

            Beautiful Photos in a Little Package

            By Nick F.

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            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

            Verified Reviewer

            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

            Verified Buyer

            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

                Verified Reviewer

                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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