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FujifilmX100S Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 228 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (169)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (132)
  • Great resolution (130)
  • Good in low light (113)
  • Easy to use (97)
  • Fast shutter speed (69)

Cons

  • Short battery life (71)
  • Complicated controls (13)
  • Lag / shutter delay (13)
  • Limited zoom (10)
  • Poor in low light (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (149)
  • Family photos (103)
  • Low light (101)
  • Weddings (51)
  • Macro photography (37)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (77), Semi-pro photographer (43), Pro photographer (36), Casual photographer (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (187), 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

Great camera

By Charlie

from San Francisco, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

I bought x100s for replacing my old DSLR recently. I received camera on estimated time. I tested and satisfying the image quality. I like this camera.

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5.0

Little Black Jewel

By Pixel Dude

from Pocono Mountains

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Macro Photography
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

    The X100s is an easy camera to carry and have with you all the time. It is well made and fun to use. The menus and controls are logical and easy to use. The film modes offer a variety of looks, and the panorama mode works well as does the multiple exposure. The lens is sharp with great clarity in images, and the jpeg files are great. I have found the X100s output to be consistent and exceptional. I have extensive experience shooting with Fuji's X100s and find there are no negatives as long as you are okay with the fixed focal length. (If not, the conversion lenses add flexibility.)

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    4.0

    Perfect street photography camera

    By Mihir

    from Bombay, India

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good in Low Light

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Street
    • Travel

    Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

    She is a beauty. Made me mothball my heavy canon kit and walk around the street without a hassle. The raw converters (adobe) has caught up with the others in getting the right colours and definition. But if you shoot jpegs, then out of the camera jpegs are brilliant.

    Not only the retro design takes you back to film cameras, but the handling is top notch and the design does not supersede functionality.

    What i would have liked is if Fuji had given the latest firmware release to this one as well, but with x100T launched, it was understandable to protect that one. 'T' is a great camera with amazing new features, but this is as good. so if you are no a budget and still want x100t like pictures, this is the best bet.

    Battery life sucks, always buy spare.

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    5.0

    Excellent small camera

    By Bob

    from Western MA

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

      Bought to supplement my large FX Nikon DSLR, which is too big and heavy to always have with me. The X100S (now replaced by the X100T) has essentially all of the functionality and controls as my D800, and produces images that are as sharp as any of my Nikon FX lenses. It doesn't replace my D800 but it almost can replace it in many different situations.

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      5.0

      Can't take a bad picture.

      By Andrew

      from Bethesda Maryland

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

      Perfect camera. Still learning the operations and programs

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      • No

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      4.0

      Get used to it, you'll love it

      By J

      from NYC

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

      It took me a minute to get used to the camera (I shoot mostly DSLR) but once I dialed in, I haven't been able to leave my apartment without.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Very cool camera

      By lakedweller

      from Atlanta GA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Resolution
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Silver):

      I'm loving this camera. I bought it after renting one for a two week trip. Had to have it after that.

      One thing I should mention - this is not a "U.S. Model" according to the Fuji USA guy I talked to. And, a little strangely, the serial number on the camera did not match the one on the box. It's not covered under the manufacturer's warranty here. However, when I called about it, B&H confirmed for me in writing that they will provide the equivalent warranty.

      The owner's manual was in English.

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      5.0

      Great

      By Al Iberri

      from Dallas GA

      Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

      I have owned my X100s for about a year. I purchased it after reading many stellar reviews.
      The one that made me buy it was a statement from Zack Arias that if his studio was burnt he would save his X100 (no S then)

      I have owned cameras and taken pictures since I was ten years old, but for the most part I am a snapshot shooter so most of my picture are of people. In my opinion no camera I own or have owned does a better job. Skin tones are amazing.

      The X100, S and T are expensive for “ point and shoot” cameras and would be a mistake for a first time shooter, too many controls. However if you want fantastic pictures of people you I have to have this camera

      Anything I don't like yes battery life sucks, buy extra batteries.

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      5.0

      In love with my new camera!

      By THARMON

      from Camarillo, CA

      Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Silver):

      It's a beautiful piece of work. I love it.

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      5.0

      Excellent camera

      By Joe

      from Sequim, WA

      Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

      This camera is what others have said it is - not for beginners but it brings the fun back into photography. It makes me think about what and how to shoot. Due to the fixed lens I find myself actually thinking about where I need to be and what settings I need to use to capture the look I want. It makes me feel more creative than I have felt in a while. It takes very nice looking photos - slightly different than others, but very pleasing. I'm surprised how well it does in low light. It takes very usable photos up to ISO 3200. Again, like others have mentioned, it seems a bit quirky in places but the more I get a feel for it the more features I find useful. Its lightweight and most importantly I find myself carrying a camera around on fun little day trips again.

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      5.0

      Poor-man's Leica

      By Street Hunter-C.F. Robotti Fine Art

      from New Jersey

      Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

      I'm going to try to stay brief. There are so many positive things I can say about this camera. First off, it's small, light; half the weight than my Mark II body and built tough. No plastic was harmed when building this camera. Once you get used to it; set up the function to your liking, it's a breeze. I don't like the JPEG, especially in low light. If you under expose, you will see artifacts. RAW ALL THE WAY. Beautiful noise structure in high ISO. I wouldn't shoot at 25.000. It looked kind of crazy. The sensor and a dynamic range of 12 is essay better than my Matk II. The lens is pretty good. 0, I said 0 chromatic aberration. The color is amazing. I've always been a Fuji guy when it comes to film. I like the blue and green shift. The images are tack sharp. Once I bought a Gorby sling strap, I was set. The strap that comes with it is terrible. I don't feel the 0.07 sec. Shutter drag and I'm a street photographer. Battery life has been ok. Buy extras. Once you cycle through a few times it seems to last longer. Around 250-360 shots, if you are set up correctly and don't use your fladh too much. The built in fladh is pretty good. Since ithe lens is shutter leaf, you can shoot faster than 200th of a second. Ok, I'm done. :)

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      5.0

      A real little beauty

      By Bill

      from Long Island

      About Me 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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about X100S Digital Camera (Black):

        Fantastic for everyday snaps but a real gem of Camera. Solidly built and feels good in the hand - get the optional grip. Great retro film controls. Stunning images. Not exactly a pocket camera, but it will easily fin in a coat or jacket pocket. For me, there' nothing to dislike.

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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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