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FujifilmX-S1 Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (15)
  • Zoom range/performance (15)
  • Good image quality (13)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (11)
  • Good in low light (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (20)
  • Travel (15)
  • Family photos (13)
  • Wildlife (12)
  • Sports/action (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (11), Semi-pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The almost perfect bridge camera

I have been shooting digital since 1999. Primarily, I have been using DSLR. I rarely print images and shoot for the web. I was getting a bit tired of lugging around multiple...Read complete review

I have been shooting digital since 1999. Primarily, I have been using DSLR. I rarely print images and shoot for the web. I was getting a bit tired of lugging around multiple lenses, fighting dust bunnies and carrying large bodies. However, I did not want to give up control and decent image quality.

My wife gave me the Fujifilm X10 as a gift. I immeadiately fell in love with the camera and the images. I was amazed that this extremely well built compact could produce such excellent images with great color, white balance, contrast, dynamic range (when necessary), control of noise etc.

I had been looking for a good bridge camera for several years, but nothing I researched seemed to be quite right. I was skimming through a photo magazine and came across a full page ad from Fujifilm featuring all of their X system cameras. I had no idea they had a superzoom bridge camera. I researched it. I found that the XS1 had the same sensor as the X10 and ordered one from B+H (the best camera store in the USA).

I have now used the XS1 for two event photo shoots. I was amazed by the results. As far as I am concerned, the XS1 is capable of capturing images as good as any entry level DSLR. The lens is a pleasure to use. It is sharp through all focal lengths. Also, I big plus for me is the wide end at 24mm equivalent.

I can only think of 2 cons. The camera is a bit heavy for a bridge camera, but I will tolerate the weight for the image quality. Also, the auto focus sometimes hunts when the lens is zoomed out to maximum.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

well designed

This is a well designed camera - with some very nice features. However, I have returned it because I am not satified with the overall quality of the images. I purchased this with...Read complete review

This is a well designed camera - with some very nice features. However, I have returned it because I am not satified with the overall quality of the images. I purchased this with the hope of not having to take my heavier DSLR on trips, but the image quality is not worth the compromise for me.

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5.0

A Very Fine Camera

By Merlin Marquardt

from Fort Myers, Florida

Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

Bought my Fujifilm X-S1 elsewhere but consider it a wonderful camera. It is easy to use and produces very good quality images. If you find one, but it.

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5.0

Great camera

By Ed

from Chicago

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

Great camera

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5.0

X-S1 rules!

By BobbyT

from Redlands, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

    My first impressions of this camera are very favorable. It has the best surface materials I've experienced on a camera, with just the right texture and feel. All of the controls have a quality feel, and the buttons are just a bit oversized compared to most cameras. The EVF is very large, bright, has good eye relief, and is adequately sharp. The size and weight seem about like the Nikon D300/18-200 I had a few years ago, but with much greater zoom range, although I'm not expecting the image quality of the D300. I'm still getting used to the controls, and haven't taken any pictures with it yet, except for snaps of the dog and stuff inside the house. Overall, this camera has a solid "industrial" look and feel, silky zoom, top quality, made to be used, lacking in unnecessary bling or badges. I'm really looking forward to using it for a trip to Yellowstone this winter (and yes, I'll carry lots of batteries).

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    X-S1, finally a quality bridge camera

    By Tim the diehard film guy

    from Arcadia, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Excellent Evf
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Short Lag Time
    • Superior Zoom Action Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

      I have owned a Fuji Finepix S-200EXR since 2010, I liked that camera's manual zoom very much but the plastic lens barrel and the accompanying feel was not what I would consider a "high quality product". I did not want to jump to the HS10 or its successors simply because they are more recent product.Been watching this camera for a year now, was hoping the prize will drop, but I fear Fuji will soon move on, so I pulled the trigger. Best move I made this year! LCD to EVF sensor works better than I expected and the view is simply fantastic, best EVF I have seen. A view finder for me is a must, I own two Nikon P7000 series because of the Viewfinder. I hate looking at a LCD under sunlight.Zoom action is on par with my film camera lenses , I own Leica's R-system, so I know what good mechanical feel is all about.The feel when using this camera is very pleasing and that is important to me, I already am familiar with Fuji's EXR features so I fully expect to learn most of the options. I will not review how the pictures look since there are many reviews out there already. What I want to convey is the sense and knowledge of ownership of a high quality product. The label "Made In Japan" also is a reassuring thing nowadays.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Not Perfect But Very Good

      By timbo762

      from Lake Havasu, AZ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good build quality
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Short Lag Time

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Glamour
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Portraits
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

        I like this camera. It's size and heft give it a solid feel and it handles very well. The manual zoom is excellent and the manual focus is also good. The fact that it comes with a metal lens shade instead of plastic is a quality touch. The 26x zoom (24-624mm eqiv.) will handle the majoity of photo situations and the f2.8-5.6 maximun aperture is good. Both the LCD an EVF provide a good view. Images, although not as good a top DSLR's, are very good and will make nice 13"x19" prints, the largest I make. My only real complaints are the same I have for most cameras. First, too many features for most people (myself included) to ever remember how to use without getting out the manual. Second, the remote cable sockect on the left side interfears with using an "L" bracket, which I do. Third, I wish the LCD was fully articulated. That way, it could be turn in toward the body so as to protect the screen when not in use. Although not inexpensive, I feel it's still a good value given it's build quality and features.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 5
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Best bridge camera

        By Yogart

        from Great Northwest

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Short Lag Time

        Cons

        • Big

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

        I upgraded from an HS20 to the X-S1. Significant improvement in low light images, faster, general improvement in image quality. Having a little time adjusting to the changes in controls but generally they are more clearly thought out and more efficient to operate.The camera is quite large compared to the HS-20 but I think the improvements are worth it.Battery life is great. In general the camera is a clear step up on all levels and I am happy with the results.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        I definitely would buy this product agai

        By IrishHawk

        from University of Kansas

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

          The out-of-the-box automatic shooting mode produces awesome photos, enabling me to begin shooting and enjoying my images while I am learning the ins-and-outs of using the X-S1's wide range of manual modes.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Great so far

          By Bear

          from Raleigh NC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Short Lag Time

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

            So far I am very impressed. I am very happy with the viewfinder, which provides a bright image for composition. It also shows the color shift in the image depending on the film emulation selected.
            In a quick test it compared very well with my Nikon D80 w/18-200 lens for image quality. The main reason I wanted this camera was the long zoom lens combined with image quality.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            great camera

            By jim, retired colonel and MIT grad

            from Seattle WA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

              Has th heft and build of fine 35mm cameras. Performance is excellent. Zoom range is great.

              I also own the Nikon D300 and D90, but this is my go-to camera. It is not a take everywhere camera because of its size. I don't consider it a point and shoot, but rather as a semi-pro, and I ave recommended to a friend who bougt one and loves it.

              It also has great battery life. There is nothing not to like.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              The almost perfect bridge camera

              By Mendy

              from Palm Desert, Ca. USA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent ergonomics
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Build Quality
              • Great controls
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Limited Aa Filter
              • Nice Body Color

              Cons

              • A Bit On The Heavy Side
              • Af Hunts Sometimes Hunts

              Best Uses

              • Event Photography
              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Street Photography
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

              I have been shooting digital since 1999. Primarily, I have been using DSLR. I rarely print images and shoot for the web. I was getting a bit tired of lugging around multiple lenses, fighting dust bunnies and carrying large bodies. However, I did not want to give up control and decent image quality.

              My wife gave me the Fujifilm X10 as a gift. I immeadiately fell in love with the camera and the images. I was amazed that this extremely well built compact could produce such excellent images with great color, white balance, contrast, dynamic range (when necessary), control of noise etc.

              I had been looking for a good bridge camera for several years, but nothing I researched seemed to be quite right. I was skimming through a photo magazine and came across a full page ad from Fujifilm featuring all of their X system cameras. I had no idea they had a superzoom bridge camera. I researched it. I found that the XS1 had the same sensor as the X10 and ordered one from B+H (the best camera store in the USA).

              I have now used the XS1 for two event photo shoots. I was amazed by the results. As far as I am concerned, the XS1 is capable of capturing images as good as any entry level DSLR. The lens is a pleasure to use. It is sharp through all focal lengths. Also, I big plus for me is the wide end at 24mm equivalent.

              I can only think of 2 cons. The camera is a bit heavy for a bridge camera, but I will tolerate the weight for the image quality. Also, the auto focus sometimes hunts when the lens is zoomed out to maximum.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              This is a great camera!

              By Kate

              from Plattsburgh NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

                This camera is amazing. I am by no means a great photographer, but I am able to experiment and learn more about photography with this camera. It is very easy to use. I love it.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (0 of 61 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                missing some feutures

                By udi

                from Israel

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay
                • Poor Flash
                • Poor Image Stabilization

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

                the product is missing some baisic features for this kind of camera

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 4
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                3.0

                well designed

                By mostcool

                from bayside, new york

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Great Zoom
                • Nice Body Color
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay
                • Poor Image Quality
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

                This is a well designed camera - with some very nice features. However, I have returned it because I am not satified with the overall quality of the images. I purchased this with the hope of not having to take my heavier DSLR on trips, but the image quality is not worth the compromise for me.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would buy this product again!

                By nick1946

                from NW Arkansas

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Short Lag Time

                Cons

                • NONE AT THIS TIME

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

                I'm retired and use this excellant camera daily shooting wildlife. It has a longer zoom than the S100fs I had before I bought this camera. It takes great photos at higher ISO and has an auto detection to switch from the screen to the viewfinder when you put the viewfinder up to your eye.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                What an amazing camera!!

                By Phoebus16

                from New York, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

                  I am not a professional. I like learning about photography and this let's me learn on a dlrs-like camera, without carrying many lenses with me. This lets me take great pictures and at the same time, learn how to be better gradually. I had tried a few other super zooms (Sony, Canon, and Panasonic), and this was by far the best one. Others have either clunky menus and build or they have unrealistic jpg color output. It is more expensive than the others, but with the large sensor and the great controls and menus, it's really worth it if you can afford it. It feels great to hold, and the menu options and features are amazing.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Remarkable camera

                  By Dr D

                  from Silver City, NM

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

                    This is one of the most expensive point-and-shoot cameras, but also one of the best. The electronic viewfinder is nothing short of amazing - extremely bright, even when pointed into dark areas. You can focus through the viewfinder when it would be impossible with a through-the-lens viewfinder. The sensor sizeis basically APS-c, which is unheard of among its point-and-shoot siblings. It is only 12 megapixel, but the light sennsitivity seems to be very good. The photos are of very good quality, although at the long end of the zoom the sharpness drops off. One irritating disadvantage is that the manual focus ring is a servo rather than a direct connect, thus there is some lag when you turn the ring. This makes manual focus slower than it should be.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Wow, Wow and Double Wow

                    By Oogah

                    from Van Wert, Ohio

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent video
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Short Lag Time
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

                      WOW to an exceptional Zoom and all around camera.
                      WOW, we can shoot video and snap still shots all at the same time with out interupting the video.
                      DOUBLE WOW to the excellent service that I received from B & H when I called and placed my order and received it 3 days later.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 10
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great store, Great camera

                      By David

                      from Vancouver USA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Audio Quality
                      • Good Video Quality
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • No more lenses changes

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

                        My shopping experience with B&H was great!!! Delivery was on time, and the product was packaged correctly and as described. Now, about the camera. The Fuji XS-1 is a marvelous piece of work. I read so many biased reviews about this camera, (and Fuji in general) 75% of the ones I read did not even have the camera in hand. . Don't believe the Fuji haters. I already have printed 11x14, 12x18, 12x24, The image quality is excellent. I dumped a good DSLR and a heavy bag of lenses for this camera, and couldn't be happier.. So don't hesitate, pull the trigger. The camera is worth the money.

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                        • No

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                        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        FINE CAMERA

                        By Herbert

                        from Huayacocotla, Mexico

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Many features
                        • Wide zoom range

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

                          I am a photo enthusiast. My primary use is taking photos during travel, family etc.
                          I needed quite a time, to study all the features the camera includes (still learning), but over all, I think it is worth the money I paid for it.
                          I like the enormous zoom range it provides, which allows picture taking far enough away for wildlife and other situations, you cannot get the scene getting too close.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Great Intro Enthusiast Camera

                          By John Hancock

                          from Northwoods, WI

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                          • Bulky

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (Black):

                          The X-S1 can capture 95% of all shots I'll come across and it will be a long time before my photography skills will start to push the limitations of the camera's capabilities.

                          I like the idea of the single lens being a limitation. I'll have a great (and boarder line bulky camera) on my travels that can capture stunning images, but my temptation/need to bring other lenses will be 0.

                          The quality is awesome. It puts the Rebel and D5100 to shame in appearance and feel in your hands. I've found the AF to be very quick, puts the T3i to shame (both shooting with SDHC cards). The layout of the camera was very intuitive to learn, but I found myself very confused switching back and forth between a friends canon and my fuji.

                          Biggest and only complaint thus far, the pretend view finder. It can display a lot of good info about the current settings and allows you to keep your eye on the subject while adjusting iso/aperature/etc, and also has a focus dial (thus allowing me to shoot without glasses). But the image quality of the display is not great by any means. Using MF to shoot crisp images may prove to be difficult even as I get use to the camera. Hopefully not.

                          Having mentioned this, I would definitely buy this again.

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                          • No

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