Fujifilm FinePix X-S1 – Fujifilm FinePix X-S1 Superzoom was officially announced in October 2011, but appeared on sale just a few weeks ago. This camera is interesting in that it combines a fairly large by compact matrix camera standards – 2/3 inch diagonal – and a 26x zoom with a focal length of 24-624mm. But how good is he in real life? You will learn about it through our review.

The X-S1 has a lot in common with another X-series camera, the FinePix X10, which we reviewed earlier. Specifically, these cameras use the same EXR CMOS sensor. This is why the image quality of the X-S1 is almost the same as that of the X10, the difference is only dictated by differences in quality (and, in low light, aperture).

 

Fujifilm X-S1 specifications

Resolution : 12MP (4000×3000).

  • Die size : 2/3 inch.
  • Technology sensor , manufacturer : CMOS EXR, Fujifilm.
  • Lens: Fujinon Aspherical, EGF 24-624mm, aperture f / 2.8-5.6.
  • Image stabilization : yes, optical.
  • Autofocus : contrast; the possibility of selecting the focus point; Tracking autofocus and face detection are available.
  • Exposure range : 1 / 4000-30 sec.
  • Sensitivity : ISO 100-3200 (up to 12800 at reduced resolution).
  • Flash : built-in flash with guide number 8; Hot shoe for connecting external flashes.
  • Exposure metering: matrix, center-weighted, spot.
  • Burst shooting : up to 10 fps .
  • Storage : SD / SDHC memory cards.
  • File formats : JPEG, RAW (RAF), RAW + JPEG.
  • Video recording: yes, MOV (H.264), 1920×1080 resolution, 30fps refresh rate.
  • Microphone : built-in stereo microphone, socket for an external stereo microphone.
  • Display : 2.8 inches, TFT, resolution 460 thousand sub-pixels (480×320).
  • Power supply : NP-95 lithium-ion battery, claimed operating time – 300 shots from a full charge.
  • Dimensions and weight : 135х107х149 mm, 920 grams (with battery and memory card).

Getting to know your camera

The first thing you pay attention to when getting to know the camera is its solid dimensions and corresponding weight (920 full grams). In terms of dimensions, the X-S1 can easily compete with any entry-level DSLR equipped with a whale lens. It’s fair to say that the X-S1 offers a much more impressive zoom range.

Unlike most cameras, which feature a straight rubberized grip at best, the X-S1 is fully covered in textured plastic with a “rubber” texture. In my opinion, it doesn’t look very neat, but the camera is comfortable in the hand.

Fujifilm X-S1 is equipped with a 2.8 inch screen with a resolution of 460,000 dots. The screen can be tilted 90 degrees up or 45 degrees down, making it easy to take pictures “from the hip” or, conversely, over your head. The integrated electronic video viewfinder has a resolution of 1.44 million dots (800×600 RGB triads) and subjectively has very high image quality.

Interface connectors are hidden under the rubber flap on the left side of the camera: mini-USB, HDMI, analog video output and an input for an external stereo microphone (only microphones with their own power supply are supported) .

The lens barrel is partially made of metal, this also applies to the threads of the filters. The set comes with a “buckled” metal cover, which visually makes an already large camera even more massive.

Interestingly, the supplied lens cap has a strap hole (included in the package), with which it can be attached to the camera (to the belt loop).

The control of the camera is organized in a very traditional way: the user has a mode selector, a control wheel and a variety of buttons, two of which are programmable. The menu is no different from the Fujifilm X10 menu.

 

 

Photo quality

Fujifilm FinePix X-S1 has demonstrated very good, by compact camera standards, shooting quality, including at high sensitivity. At ISO 1600 and 3200, a large grain of brightness appears in the images, but the level of color noise remains acceptable. The results of shooting test objects at different sensitivities are similar to those of FinePix X10.

The X-S1, like the X10, has an unusual EXR CMOS sensor. In a nutshell, the meaning of EXR technology comes down to the fact that the pixel grid is deployed at 45 degrees compared to conventional arrays, and the camera can, if necessary, “combine” pixels of the same color to improve the image. signal to noise ratio or even expose neighboring pixels with different sensitivities, effectively expanding the dynamics. image range.

This feature is convenient, because in normal mode the camera is subject to sharp clipping of bright areas of the image (“white cut”), but it should be borne in mind that when using DD mode extended, the noise level in the shadows increases significantly.

 

JPEG vs. BRUT

The X-S1, traditionally aimed at Fujifilm cameras, shoots well directly in JPEG. However, with careful development of RAW files, you can get more details.

 

Depth of field

The relatively large sensor and the long focal length of the lens allow you to achieve noticeable blur in the background, even despite the small aperture (f / 5.6 at telephoto). The blurry character is pleasant without annoying halos. However, it is worth preparing for the fact that blurring the background completely “in the trash” will not work. Examples of background blur when shooting the Fujifilm X-S1.

 

Video quality

The Fujifilm FinePix X-S1 can record video in MOV format (H.264 codec) at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with stereo sound. In general, the video quality is good, but fine details and textures are visibly smoothed out, giving the image a certain “plasticine” appearance. Supports audio recording from an external microphone.

 

Test Photo Gallery

Below is a gallery of test photos taken with the Fujifilm X-S1 camera.

 

In the dry residue

Fujifilm FinePix X-S1 is one of the best superzoom available on the Ukrainian market. The camera is equipped with a large sensor for compact cameras and a 26x zoom lens, which makes it very versatile. The flip-up screen and high-quality electronic viewfinder make framing easy. In addition, the X-S1 also has several unique features for this class of cameras, for example, a connector for an external microphone or a very efficient mode to increase the dynamic range.

And while the X-S1 may not compete in image quality with modern DSLR or mirrorless cameras, it easily fits them on both blades for easy use. In addition, in most cases, the quality of resulting image will be quite sufficient for any lens, including printing in A3 + size. Also worth noting is the excellent battery life.

I took the camera with me on a week-long trip, during which I took several hundred pictures, and during that time I only needed to recharge it once. The only downside of the camera in the eyes of potential buyers will probably be the price, which at the moment is around 7,000 hryvnia ($ 870). Still, for a camera with a small sensor, that amount seems excessive, especially since for the same amount you can buy a really good DSLR or mirrorless camera.

 

7 reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix X-S1:

good image quality;

  • versatile 26x wide-angle zoom lens;
  • wide dynamic range (in DD extension mode);
  • high-quality electronic viewfinder and folding screen;
  • decent battery life;
  • practical control;
  • external microphone input.

2 reasons not to buy the Fujifilm FinePix X-S1:

tendency to cut white when shooting high contrast scenes;

  • autofocus uncertain in movie mode.