Fujifilm X100S Announced

Fujifilm’s storming 2013 with two refreshed models. Today, the Fujifilm X100S and X20 were announced (along with some other compact cameras). Both X100 and X10 were, and still are, immensely popular and well received by photographers of all levels. Strangely enough, their popularity is not due to outright perfection, but a very subtle balance between quality and… character? By all means, these cameras are not exactly easy to live with due to an enormous amount, for a finished product, of quirks. Luckily, Fujifilm is big on customer opinions – they seem to have heard the more known complaints and reacted accordingly. As a result, the two updated compact cameras carry certain welcome improvements. Lets see what those are in more detail, starting with the X100S and the X20 covered in a separate article.

Fujifilm X100S Front

Fujifilm X100S

1) Commentary

Having mentioned quirks, Fujifilm X100 (click here for our review) was received very enthusiastically by most photographers. Carrying a sharp fixed lens with the equivalent focal length of 35mm, large sensor and unique at the time hybrid viewfinder, its biggest complaint was overall sluggishness. Start-up time wasn’t exactly brilliant, nor card write speed. Most unfortunately, AF was also average at best with manual focus hardly usable at all due to very long focus throw. Despite these and other shortcomings, some of which have since been fixed via firmware updates, X100 still remains a very desirable camera. The X100S builds upon the strengths of its predecessor and promises to fix some of the shortcomings while carrying virtually the same attractive design, save for a small S at the front of the camera. Being Fujifilm, we are yet to see how much of promises turn out to be true, but already I’ve forgotten all about Sony’s RX1. X100S sounds fantastic!

Lets start with an improved, sharper OLED EVF (still hybrid, thank goodness, and can be switched to optical viewfinder) with 2,360,000 dots. It is likely the very same unit found in Fuji’s latest mirrorless camera, the X-E1. It is also used in other cameras with some tweaks and is, as of today, more or less state-of-art. I’m not a fan of electronic viewfinders as I believe they are not quite there yet in replacing OVFs, but this one comes close enough for me to consider buying the X-E1 or X100S. Expect great sharpness, good dynamic range and deep blacks. EVF allows one to see very well in dark environments and sometimes even better than with naked eye (albeit with visible grain). More importantly, one can check for correct exposure, white balance and other settings live, as EVF will show a “what you see is what you get” image. Again, the ability to switch to an optical viewfinder virtually eliminates any shortcomings associated with EVFs, such as slow refresh rates when light fades and lag. I hope to see more such cameras from Fujifilm in the future.

Things get even better further on. Originally, X100 had a 12 megapixels APS-C sized sensor. I found it to be very similar to the sensor used in Nikon D300 camera with the exact same resolution, but thought it to have been tweaked somehow. While this may or may not be true, in any case X100 was very good at high ISOs and delivered pleasant colors and sharpness. The new camera sees to improve on that performance by offering the same, or very similar to, 16 megapixel X-Trans sensor found in X-Pro1 and X-E1 mirrorless cameras. Fujifilm claims it to be comparable to Full-Frame sensors and we have no doubts about it, as seen in our Fujifilm X-Pro1 review. This sensor carries a unique color filter arrangement, which allows Fujifilm to remove low-pass filter for more sharpness without the fear of moiré patterns appearing. Fuji’s sensor is also very good at high ISO values.

Fujifilm X100S Rear

With X100S, I’ve noticed the X-Trans sensor and Fuji’s EXR processor dubbed “II”, which may indicate improvements associated with autofocus. Apparently keen to prove themselves capable after many complaints that plagued previous X cameras, Fuji has worked very hard in AF department. First and foremost, X-Trans sensor now employs, in recent fashion, both phase- and contrast-detect AF systems with claimed world fastest AF speed of a mere 0.08s. Truth be told, Fuji compares X100S AF performance to other APS-C sensor compact cameras with non-interchangeable lenses, of which there aren’t all that many. Still, the number is very reassuring. If Fuji’s claims and Nikon 1 performance, which was the first to use similar hybrid AF system, are of any indication, X100S should carry a commendable AF speed and accuracy improvement. Faster start-up and shot-to-shot times are also mentioned, as well as shutter lag of just 0.01s.

The very same 35mm equivalent f/2 lens is present. Fujifilm promises some very welcome manual focus improvements. Previously, both X100 and X-Pro1 were hardly usable in manual focus mode – focus-by-wire, another feature I’m not a fan of, wasn’t responsive enough. It also needed a very long focus ring throw to go from minimal focus distance to infinity, which made the process slow enough to be annoying. Personally, I never really understood why Fujifilm chose to use focus-by-wire system. With this system, even when you turn focus ring on the lens, electronic motor is engaged to shift lens elements – there is no direct coupling. However, with recent X-E1, Fujifilm promised improved MF experience, and they seem to have given this mode enough attention with X100S, too. We get Focus Peak Highlight. If we are to rely on other cameras with traditional focus peaking, this means magnified view through EVF for critical focus, a feature seen almost a standard these days. However, Fuji says the feature “emphasizes the outline of the subject focus plane”. Sounds mildly interesting, we are to see how it works. Also Digital Image Split function is present, which acts similarly to how older manual focus camera viewfinders did displaying two images that need to be aligned together for accurate focus. Hopefully, manual focus ring is also more responsive and doesn’t require nearly as much turning.

Video specifications are also worth mentioning, with Full HD 1080p recording at a max 60fps speed, which puts it up there with the best in fluidity. We can’t wait to give this camera some proper field use!

2) Key Specifications

  • 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • EXR Processor II
  • High Definition Hybrid Viewfinder (OVF / EVF)
  • FUJINON 23mm f/2 lens
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF (with the world’s fastest AF speed of 0.08 secs (*1))
  • Start-up time of 0.5 secs (*4)
  • Shutter time lag of 0.01 secs
  • Shooting interval of 0.5 secs
  • High-contrast and wide viewing-angle 2.8-inch Premium Clear LCD (460K dots)
  • Super Intelligent Flash
  • Burst shooting rate of up to 6 frames per second at full resolution (max. 29 frames)
  • Focus Peak Highlight function
  • Digital Split Image display
  • Artistic filters
  • Full HD movie recording (60fps / 30fps)

3) Official Press Release

Introducing the new FUJIFILM X100S

FUJIFILM launches a high-speed successor to the X100 with the world’s fastest AF of 0.08 seconds
07.01.2013

Fujifilm X100S

Two years ago, FUJIFILM launched the prestigious X100 with a FUJINON 23mm f/2 fixed prime lens and superb image quality, in a beautifully designed compact camera body. Its unique style and international acclaim has carved out a niche for a new genre of Premium Compact Camera, designed in pursuit of optimum operability. Today, FUJIFILM is proud to announce the launch of the FUJIFILM X100S, the successor to the FUJIFILM X100, inheriting its elegant design and high-performance lens, whilst evolving further to meet customers’ demands with the introduction of a higher-definition Hybrid Viewfinder and a new sensor and processor.

The X100S has the ability to capture high resolution images, comparable to those taken on full-frame sensors. This is down to a combination of its newly-developed 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II, which together increase resolution by approx. 25% (*2) and reduce noise by more than 30% (*3). Clear images with minimal graininess, even at high ISO settings, can also be produced, thanks to the removal of the optical low pass filter and the introduction of a more powerful processor.
The newly-developed X-Trans CMOS II sensor has built-in Phase Detection pixels which provide the X100S with the world’s fastest AF in as little as 0.08 seconds (*1). Additionally, the EXR Processor II offers very speedy response times with a start-up time of approx. 0.5 seconds (*4), and a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds. Plus with its shutter time lag of only 0.01 seconds, it allows you to react quickly and capture each precise moment you want to with no missed photo opportunities.
Also new to the FUJIFILM X100S is the world’s first (*5) “Digital Split Image” feature, which displays dual images on the left and right to be lined up for manual focusing. This enables accurate focusing especially when working with an open aperture or macro shooting. What’s more there is a handy Focus Peak Highlight function, which shows you precisely which area of your composition is in focus.
Depending on the subject and scene, users can switch between two viewfinder options: optical or electronic. The Optical Viewfinder (OVF) is useful when users want to see their subject in the same bright clarity that they see with the naked eye, or when time lag is an issue. The high resolution 2.36 million dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) is useful when you want to be able to visually check focus, exposure, white balance and depth of field whilst composing the shot.

Main Features

(1) Sensor performance comparable to full-frame output
The X100S features FUJIFILM’s newly-developed 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor with a unique, highly randomised, colour filter arrangement. The benefit of the new array is the elimination of the need for an optical low-pass filter; these are used in conventional sensors to reduce false colour and moiré effects but they also reduce image resolution. The removal of the optical low-pass filter allows the X-Trans CMOS II sensor to maximise the light it receives directly, enabling users to capture much finer detail and optimise resolution levels.
The X100S uses a Lens Modulation Optimiser to reduce optical effects such as lens diffraction, which occurs when light passes through a lens. Even when stopped down to f/16, the X100S retains sharpness and texture in the smallest details, demonstrating the extent of the sensor and lens combination’s capabilities, perfectly.
The excellent sensitivity of the X-Trans CMOS II sensor is coupled with the new EXR Processor II’s advanced signal processing capacity, which can reduce noise by more than 30% (*2) compared to its predecessor. Even when shooting in low-light, at a high ISO setting, the FUJIFILM X100S will produce crisp images with minimal grain.

(2) The World’s fastest Auto Focus and High-speed EXR Processing
With built-in Phase Detection, the X100S offers the world’s fastest AF speed of just 0.08 seconds(*1). The Intelligent Hybrid AF can switch to Contrast AF, dependent on the demands of the subject or scene, to ensure that the camera always auto-focuses quickly and with precision.
The EXR Processor II delivers processing speeds twice that of FUJIFILM’s previous generation processor (*6). The fast responses result in an impressive start-up time of approx. 0.5 seconds (*4), and a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds. In addition the X100S delivers a burst shooting rate of up to 6 frames per second (max. 29 frames) at the full resolution of 16.3 megapixels and the shutter time lag is a mere 0.01 seconds.

(3) Enhanced manual focus performance with the world’s first (*5) ‘Digital Split Image’ display
Making use of the built-in phase detection pixels for AF action, the X100S is the world’s first (*5) camera to offer a “Digital Split Image” feature, which displays dual images on the left and right to be lined up for manual focusing. This enables accurate focusing especially when working with an open aperture or macro shooting.
In addition, the X100S offers a handy Focus Peak Highlight function, which emphasises the outline of the subject focus plane. It provides the photographer with a guide, even in situations where it is difficult to calculate focusing accuracy, allowing users to enjoy manual focusing comfortably, however challenging the conditions.

Fujifilm X100S

(4) Premium Hybrid Viewfinder for easy image composition
Offering users freedom when composing photos and adaptability for a range of shooting conditions, the X100S’s Hybrid Viewfinder combines both an Optical and an Electronic Viewfinder.
The electronic viewfinder uses a 100% coverage, extra high resolution, 2,360K-dot High Definition LCD panel. It shows depth-of-field during macro shooting, as well as white balance settings, allowing users to accurately compose their shot while continuously looking through the viewfinder.
The premium quality optical viewfinder offers an easy-to-see magnification of 0.5 at a 23mm focal length and a horizontal apparent field of view of 26 degrees. The all-glass construction uses high-refractive index glass to minimise chromatic aberrations and distortion.
While in the optical viewfinder mode, users can make adjustments to shutter speed, aperture, ISO and other settings without having to take their eye off the viewfinder. The shooting frame (Bright Frame) and text brightness automatically adjust according to the ambient light available, to ensure that the information on the display is easy to see at all times.
The system features an OVF Power Save mode, which activates the power-saving function in the optical viewfinder mode to double the maximum number of images per full charge from 300 (*7) in normal operation.
With FUJINON’s proprietary coating, the viewfinder cleverly resists fingerprints and can easily be wiped clean, so that users can enjoy the optical viewfinder’s clear display without compromise.

(5) FUJINON 23mm f/2 lens offering premium image quality in a compact body
Specifically designed for this model, the FUJINON 23mm f/2 Single Focal Length Lens has a fixed angle of incidence of light into the lens, which facilitates optimum optical design. Taking full advantage of this, the X100S demonstrates advanced levels of image clarity, not only in the centre of the image, but also through to the edges of the photo. The versatile focal length of 35mm (*8) delivers an angle of view ideal for a diverse range of subjects and scenes.
The lens consists of 8 elements in 6 groups, and includes a high-performance double-sided aspherical element and highly-refractive converging glass elements, which deliver a high level of detailed performance with minimal aberration, excellent sharpness and beautiful colour reproduction. Moreover, FUJINON’s proprietary HT-EBC coating is applied to effectively control image flares and ghosting.
Other benefits of this lens are the beautiful, soft, round-shaped Bokeh that is produced from the 9 blade lens diaphragm. In addition the lens allows you to get as close as 10cm from your subject in macro mode for stunning close-up shots. And its built-in 3-stop ND filter enables blurring of the background in portraits, or applies a gorgeous creamy look to flowing water even in a bright setting.

(6) Elegant design and sophisticated functionality
The front of the X100S proudly bares the letter “S” as confirmation of its extensive evolution from the FUJIFILM X100. Down to the tiniest detail, the premium build and feel of the X100 is continued in the X100S. FUJIFILM’s top quality Japanese engineering is evident from the high precision components used and the perfectly optimised body.
The X100S’s top and base parts are made of magnesium alloy to achieve a lightweight, resilient, yet delicate design. A specially-formulated coating is applied to give its surface a steel look for an added premium feel. All the dials and rings have been milled from solid metal, with attention paid to the finer details such as finger grips and enhanced operability. The exterior is finished with synthetic leather, which is durable and resilient to the environment yet reproduces the texture of real leather, while still offering the practical benefits of additional grip and comfort.
The layout of the dials and rings allow users to operate the aperture ring on the lens with their left hand, and the shutter speed dial and exposure compensation dial on the top panel with their right hand, meaning all the settings can be adjusted comfortably without having to take your eye off the viewfinder. And to make you feel even more at home, you can even customise your shutter sound by choosing between the four different sounds available: Lens Shutter, Focal Plane Shutter, Mirror Up and Silent Shutter.
The menu system has been also updated to incorporate a Q “Quick” button which allows you to quickly call up frequently-used menu items such as ISO setting and Film Simulation modes. In addition, the Fn (Function) button allows users to assign functions frequently used while shooting, for convenient use at the touch of a button.

(7) Artistic photography
The X100S features FUJIFILM’s proprietary ‘Film Simulation Modes’. Users can choose from ten simulation options which replicate the results achieved by FUJIFILM colour reversal films (Velvia / PROVIA / ASTIA), professional colour negative films (PRO Neg. Std / PRO Neg. Hi), monochrome filters (MONOCHROME, Ye filter, R filter and G filter) and SEPIA.
Also available on the X100S is the Advanced Filter function; users can choose from 8 different artistic effects which can be previewed on the LCD screen:
Pop Colour – great for boosting contrast and colour saturation
Toy Camera – create shaded borders as if you were taking a photo on a toy camera
Miniature – adds top and bottom blur for a diorama or miniature effect
Dynamic Tone – create a fantasy effect by dynamically-modulated tonal reproduction
Partial Colour – highlights one colour and leaves the rest of the image in black and white (choose from red, orange, yellow, green, blue or purple)
High Key – enhances brightness and reduces contrast to lighten tonal reproduction
Low Key – create uniformly dark tones with few areas of emphasised highlights.
Soft Focus – blurs the focus of the image edges to create a softer effect
In addition a Multiple Exposure function enables users to combine two separate images together for special creative effects. And for greater artistic freedom, the aspect ratio can be selected from 3:2, 16:9, and 1:1 (square) to accommodate a wide range of photographic styles.

(8) Full HD Video Shooting
The X100S can shoot at 60fps during Full HD video recording (1920 x 1080) for very smooth video capture. Plus shooting at the high bit-rate of 36Mbps will result in reduced noise and enhanced image quality that reveals every detail, from individual leaves in the trees, to subtle changes in facial expression. During video recording, users have access to many of the additional modes available in still image capture. Film Simulation modes can be used, White Balance settings can be adjusted, you can even make the most of the fast lens to produce beautiful bokeh and also operate the Intelligent Hybrid AF for high-speed and high-precision focusing.

(9) FUJIFILM X100S Key features list:

  • 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • EXR Processor II
  • High Definition Hybrid Viewfinder (OVF / EVF)
  • FUJINON 23mm f/2 lens
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF (with the world’s fastest AF speed of 0.08 secs (*1))
  • Start-up time of 0.5 secs (*4)
  • Shutter time lag of 0.01 secs
  • Shooting interval of 0.5 secs
  • High-contrast and wide viewing-angle 2.8-inch Premium Clear LCD (460K dots)
  • Super Intelligent Flash
  • Burst shooting rate of up to 6 frames per second at full resolution (max. 29 frames)
  • Focus Peak Highlight function
  • Digital Split Image display
  • Artistic filters
  • Full HD movie reoording (60fps / 30fps)

(10) Premium Accessories available for the FUJIFILM X100S

  • Wide conversion lens WCL-X100 – designed specifically for X100 and X100S, shortens the lens’ focal length from 35mm (*8) to 28mm (*8). It offers a broader field of view while maintaining the powerful performance equivalent to that of the main body’s lens
  • Premium Leather case LC-X100S – Users can remove / insert a memory card and battery without having to take this case off. This is a practical ‘Quick Shot’ case, made of premium genuine leather
  • Shoe Mount Flash – Three types of Fujifilm external flashes are available, capable of the proprietary high-precision TTL auto flash control: EF-20 and EF-X20 with the guide number 20, and EF-42 with the guide number 42
  • External stereo microphone MIC-ST1 – For recording real sound with impact to go with premium-quality images and full-HD movie

*1 Fujifilm research as of November 2012. Compared with other compact digital cameras equipped with an APS-C sensor and a non-interchangeable lens based on CIPA standards and conducted in High Performance mode.
*2 Fujifilm research. Compared with X100 and conducted in f/16.
*3 Compared with FUJIFILM X100
*4 High Performance mode
*5 Fujifilm research as of November 2012
*6 Compared with the EXR Processor Pro.
*7 Maximum shots from a fully charged NP-95 lithium battery pack, based on the CIPA test standard.
*8 35mm format equivalent

Comments

  1. January 6, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    OK the (sexy one) got “obsolete :))
    I’m just wondering is someone paying them not to produce a full frame model or what, all the excellent digital recipe is there except for the FX sensor and they can do it better than Leica.

    Thanks for the update and news Romanas :)
    cheers!

  2. January 6, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    BRAVO!
    No other prominent site including Fuji themselves have it in news yet ,they have the older models as “new” LOL :)
    FANTASTIC JOB ! You must have a great CI inside Fuji ;)

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      ) Romanas Naryškin
      January 6, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Nah, Adnan, I don’t. Here you go – they had it hidden for a few more hours, but it leaked. Things like these are usually done on purpose. :) http://www.fujifilm.eu/uk/news/article/news/introducing-the-new-fujifilm-x100s-1/

    • 4
      ) David B
      January 6, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Actually old new, Adnan, it was leaked on Fujirumors and other sites several days ago, and Fuji Europe site had it there last night. But I do want to to see some sample images with all the promises of picture quality ‘comparable with full frame.” Hopefully Fuji won’t then price it comparably with RX1. If they price it around the price of X100 I will definitely get it; I wanted X100 but skipped because of AF issues.

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        ) Romanas Naryškin
        January 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm

        Hello, David, good to see you here again.

        You should expect the image quality to be identical to X-E1 and X-Pro1, the latter of which we reviewed. It’s the same sensor as far as I can tell with the only difference being phase-detect sensors in it. They won’t affect image quality. The lens is nice and sharp in normal conditions and is known to have a distinctive look wide open at macro distances.

        • 8
          ) David B
          January 6, 2013 at 5:35 pm

          Roman have u seen the portion of ad when Fuji says image quality comparable with full frame? And 30 percent better in low light claim ? That is full frame number we r talking about if u believe their claim leaving xpro and e in a dust

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            ) Romanas Naryškin
            January 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm

            David, I have. The claimed increase in low light, high ISO performance is in comparison to the older 12 megapixel sensor of the usual Bayer type, not the 16 megapixel sensor used in X-Pro11 and X-E1. Fujifilm has claimed the exact same thing when they launched X-Pro1 a while ago. :) It’s by no means an empty claim, too, as can be seen from our X-Pro1 review and, for example, this particular comparison included there – http://photographylife.com/reviews/fuji-x-pro1-comparisons-updated

          • 10
            ) Flem
            January 7, 2013 at 5:45 am

            “ad when Fuji says image quality comparable with full frame?”

            This is idiotic. The whole reason for using a larger format sensor is that the larger area creates an entirely different feel to a photo. It has nothing to do with a technical measure of image quality.

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              ) Romanas Naryškin
              January 7, 2013 at 5:52 am

              I wouldn’t go as far as saying “idiotic”, Flem. All comes down to what each of us sees as quality. Technically, Fuji sensors are up there, providing much sharpness and little high ISO noise, which can be important. For the artists of us, of course, aesthetics of a larger sensor are undeniably more important in many situations. Even so I’ve found smaller sensors to be tools one needs to learn to work with properly simply because it is so different from larger sensors. It’s not that those smaller formats aren’t any good in comparison, it’s that they are simply different. For me, also equal in their difference.

            • 12
              ) Flem
              January 7, 2013 at 5:59 am

              I would say idiotic in that it is a meaningless statement. Is full frame intrinsically’ good quality? I’d say no. Older MF backs with FX size sensors are now outmatched in pure IQ by point and shoots. So what exactly is their point? Does it have the aesthetic quality of full frame? No. Is there an intrinsic technical quality provided by full frame? No.

              Marketing BS.

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              ) Romanas Naryškin
              January 7, 2013 at 6:10 am

              Again, that depends on what you see when you read the statement. I’m pretty sure that, once you get past the, as you said, marketing bs, you may notice that full-frame sensors have always provided better technical quality than smaller sensors of – key phrase – the same generation. Fuji seems to be claiming its sensor is roughly on par with same generation larger sensors. Again, technically, though I’m sure silly (in my opinion) websites like DxOmark will disagree, their claims seem to be backed up by users.

              “Good quality” is a very relative term. D300 once had a state-of-the-art APS-C sensor, and now it’s technically worse than those in cheapest Nikon DSLRs. Same with original 5D – it was once the top of sensor technology in that segment, and although it retains aesthetics of a larger sensor, it is now obsolete in comparison to something more recent. Some people care more than others of these technicalities. Some have their reasons, others just follow, again as you said, recent marketing bs into believing yesterdays products are worthless. To each his own, I say.

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              ) Red
              January 8, 2013 at 2:48 am

              Flem: I would REALLY like to see you recognize the difference between same frame shot with an APS-C and FF at F8….

  3. January 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I’m really excited to buy this camera. I always felt the X100 was like a late stage prototype. I totally can’t wait for this camera.

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      ) Romanas Naryškin
      January 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Hello, Brian. I couldn’t agree more – it does seem very tempting. :)

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        ) Nawaz sp
        January 9, 2013 at 6:43 am

        Can we expect a review, I note the review from Nasim on the X100 to quote his words:

        “To be honest, I was not planning on writing a review of the Fuji X100 camera. First, because the camera was sent to me in error. As I was preparing to send it back, I was asked if I wanted to try it out, so I agreed to check it out and ended up shooting with it for a week.”

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          ) Romanas Naryškin
          January 9, 2013 at 6:44 am

          Yes, Nasim is very intrigued by X100S. :)

  4. 14
    ) Musgo Acuatico
    January 7, 2013 at 6:48 am

    The new digital myth come back!!

  5. 15
    ) Musgo Acuatico
    January 7, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Fuji and Sony are nowdays innovators, Nikon is going a step beyond at his conservative position but my past favorite brand Canon is stopped and with highest prices.
    Sorry for my bad english.

  6. January 7, 2013 at 7:25 am

    As penance for even thinking about acquiring this or the X-E1 I will shoot a roll of film with one of my Yashica rangefinders every time I read a review about them.

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      ) Romanas Naryškin
      January 7, 2013 at 9:22 am

      I’m a big film lover myself, but digital photography, undeniably, is a very important part of my life on the whole. I believe the equipment you use should make you feel happy, it should suit you in every way you need it to. There’s nothing wrong in wanting such a camera, be it film or digital. :)

      • January 8, 2013 at 12:23 am

        True enough. I adore film and have some fabulous compact film cameras, each of which I love for different reasons. But the expanded possibilities and functional range of digital photography are admittedly very appealing. Recently I’ve had the pleasure of a little bit of both worlds with a friend’s Leica Digilux 2, and am no longer clinging to film like I have for so many years. The X20 appears to be the type of camera I need when not lugging my Nikon DSLRs and lenses around.

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    ) David B
    January 7, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Just saw a video by Fujiguys demonstrating the new X100s AF speed improvements and my excitement is no longer there. Yes, it looks better than X100, but what they demonstrate in not even that low of a light, it is clearly slower in AF than my OM-D, and my OM-D does not even have phase detection points on sensor! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0tNlfFcgQ0

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      ) Romanas Naryškin
      January 7, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Lets not jump to conclusions, David ;) That’s just one video. If it’s reliable in acquisition and speedy *enough*, personally, I’ll be more than satisfied. No need for it to be fastest in the industry. Just fast enough :)

      From that same video, I found it to be nicely quick, but what I didn’t like so much is the frozen frame after the focus has been achieved. Manual focus seems to have been well improved. Things are looking good so far. :)

      • 20
        ) David B
        January 7, 2013 at 5:16 pm

        Perhaps, for some, like you, it does not have to be and you would be satisfied. However, there are other types of users. For me, for example, AF speed is critical, as I have an eight-month-old at home who would not sit still for a second and moves constantly in every direction. And he is not running yet. I need the best AF possible to get these precious moments.

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          ) Romanas Naryškin
          January 7, 2013 at 5:23 pm

          Oh, I feel the same way, David. :) I know how quick kids can be. I’ve spent a lot of time with a young boy who is about half a year older than yours, he’s like a son to me with all the sleepless nights and hours and days of laughter, and he’s very fast. He rarely stays put. As it is, though, I’ve caught plenty of very memorable photographs with the very sluggish 50mm f/1.4G Nikkor. X100S seems to be faster. In the end it came down to anticipation as much as focus speed among other things.

          X100S is, of course, no sports camera and I’d be surprised if it handled fast-moving kids with ease. :)Again, I will hold on to my opinion, and it is just an opinion, until we actually get a chance to use the camera. We can hope for the best, right? :)

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