The Fujifilm X100S Black

Fujifilm X100s is among the best digital compact cameras for street and candid photography. The useful focal length of 35mm (full-frame equivalent) provides ample versatility in all kinds of environments, aided by the relatively fast aperture of f/2. Despite such commendable specifications, the lens is also very small and makes the whole package appear non-threatening and easy to carry around for long periods. Couple that lens to a large (for a compact camera) APS-C X-Trans sensor and you will soon find that Fujifilm X100s is definitely capable of some very high-quality results, as seen in our review of the camera. What’s at least as important as the camera’s portability is its quietness. Using the camera is basically a silent endeavor courtesy of that whisper-quiet leaf shutter – almost like an electronic shutter, but without the disadvantages. On top of that, what was previously a slow autofocus system (of the original X100) has now been significantly improved for the latest X100s.

Fujifilm X100s Black

The design plays a big part in the camera’s appeal for street photography, too – it is not instantly recognized as a digital camera by most people and, as such, does not raise negative reactions as often, but rather curiosity. Loads of strong points, then. But if there was a slight niggle some of the street photographers had with the X100s, it is that the camera did not come in all-black. Rejoice, because it does now.

Why is this Important?

On the face of it, Fujifilm merely introduced a new color option for its popular compact camera. It is not such a big deal for most photographers, let’s be frank. But for some, it is really the only thing that was missing. David Hobby (The Strobist), for example, taped over all the chrome bits of his X100s. Why? Simply to make it more discreet and understated. Chrome catches much more light than black paint and thus attracts attention. It is that much more noticeable in dark environments, too, where a black, almost completely silent camera all but disappears. Very helpful for those who want to remain hidden, would you not agree?

Some of you will remember that the X100 also came in black. True. But that one was released as a special, limited edition, which means there was a limited amount of black X100’s available (10 thousand units). It was also quite a bit more expensive than the regular X100 (granted, it did come in a beautiful black box with some extras thrown in).

Fujifilm X100 Limited Edition

The black Fujifilm X100s, though, is in every other way identical to the silver version and will also cost the same. A handsome, purposeful-looking thing, isn’t it?

Pre-Order Information

The black Fujifilm X100s is not yet in stock, but can already be pre-ordered.


  1. 1) HomoSapiensWannaBe
    January 7, 2014 at 8:01 am

    I was very interested in the X100s at launch and kept waiting for the black version this past year. Now that it is finally available, other cameras have been introduced that will probably keep me from buying one.

  2. January 7, 2014 at 8:41 am

    I am still marveling over my X-E2, 18-55mm and my recently added 55-200mm. I did look at the x100S, but couldn’t get my head around the lack of flexibility a fixed lens would afford me. However, my next purchase will be either the 14mm or 10-24mm. I find it an extraordinary camera and lens combo, I really must dig out my D800 and let it see the light of day!!


  3. 3) Jorge Balarin
    January 7, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    What about the serious x100s autofocus problems pointed out in a Nasim’s review ? I want to recomend a camera for my brother and I thought about the Fuji x100s, but after reading Nasim’s review I changed my mind. Greetings, Jorge.

  4. January 7, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I am under the impression that the x100s uses the same sensor as the X-E2 and if it’s correct to assume that both cameras share the same processor etc, then I can say that my X-E2 AF is extremely fast. In fact, when I assessed the camera before purchase, AF speed was my main consideration for purchase. As I also use both a Nikon D800/D7100 with lightning focus speeds I found the X-E2 totally acceptable. I was very worried about moving from Phase detection to Contrast detection, but I find that is not an issue. I can’t image the X100s being any different especially with a prime lens especially with its wide aperture, however I stand to be corrected.

  5. 5) Alis Dobler
    January 8, 2014 at 1:14 am

    I love my x100s. It’s great! I agree, that the camera suffers from focus problem in low light envo. But as a carry around on the street it’s great. IQ is really really good. Of course for sport or action it’s not suited, but I don’t think this is the purpose of this camera.

  6. January 8, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I’ve found that the x100s focusing in low light conditions *did* bother me at first, but it’s better once you’ve spent some time with it and start understanding its peculiarities.

    In low light I’m pretty sure it relies entirely on contrast detection, and doesn’t leverage the hybrid contrast detection / phase detection focusing that’s behind its claims of ultra-fast focus acquisition. Consequently, you really need to adjust your af area size box (using the control toggle on the back of the camera, top-left) to be appropriately sized to the contrast area you’re trying to grab focus on. For example, in low light, shooting my son, a larger af box covering a substantial portion of his face doesn’t work as well as a smaller box set to grab contrast just in the area of his eye, the edge of his nose, etc.

    Additionally, I’ve found that the AF assist lamp doesn’t work very well if you’ve set your AF area to anywhere on the left-hand side of the frame—you really need to stick to any of the af points from the center vertical row out to the right-hand side of the frame, in my experience. I assume that this is due to light from the af lamp getting blocked by the lens barrel, especially at closer subject distances. Similar to how the flash gets cut off at closer subject distances.

    Following these guidelines I’ve had pretty good luck in low light conditions with the x100s.

    • 6.1) Alis
      January 9, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      Thanks I will try that :-)

  7. 7) Marco
    January 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    It’s just me probably, but I’m of the opinion that all Fuji X cameras reveal their authentic beauty in their silver variants. I’ve recently purchased a X-E2 and I’ve never felt doubtful on which color to pick: silver all the way! That’s what also contribute in making the camera even more distinguishing different from my D800E (or any DSLR or other compact camera system).
    That’s my perspective, but I’m happy for those who now have the alternative to go with a less noticeable black X100S, as also possible with the other Fuji X series cameras.

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