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.
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).
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?