Fujifilm X100S First Look | Digital Photography Review

Fujifilm says the X100S has fully 70 improvements over the X100, some major (like the sensor), some relatively minor. Here we pick out some of the most important from the list, but in short, it appears that many of the X100’s remaining irritations have been addressed. Note though that we haven’t seen a working model yet, so don’t know how well the camera actually behaves in practice.

Performance improvements

The X100S’s new sensor and processor add up to improved performance specs compared to the X100. Here’s Fujifilm’s own comparison between the two:

  • Improved AF speed: 0.07 sec in good light (10EV), compared to 0.22 sec for X100
  • Quicker startup (0.9 sec vs 2 sec)
  • Faster continuous shooting (6 fps vs 5 fps)
  • Substantially larger buffer, 31 frames vs 10 frames (JPEG Large/Fine)
  • Improved shot-to-shot time in single shot drive mode (0.5 sec vs 0.9 sec)
  • Can immediately switch to playback mode after shooting (no need to wait for file to write to card)
  • Buttons that were unresponsive immediately after shooting are now fixed

Image processing options

The X100S gains the ‚Pro Neg‘ film simulation options previously seen on the X-Pro1 and X-E1, which are particularly aimed at giving neutral results for portrait photographers. At the other end of the scale, it also gets a range of special effects ‚Advanced filters‘.

  • ‚Pro Neg Std‘ and ‚Pro Neg Hi‘ film simulation settings
  • Customisable film simulation bracketing
  • 8 ‚Advanced Filter‘ processing options (Toy Photo, Miniature, Pop Colour, Soft Focus, Dynamic Tone, High Key, Low Key, Partial Colour)

Enhanced movie functionality

The X100’s video mode was basic to say the least, but the X100S boasts much improved specs. Movies are still a bolt-on to what’s fundamentally a stills camera, and accessed as a drive mode (there’s no ‚red button‘ in sight here). Note there’s still no image stabilization, optical or electronic, so hand-held movies will be jittery.

  • 1080p 60fps Full HD recording, with 24Mbps bitrate (compared to X100’s 720p 24fps)
  • Phase-detect AF effective for movie shooting
  • X-Trans colour filter reduces moiré and false colour
  • AF-S focus mode available (only AF-C and MF on X100)

Miscellaneous changes

  • 14bit RAW output
  • Max ISO in Auto mode increased to 6400
  • Auto ISO moved to shooting menu (from Set-up)
  • Protective coating on viewfinder window, to keep OVF clear of fingerprints
  • Minimum shooting distance using OVF reduced to 50cm (from 80cm on X100)
  • Minimum focus in normal shooting reduced to 21cm (from 40cm)
  • Shutter count function (updates every 100 shots, accessed from menu)
  • Battery chamber redesigned to prevent wrong-way-round insertion
  • 1:1 aspect ratio added (alongside 3:2 and 16:9)
  • Camera retains (as opposed to resets) all settings after firmware update
  • Eye-Fi card support
  • Improved support for SD cards used with Apple computers
  • Live histogram adapts to current settings in manual exposure mode
  • Strap lugs are double-plated for increased durability

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