Fujifilm X-S1 Compact Camera

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Key Features

  • 12MP 2/3"-type CMOS sensor
  • 7 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 26x F2.8-5.6 optical zoom lens (24-624mm equivalent)
  • ISO 100-3200 expandable up to 12,800
  • 1080 HD video
  • Articulated 3.0 inch LCD with 460,000 dots
  • Electronic viewfinder with 1,440,000 dots
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • Built-in flash with hotshoe
  • Electronic level
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • 460 shots per battery charge (CIPA standard)
  • Optical image stabilization

Product Description

The Fujifilm X-S1 is an SLR-style superzoom camera with a 26x optical zoom lens and 12MP, 2/3-inch EXR CMOS sensor. It offers a built-in electronic viewfinder with 1.44 million dots of resolution. Continuous shooting is available at a top speed of 10 frames per second at reduced resolution; full resolution burst speed tops out at 7 fps. Build quality is in keeping with the camera's premium X-series designation, including a rubberized grip surface and metal dials.


Body type
Body type SLR-like (bridge)
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Other resolutions 4000 x 2664, 4000 x 2248, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1864, 2816 x 1584, 2048 x x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1080, 1536 x 1536
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size 2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm)
Sensor type EXRCMOS
Processor EXR
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, (4000, 5000, 6400, 12800 with boost)
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24–624 mm
Optical zoom 26×
Maximum aperture F2.8 - F5.6
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (2x)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT color LCD monitor
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 8.00 m
External flash Yes (hot-shoe)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Continuous drive 10 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format H.264
Microphone Stereo
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included 26 MB
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini connector)
Remote control Yes (Optional RR-80)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion NP-95 rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries) 920 g (2.03 lb / 32.45 oz)
Dimensions 135 x 107 x 149 mm (5.31 x 4.21 x 5.87)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None


User Reviews

4.39216 out of 5 stars
  • BobH333, Feb 8, 2013 GMT:
    Actually I really love it...

    I really love this camera. Remember that we have to judge it based on the catagory that it fills. First I will adress the build quality. It is simply outstanding without a doubt. Built great, feels great. A true pleasure to use due to the solidity, materials and architecture. A camera that you really want to pick up. Very easy to seamlessly interface with your intent and become one with. Controls are thought out well. You can merge with this camera and do any shot from super macro ...

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  • Kokeen4231, Oct 10, 2012 GMT:
    Top in its category

    Having tested out the X_s1, I have to say it is the best in its superzoom category. Its manual zoom lens is much more convenient. It has a much more solid feel compared to nikons and canons which feels plastic. Its image quality is relatively good thanks to its larger sensor than most others in its range and 4 aspherical elements. Problems: Expensive!

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  • Dave in NC, Jun 13, 2012 GMT:
    New owner of X-S1. Lens play a problem?

    Just got this out of the box, and would like to know if anyone else has commented on the lens play near the outer range of zoom? It really seems to be allot for a camera that is otherwise very tight. The one I got was a refurb from Amazon, so Im wondering if this camera is an anomally, or they are all built this way. Very interested to hear any feedback from anyone that has noticed this, and if it is a design issue, or I just got a lemon. Other than that, the camera is awesome. DaveB in New ...

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  • SCMW, Apr 7, 2012 GMT:
    I'm Loving it :)

    It is the most versatile camera I've ever owned. Simply brilliant in every way, point and shoot has never been so fool proof. EXR settings are great and picture quality is just stunning, amount of pixels is adequate for just about any use. Speed is just awesome, video is stunning. What a joy to own this camera. FujiFilm has done a great job in building an affordable, high quality point and shooter that stands out in the crowd. Kudos!

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Questions & Answers


X-S1 - Do I leave as is or get the sensor upgraded?

I have an X-S1 camera from when they were first released -  Serial 21A0xxxx - it does not exhibit any of the much discussed lens droop and I never had an issue with orbs in pictures taken with bright lights or sun reflections.  I have had some purple shading on a handful of pictures but really not a problem. I have been thinking of bringing it in to the local Fuji repair center in New Jersey to have the sensor upgraded.   Does anyone know if they do the upgrade directly to your camera or do they give you a later serial number model with the newer sensor?  Would the newer sensor provide a noticeable difference in image quality over the original sensor? I guess I am a little hesitant to bring in my X-S1 if there is a chance I could end up with one that has a droopy lens.  Any comments are welcome.  Thanks

jabber54 asked
7 days ago


Hi Jabber. Here is my 2 cents: 1.-) If your Camera is not on Warranty, they will charge you for that Lens + Sensor change. Call them (Fuji) and ask them first. 2.-) If the Camera is performing well as you say and has almost no Droop, then keep it that way my friend. They will not give you a new one. They will perform a Lens+ Sensor change and the chances the Camera will not perform the same or better as you have it now are great. 3.-) Update your Firmware (if you have not done so) to 1.01 which is the latest one. And most important ....... continue to enjoy an Excellent and Marvelous Camera!!! Aaron.... Continue Reading

Alltronic answered
7 days ago


X-S1 Successor

I own an X-S1, and would very much like the new version of this camera, with an X-trans sensor. Does anyone have news to share, as to details and timeline,for it's replacement?

Timmbits asked
1 year ago


I own an X-S1, and would very much like the new version of this camera, with an X-trans sensor. I`ve yet to see anything from the X20 to make me wish for that, have you ? . in fact the X20 loses the X10`s EXR DR abilities . I was expecting a super-sharp fine detail JPG engine from the X-Trans and the X20 given their past ability with super-CCD HR in the excellent S100FS (which reigns STILL as the most resolute Fuji camera with a smaller than APS-C sensor) but the results are quite the reverse, all mush and lack of sharpness, do you want an XS model like that ? . I hope Fuji sort it out because the X20`s mechanical improvements are excellent , I`d rather have one with the S100FS CCD and engine as it stands ! Continue Reading

AdamT answered
1 year ago

Frederick M wrote: I'm waiting for the X-S2 or the FZ50 update The X-S1, HS50, and FZ200 don't convince me "an artist, a man, a failure, must proceed" e e cummings From low light test shots I've seen on this site, I'll never touch any of those tiniest sensor models, no matter what lens you put on them. Continue Reading

Timmbits answered
1 year ago

wymjym wrote: maybe so but I have yet to see another fuji with a small sensor that does this well (in my hands) Why is the exif data stripped from your images? You don't mention what camera you took those with. Oh, another vicious S100fs conspiracy, how can it be so good, it can't be, any newer camera must be better then the old one. The worlds must be colliding. Continue Reading

DS21 answered
1 year ago


Would Like your opinion - having trouble deciding what to purchase for an upcoming Hawaii trip

Thanks for reading - I will be going away for a week on vacation to Hawaii - this is on my wife's bucket list - I've never been there before. I decided not to take my DSLR because of the bulk and weight.  I also decided not to take my Fuji X-S1 because I felt that I wanted something with better image quality. I own a Fuji XPRO-1 with the 35mm F1.4, 18mm F2, and the 14mm F2.8. I was pretty much decided that I would get the XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 for $399 because it got impressive reviews and is a lot lighter to carry than the XF 55-200mm for $499. I am considering purchasing one of the other Fuji zoom lenses as well so I looked at the 18-55mm F2.8-4 for $694.99 and I also looked at the XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 for $399. This is where my trouble began - I saw that for just $100 more I could get the Fuji X-E1 camera with the 18-55mm F2.8-4 for $799 or I could get for $200 more the Fuji X-M1 camera with the XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 for $599. That would allow me to keep my XPRO-1 at home and have a ...

jabber54 asked
21 days ago


I would get an 18-55 mm lens to go with your X-Pro1.  There are several good used ones on EBay for ~$400, and that would be your best $-wise and long term. Continue Reading

jack Hoggard answered
21 days ago

1. The XC line is good 2. The XF is better 3. what are you looking to do with your photography and not just on this vacation 4. Fill the need answered with 3 with 1 and 2 in mind. Continue Reading

Cartwheels MD answered
21 days ago

I bought the X-E1 with the 18-55mm last year at this time for full retail, $1,399; I have no regrets. I added the 14mm wide angle & 55-200mm zoom last year. This year I've added the 23mm, the 27mm, and the 60mm with the rebates. The 23mm was the lens I always wanted to pair with the 14mm; the 27mm and the 60mm became much more attractive with the discounts, and worth buying. For you, I'd say the 18-55mm "kit" would be the best value. The 18-55mm zoom is worth having; it's a lens that will be usable into the foreseeable future. The IQ lives up to its reputation. For a travel camera the standard zooms are the most versatile lens you can have. Fuji's is definitely a cut above the rest. The next lens I'd take would be the 14mm; it's performance is as spectacular as the images it captures. Walking around, I'd be happy with the 18-55mm; going on a day trip, or a tour to scenic locations, I'd want to have the 14mm with me. At $200 with the current promotion, the XF 27mm is a must. If you ... Continue Reading

wyldberi answered
21 days ago

Warranty Information

"Your Fujifilm equipment has been manufactured to precise standards, and with rigid quality control through every process of manufacturing. It is warranted by Fujifilm U.S.A. against defective workmanship or materials for one full year from date of purchase. Fujifilm U.S.A. will, at its option, either repair or replace (with a reconditioned unit of like condition) free of charge equipment which is returned either in person or postpaid and insured to one of the Fujifilm U.S.A. Repair Centers listed on the reverse side. The product must be accompanied by some proof of date of purchase, such as the original sales slip. This warranty does not cover batteries or flash equipment and accessories not manufactured by Fujifilm Holdings Corp. This warranty does not apply if the equipment has been damaged by accident, abuse (including, but not limited to, sand, dirt, water, liquid, impact battery corrosion, etc.), failure to follow operating or maintenance instructions or if the equipment has been modified or serviced by anyone other than a Fujifilm U.S.A. Repair Center. This warranty cannot be resold or transferred."

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