Fujifilm X100S Compact Camera

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81% Gold Award
It's a really nice camera that looks sharp, takes great pictures but takes up little space, and is trustworthy in a way that the original X100 never quite was.”

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Key Features

  • 16MP APS-C X-TRANS sensor
  • 6 frames per second continuous shooting
  • Fixed 23mm F2 lens (35mm equivalent)
  • Hybrid phase/contrast-detection AF system
  • ISO 200-6400, expandable up to 12,800
  • 1080p HD video
  • 2.8 inch LCD with 460,000 dots
  • Hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder
  • Built-in flash and hotshoe
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • Accepts 49mm filters with adapter ring AR-X100 (sold separately)
  • Built-in ND filter
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC

Product Description

The X100S retains the classic styling of its predecessor the X100 but has been extensively re-worked inside, with a 16MP X-Trans sensor that includes on-chip phase-detection elements (a technology first utilized by Fujifilm), and a higher-resolution LCD in its Hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder. A faster 'EXR II' processor, along with the on-chip AF information help Fujifilm offer what it says is the world's fastest AF. The X100S backs-up its rangefinder-esque looks with a digital split-image manual focus system, allowing fast manual focusing.

Specs

Body type
Body type Large sensor compact
Sensor
Max resolution 4896 x 3264
Other resolutions 4896x2760,264 × 3264, 3456x2304, 3456x1944, 2304 × 230, 2496x1664, 2496x1408 , 1664 × 1664
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor EXR II
Image
ISO Auto (ISO 200 - 6400), ISO 100, 12800 and 25600 with boost
White balance presets 7
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 35 mm
Optical zoom 1×
Maximum aperture F2.0
Autofocus
  • Multi-area
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 21 cm (8.27)
Macro focus range 10 cm (3.94)
Number of focus points 49
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.8
Screen dots 460,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT color LCD monitor
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic and Optical (tunnel)
Viewfinder coverage 90%
Viewfinder magnification 0.5×
Viewfinder resolution 2,350,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 9.00 m
External flash Yes (hot-shoe)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Continuous drive 6.0 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 (60, 30fps)
Format H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini connector)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion NP-95 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 330
Weight (inc. batteries) 445 g (0.98 lb / 15.70 oz)
Dimensions 127 x 74 x 54 mm (5 x 2.91 x 2.13)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Movie / video mode
Value
Gold Award
Gold Award
81 %
Overall Score

The Fujifilm X100S is a hugely likable, very capable camera with some useful tricks up its sleeve. Almost all of the bugs from the X100 have been ironed out, and image quality from its 16 MP X-Trans sensor is excellent.

Good For

Provided you can live with the fixed focal length, for portraiture, candid and everyday photography, the X100S is a great carry-everywhere camera.

Not So Good For

Shooting movies, and any situation where 35mm isn't long enough for stills.

User Reviews

4.30159 out of 5 stars
  • mike kobal, Mar 22, 2013 GMT:
    Fujifilm X100s torture test review

    I don’t know about you but I am getting a little bored with high ISO tests, pixel peeping and Bible arguments between fan boys from different camps. Don’t get me wrong, high ISO tests are important and I use the comparometer on Dpreview here and check DXO ratings and fellow photographers and bloggers like everybody else. However, I often find that in the following arguments on message boards we are getting carried away and sucked into discussions that have very little relevance for taking ...

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  • TakePictures, Apr 9, 2013 GMT:
    Superb camera for what it is

    With the right expectations, the X100S is a superb camera. The image quality is topnotch up to at least ISO 6400, the handling is intuitive (I hardly need the manual), operation (startup time, shutter lag, responsiveness of buttons) is very good, and last but not least, the cam looks awesome. The price is okay considering the handling, build, and image quality. It's a shame, though, that the accessories, which really complete this camera (lens hood, leather case), are shockingly expensive. ...

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  • motobloat, May 3, 2013 GMT:
    Enclosed: one Fuji x100s review

    My Fuji X100s after two weeks of use, shown with Fuji LC-X100s case (yes, it's better than the old case, it has a battery door flap) and strap, as well as Match Technical "bop" black shutter button. Soooo... I've had this thing for two weeks now - got it on Friday April 19th, and today is Friday May 5th. I've clicked the shutter over 1000 times now, so I guess that makes me a frickin' expert, right? Right. If you want to pixel-peep, like a miserable little measle, (or just to get detailed ...

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  • InTheMist, May 5, 2013 GMT:
    One Weekend with the X100S (with pics) - A Nikon User's Perspective

    I just spend the first weekend with the x100s. Well, mixed emotions actually. Especially the back buttons are embarassingly fiddly, but produces amazing OOC images. Pros: (1) Classic, cool design (2) High built quality (except the back buttons) (3) Amazine out-of-camera images both JPEG and RAW (4) Very compact Cons: (1) Almost too small, especially the lens is small to have both ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

First Fuji. Am I just a fangirl or what?

Actually I am renting an X100s as I tried one out in store and fell in love with it as it reminded me of an old Pentax film rangefinder I started out on. I can't tell if I'm simply in love with the feel of how this thing looks and feels when I'm shooting or if there really is something about Fuji's images that you just fall in love with. I normally use Canon full frame DSLRs and the only other "compacts" I have used have been Canons and Sony. Is this a common occurrence? Any Fuji owners with experience with other brands find that the Fujis just have a certain something about their files that is just very pleasing to the eye?  Right out of camera and occasionally even when a shot isn't tack sharp........it still looks amazing to me.

LeeStG asked
5 months ago

ANSWERS

Wifey has EOS SLRs which I use for the serious stuff. Have bought a few bridge/super zoom style came over the last few years, usually before overseas holidays. Anyway, I've always listed after an X100/X100S. Before our honeymoon to Japan I bought an X20, X100S was out of budget and besides, no zoom. The X20 was an awesome travel camera in that it just nailed shots, fast AF, smaller sensor means depth of field is huge so it's rare for any shots to not turn out well. However, after getting home I found a used (barely, looked brand new in box) X100 for a good price and bought it after reading how many issues were fixed with later firmware. I'm selling the X20. Whilst I love the X20's 112mm equiv reach and 1cm close focus distance, it's not enough like the X100(S). It has an exposure limit: at ISO 100 you can do 30 sec exposures. But as you raise the ISO, it limits the time. Despite having a shutter release thread on the button, it can't do long exposures. The X100(S) with its in built ... Continue Reading

darwiniandude answered
5 months ago

Complaints from some owners aside, last year I purchased an X-E1 / XF 18-55mm zoom combo for $1,399; I used it and was very happy with the results I achieved. Right now, you can pick up the same package, new, for $699 = 50% off. With that deal you either get a free camera with the purchase of a lens that retails for $699, or when you buy the wonderful 18-55mm lens, you get a camera body for free to go with it. (It all depends on whether you're a glass-is-half-full, or a glass-is-half-empty kind of a gal.) If you buy an interchangeable lens camera of any brand, you might gain an uncontrollable urge to own additional expensive lenses. With the Fuji X Mount cameras, this becomes particularly problematic, as every X Mount lens released to date is excellent. When incentives on the X-E2 were recently offered, I picked up that camera body. During the interim between the two bodies I own, I've picked up a number of additional Fuji lenses. My experience with the X-E2 is that the camera is ... Continue Reading

wyldberi answered
5 months ago

I owned Canon SLRs for quite some time. Did some paid work with them over the years.  I got out of the paid work and sold my 5Dm2 and got an x100s and then an X-E2(recently). These cameras make me think about the photo again like I used to with film.  I love the manual controls and EVF among other things. Oh and the images they produce :) The SLR was getting too heavy and obnoxious walking around and using.  I can be so stealth with my x100s, X-A1, or X-E2. I walk around with the x100s and nobody is looking at me at all while I shoot.  It's a great experience. Continue Reading

BPD7 answered
5 months ago

QUESTION

I hate the X100s

Because of that camera, I know that FUJI will NEVER make an interchangeable lens with a built in "leaf" style shutter.  I would love to be able to Sync to 1/500 or even 1/1000 of a second with my X-Trans cameras, and I would pay a ton for a Portrait and Wide angle lens that could do it on my X-T1.  This would cause a SERIOUS stir in the "DSLR" market in my opinion. THOUGHTS???

Conrad567 asked
9 months ago

ANSWERS

The reason why Fuji will never build them, or why there is a need for them? If the former, I can't see a reason. If the latter, a shutter in the lens opens and closes from the outside in, never blocking a partial area of the image at anytime, which means you can sync the flash at any speed. There are some practical limits, like the maximum speed which might be limited at 1/1000 when the lens is used at full aperture, but being able to use a flash at full power at 1/1000th of a second is a dream for anyone who photograph with flash in sunny conditions. How much sunlight you get is determined by the aperture and the shutter speed. And usually, you have too much sunlight, so you want a smaller aperture or a faster speed. The flash however, can only be controlled by the aperture, or the distance to the subject. So balancing flash and sunlight usually means Aperture variations = flash adjustment and speed variations =sunlight adjustment. But you are limited by the "sync speed", usually ... Continue Reading

TangoMan answered
9 months ago

After that disjointed rant, none at all.  Kinda sad, really... Continue Reading

historianx answered
9 months ago

You're gonna have to explain that one better. Continue Reading

Optimus Primes answered
9 months ago

QUESTION

18200--Wonderfully Versatile--Share Yours

Finally got a warm day outside. Took a walk with my 6 through my local town and, not knowing what I would encounter, slapped the 18200 on there. I really can't get enough of this lens. I remember being so scared to spend that much but in the end, its certainly won me over. I cant remember seeing a thread dedicated to this lens so maybe this could be it? How versatile has your 18200 been? (These are all original silver 18200 btw.) From Macro To Sports To Wide Angle To Portraits To Nature To a Grocery Store Every time I start to dabble in the mindset of a D7100 or an X100S or RX1, I think its this lens that keeps me sticking around. Fixed focal lengths or large cameras just don't do it for me. This lens helps keep me a Nexer.

Tommygun45 asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

NEX 5N with SEL 18-200 and birds of prey Continue Reading

Joachim Wulfers answered
1 year ago

This should be a good thread. I agree, this is a nice versatile lens. This is one I took this am in Bhaktapur Kathmandu.  Golden hour hear really is something quite spectacular - it truly is golden - and I think all the dust hanging in the air has adds to the quality. The second shot I've posted before, but had to do it again as I think it is a cracker. This monkey was at Angkor Wat and after taking this shot, came right up and put its face inside the lens hood. Then its little hands had a feel of the camera. What did I do - stayed still of course as you would if you saw the size of their teeth. I've mentioned before I think I got a slightly decentred copy but I can work around this in most cases. Continue Reading

vajrasattva answered
1 year ago

Ok, if this thread gets revived :-) here is mine of today: Landscape with the 18200 Continue Reading

Dirk W answered
1 year ago

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

  • Fujifilm X100S Camera
  • Li-ion battery NP-95
  • Battery charger BC-65N
  • Shoulder strap
  • USB cable
  • Lens cap
  • CD-ROM (Viewer software, RAW File Converter etc.)
  • Owner's manual

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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