Excellent build quality
Superzooms are treated like overpowered point-and-shoots, the happy medium between pocket cameras and DSLRs in terms of price and target audience. But they don't make everybody happy. There are photo enthusiasts (not many, to be honest) who own a nice DSLR but would fork over the cash for a high-quality, all-in-one camera if they had the choice, rather than compromising for a glorified point-and-shoot with a big lens. Fujifilm thinks these folks are mostly nature photographers.
Intuitive user interface and excellent image quality
With the new X-S1, Fujifilm have produced the ultimate super-zoom bridge compact camera, with a long list of desirable features, intuitive user interface and excellent image quality. The only real drawback is the price-tag, which puts the X-S1 up against mid-range DSLRs and high-end compact system cameras as well as its main superzoom rivals.
Rock solid, rugged build
The Fuji X-S1 is an ideal purchase for the photography nut looking for one camera that can do it all, and prepared to compromise on having image quality not quite on a par with a semi-pro DSLR that one could buy for a similar outlay. As with any superzoom, it really is about whether you need that whopper of a lens on the front. If you do, then the Fuji X-S1 is presently about the best big zoom bridge camera that's out there.
Larger than average 2/3inch sensor
The Fuji X-S1 is intended as a premium grade superzoom bridge camera. Using the same 2/3inch sensor as the Fujifilm X10, the X-S1 is capable of producing class-leading image quality within the superzoom segment. Other highlights include the manually operated 26x optical zoom, a surprisingly usable EVF, and solid overall build quality. Overall, superzoom fans will find little to complain about here, aside from the rather high price tag.
Great build quality
At around £600, the X-S1 is going to be quite an investment for the average person, so is it worth the money? Its features make it an extremely ideal option for someone wanting more than they get from a compact camera, but aren't interested in carrying around a number of lenses. With its zoom range of 24 - 624mm (35mm equiv.) and manual controls, it is very much like having a DSLR camera with the kind of lens range that would normally involve carrying a bag full of heavy lenses.
Great electronic viewfinder
The X-S1's £700 price tag is a big ask, but the camera does come with big features. It's got a great viewfinder, is wonderful to use, produces best in class images* and has an excellent, stabilised lens. But it's not perfection: despite significant improvements compared to a standard superzoom, the autofocus system won't near that of a DSLR.
Stellar dynamic range
The Fuji X-S1 delivers an excellent performance. Without being perfect, this camera is a fantastic all-in-one powerhouse. Its 12 megapixels EXR BSI-CMOS sensor and superb mechanical lens with an extremely versatile ultra-wide to super-telephoto optical zoom, plus a full set of manual controls make it more capable and versatile than any current fixed-lens camera.
Impressive zoom range
With its impressive zoom range, fast F2.8 aperture at the wide end, manual controls and custom settings, the FinePix X-S1 may appeal to advanced users who are looking for a camera that shares the shooting versatility and control of a dSLR in a slightly smaller package.
Fine detail in shots
The Fujifilm X-S1 put in a first-class performance throughout our tests, in all shooting conditions. It's a great camera and a realistic, versatile alternative to a dSLR. Well thought-out controls and great build quality mean we can highly recommend it for ambitious or semi-pro photographers.
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