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Fuji X-S1 review

Fuji's X range-topping 26x zoom bridge camera

Our Verdict

For

  • Rock solid, rugged build
  • Manual operation of zoom
  • Tilting rear LCD screen
  • Large and clear EVF

Against

  • Big, bulky and unsubtle
  • Priced the same as a DSLR
  • Blurry shooting handheld near telephoto end of zoom
  • Small sensor

Always liked the idea of an all-in-one camera with a massive zoom capability, but hated the often all too-plastic feel? Fuji's X-S1 may, nay will, cause you to re-evaluate the humble bridge camera.

Whereas Fuji has previously applied an 'X' - its signifier of a premium camera - to the Leica-like FinePix X10, for the first time it gives a superzoom that same distinction.

This means that the new 26x optical zoom Fuji X-S1 figuratively sits above the existing Fuji HS20 and HS30 models, even though the latter boast 30x zoom (maximum 720mm equivalent telephoto setting in 35mm terms).

While the construction of all three Fuji HS models to date has for us been more solid than any competing bridge camera, the Fuji X-S1 takes build quality to a new level. It looks and even smells gorgeous, thanks to a rubberised coating adorning the entire DSLR-like body.

Fuji x-s1 review main image

Despite the neck-straining weight of 945g fully loaded, photographers aren't likely to get butter-fingered with this camera, even when manually operating the similarly rubber-entombed zoom, here running from a wide 24mm to 624mm in 35mm terms.

Thankfully this is supported by optical image stabilisation, which is needed.

At a suggested price of £699 in the UK or $949 in the US, the camera is immediately competing directly with your actual DSLR, so once again it's worth weighing up whether a focal range this broad and an all-in-one solution is actually required. Or if a DSLR's lens-swapping flexibility - the X-S1's optic is resolutely fixed - would suit you better.

Fuji x-s1 review set-up menu

The 'X' in the name is not just a marketing ploy. The Fuji X-S1 features the same sensor as that of the X10; namely 12 megapixels and 2/3-inches in size, once again using Fuji EXR CMOS technology which, in slightly gimmicky fashion, can be deployed in a choice of three ways, as it can on Fuji's existing compacts.

We also get an EXR processor, delivering a blink-and-miss-it 0.01 second shutter lag. And the attendant features we'd expect on an enthusiast's camera are all present and correct: full manual control via P,A,S,M modes, manual focus and raw shooting option, Full HD video capture with dedicated record button snuggled just below the shooting mode dial, 10fps burst shooting at 6MP, Fuji's film simulation modes buried in the menus, 500 shot rechargeable battery, plus a panorama mode that can take in the full 360 degrees. Phew!

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyX
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom26x
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameFujifilm
FeaturesSelf-timer, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, QuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)905 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, REACH
Flash Memory Capacity26 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate200 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeEXR CMOS
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-95
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height107 mm
Width135 mm
Depth149 mm
Product SeriesX
Focal Length6.10 mm to 158.60 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsWAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelX-S1
Product NameX-S1 Bridge Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP10NC06400A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
Marketing Information

The Fujifilm X-S1 premium bridge camera features a large 2/3 inch 12 megapixel EXR-CMOS sensor, a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture, a high resolution Electronic Viewfinder and up to 52x Intelligent Digital Zoom.

Aimed at competent photographers looking to introduce a new level of excitement and versatility into their photography.

Battery Life500 Shot
Package Contents
  • X-S1 Bridge Camera
  • Li-Ion Battery NP-95
  • Battery Charger BC-65N
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Cap and Lens Cap Cord
  • Lens Hood
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker