Fujifilm X100S

Fujifilm X100S has a retro design, compact, and robust that make users like using a camera in the 1960s. This camera was made for the enthusiastic photographers with improved performance is better than previous models. X100S comes with 16Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor that combined with the performance of EXR Processor II image processor to capture high-quality images with outstanding performance. In addition, this camera also has features that support users more satisfied with the picture is. Its features include Fujinon 23mm f/2 Fixed Focal Length Lens, Hybrid Optical and Electronic Viewfinder, 2.8-inch LCD Monitor, an Intelligent Hybrid AF system, ISO100-25600, including the ability to record Full HD 1080 video at 60fps. Not only that, Fujifilm X100S is also equipped with Film Simulation and Advanced Filters to support shooting pictures.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Our Review

Features & Design

Fujifilm X100S has the same compact body design as the previous model coupled with retro designs which makes it such ancient camera. Although it has a retro design, in the back of the camera has a button layout like digital camera. But he still has a big button on the manual aperture lenses including button-speed shutter and exposure compensation on top of the camera. Fn button on the top of the camera function to display the desired option ISO range. On the left side there is a button to adjust the camera focus modes like Manual, Single-shot autofocus, and Continuous Autofocus.


In the back of the camera there is a 2.8-inch LCD Monitor to see your shots. On the top left there is a viewfinder while in the left side of the screen there are some buttons like AE, Drive mode, and View mode. While the right of the screen there is a Menu button with the OK button in the middle. Around you can find the menu button to set the White Balance button, Macro mode, Flash, and Delete. Under the Menu button there is a Q button (Quick Menu) to access the ISO sensitivity, the Film Simulation modes, and menus are often used to take pictures. Another feature that was taken by Fujifilm X100S from previous models such as Motion Panorama, Film Simulation Mode, and Advanced Filters are useful to improve the quality of photos and video.


Performance & Image Quality

This camera has autofocus performance is much faster than the X100. Fujifilm X100S uses a hybrid AF system that combines contrast and phase detection method for generating faster autofocus in a variety of shooting situations. The camera spent 1.5 seconds to turn on, focus, and shoot. In light situations, the camera took 0.6 seconds to focus and shoot, but it will increase to 0.7 seconds in a dark situation.

Fujifilm X100S also comes with improvements in image quality better than the X100. The combination of 16 megapixel APS-C-sized X-Trans CMOS II sensor and an EXR Processor II image processor really makes this camera is capable of capturing images with amazing quality in JPEG format. The combination also proved capable of removing image noise up to high ISO.

Photo sample: 1/60 sec, f/4.5, 23.0mm, ISO400 (Credit: Fujifilm)

Photo sample: 1/60 sec, f/4.5, 23.0mm, ISO400 (Credit: Fujifilm)

Images look clean from noise start from ISO 800 to 1600, and even up to ISO 6400 you can still get a very good picture quality without noise images. If you are shooting with JPEG format, you can print up to size 13 x 9 without loss of image detail. The resulting color quality is also very enjoyable.

In addition to improved image quality, Fujifilm X100S also improve the video quality. You can record Full HD 1080 video at 60 frames per second with very sharp results. During video recording, you can adjust the focus manually including adjust the level of sound, White balance, and the Film Simulation modes.

Should I buy the camera?

With a price range of $1,299.00 – this camera is worth buying for those of you who want to get a very good camera with all the controls in your hand to capture high quality images. Fujifilm X100S has a lens which is very sharp and coupled with the aperture ring, viewfinder, and its responsive performance will make you more love this camera. Unfortunately, this camera is very expensive and not suitable for beginner photographers despite having a lot of money to buy it. There are two competitor that are worth considering before buying this camera, the Leica X2 and Nikon Coolpix A.


Fujifilm X100S Specifications

Images Sensor

Pixels 16.3 Megapixel

Sensor: APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) CMOS

Bit Depth 14-bit

File Formats
+ Still Images: JPEG, RAW
+ Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV
+ Audio: Linear PCM

Max Resolution 16MP: 4896 x 3264 @ 3:2

Other Resolutions
3456 x 2304 @ 3:2
2496 x 1664 @ 3:2
4896 x 2760 @ 16:9
3456 x 1944 @ 16:9
2496 x 1408 @ 16:9
3264 x 3264 @ 1:1
2304 x 2304 @ 1:1
1664 x 1664 @ 1:1
9600 x 2160
9600 x 1440
6400 x 2160
6400 x 1440

Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 16:9

Color Spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB


Lens Construction
+ 8 elements in 6 groups
+ 1 Aspheric
+ EFL: 23 mm (35 mm equivalent: 35 mm)
+ Aperture: f/2 to f/16

Zoom Not Specified By Manufacturer

Focus Range Normal: 1.64′ (50 cm) – Infinity

Macro: 3.94″ (10 cm) – 6.56′ (2 m)

Exposure System

ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-6400 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)

+ Type: Mechanical
+ Speed: 1/4 – 1/4000 sec in Program Mode
+ Type: Mechanical
+ Speed: 30 – 1/4000 sec
+ Type: Mechanical
+ Speed: 60 min in Bulb Mode

Exposure Metering Multi, Spot, TTL 256-zones

Exposure Modes
+ Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
+ Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in .3 EV steps)

Shooting Modes Panorama

White Balance Modes Auto, Custom, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade, Underwater

Burst Rate Up to 6 fps for up to 31 frames

Self Timer 10 Sec, 2 Sec

Flash Modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Flash, On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Off, Slow Sync, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction

Built-in Flash Yes

Effective Flash Range 1.64 – 29.53′ (0.5 – 9 m)

External Flash Connection Hot Shoe


Built-in Memory Not Specified By Manufacturer

Memory Card Type SD, SDHC, SDXC


Video Recording Yes

Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps

Video Clip Length Not Specified By Manufacturer

Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo,

Viewfinder/LCD Display

Viewfinder Type Optical, Electronic

Diopter Adjustment – 2 to +1 m

Viewfinder Coverage 85/100%

Screen 2.8″ LCD Rear Screen (460,000 pixels)


Connectivity HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0


Operating/Storage Temperature
+ Operating: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
+ Humidity: 10 – 80%


Battery 1x NP-95 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 1800mAh

Weight & Measurements

Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.0 x 2.9 x 2.1″ / 126.5 x 74.4 x 53.9 mm

Weight 15.70 oz / 445 g

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User Manual

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