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Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera Review$799.95
Speed and Timing
Like any high-end, fixed-lens camera these days, the X-S1 offers a quick burst mode with several settings, as well as a handful of bracketing options, and a self-timer.
Four burst modes are available: Low, Middle, and High, which all function at full-resolution, as well as Super-High, which cuts the resolution down to 6 megapixels. There's also a Best Frame Capture mode (the camera selects what it thinks is the best shot out of a short burst), as well as auto-exposure, ISO, color mode, and dynamic range bracketing modes.
Fuji advertises a full-res top speed of 7 frames per second for the X-S1. We maxed it out at 6.3fps over 5 shots—close, but not quite there. Of the other cameras in the comparison group, the X-S1 is the slowest burst shooter, but by a slim margin.
There's no limit on the number of shots per burst, though it slows down considerably after about a dozen frames. RAW burst mode is available, too—it's wicked slow, but it works.
Options for the self-timer are limited to 2-second and 10-second timers—no intervals, no programmable settings.
In good lighting, the X-S1 has strong focus performance for a fixed-lens camera. It's quick and usually accurate (not always, but that'll happen) throughout the focal range. Performance drops off quite a bit in poor lighting, which is to be expected, but it's still effective.
The X-S1 uses 49-area, contrast-detection autofocus. Single and continuous AF are supported, and multi-area, spot, and tracking frame areas are available. Super macro mode can focus from as close as 1cm.
Manual focus is also an option. MF is usually tricky on fixed-lens cameras with modest sensors, but the X-S1 is pretty well-suited for the job. The electronic viewfinder is actually high-res enough to see the details in the subject, which is more than we can say for most EVFs. The lens ring is smooth too. If all else fails, there’s a snap-to-AF option available as well.