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Fujifilm X-S1 First Impressions Review$799.95
The X-S1 offers a manual (PASM), automatic, and preset scene modes, as well as specialty (or "advanced") modes like a 360-degree sweep panorama and multi-shot composite modes. Fuji's usual Film Simulation color modes are on offer as well, including Provia (standard), Velvia (vivid), and Astia (soft), alongside monochrome and sepia modes.
Like many higher-end Fujifilm models, the X-S1 has a standard auto mode and the more exotic EXR auto mode, which selects one of the camera’s alternative capture and processing techniques. We've found with other mid- to high-end Fujifilm cameras that EXR mode is the best way to approach automatic shooting when it's available; the shots generally turn out cleaner, sharper, and with a more balanced dynamic range than they do out of the standard auto mode, and they never look worse.
The X-S1 can shoot 1080p/30fps video, 720p/30fps, and a VGA movie mode. Like movie modes on most Fuji cameras, it feels like a tacked-on feature—one that’s there because cameras are expected to have video, not because it’s really meant to work as a standalone video camera. Clips can’t be edited, and autofocus seemed to have trouble adjusting to moving objects (or a shifting focal length) after the initial focus lock. Optical zoom works because the zoom mechanism is controlled manually with a twist barrel.
At full resolution, the X-S1 is advertised to crank out 7 JPEGs per second, jumping up to 10fps at half-resolution. A couple of slower continuous drive settings are also available, as well as assorted bracketing modes including AE and ISO.
Custom Image Presets
Three user-definable custom image presets are available, all of which have a notch on the mode dial.
Playback mode is mostly standard for a Fujifilm EXR camera. A dedicated playback button sits on the top-left side of the rear panel. The AF and AE buttons beneath it control playback zoom. The command dial can cycle through large sets of photos quickly. Basic in-camera edits like cropping and resizing are possible as well. The biggest tweak to the system is that playback menus are designated by a green tab at the top of the screen (as opposed to the red and blue tabs for shooting and setup menus).
Picture Quality & Size Options
Resolution maxes out at 12 megapixels in a 4:3 aspect ratio. Three different sizes—L, M, and S (take a guess at what those stand for)—are available for each of the four supported aspect ratios, which also include 16:9, 3:2, and 1:1.
As an enthusiast-oriented camera, the X-S1 does offer RAW format shooting (even through a dedicated RAW button). Two JPEG quality levels (Basic and Fine) are offered, as is RAW+JPEG simultaneous capture.