back to Logo usat smarthome 3d00d0583dd95af3f7ce8dd6c5b121640f13c9e2513cef3241fb16a5d3f4960d
Tested by experts 06d9a64036647e73500f0390c533b110047acb1d8dfcda07834106364a611f86
cameras

Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera Review

The X-S1 brings DSLR feel to the superzoom class with an excellent build and user experience.

$799.95 MSRP
7.3 score Tested by Experts
# of point & shoot cameras Product Score This graph shows the Fujifilm X-S1 ’s score compared to other point & shoot cameras we tested.
Advertisement

Introduction

The Fujifilm X-S1 is a high-end bridge camera aimed at the gap between superzooms and DSLRs. The idea here is to combine reach and all-in-one convenience with natural handling and superior image quality. Fujifilm seems to be marketing the camera toward enthusiast nature photographers, but like any superzoom, there's broad appeal to be found if the design is executed well.

Basically, the X-S1 is a mash up of the HS20EXR superzoom and last year's X10 premium compact. It's built around the same oversized, 12-megapixel, 2/3-inch EXR CMOS sensor as the X10, but stuffed into a full-sized body with a huge 26x zoom lens strapped to the front.

We'd already put together a hands-on preview of the X-S1 from CES 2012, but we've just finished up a few weeks of proper testing. The design and user experience are plainly awesome, but the image quality falls short of what we'd hoped to see from at $800 camera. Read on to see where it shines, where it struggles, and whether it might be worth your money anyway.

Video Review

Comparable Products

Before you buy the Fujifilm X-S1 , take a look at these other point & shoot cameras.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Hardware
  4. Durability
  5. Photo Gallery
  6. Image Quality
  7. Sharpness
  8. Color
  9. Noise Reduction
  10. Dynamic Range
  11. Low Light
  12. Distortion
  13. Video
  14. Usability
  15. Ease of Use
  16. Handling
  17. Controls
  18. Speed
  19. Features
  20. Extras
  21. Video Features
  22. Conclusion

News and Features

Xt1silverhero

Fuji's New X-T1 IR Edition Isn't Afraid of the Dark

Fuji's new X-T1 IR will have all the X-T1's features—with a surprise.

Wifi alliance aware hero

WiFi Aware to Create Brave New World for Mobile Devices

WiFi Aware will open up a wide range of location-based services.

Hero news gx8 fz300

Panasonic's Latest Cameras Double Down on the 4K Craze

Whether you're into 4K or not, these are worth keeping your eye on.

Google photos hero 2

Google Photos Uploads Pics Even After You Uninstall

Google Photos uploads images to the cloud—even after the app is gone.

Hubble space telescope hero 1

Photography of the Unseen, Part 2: Astrophotography

A look at the art, science, and technology of space photography.

Wheel animacules hero

Photography of the Unseen Part 1: Photomicrography

A look at the art, science, and technology of microscopic photography

Ponghero

This Canon DSLR Has an Old-School Secret: Built-in Pong

Need to kill time while waiting for your shot? Just break out the Pong.

Boston fireworks hero 2

Want Better Fireworks Photos? Just Shoot Video

For a frustration-free experience, set it and forget it.

Ricoh gr ii news hero

Ricoh's New GR II Makes Tiny Tweaks to A Killer Camera

Ricoh releases a sequel to the classic GR with NFC, WiFi