Fuji X-S1

Over the last two years I’ve gone through a few cameras. A Panasonic TZ5, Panasonic FZ35, Fuji HS10 and an Olympus E-PL1. The latter is by the far the most capable camera regarding pure image quality. But the most fun? The most satisfying to use? I’d probably have to say the Fuji. It’s enormous 30x lens with a fast CMOS sensor and the manual zoom….that added up to one flexible package. It has it’s frustrations. Like a lot of the early 1/2.3 CMOS sensor, the images lacked a bit of sharpness. Although I did like it’s colours.

The manual zoom wasn’t of the sort you find on a DSLR either, – it still went up in notches. It would be nice to have the option to zoom through a button as well as by twisting the barrel, as Sony have done with their new HX100. The EVF was so small it was useless. And the LCD was only ok. But the good points, and there were many, outweighed the bad. I really only swapped it for the Olympus because of a desire to get more detail and quality into my photos.

The Fuji HS10 was replaced by the HS20, which did little to resolve the negative issues. But they have now revealed their latest bridge camera, the X-S1. Sporting a slightly more modest 26x zoom and a new CMOS sensor with their EXR tech the X-S1 looks a mighty good camera. The little CMOS sensors seem to have come on a long way since they first started finding their way into compact cameras. The samples aren’t a match for a DSLR if you start pixel peeping, but I’m a geek, not a nerd. I’m feeling a case of camera lust coming on…


2 thoughts on “Fuji X-S1

  1. So, I’m having fun with my new Olympus 36Xwide HD/3D oon our Kauai trip. I went on a photography tour with photo geeks leading the tour. They told me not to use the zoom unless it was a photo of something I couldn’t get to. Not so sure I go along with their advice! I got some great photos on the tour, though.


    • The thing about bridge cameras like the Fuji in this post, and your own very capable Olympus, is that they are so flexible. They have reasonably fast glass and so much range that your photography can really take in a diverse range of subjects. Which makes them fun!

      As for not using the zoom – don’t listen to them! It’s not that they don’t entirely have a point. For sure, if you can take a couple of steps forward, then do that instead. And if you’re going to use the max range of the zoom, try and at least steady the camera against or on something (a tripod works! But walls and lampposts do the job as well..) to reduce shake.


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