I recently sold my Fuji X-S1. It’s a fine camera. Really fine. We had a great time together. Alas, I own two cameras but can afford to keep only one. The keeper is my three/four year old Olympus Pen E-PL1. Truth be told, the Fuji is in many ways the better camera. It has a far more powerful and flexible lens, which is also a better lens quality wise. It’s a more intelligent camera too, getting focus, aperture and shutter speed right more often. With a better flash to boot. The LCD screen on the back is infinitely superior and it had a decent EVF.
The Olympus does have it’s trump cards too though. The bigger sensor means I get far better low light results, especially when it’s handheld. It’s also smaller and lighter and much easier to travel around with. Image quality, when the settings are just right, can just eclipse the results I pulled from the Fuji. I like the Olympus a lot. It’s final trump card? It is, or will soon be, four years old and has since been replaced several times with newer models. It has no resale value. The Fuji, on the other hand, being just a year old and having not been replaced with a newer model, fetched a handsome price.
I will miss the Fuji. It will almost certainly be the last Bridge camera I buy. I’ve owned a few of them over the years – a Nikon Coolpix 8700, a Panasonic FZ35, a Fuji HS10 and the X-S1. But the new generation of Compact System Cameras make too compelling an argument for me to think I’ll ever go the Bridge route again. A CSC can be pocketable when you need a lightweight companion. And it can fit some powerful zoom lenses when the occasion calls for one. So it is adios not just to the X-S1, but to a whole genre of camera.
Have I made the right decision? Here’s the final photo I took with the Fuji. Nothing special. The telling point is the date I took it. September. Quite a while ago. If it’s too hefty to want to lug it around, then it’s time to move it on.