Another X-S1 review
Has there been enough info posted out there to conclude that the X-S1 is in fact a seriously flawed camera?
1. Same sensor as X10 but orb examples have been few and far between.
2. Lens droop is confirmed but impact on IQ hasn't been established.
3. Blue center flare is reported but not prevalent.
What else is wrong with this camera other than price?
Good question, CC. Let me see.
1. Same primordially flawed sensor as the X10. Should not have been put into the X10 any more than put inside the X-S1, see?
2. Lens sagging at tele setting has been measured at about 5mm off the straight line of lens axis. That is probably before you would add a metal ring UV filter, a variable SD filter, circular polarizer filter, and a metal sunshade. By that time, you would probably be sagging a good 8mm at focal lengths over 500mm.
And that is now, when the camera is new. How about a year, two, three from now? It could be 10, 12mm by then. You really don't think that would somehow affect your image quality?
3. Blue flare at image center has not only been "reported," but is readily visible in photos posted or linked here. Nasty.
4. Camera's video capabilities are primitive, to say the least. You can START and STOP recording, and that is about it. Not only that Fujifilm refuses to reveal the recording data bitrate, they do not even disclose the refresh rate (frame rate).
I also talked with, or at least tried to talk with Fujifilm USA's Tech Support personnel. Nothing going. I'm sorry, but I am just not willing to support this company and their laughingly flawed and overpriced products.
MAYBE if the X-S1's price drops w/in the next couple of weeks to $550 or $600, some soccer mums who are not following DP Review will get one. But who else otherwise?