X-S1 Shocking Poor Quality

Started May 30, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: X-S1 Shocking Poor Quality
In reply to rattymouse, May 31, 2012

In my opinion, X-S1's story unfolded along these lines:

Many people inside Fuji remembered the old glory of their venerable bridgecams of the past. They knew they had been loved by customers, and that there is still some demand for such devices. Some people (including myself) even yearned for yet another follower of the s6500fd or s100fs to be around in the stores.

So then they developed the sensor of sensational low-light performance for X10, and some senior Fuji employees with pedigree of a meritorious bridgecam past were eager to create a perfect bridgecam, by coupling the perfect lens with perfect sensor.

So engineers started to draw the cam. the perfect lens were available: there were many of them produced in the past.

But then they had a meeting with the marketing department guys and they were faced with the reality of todays market: the focal length range of 28-450mm was not enough to sell the device to more than a few die-hard bridgecam fans. The camera world of 2012 is totaly different than it was in 2006.

That means a new lens design. But sadly, the old highly qualified workforce in the field of optics were unavailable (due to career promotion, burn-out, maybe retirement). But the 2011 winter holiday season deadline was so damn close ...

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