I was expecting better than my RX100. Foliage looks a mush.
atone2: Totally uninteresting before Fujifilm get rid of the ridiculous x-trans filter array. One must be blind not to see the awful rendering of x-trans rawfiles, especially in Lightroom. My original X100 still has much better IQ than the newer models. Money saved, wooha! :-)
Agreed that Lightroom is no way to process XTrans files but put them through PhotoNinja , Iridient or Capture One and it's a different story with far more detail captured than the original Bayer Sensor and I prefer the XTrans colour. I use my X100 and X100S so I won't be buying this one.
Still no image stabiliser ; now that would be useful
The new EZ kit lens has proved to be too soft for my taste and although it looks the part its resolution is just not good enough at this price point leaving it out classed by my fixed lens compacts....RX100 and G1X .With smallish fingers , I find handling to be awkward with knobs turning inadvertently and finger stretching to achieve simple tasks ( even to switch off)
Fitted with a decent prime there's much to like but overall I feel that it's been over rated.Oh, the firmware change to electronic shutter has sharpened up the images a little ....enough to notice though.
Some lovely shots and clear explanations about technique.I just wish that the wifi connection in my Olympus was more robust ; just too problematic for me.
Lovely stuff..thankyou for sharing
I bought one to upgrade my m4/3 kit.With the EZ 14-42 lens IQ is just good not great and needs a lot of PP.I enjoy the compact size and build quality but sensor noise is way above my expectations.
MoltenP: (I accidently posted this as a reply to another user)
Here's a ride report done by a motorcyclist who used the x100s when riding through some of the 'stans (Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan). He has some beautiful images in his ride report.
Some of his photographs prompted forum members to buy x100s.
I'll have to admit, seeing photos from the camera generates some desire to own the camera, regardless if I could reproduce the other photogs pictures or not. For my purposes a Nikon P7800/Canon G/Fuji X20 would likely be a better fit.
That's a great link..thanks
This illustrates the X100S at its worst.I think DR400 has been applied to the jpeg and although NR was at -2 there is too much smearing for my taste look at the sheep. The colours are equally bad making the shooting of green landscapes in bright sun a no-no for this Fuji.RAW files show minimal improvement if any.
armanius: So glad a major reviewer finally discussed the lack of face detection in Fuji's "advanced" cameras. I hope Fuji will implement face detection via firmware upgrade in its "advanced" cameras, and/or in its upcoming cameras.
I always thought that the X100 and the X100S have a built-in face detection routine used (at least) for red eye removal..possibly more!Manual page 79 ( 75 for the X100)
Nice reviewIt's so much better than my X100 ; even the lens at F2 is reasonably sharp.
I change cameras like others change socks but not this one ; for the first time I've paid for a 4 year warranty.
Dropping Highlight tone -2 might help with the Fuji colours particularly blue skies.
nathondetroit: Brilliant job with the noise reduction samples! It definitely gave a great impression of what JPEG shooters will need to tweak as they use this camera. I was worried, but the -2 NR shots were quite crispy in relation to the apocalypse-level fear spreading around the forums.
Setting the NR to-2 still leaves watercollouring on the jpegs.I tried this as I was desperate to keep the camera ; it is a thing of beauty!
THe smearing of the jpegs was too much and NOTHING you can do with the settings makes it acceptable to me.Just surprised that what passes as simply a Con to DPReview should be a deal breaker to me.
Poor Greens and smeary jpegs are why I returned the X20.If Fuji issues a firmware fix then I'll buy another but until then I'm sticking to the X10 and RX100 as my compact choices.
Lovely camera to use though ; just a shame about the jpegs.RAWs were fine and look great on LR4.4
I just want to them to ensure no more back focus issues with better QC.
Quite useless really.
Only the smallest of the bags is suitable for low cost operators in Europe and I need provision for cables , chargers , sat navs plus at least one change of clothes and a wash kit.Since 2008 I've used an Antler Back Pack with wheels and that's got me around the Globe a couple of times and through the States 3 times a year.My cameras are packed inside it in a Domke bag.
Ipads are always removed for checking.
Good to see Jeff on board..been a quiet admirer of his work for years.
Without the power of DPR nothing would have been done ; so a big thankyou to all the team involved.
And also a belated thanks to Fuji for having made the effort (finally) who perhaps learnt a little about the demands and standards of the enthusiast market.
Rather exposed , this Blackbird is nesting in my garden.
migus: The expense of a sensor replacement in labor, logistics and parts makes a 'free' exchange unlikely. Most likely is the Sigma method: A point-based discount towards the purchase of a new camera.
Fuji US might try that butI don't think that they would get away with that in the EEC where consumer protection is stronger. In the UK the product can be shown as not fit for purpose demonstrated by comparison with competitors and numerous technical reviews ( including this site )