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Fujifilm unveils X-S1 high-end superzoom and confirms Mirrorless intentions

By dpreview staff on Oct 5, 2011 at 17:33 GMT

Fujifilm has announced the X-S1 high-end superzoom and confirmed its intention to build a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The X-S1 is an addition to the company’s X-series and is built around the same 2/3” EXR CMOS sensor as the recently announced X10. Meanwhile, company president and CEO Shigetaka Komori said it will create a mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera built around a larger sensor with ‘resolution and low noise [that] will surpass the 35mm full size sensor.’ We’re not taking this to mean it will be a full-frame camera. More details will be announced nearer the Spring 2012 launch. The X-S1 features a 26x, 24-624mm equivalent F2.8-5.3 zoom and will be available from early 2012. (via DCWatch)

Canadian Fuji representatives, using the Twitter account '@fujiguys' have added:

'Fujifilm X Series Interchangeable lens system not = M4/3 nor current mirrorless cams. X series will be "premium" cameras!.'

Picture from DC Watch

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asydneyboy
By asydneyboy (Oct 24, 2011)

Yes Davo, I reckon we're all being taken for a ride with that image. A put-up job for sure.

- Dave

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SHood
By SHood (Oct 25, 2011)

The x-s1 is not the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The x-s1 has the same sensor as the x10 with a 26x zoom. The hump is for the flash and large EVF. This is basically an updated s100fs.

There are no pictures or details of the interchangeable lens camera.

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DaveOl
By DaveOl (Oct 21, 2011)

If this is a mirrorless camera, then why does it have a hump for the pentaprism?

DaveO

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orendanger
By orendanger (Oct 22, 2011)

flash?

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dbacellar
By dbacellar (Oct 25, 2011)

To show 'Fujifilm' name higher. Or to look like 'professional' stuff... :-)

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powersports
By powersports (Oct 20, 2011)

All the comments about how ugly the new X-S1 is are ridiculous! I've never bought a camera for how it looks, but rather for how it works! With its new sensor, this camera has the potential to raise the bar for image quality in the SuperZoom class. If it does, who cares how it looks? Unfortunately, it appears that audio quality in video mode is not a priority (not that any of the superzooms are great in this respect, but the new FZ150 is decent), as the microphones are largely hidden behind plastic, with only 5 tiny holes allowing sound to each of the mics. Can you say "poor frequency response"?
But it's primarily a photo camera, and in that respect, its potential is quite interesting, ugly or not.

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grafixstop
By grafixstop (Oct 15, 2011)

We'll wait and see. Image quality through the zoom range is a question as is
the shutter lag which seems to be inherent in bridge cameras. If Fuji can overcome these with images of their usual outstanding color, this camera could be a marketplace. What would be the real kicker is to put an interchangeable lens on this compatible with their "new" system (presumed to be a rangefinder type) so that a user could not only have a choice of lenses but on bodies. At least they're not using a toy sensor or some other dead end technology like m43.

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James Morrison
By James Morrison (Oct 15, 2011)

Fuji should get their act together with the X100 before hawking these new models around,
My five month old X100 is on its way back to Fuji to have sticking blades repaired along with god knows how many others!!!!

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ThePartaker
By ThePartaker (Oct 13, 2011)

I like the sensor size as this is usable (I have the Olympus XZ1 which I carry everywhere and this gives a good blow up quality from a 7.89 x 5.81mm sensor size (this one is 8.8x6.6mm).This will make a good all in one travel camera when an SLR is too much to carry. I just hope that there is a good resolution in the electronic viewfinder as the manual focus and zoom ring will need this. I certainly will be buying one if the viewfinder is good. I hate the current crop of mirrorless SLR style cameras which look like you are peering into minestrone soup!!

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Tee1up
By Tee1up (Oct 11, 2011)

In terms of size, this is so close to that of a DSLR, one has to wonder why you would want this? The x100, x10 makes sense to me but I don't get this.

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Elaka Farmor
By Elaka Farmor (Oct 12, 2011)

A DSLR with a 400mm f5.6 lens (zoom lens or not) will be much larger in size. And you don´t need to change lenses either. All in one package. So I can understand why people get their interest in this one.

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Macist
By Macist (Oct 13, 2011)

For those who travel, this can be a versatile camera without requiring you to lug additional lenses and swap them constantly.

So, if it has a good GPS-tagging implementation, it would be something I can get to replace my Sony HX100v (which has a poor GPS implementation -- GPS has to lock anew every time you turn on the camera -- so it's useless for quick travel shots).

Plus it has a larger sensor, so hopefully there will be less of a watercolor effect at larger magnifications.

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orendanger
By orendanger (Oct 13, 2011)

i have used DSLRs (canon 7D 60D 1000D 1100D) and the fuji HS10 (witch is a not as good version of this) and the "bridge" camera is so good on travel light weight amazing staiboliser(sorry its 4AM here) feels so good with the real zoom ring and focus! and never needing to invest more in lenses dude come on! this is such a good camera and as and idia i think it is amazing to guve DSLR countrol and qualty in a package that can be used PAS simpe

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Chris Cookson
By Chris Cookson (Oct 10, 2011)

Hopefully this will overcome some of the limitations of the S200EXR. In EXR modes the DR or noise are excellent depending on which EXR mode is selected, but fine detail is blurred even in 12MP mode.
The HS10 and HS20 extended the zoom but went to a smaller sensor than the S200EXR, so I've been thinking of going to DSLR.
The X-S1 might tempt me to stick with Fuji, but it will need to be priced right, and offer a significant improvement in IQ over the S200EXR in all modes.
When I bought the S200EXR it wasn't a great deal cheaper than an entry level DSLR, and it starts to get a bit shaky at full zoom without a tripod or higher ISO although it's not a 'super zoom'.
I occasionally make some quite large prints, so it's a shame the X-S1 sensor is only effectively 6MP in EXR mode. Put the 16/8MPixels EXR of the HS20 on a large sensor, with a reasonable zoom, and you've just about got my ideal all-in-one.

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sminfra
By sminfra (Oct 9, 2011)

i have purchased sony dsc hx100v digital camera with 30x zoom and 16 mp, now i have noticed sony a290y with 2 lens camera, is my camera 100v is better then a290y, my use is not too much.........pl suggest

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Nate21
By Nate21 (Oct 10, 2011)

as some who shoots with the fujifilm hs10 30x zoom and arsenal of film equipment each has its pros & cons you will figure out each camera shines in each application.

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digby dart
By digby dart (Oct 9, 2011)

I really hope this live view 2/3 sensor delivers at 6mp in the 2 exr modes, 24-620mm with fast glass would be a dream with all that room around the manual focus and manual zoom rings. Velvia, Provia and Reala modes roll off like film, a huge bonus. I hate waiting, so much promise, too much anticipation - lol.

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Drareg Ajerap
By Drareg Ajerap (Oct 9, 2011)

Funny, it looks like the early digital rebels. It does bring to mind the most maligned kit lens.

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JPnyc
By JPnyc (Oct 7, 2011)

This camera is rather ugly compared to it's two gorgeous family siblings. I hope they at least change the "leatherized" finish on those parts where it makes no sense, because apart from the looks I think this camera could be a real hit. A metal housing would be too much to wish for, I am afraid ... ?

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newtoncurve
By newtoncurve (Oct 7, 2011)

Jiayue4art, Fuji are putting out mirrorless cameras of the rangefinder-type. i dont think they are trying to compete with the 5d or any typer of DSLR

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NineFace
By NineFace (Oct 6, 2011)

If they get the auto focus right then I'll look at it

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Jiayue4art
By Jiayue4art (Oct 6, 2011)

Fujifilm is late....I do not think the new canon 5d mark3 and sony NEX, A77 will leave much more space in the market for Fujifilm. Sony just anounced A900 had been discontinued, so the new placement sould be coming soon, and there was a message about Canon leaked out that new canon DSLR will be out. well, good luck .....fujifilm

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rare wolf
By rare wolf (Oct 6, 2011)

I remember Fuji becoming a member of the 4/3rds consortium ... let's hope this announcement means a better mFT sensor, if not fujifilm's own mFT camera ...

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Oct 6, 2011)

No full spec list for the X-S1?

Pictures tell something, but not everything.

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oldcamman
By oldcamman (Oct 6, 2011)

Put on it tiltable LCD (like nikon d5000, sony nex7), square (1:1or 6:6) aspect ratio in RAW and it will be THE new big thing (a true mini-hassie or mini-rollei with wideangle and superzoom....). It should be what myself and a lot of people are waiting for a lot of time ....

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Oct 6, 2011)

So Fuji is building a medium mirrorless camera. Sell it under $2000 and I'll buy.

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Azfar
By Azfar (Oct 6, 2011)

quite an unimpressive image for a 1st look have to say...

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JPnyc
By JPnyc (Oct 10, 2011)

they should call it a first glimpse.

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edfo4
By edfo4 (Oct 6, 2011)

I think I'll wait for some specs before giving an opinion. But I really hope that RAW format is included

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captainscf
By captainscf (Oct 6, 2011)

Looks heavy, I'm prioritizing size, weight and image quality lately, like the Sony C3 :P
already having an fz35, it's light and good during daylight, love it. But for indoor it's really unacceptable...

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Pierre Daigneault
By Pierre Daigneault (Oct 6, 2011)

People have been asking for a superzoom with a larger sensor for some time. I have been looking to upgrade my Panasonic FZ18 but all the cameras that come close are 1/2.3" sensor. If this has the IQ and the feature set to match then This will become my choice. 12 Mp not too much. Big but OK for me so long as I don't have to carry an additional kit bag (lenses, flash etc.). Don't like the manual zoom because I prefer one hand operation but that's just me. Will wait to see specifications.

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VRiabov
By VRiabov (Oct 6, 2011)

I'm in line :-) at least to check it out ... just love manual zoom and range.

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Ibida Bab
By Ibida Bab (Oct 6, 2011)

http://thenewcamera.com/?tag=fujifilm-x-s1

I think it looks AWESOME! I also noticed the Made in Japan writing on it, which will put me right in the line to get one. Fuji is rockin' the boat...

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princewolf
By princewolf (Oct 6, 2011)

Actually for this zoom range, 2/3'' sensor is quite good(FZ-50 had 1/1.8'' with 12x).

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elefteriadis alexandros
By elefteriadis alexandros (Oct 6, 2011)

I am happy to keep my s3 for commercial digital work, and my film staff Nikon and Mamyia (F2, F3,FM2, mamyia 645) for art, when i see all that plastic garbage around..

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Felipe Rodríguez
By Felipe Rodríguez (Oct 6, 2011)

I'm wondering which interchangeable lenses will be used for the mirrorless system...

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noss
By noss (Oct 6, 2011)

"The X-S1 features a 26x, 24-624mm equivalent ... zoom"
So why come a lot of idiot comment with "ugly"??!
It's a very innovative camera with special sensor size and lens combination!

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Elaka Farmor
By Elaka Farmor (Oct 6, 2011)

Some say "You can not compare X-S1 with the other new superzooms on the market" and maybe thats a fair statement. But that also means that Fujifilm has (re)created a new segment where the X-S1 will stand alone :-)

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kkardster
By kkardster (Oct 6, 2011)

This camera still falls into the P&S superzoom category as that is typically defined as fixed lens cameras with double-digit zoom range with auto focus/exposure. Just because it has a bigger sensor doesn't make it a new market segment - it will still compete primarily with the FZ150, SX40HV, HV100X, etc. when it launches. Gladly, it will also compete with M4/3, NEX, and some dSLRs if it lives up to the hype. :)

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Erik Neu
By Erik Neu (Oct 6, 2011)

I guess the X-S1, with a small sensor, is the same size as the Panasonic G 3 with an micro 4/3 sensor, so why even think about it.
I like the Fuji X 10 for its smaller size and the fast lens for street photography, having a leicastyle viewfinder is the biggest plus for me.

I am still looking for the perfect back up camera for my Nikon Dslr, I checked out Panasonic. Olympus and Sony. so far Sony Nex has the best manual focus system when using Nikon lenses in manual mode.

I still hope one day there will be the perfect light camera out for my project ''Childhood Memories''. Have a look at: http://www.gofundme.com/6n2tk

Erik
Vietnam

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meanwhile
By meanwhile (Oct 6, 2011)

How big is the G3 with a "24-624mm equivalent F2.8-5.3 zoom"?

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Oct 6, 2011)

Why think of it? Here's why: the X-S1 will allow perhaps a 28mm to 728mm equivalent zoom range with a single lens, with a decent F2.8 aperture at the wide end. The 600mm equivalent m4/3 telephoto lens is slower, costs a heap, and you need another expensive lens to shoot wide. The 2/3" sensor will beat the 1/2.3" sensors standard for competing super zoom models. The X-S1 is about the size of a small DSLR, but a fast DSLR lens over 250mm can cost a fortune and be as inconvenient as an RPG launcher.

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tkpenalty
By tkpenalty (Oct 6, 2011)

I hope for a 14mp APS-H CSC from fuji that has a sensor optimised for dynamic range/signal to noise.

This megapixel lunacy needs to stop when 12mp RAW outputs from a D700 have a higher effective resolution than higher MP APS-C counterparts with higher megapixel counts.

I really wish for something along the lines of a finepix S5.

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newcameraguy2821
By newcameraguy2821 (Oct 6, 2011)

Fujifilm Unveils FinePix S100FS http://shrt.fm/qGwWT6

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Henry Falkner
By Henry Falkner (Oct 6, 2011)

Other than the photo there are no details - there is nothing to discuss.

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Neoasphalt
By Neoasphalt (Oct 6, 2011)

I hope Fuji will not follow megapixel race, but instead of that really will cut down noise levels with fewer MP. At least give the choice to customers to those whose main objective is cropping and to those which want smaller file size (faster capture, faster post-processing, faster file transfer, saving memory space) and less noise instead.

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design7
By design7 (Oct 6, 2011)

The X-51 looks like a baby hippo when compared to the svelte X-10 and X100 . . . why is it so ugly?

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Humboldt Jim
By Humboldt Jim (Oct 6, 2011)

That ugly rubber around the lens looks like it was re-used from a $50 spotting scope or maybe just a cut and fit strip (seam hidden). I suspect the lens is a mock-up, even if the camera is a prototype.

Of course, it could be a weatherproofing feature too.

HJ

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elefteriadis alexandros
By elefteriadis alexandros (Oct 6, 2011)

''That ugly rubber around the lens looks like it was re-used from a $50 spotting scope''..
Ahahahaha!! the designers of that company is like a spy from other company to destroy fuji.. ..

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kkardster
By kkardster (Oct 6, 2011)

Um, the whole camera is admittedly a prototype.

I'd like to put my hands on it - it may make the manual soom and/or focus work quite well. If so, who cares what it looks like?

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Humboldt Jim
By Humboldt Jim (Oct 6, 2011)

That ugly rubber around the lens looks like it was re-used from a $50 spotting scope or maybe just a cut and fit strip (seam hidden). I suspect the lens is a mock-up, even if the camera is a prototype.

Of course, it could be a weatherproofing feature too.

HJ

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Kevin Purcell
By Kevin Purcell (Oct 5, 2011)

The other point is comments by the boss of Fujifilm (did you know they made cosmetics too? Me neither!) to Reuters about a potential MILC with EVF (we know they can do that).

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/04/us-fujifilm-idUSTRE7631CG20110704

I expect perhaps EVF MILC with APS-C sensor (they can do all of those bits reusing some of the X100 technology). With all lenses done in house (i.e. not m43).

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Kevin Purcell
By Kevin Purcell (Oct 5, 2011)

A while back with rumors of a Fuji m43 flying around someone posted pictures (that folks didn't believe) that look rather like a early prototype of the X-S1

http://e-p1.net/the-rumor-bin/fuji's-micro-four-thirds-camera-(photo!)/

Folks claimed it was a HS10 with lens removed: they were partly right (it isn't a MILC but a superzoom with lens detached) but look at the details they don't match up with a HS10.

http://photorumors.com/2010/09/01/is-this-a-new-fuji-camera-fuji-micro-s10exr/

Ribbing on the zoom lens (and the size/look too). The body has evolved (better sloping; more rounded) but the small basic features (two dials on RHS, a couple of buttons; Pentaprism-oid flash unit with EVF behind, etc) look very similar.

Even the purported spec (12Mpx ... EXR) is similar.

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jaja_m
By jaja_m (Oct 5, 2011)

It came. Fuglyfilm X-S1...

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Vibrio
By Vibrio (Oct 6, 2011)

lol @ fuglyfilm

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caribet
By caribet (Oct 5, 2011)

nice looking controls but a tiresomely familiar typo in the sensor size: "same as the X10" I can believe - but the X10 has a 1/2.3" sensor (6.6mm x 8.8mm = 11mm diagonal; 11mm = 25.4/2.3)

I keep seeing people carelessly write 2/3" instead of 1/2.3"...
believe the mm dimensions, and never mind the inches - people can't write fractions properly.

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dormcat
By dormcat (Oct 6, 2011)

Your comment only showed your ignorance. Read the article on this website to learn how 2/3", 1/2.3" etc. are called "types" instead of "fractions": http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Glossary/Camera_System/sensor_sizes_01.htm

Quote: "The size designation does not define the diagonal of the sensor area but rather the outer diameter of the long glass envelope of the tube."

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DioCanon
By DioCanon (Oct 5, 2011)

this is great, another mirrorless system!
>>> more competition, more choice.
let's hope is worth it after the missteps of Pentax & Nikon

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JackM
By JackM (Oct 5, 2011)

Based on the looks of the X100 and X10, I'll be very interested to see Fuji's take on the MILC.... and it sounds like it will be APS-C?? Sweet.

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Macist
By Macist (Oct 5, 2011)

I hope it has usable GPS tagging.

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mjkerpan
By mjkerpan (Oct 5, 2011)

I'll wait to see how the 2/3" sensor performs in the X10, but offhand I'm suspecting that the image quality from this new camera will wipe the floor with all the 1/2.3" devices.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Oct 5, 2011)

X-S1 looks quite ugly, but 624mm at f5.3 is pretty impressive number, especially if it will be decent lens.. It looks like bad plastic toy, but if they manage to put something good inside, no prob in using that.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Oct 5, 2011)

It's interesting they've decided to give this the X branding as it has a lot more in common with the Fuji S100fs / S200EXR than the X100 or X10

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Adriano76
By Adriano76 (Oct 5, 2011)

Finally!... With X-S1 perhaps we'll have the real successor of the great s100fs!

Comment edited 18 seconds after posting
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TFD
By TFD (Oct 6, 2011)

I had a sold the 100fs, one of the worst cameras I have ever owned. Terrible CA, bad controls and the only camera that would not retain setting when turned off. I would think really hard before buying another Fuji camera.

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Ibida Bab
By Ibida Bab (Oct 5, 2011)

That looks like a real ACTION lens, I LOVE what Fujifilm is doing lately.

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Vince876
By Vince876 (Oct 5, 2011)

Hi
I guess the new "mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera" will be the APSC whith F-mount that Nikon has refused to make ...

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