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Fujifilm releases X-S1 premium EXR 26X superzoom

By dpreview staff on Nov 24, 2011 at 05:00 GMT
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Fujifilm has announced the X-S1, a premium-grade superzoom compact. The X-S1 is part of the company's high-end 'X Series' and is built around the same 12MP 2/3" CMOS sensor as the X10 compact. Despite the comparatively large sensor, it manages to include a 26X 24-624mm equivalent F2.8-5.6 zoom lens. It also features Raw shooting, a 1.44M dot electronic viewfinder and 460,000 dot rear LCD along with a rubberized coating and metal dials to emphasize its premium 'Made in Japan' status.

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Fujifilm X-S1: The bridge camera, reinvented

The Fujifilm X series of premium cameras has a third model – the X-S1 – and just like the two before it, this latest addition sets new standards in design and performance.

The X-S1 represents a new breed of bridge cameras. Built in Japan to exacting standards, the body has a high-quality look and feel with metal dials, a rubberised coating and superior handling characteristics that will appeal to the discerning photo enthusiast.

In addition, the X-S1 offers a premium picture-taking performance to match its looks. From the high-quality Fujinon 26x optical zoom lens through to the EXR sensor taken from the X10 and the wide range of functions, the X-S1 puts the photographer in complete control. 

Maximum optical versatility

The centrepiece of the X-S1 is the Fujinon 26x optical zoom lens. Offering a range of 24-624mm (35mm equivalent) it caters perfectly for every photographic need and features a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture at the wide-angle setting.

This optical range is boosted further by Fujifilm’s Intelligent Digital Zoom capability, which effectively doubles the focal range without the drop in picture quality normally associated with digital zoom functions. As a result, the X-S1 offers users an incredible 52x zoom range of 24-1248mm (35mm equivalent).

Optically, the lens comprises 17 glass elements, which includes four aspherical elements and two ED lenses, to deliver images with superb edge-to-edge sharpness and amazing clarity. The lens’ construction is of the highest standard, featuring metal cams for smooth zoom control and fast, precise framing.

The X-S1 is also ideally suited to capturing subjects close up. In standard mode, the zoom focuses down to 30cm, but by selecting Super Macro Mode, users can focus down to 1cm for frame-filling close-up images. Furthermore, the lens’ aperture is made up of nine blades for excellent bokeh effect photography.

Great results in every picture-taking scenario

The X-S1 features the same 2/3-inch 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor as the X10 which ensures high quality images regardless of the lighting conditions.

The unique EXR CMOS technology pioneered by Fujifilm allows the user to switch between three modes depending on the lighting conditions – or leave the camera to make its own choice in the Auto EXR mode.

Switching between the modes changes the performance of the sensor. The High Resolution option is perfect in bright conditions or when the very best picture quality is the primary aim. Wide Dynamic Range mode should be chosen in scenes of high contrast when the user wants to get details in both shadow and highlight areas of an image, while the High Sensitivity & Low Noise option should be selected for optimum results in low light conditions

Coupled to the EXR CMOS sensor is the high speed EXR processor, which offers a minimal shutter lag of just 0.01sec and a high speed continuous shooting capability of seven frames-per-second at full resolution (Large JPEG) or 10 frames-per-second at six megapixel resolution (Medium JPEG).

The X-S1 also takes high-quality movies. It captures Full High Definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) video with stereo sound at 30 frames-per-second, which is saved in the H.264 format.

Easy composition and image review

The X-S1 offers a powerful combination of high quality electronic viewfinder and rear LCD to ensure composing and viewing images is quick and simple, regardless of the lighting conditions.

The 0.47-inch electronic viewfinder (EVF) features 1.44 million pixels for superb image clarity and has a wide viewing area of 26 degrees to reduce eye strain. The bright EVF makes it easy to check settings or adjust focus manually.

On the back of the X-S1 is a high quality, tiltable three-inch LCD. It features 460,000 pixels making it easier for users to scroll through menus, assess exposure accuracy and view images. The LCD also offers a useful Daylight mode that overcomes the problem of viewing the screen in bright conditions.

Full user control and picture taking versatility

The X-S1 offers a superb level of functionality whether users want to make picture taking as simple as using a compact or as involved as a fully-manual digital SLR.

For simplicity, the X-S1 will assess the subject and then select the relevant scene mode for the perfect result, automatically switching the EXR CMOS sensor accordingly. Not only does it ascertain the type of scene being photographed, it can also calculate whether an image contains a person, features backlighting or has any subject movement. ISO settings are taken care of too by the Auto ISO mode, which selects the optimum setting between ISO 100 and 3200. Those after more ISO flexibility can select up to ISO 12800 (Small JPEG format only).

Photographers after full control are well catered for with the X-S1. The camera offers a full range of conventional shooting functions (program/aperture-priority/shutter-priority/manual), plus users can also fine tune levels of colour, image sharpness and tone. Additionally, the X-S1 provides four auto bracketing options, eight Film Simulation and white balance functions and a Raw file format.

Fujifilm X-S1 key features

• High quality Fujinon 26x optical zoom covering 24-624mm (35mm equivalent) with Intelligent Digital Zoom boosting range up to 1248mm

• Superb build quality and finish with rubberised coating and metal dials

• 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor

• Up to 10 frames-per-second shooting

• Large EVF with 1.44 million pixels and 26 degree viewing angle

• Tiltable three-inch rear LCD with Sunny Day mode

• Full HD video

• PASM modes

• Raw file format

• Film simulation modes

• Macro focusing down to 1cm

• Lithium battery providing up to 500 shots per charge

• Optical image stabilisation

• 360° Motion Panorama mode 

Fujifilm X-S1 Specifications

Number of effective pixels 12.0 million pixels
Image sensor 2/3-inch EXR CMOS with primary colour filter
Storage media Internal memory (approx. 26 MB) 
SD/ SDHC/ SDXC(UHS-I) memory card   *1
File format  
(still image) JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3 ), RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
(movie) H.264(MOV)  with Stereo sound
Number of recorded pixels L: <4:3> 4000 x 3000  <3:2> 4000 x 2664  <16:9> 4000 x 2248  <1:1> 2992 x 2992
M: <4:3> 2816 x 2112  <3:2> 2816 x 1864  <16:9> 2816 x 1584  <1:1> 2112 x 2112
S: <4:3> 2048 x 1536  <3:2> 2048 x 1360  <16:9> 1920 x 1080  <1:1> 1536 x 1536
<Motion Panorama>
 360゜Vertical  11520 x 1624   Horizontal  11520 x 1080
 180゜Vertical  5760 x 1624     Horizontal  5760 x 1080
 120゜Vertical  3840 x 1624     Horizontal  3840 x 1080
Lens  
(name) Fujinon 26x optical zoom lens
(focal length) f=6.1 - 158.6mm, equivalent to 24-624mm on a 35mm camera
(full-aperture) F2.8(Wide) - F5.6 (Telephoto)
(constitution) 12 groups 17 lenses (4 aspherical glass moluded lenses included)
Digital zoom Intelligent digital zoom approx. 2x (1.4) (up to 52 × when combined with optical zoom)
Aperture F2.8-F11(Wide)
F5.6-F11(Telephoto) 1/3AV step (controlled 9-blade aperture diaphragm)
Focus distance
(from lens surface)
Normal : Wide: Approx. 30cm / 0.9ft. to infinity
            Telephoto: Approx. 2.0m  / 6.5ft. to infinity
Macro:   Wide: Approx. 7cm - 3.0m / 2.8in. - 9.8ft.
      Telephoto: Approx. 2.0m - 3.0m / 6.5ft. - 9.8ft.
Super Macro: Approx. 1.0cm -1.0m / 0.4in. - 3.3ft. 
Sensitivity Auto,
 Equivalent to ISO 100/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/ 1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/4000*/5000*/6400*/12800* (Standard Output Sensitivity) 
*ISO4000/5000/6400:M mode or lower, ISO12800:S mode
Exposure control TTL 256-zones metering, Multi, Spot, Average
Exposure mode Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Scene Modes SP: Natural Light & Flash, Natural Light,  Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Dog, Cat, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Party, Flower, Text
Shooting Modes EXR, AUTO, Adv., SP, C3, C2, C1, M, A, S, P,
Image stabiliser Lens shift type
Face detection Yes
Exposure compensation -2.0EV - +2.0EV  1/3EV step                           
Shutter speed (Auto mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/4000* sec. , (All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000* sec.
Continuous shooting
(TOP)
Super High:approx. 10fps  (Size M,S)
High:approx. 7fps  (Size L,M,S)
Middle:approx. 5fps  (Size L,M,S)
Low:approx. 3fps  (Size L,M,S)
* SD memory card with a class 4 write speed (4 MB/sec.) or better is recommended.
* The frame rate varies depending on the shooting conditions or numbers of frames in continuous shooting.
(others) Best Frame capture:
Super High:approx. 10fps  8/16 frames  (Size M,S)
High:approx. 7fps  8frames  (Size L,M,S)/16 frames  (Size M,S)
Middle:approx. 5fps  8frames  (Size L,M,S)/16 frames  (Size M,S)
Low:approx. 3fps  8frames  (Size L,M,S)/16 frames  (Size ,M,S)
Auto bracketing AE Bracketing:  ±1/3EV,±2/3EV,±1EV
Film Simulation Bracketing:  PROVIA/STANDARD, Velvia/VIVID, ASTIA/SOFT
Dynamic Rang Bracketing:  100%/200%/400%
ISO Sensitivity Bracketing:  ±1/3EV,±2/3EV,±1EV
Focus  
(mode) Single AF / Continuous AF (EXR AUTO, Movie),
Manual AF (One-push AF mode included)
(type) TTL contrast AF, AF assist illuminator available
(AF frame selection) Multi, Area, Tracking
White balance Automatic scene recognition
Preset: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White),
Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Custom, colour temperature selection(2,500K~10,000K)
Self-timer 10 sec./ 2 sec. delay
Flash Auto flash (super intelligent flash)
Flash Range Effective range: (ISO AUTO(800))
Wide: Approx. 30cm - 8.0m / 0.9ft. - 26.2ft.
Telephoto: Approx. 2.0m - 5.0m / 6.5ft. - 16.4ft.  
Flash modes Red-eye removal OFF: Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.
Hot shoe YES
Viewfinder 0.47-inch, approx. 1440,000 dots, TFT colour LCD monitor, approx. 100% coverage
Approx. 100% coverage
Diopter adjustment:  -5 - +3m-1(dpt) 
LCD monitor 3.0-inch, approx. 460,000 dots, TFT colour LCD monitor, approx. 100% coverage
Movie recording 1920 x 1080 pixels / 1280 x 720 pixels/ 640 x 480 pixels (30 frames / sec.)  with stereo sound  
Optical zoom (manual) can be used.
Photography  functions EXR mode (EXR Auto / Resolution priority / High ISO & Low noise priority / Dynamic range priority), Face recognition, Face Detection, Auto red-eye removal, Film simulation, Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Histogram display, Best frame capture, Advanced mode (Motion panorama360, Pro focus, Pro low light), High Speed Movie (70/ 120/ 200  frames/sec.) , Electronic level, One-touch RAW, Advanced Anti Blur
Playback  functions Face Detection, Auto red-eye removal, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Protect, Crop, Resize, Slide show, Image rotate, Voice memo, Histogram display, Exposure warning, Photobook assist, Image search, favourites, Mark for upload, Panorama, Erase selected frames, RAW conversing 
Other functions PictBridge, Exif Print,
35 Languages, Time difference, Silent mode, Sutter sound
                                                                                 
Ports  
(Video output) NTSC / PAL selectable
with Monaural sound
(Digital interface) USB 2.0 High-Speed
( HDMI output) HDMI Mini connector
( External microphone) φ3.5 Mini with Stereo sound
Power supply NP-95 Li-ion battery (included)
Dimensions 135(W) x 107 (H) x  149 (D) mm  / 5.3 (W) x 4.2 (H) x 5.9 (D) in.
Weight Approx. 920g / 32.5oz. (including battery and memory card)  
Approx. 880g / 31.0oz. (excluding battery and memory card) 
Operating Temperature 0℃ - 40℃
Operating Humidity 10% - 80% (no condensation)
Guide to the number of available frames for battery operation approx. 460 frames *2
approx. 500 frames (using EVF)
Accessories included Li-ion battery NP-95
Battery charger BC-65N
Shoulder strap
Lens cap and Lens cap cord
Lens hood
USB cable
CD-ROM
Owner's manual
Optional accessories Li-ion battery NP-95
Battery charger BC-65N
Shoe Mount Flash EF-42/EF-20
Remote release RR-80

*1 Please see the Fujifilm website to check memory card compatibility.
*2 CIPA Standard

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Comments

Total comments: 383
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Eigenmeat
By Eigenmeat (Nov 24, 2011)

Spelling Error:
12 groups 17 lenses (4 aspherical glass *moluded* lenses included)

0 upvotes
kyud0
By kyud0 (Nov 24, 2011)

Really like what Fujifilm is doing with their premium cameras... if I'm correct this is first superzoom with such big sensor...

2 upvotes
John Carson
By John Carson (Nov 24, 2011)

Fuji's S100fs had a 2/3 sensor. It was a 14x zoom.

2 upvotes
kyud0
By kyud0 (Nov 24, 2011)

Oh, yeah I forgot that camera, my bad... Well, now what's left to see is how IQ and high ISO performance improved compared to sensor from 2008. I love all the features this camera has, but I think the price should be a little bit lower :)

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bushi
By bushi (Nov 24, 2011)

...also the older Panasonic FZ series (ending with FZ50). As for how much sensor/IQ have improved since 2008 - just check Fuji X10, it is the same sensor/soft :). It have improved a LOT :)

...getting excited about it :)

1 upvote
kyud0
By kyud0 (Nov 24, 2011)

Yeah, me too :)

0 upvotes
grahamdyke
By grahamdyke (Nov 24, 2011)

Had a Canon Pro-1 with that great 5mp 2/3 sensor and 7x "L" series lens. There hasn't been a bridge camera to rival it since and its the last bridge camera I purchased for that very reason. It was also very compact, unlike this Fuji, which is a monster, its bigger than my K5+17-70... Whats the point?

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xoio
By xoio (Nov 24, 2011)

HI,
Just to correct you i'm afraid.
I too owned the Pro1 - it is in fact an 8mp camera! :-D
However as for image quality. Yes the L lens had superb resolving power. the CCD has a rubbish noise curve if you recall. iso 50 was silky smooth. but if you dared to venture over iso 100 (200 or 400 (max)) - it was a grainy mess. Fuji's S100FS (which i bought as my Pro1 replacement, betters the Pro1 in almost every department. And it too has a 2/3 sensor. - The S100fs's resolving power is on par if not better than the Pro1, & better noise control means you can got to ISO 800 with useable results. The only areas where the Pro1 exceeds the S100fs is having a 'smart' shoe, an additional quick glance top LCD and a Manual zoom indicator that actually made sense. However the S100fs has a proper manual Zoom for really precise control over the pseudo electonic Pro1 zoom ring, twice the reach 14x and 11.1MP

4 upvotes
Franka T.L.
By Franka T.L. (Nov 24, 2011)

Oh Oh Oh, what history repeats, the return of the good old 2/3 sensor Prosumer aka Canon PRO-1, Minolta A-2, Sony 828 fashion ...

IMHO it would be better for them to give us a better quality, fast , more restricted range zoom than just giving us 26x TRY TO DO IT ALL, but really so so at any range zoom

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Roberts_J
By Roberts_J (Nov 24, 2011)

Franka T.L.: "...it would be better for them to give us a better quality, fast , more restricted range zoom..."
_________________________________

Fuji x10 ?! Same sensor, 28-112mm (35mm equiv.) f2.0-2.8 zoom.

http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=fujifilm_xs1&products=fujifilm_x10

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Ashley Pomeroy
By Ashley Pomeroy (Nov 24, 2011)

Don't forget the old Olympus E-10 / E-20 - slow as a snail, noisy, but the lens was lovely and a lot of people bought them just before digital SLRs came down to an affordable level. I used to have an E-20 and if it had been faster and less noisy I would still have it; the body was very tough.

0 upvotes
Another Opinion
By Another Opinion (Nov 25, 2011)

And remember the 3-4 shot maximum shots and the endless wait for thr E-10, 20 to recycle. Incredible and where it was all born till my D30,D60, 10D etc..>>>E-P3, GH2

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Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Nov 24, 2011)

Really not bad for One camera that does almost everything in a nice looking package. Good for many beginners and students.

If IQ lacks, trust me its not Canon 1DX competitor.

0 upvotes
Paul Boothroyd
By Paul Boothroyd (Nov 24, 2011)

A 'beginner' (whatever that means) or student would be better served with a camera which is much more restricted than this one.

0 upvotes
Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Nov 24, 2011)

Beginners/ students wants something with full manual controls and no better not give them restrictions but freedom.

you can keep your opinion though

0 upvotes
Rachotilko
By Rachotilko (Nov 24, 2011)

Regarding the X-S1's weight compared to DSLR weitgh: please, compare with DSLR equipped with lens of corresponding focal lengths.

3 upvotes
photo nuts
By photo nuts (Nov 24, 2011)

The point is folks looking for a compact camera want something light. Besides, how often do people shoot at super-telephoto focal lengths? Something like 28-300 mm (35mm equiv) lens should suffice. This will greatly help reduce the weight of the camera and provide better image quality than the mush we're now seeing from a 26x zoom lens.

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Rachotilko
By Rachotilko (Nov 24, 2011)

People typically buy 300mm telelens for theis APS-C cameras. Cropping factor being 1.6, that gives 480mm (eq 35). So, for people doing telephoto (birders, landscapers), 300mm eq is not nearly as sufficient as you might think.

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bushi
By bushi (Nov 24, 2011)

@photo nuts /The point is folks looking for a compact camera want something light./

..folks looking for a compact camera should go and look somewhere else, because this is not a compact, it is a bridge superzoom, and I want almost exactly THAT :)

@Rachotilko: well, you can't just ignore the possibility of further cropping DSLR image taken @480mm equiv, with their high-quality sensors/pixels, I daresay you will get better image quality from APS-C cropped electronically to match the optical zoom of ultrazoom bridges (and it has been demonstrated many many times), but I do not worry about that too much, that camera is posed to be SO much fun to shot!

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Rachotilko
By Rachotilko (Nov 24, 2011)

Regarding IQ in the samples, please take into account two facts:

1, Some of the samples are taken at extremelly wide/long focal lengths. These look naturally soft. On the other hand, moderate focal lengths provide much sharper results. Typical superzoom users take this into account : when they want perfect IQ, they limit their focal lengths to moderate ranges. Ability to shoot in extremely wide or extremely long regions is a bonus, but one has to be aware of the reduction in IQ in those situations. I am not afraid to say that 30-400mm (eq) gives sharp results.

2, All samples are shot in 12MP mode. All EXR cameras give much better results, when set to half resolution - ie when EXR sensors do treir tricks.

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wutsurstyle
By wutsurstyle (Nov 26, 2011)

I know FUJI's EXR pixel arrangement helps increase dynamic range. But I'm not sure if it helps with sharpness. Is that what you are implying?

0 upvotes
wetsleet
By wetsleet (Nov 24, 2011)

Something inside me rebels instinctively against a camera which unnecessarily fetters its design to accommodate the need to spool a non-existant roll of film across a non-existant pressure plate, and to house a non-existant pentaprism above the lens. So much unnecessary baggage, so many design constraints, and all for nothing. Move on, please, cast off those old shackles. Time to exploit for gain the design freedoms afforded by the passing of film and, in this case, pentaprism.

4 upvotes
Dragan R Novakovic
By Dragan R Novakovic (Nov 24, 2011)

You couldn't have said it better. I wish manufacturers would stop aping the looks and constraints of film SLR cameras of old. Fuji could have exploited the advantages of the small sensor to the full and produced something looking like the x100 or NEX-7.

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sorinx
By sorinx (Nov 24, 2011)

You have an obsession man.

From your comment, I think that you have never used a camera except maybe iphone.

First: the grip is absolutely necessary for good handling. The people are paying money to add grip on a cameras with small lens like Canon S100. just try using the sony nex with a zoom lens and come back to tell us how great it handles.
2nd: the grip contains the battery. it is not an empty space. if you do not put the battery there you have to make some other regions of the camera bigger.
3rd. the pentaprism like region contains the flash. it is not just a design feature.

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MaikeruN
By MaikeruN (Nov 25, 2011)

you buy cameras for its looks? if you can find me an slr with lenses to cover 24-624mm that has a combined weight of 900g then please, let me buy one off you.

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wutsurstyle
By wutsurstyle (Nov 26, 2011)

I totally agree with sorinx. It is driven by functional design, not aesthetics. The pentaprism region holds the EVF, which needs space for the lcd, and the flash, with its pop-up hinges. Would you rather have it on the upper left corner like where the NEx-7 has it? Then you would block the left buttons on the camera like the ISO. Where would your built-in flash go? Same deal with the grip..where else would you put the bracket and exposure comp buttons? Please..think about the design process before criticizing. Else, just buy the lytro camera and have all your unique cravings satisfied.

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The Conqueror
By The Conqueror (Nov 24, 2011)

920g and size of Nikon D7000....Not groundbreaking for Fuji and devastating for competitors. Heavy and price will be like a DSLR.
Instead of this just buy a D7000 way way much better.
People buys Bridges because they want a light one and a cheaper one..
This will ofcourse sell but not as Fuji expected....
Plus, the picture quality is questionable whit these samples....

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wetsleet
By wetsleet (Nov 24, 2011)

is it any surprise they ended up with something the size and weight of an SLR, when they shouldered all the design constraints associated with using film and a pentaprism? Why? Did no one tell the design department that it was time to turn the page?

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Dave Oddie
By Dave Oddie (Nov 24, 2011)

Turning the page for the sake of it is just as bad. The grip on the right where "film" goes on this camera and d-slrs makes for a comfortable grip and steady shooting. Cameras that lack the grip tend to be rectangular and that is just as much a throwback to old 35mm compact or range-finder camera style as this is to an SLR camera.

Come to think of it most film slrs such as Canon AE1, Nikon FM, Pentax MX or Oly OM2 never had a grip either so its a relatively new concept anyway - and a good one for the above reasons.

I think cameras like the Nex are an ergonomic disaster when used with long lenses compared to a traditionally designed d-slr.

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NeilJones
By NeilJones (Nov 24, 2011)

D7000 is a great camera. Trouble is, you will have to spend around 10 grand to get the zoom range of the new fuji.

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Demmos
By Demmos (Nov 24, 2011)

Not really... try around 2 grand for two lenses to do the same. The 16-85mm and the 80-400mm; that amounts to 24-600mm on the D7000, all with excellent IQ! With VR and great high-ISO of the D7000, a starting aperture of 2.8 is not needed.

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MaikeruN
By MaikeruN (Nov 25, 2011)

yet this camera will not cost $2k... lol

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lesamisdenfer
By lesamisdenfer (Nov 24, 2011)

At the Fuji site the images for this camera look bad, especially if you go to the sample X10 shots which seem marvelously sharp. That is worrisome as it makes this camera DOA for tose looking for an alterntive to a dSLR. If the samples are representative ofthe IQ of this camera, many will go elsewhere.
The X10 samples are much clearer and sharper, that's a big difference.

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Nov 24, 2011)

I guess the lens' "barrel distortion" design was inspired by hasselblad's HC lens

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kongqueror
By kongqueror (Nov 24, 2011)

Except for the awful looking lens exterior, this will definitely be an interesting upgrade to current superzoom users like myself. For me, the bigger 2/3" sensor is the centerpiece of this XS-1 as it is automatically different from the rest in its class and possibly, just by virtue of the size, have the best IQ. I'm very interested! I wish all the other superzoom makers follow suit.

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Benjamin Marsh
By Benjamin Marsh (Nov 24, 2011)

having held a sample I can tell you the lens actually feels like a joy to use, those rubber ridges along it make it very comfortable to hold.

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Kerry Munroe
By Kerry Munroe (Nov 24, 2011)

It looks pretty impressive. Lets be honest, most people who want a dslr, don't really understand the workings of cameras or basic photographic concepts. (dp viewers the exception!).

Most people never make enlargements bigger than A4 (8x10). But Most people do notice when things are blurry or they cant zoom in. Whether solving these problems will improve their photography is another matter.

But this camera hits all the check boxes that many consumers want, and the lens is bright enough to use without flash (at the wide end) in many circumstances.

I say they pretty close got it right. It is a lot of camera for the $$.

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Nov 24, 2011)

This 'compact' camera weighs 920g!!!!!

Will this appeal to its target buyers?

Also, http://fujifilm.jp/personal/digitalcamera/x/fujifilm_x_s1/sample_images/img/index/ff_x_s1_001.JPG shows noisy skies and mushy objects (from grass to leopard to air balloon).

Really, a disappointment..

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ZorSy
By ZorSy (Nov 24, 2011)

I think this product fills the gap on the market - it has fairly decent chip by size (and performance). Not everybody needs DSLR, I dare to say most basic users are stuck with 2-lens kit, but rarely put the longer (usually 50-200) lens and take 90% of shots with 18-55. Even them, they complain both about "not sharp", talking about shallow DOF or "wish I had the "universal lens"", talking about something like 18-200. We all know that none of 18-2xx is really a winner. And for those people I really can say: they would be better off with something like this. Offers the range (24-overkill), will probably have so-so high ISO, good DOF even wide open and can grow if needed (ext flash, filters, play with settings). It handles like DSLR, looks like one and on a good light performs close to one. And is as heavy as one, too.
BTW, Fuji NEVER managed to put decent sample photos on their web site - ever! They are almost famous for it - it must be some Japanese thing we don't get.

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Nov 24, 2011)

I think they should fire the guy who post those sample pictures, especially the first picture..

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Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Nov 24, 2011)

To me it looks something wrong with the stats, can't be ISO 100 and that bad? or is it because the camera's special sensor technology doesn't work that good at full resolution?
image if not looked at pixel level is still acceptable!

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Nov 24, 2011)

"I think they should fire the guy who post those sample pictures, especially the first picture.."

Agreed. They're terrible.

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Dave Oddie
By Dave Oddie (Nov 24, 2011)

I agree with you. I am a dslr user myself with a good collection of excellent lenses and I think one day cameras like this may well make dslrs redundant for many amateurs like me. Whether this camera is it I don't know. Probably not given the current state of technology but the concept is good. In 1991/92 I travelled the world with an Olympus OM2, 35-105 zoom and a 21mm lens. I with I could have has this camera back then, despite the weight.

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love_them_all
By love_them_all (Nov 24, 2011)

Why such a huge viewfinder? The flash doesn't even look that big.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Nov 24, 2011)

You'd prefer a VF with 200k pixels and, say, 0.4 magnification (even worse than the worst D-SLR's with their dark tunnel views)?

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love_them_all
By love_them_all (Nov 24, 2011)

Well have you ever used the EVF of the X100 or A77 in person? Good colors and res doesn't need to be huge.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Nov 24, 2011)

"Well have you ever used the EVF of the X100 or A77 in person? Good colors and res doesn't need to be huge."

Still, one of the reasons the A77's EVF is so much praised is the size of it, also compared to the alternatives. The same stands for cheap / dark / "narrow tunnel" pentaprism APS-C cameras vs. full frame ones like the A900 with HUGE OVF's. People prefer the latter.

And the high resolution EVF of this camera (while not exactly the Sony A65/A77, it's already in the Pana GH1/GH2 ballpark) also deserves a decent size so that you can make most of its pixels. We aren't speaking of lame low-res (200 kpixel - that IS a joke) EVF's like that of most other superzooms or the GF1.

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gl2k
By gl2k (Nov 24, 2011)

wanna see a shootout between this cam and the Panny FZ150

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Nov 24, 2011)

Guys, check out the official samples at http://fujifilm.jp/personal/digitalcamera/x/fujifilm_x_s1/sample_images/ . All samples start at f/4.0 (no 2.8) and are all ISO100 only (no higher-ISO ones).

Unfortunately, the first one I checked out (haven't checked out the others), http://fujifilm.jp/personal/digitalcamera/x/fujifilm_x_s1/sample_images/img/index/ff_x_s1_001.JPG , show:

- grainy (noisy) sky
- over-sharpening (see the contours of the balloon)
- not very good corner softness (check the grass in the lover left and right corner).

I REALLY hope the camera delivers better results than this.

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JohnBee
By JohnBee (Nov 24, 2011)

Yea I agree....
those samples are pretty poor :(

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Nov 24, 2011)

Only fools will quickly conclude of cameras capability by merely looking at initial samples. X-S1 can deliver far better results than those.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Nov 24, 2011)

"Only fools will quickly conclude of cameras capability by merely looking at initial samples. X-S1 can deliver far better results than those."

Theoretically (on paper), yes... in practice? We'll see. And don't forget these are the official (!) samples. They wouldn't post shots not representative of the camera, would they?

I'd really love to see the X-S1 to success, though. Nevertheless, I've seen many an ambitious cameras (incl. Fuji's own HS10) fail on the IQ front.

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (Nov 24, 2011)

Don't forget it's a tiny 2/3in sensor. The samples are not bad at all for such a small sensor. Of course, it's nowhere near DSLR quality, but I don't think anybody would be expecting that.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Nov 24, 2011)

"Don't forget it's a tiny 2/3in sensor. The samples are not bad at all for such a small sensor. Of course, it's nowhere near DSLR quality, but I don't think anybody would be expecting that."

2/3 (0.66) isn't that tiny... area-wise, just a bit smaller (0.44) than half of the 1" sensor of the Nikon 1, which is very capable and 25% bigger than 1/1.7" sensors of the current enthusiast cameras (S9x/s100, g12 etc.) At this size, one definitely would expect better skies at ISO100 (it's not a lens issue).

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TFD
By TFD (Nov 24, 2011)

I want to like Fuji cameras, they look good on Paper. I bought (and sold an FS100) It was the most maddening camera I have ever owned. First the CA and purple fringing were too much to deal with, but more maddening it would not go to sleep it went off and when it was turned on it dropped all of the setting, ISO, bracketing, drive setting etc. - in the end the camera was unusable. The battery was tiny and the picture quality, not withstanding the large sensor was - average.

If I were to try Fuji again I would keep my eyes wide open.

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harrisoncac
By harrisoncac (Nov 24, 2011)

Impressive camera. But the lens exterior design looks disgusting. The lens appears like a tilted barrel. You know we hate barrel anything on a lens. Not slim or good looking. Maybe the designer is just too much overweighted.

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kff
By kff (Nov 24, 2011)

nowadays, someting a new and without wi-fi or BT4 isn't a good way ...

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Nov 24, 2011)

1. How come? Show me a consumer (or even enthusiast!) camera with Wi-Fi / BT built-in...

2. while there's no word on Eye-Fi compliance, it might be able to compatible with the card's Wi-Fi file transfer.

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Nov 24, 2011)

I wish there exist a wide angle converter (say 0.8x) that would work with this camera (62mm)..

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exp1orer
By exp1orer (Nov 24, 2011)

the youtube video shows that it has a metal lens barrel...that explains why it is heavy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq2tUftH-pY&list=PLAA1D023BD64500AA&index=1&feature=plpp_video

but the size is small compared to APS-C DSLRs. watch the video with woman small hands.

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Martin Datzinger
By Martin Datzinger (Nov 24, 2011)

Billy is not a woman ;)

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Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (Nov 24, 2011)

Nice Camera......

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Nov 24, 2011)

Official Samples
http://fujifilm.jp/personal/digitalcamera/x/fujifilm_x_s1/sample_images/

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Nov 24, 2011)

Thanks. All samples start at f/4.0 (no 2.8) and are all ISO100 only (no higher-ISO ones).

Unfortunately, the first one I checked out (haven't checked out the others), http://fujifilm.jp/personal/digitalcamera/x/fujifilm_x_s1/sample_images/img/index/ff_x_s1_001.JPG , show:

- grainy (noisy) sky
- over-sharpening (see the contours of the balloon)
- not very good corner softness (check the grass in the lover left and right corner).

I REALLY hope the camera delivers better results than this.

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Nov 24, 2011)

Only fools will quickly conclude of cameras capability by merely looking at initial samples.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Nov 24, 2011)

"Only fools will quickly conclude of cameras capability by merely looking at initial samples. "

Theoretically (on paper), yes... in practice? We'll see. And don't forget these are the official (!) samples. They wouldn't post shots not representative of the camera, would they?

I'd really love to see the X-S1 to success, though. Nevertheless, I've seen many ambitious cameras (incl. Fuji's own HS10) fail on the IQ front.

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Rmano
By Rmano (Nov 24, 2011)

They seems to me all a bit out of focus. And yes, the sky is not so nice...

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Tihomir Rusanin
By Tihomir Rusanin (Nov 24, 2011)

Nice camera .The missing thing is the Fuji X100 sensor.It's a little bit heavy and rugged.Just another nice Fuji camera ,nothing grounbreaking...

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Nov 24, 2011)

Nope. Groundbreaking for Fuji and devastating for competitors. =D

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Nov 24, 2011)

An APS-C with a 26x, bright (starting at f/2.8) zoom starting at 24mm equiv? Impossible to build under 5 kg and 5000 US$.

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Nov 24, 2011)

just look at the size of the Canon 400/5.6 and you will know what you are getting with the x-s1

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Nov 24, 2011)

"just look at the size of the Canon 400/5.6 and you will know what you are getting with the x-s1"

… and that's “only” 1.2 kg... the much brighter Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS USM weighs in a whopping 5.3kg!

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Nov 24, 2011)

Looks great.

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NetMage
By NetMage (Nov 24, 2011)

It says in the overview and the specs the telephoto is f5.6, so no problem.

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Maxfield_photo
By Maxfield_photo (Nov 24, 2011)

Wow 26x zoom, at the long end that must be what, f/90? The diffraction must be monstrous.

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sotirius
By sotirius (Nov 24, 2011)

Do you ever read or you just comment? f/2.8-5.6 In translation this means f/2.8 at 24mm and f/5.6 at 626mm

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drakkar
By drakkar (Nov 24, 2011)

wow!!! At Last!!! Fuji beat the market again!
Same sensor of Fuji X10.
Premium Lens.
1,44 Mpix EVF! (same X100) with Diopter adjustment: -5 - +3m-1(dpt) 
External mic! (1st Fuji with this connector)
TTL External Flash (Flash EF-42/EF-20)
Lion Battery NP95 (same other Fuji models, compatibles)
Remote Release (same RR-80!)
Excelent Superzoom!!!
Bravo Fuji!

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poorfatjames
By poorfatjames (Nov 24, 2011)

um...fanboy much? lol

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Nov 24, 2011)

Yup, really decent specs. I only miss 60p at 1080.

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javieralcivar
By javieralcivar (Nov 24, 2011)

Yes they did, why eata leftovers of a crowded market when you can be the king of super zooms.

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pedroboe100
By pedroboe100 (Nov 24, 2011)

Looks weird and out of place. If you want a great slr form factor, get a K5 or D7000 or A65. If you want a small sensor camera get an X10. If you want medium priced but great quality, get M43 gear or Nex5n/7.

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JohnBee
By JohnBee (Nov 24, 2011)

Ya but did you see the features this camera has?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq2tUftH-pY

You don't get anything near that with a K-5 or D7K.
The only question I have is with the lens. Which I think is lacking on the wide end imo.

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IEBA1
By IEBA1 (Nov 24, 2011)

There's a gaping hole for a high quality superzoom camera. If this has the IQ, then this is the _only_ choice in that market and it will rule. I look forward to finding out more.

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bb42
By bb42 (Nov 24, 2011)

There are situations where you need a manual zoom for fast framing; having a 24 wide angle and a superzoom with a flip of your fingers facilitate some pictures you'd completely miss with any other type of camera.
I used the HS10 in Egypt this spring, yes the IQ is not top, but many quick shots - with people running around, driving in a car etc - were only possible with this camera. The X-S1 should provide better IQ still (and less lag), so yes, there _is_ a unique market position for it.

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Faisalee
By Faisalee (Nov 24, 2011)

You mentiond all the alternatives it seems... BUT you forgot to mention the LENS!

If you want that much reach, you need BIGMA 50-500 lens but you will still miss the 24mm ;) and of course you will be needing lots of pain killers after a days shoot with it :p

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JohnBee
By JohnBee (Nov 24, 2011)

I've always liked Fuji's determination to deliver bridge cams worth shooting with and I think this model will extend that tradition.

BTW. I just watched a hands-on video review on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq2tUftH-pY and I must say, the camera seems quite impressive.

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healer81
By healer81 (Nov 24, 2011)

how does the sensor size compare to other cameras? looks interesting.. I wouldn't mind using this camera but just got a x10 and using a canon 7D. woudnt mind suggesting this camera to another person though

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Nov 24, 2011)

All pinhead superzoom cameras today are no match to this. 2/3 vs. 1/2.3

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healer81
By healer81 (Nov 24, 2011)

I see, cant wait to see the results on review

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IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Nov 24, 2011)

Lol it's bigger than most SLRs. It's still a pretty interesting camera though since it will ofer better quality than a typical superzoom. Price will be important though, should be no more than $600 and ideally $500 or less.

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Lng0004
By Lng0004 (Nov 24, 2011)

$400 would make it a steal. $500 will make me hesitate. Any more and will be hard to justify.

At least for me.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Nov 24, 2011)

Interesting looking camera. I wish the LCD were 960k.

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exp1orer
By exp1orer (Nov 24, 2011)

wow! 12mp from a 2/3 sensor with superzoom that starts from 24mm (equiv) and f2.8. if this camera has the fuji color characteristic on SOOC-jpegs that i was used to on my F10 and F11, i may consider buying this despite having already moved on to DSLR 5 years ago.

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Nov 24, 2011)

You can be sure of that. Fuji never failed in delivering the best colors. IQ is another great thing to expect from this camera.

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olakiril2
By olakiril2 (Nov 24, 2011)

920g for a 2/3"!
Ok with a lens but still..

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BayAreaWZ
By BayAreaWZ (Nov 24, 2011)

Wow that is a pretty heavy camera. I wonder if the 7fps is with AF between shots? That would be a killer feature. Heck, 5fps with AF is good enough for me.

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dgreene196
By dgreene196 (Nov 24, 2011)

For comparison, it's barely wider and taller than a Nikon D7000. But this has the potential to be the best bridge/super-zoom camera to date, in spite of the substantial size.

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exp1orer
By exp1orer (Nov 24, 2011)

the youtube video shows that it has a metal lens barrel...that explains why: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq2tUftH-pY&list=PLAA1D023BD64500AA&index=1&feature=plpp_video

but the size is small compared to APS-C DSLRs. watch the video with woman small hands.

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sderdiarian
By sderdiarian (Nov 24, 2011)

It's larger in every dimension than my E-620 with flip LCD and weighs about the same as E-620 with a 140-600mm equivalent lens on it, significantly more than same with a wide prime or even 18-36mm equivalent lens. X-S1 sounds very appealing at first glance, but I'm sure most would change their minds upon picking one up.

Still, I'm glad Fuji has done this, opens the door to other companies focused on smaller/lighter to jump into this new arena. And we'll have to see how it performs.

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Ron Zamir
By Ron Zamir (Nov 24, 2011)

It will be a trend setter! Only Fuji that has no DSLR could have come out with a camera like this. The only thing which could make it perfect is a bigger sensor, and then, who needs SLR. It is wha\t the Sony R2 could have been...

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testaran
By testaran (Nov 24, 2011)

It looks like it will be launched in Feb 2012 in UK at an estimated selling price of £699.

http://www.photographyblog.com/news/fujifilm_x-s1/

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Chris Cookson
By Chris Cookson (Nov 24, 2011)

Apart from the larger zoom range, and the HD video, I'm not sure what this will do that the S200EXR doesn't. The S200EXR is a fairly heavy camera too, and was realtively expensive. The sample images suggest the same EXR blurring as the S200, especially with green foliage. I'd like to see how this handles in high ISO with the CMOS sensor, as that could perform differently to the CCD in the S200EXR, but so far I can't see any reason to rush to 'upgrade', although this probably is a more realistic successor to the S200EXR than the HS10 and 20.

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Barry Nelson
By Barry Nelson (Nov 24, 2011)

With Amazon selling it's Canon SX 40 is and it's 35X zoom and great reviews for under $380. this is my choice IMO

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PHOTOJOE55
By PHOTOJOE55 (Nov 24, 2011)

Love it, or hate it, but look at the response, and this is just in one day! I don't know much about the camera yet, but FUJI knows how to make news that's for sure!

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MaikeruN
By MaikeruN (Nov 25, 2011)

"It's larger in every dimension than my E-620 with flip LCD and weighs about the same as E-620 with a 140-600mm equivalent lens on it"

But this has a 24-624mm equiv? lol you noob?

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