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Fujifilm X100S Real-world Samples

By dpreview staff on Mar 18, 2013 at 21:59 GMT
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We've just added a 39-image gallery of real-world pictures to our preview of the Fujifilm X100S. The X100S is the sucessor to the X100, one of our favorite cameras of the past couple of years, but one that was not without its share of quirks. The X100S features a new 16MP X-Trans sensor, a hybrid AF system with on-sensor phase-detection autofocus and numerous operational improvements. We previewed the new camera earlier this year and we'll be adding more content to that as we work towards a full review but for now, click the links below to see our gallery of real-world samples. 

Fujifilm X100S Real-world Samples Gallery

There are 39 images in the Fujifilm X100S preview samples gallery, including JPEGs and a handful of Raw files converted 'to taste' in Adobe Camera Raw 7.4RC. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in good faith, please don't abuse it.

Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution. Because our review images are now hosted on the 'galleries' section of dpreview.com, you can enjoy all of the new galleries functionality when browsing these samples.

Fujifilm X100S Preview Samples Gallery - published 18th March 2013
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CeleryBeats
By CeleryBeats (Mar 18, 2013)

I mean that's it! I'm buying one!

3 upvotes
CeleryBeats
By CeleryBeats (Mar 18, 2013)

The noise performance on this camera is simply ludacris! Amazing!

10 upvotes
3systermuser
By 3systermuser (Mar 19, 2013)

really did you think so?
I am not sure about I like it at highISO, there seems like pretty heavy handed NR even in RAW there and I am not sure if it can keep up with the great Sony rX1 as far as image quality goes.

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5 upvotes
digby dart
By digby dart (Mar 19, 2013)

I think when you have two cameras with this level of outstanding image quality, hair splitting differences have more to do with the flavor of the output - just taste like different brands of film.

Both cameras are exceptional packages, though at nearly 3 grand the Sony is a big ask, that alone makes the Fuji a no brainer.

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2 upvotes
Shi Yali
By Shi Yali (Mar 18, 2013)

Excellent image quality. The low light capabilities are outstanding!

8 upvotes
djrocks66
By djrocks66 (Mar 18, 2013)

Not sure what the complaints are about? I think the images look great. What are people expecting?

6 upvotes
CM WORKS
By CM WORKS (Mar 18, 2013)

Now I wanna see the Coolpix A real samples!

0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Mar 18, 2013)

They have some Coolpix A samples up on PhotographyBlog but expect lots of cloudy, grey weather. A few of them look pretty impressively sharp though.

2 upvotes
3systermuser
By 3systermuser (Mar 19, 2013)

the coolpixA should be competing for the worst camera of the year for 2013 with the Canon EOS M and EOS100b.
the Fuji X100s OTH is now competing the best camera of the year for 2013 and its main rival should be the Sony RX1.
if this Fuji was a interchangeable lens compact system camera , then it would be a no brainer but I am not sure after the RX1 out , any rational people really want any fixed lens APS-C compact camera at this high price.

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 19, 2013)

Are actually arguing that the X100s is one of the best cameras of the year that would be good if only it didn't have a fixed lens?

Seriously? A sharp 35 f2 lens is all you need to make stunning images. Photographers have been using prime lenses for years.

As far as the Coolpix A, it has some of the best looking images I've seen from a compact in a long while. I won't lose a bit of sleep of you don't give it a thumbs up rating.

4 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Mar 18, 2013)

Between these DPR samples, and the PhotographyBlog full-sized images, I'd say it's looking like the X100s may have close to, if not the best IQ of any mirrorless camera. It would seem that the extremely sharp 23 f2 Fujinon and this new sensor work together extremely well to create absolute magic. Beautiful blues and reds as well, like the other two X cameras.

I'd like to see a side-by-side between the X100s and the Coolpix A, but the awesome high ISO ability seen in the X-Pro1 and X-E1 seems to be very much a characteristic of the X100s, so I'm guessing the Fuji may win that battle at least in low-light.

2 upvotes
3systermuser
By 3systermuser (Mar 19, 2013)

even before you want to compare the IQ of these 2 , you should know that the Nikon coolpix A has extremely poor EOS-M quality AF , I tried it at Nikon SC in my home town and I was really shocked how slow it was in AF and operation speed in general.

0 upvotes
slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (Mar 18, 2013)

I do not know, the JPEGs are not too impressive and the ACR conversions still carry a lot of errors (color issues around share small details like hair). I guess it will take some time until raw converters will be able to get all the sensor is (potentially) capable of.

I am looking forward to see it with X100 side-by-side once the X100s review is out.

2 upvotes
Emacs23
By Emacs23 (Mar 19, 2013)

Hope they won't waste resources on XTrans: it's really easier to use that new shiny methods that are keep developing for NR than to squeeze XTrans pipe into well approved PP pattern. Plus with bayer we have significantly better base iso performance.

0 upvotes
hexxthalion
By hexxthalion (Mar 19, 2013)

@ Emacs23 - how much of that 'significantly better base iso performance' can you see on your prints?

0 upvotes
joe talks photography
By joe talks photography (Mar 18, 2013)

These images show pretty good potential in various light and ISO settings. I look at use for B & W. I like the detail and dynamic range capabilities.

0 upvotes
mas54
By mas54 (Mar 18, 2013)

Just to vent a bit - why do you guys even bother with on-line samples. Nobody can tell anything from them, unless, of course, they're really awful. The best thing you could do for us is to make some big prints and let us know what the results are. Can we get as good a print as from the a Contax T3 with tri-x?

0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Mar 18, 2013)

Nobody can tell anything from full-sized sample images? OK.

If people are too lazy to look at the link that says "Original" below each images, then they have no business venting.

11 upvotes
Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Mar 18, 2013)

I'm assuming this is a joke. Because if it isn't....

11 upvotes
photog4u
By photog4u (Mar 18, 2013)

Nope...and if you scroll down a few posts there's a dude shooting an RX1 in auto and another shooting an RX1 in AEL mode...whatever the hell that is... Ugh...

3 upvotes
vodanh1982
By vodanh1982 (Mar 18, 2013)

That dude returned it because it keeps shooting at f/4 in low light.

3 upvotes
Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (Mar 19, 2013)

You must visit Luminous-Landscape.
They base their reviews on PRINTS!!

2 upvotes
Petka
By Petka (Mar 19, 2013)

Printing adds another layer of complications, 100% view on a calibrated screen is as close as you can get to that file.

0 upvotes
atamola
By atamola (Mar 18, 2013)

24/25 are interesting from a raw conversion point of view.
From the jpg rendition, I would say she's one those pink persons; from the acr one, she looks gingerish now. Completely different. Also, those images show the effort fuji puts in preserving hightlight areas -probably at the expense of shadow detail. As a matter of personal preference, for me the jpg look better than the acr version.

1 upvote
photofan1986
By photofan1986 (Mar 18, 2013)

Impressive performance. Excellent lens, outstanding high iso performance.

3 upvotes
JohnCarolan
By JohnCarolan (Mar 18, 2013)

Something odd about the tonality on these images, both the ooc jpegs and ACR conversions look particularly 'digital', micro contrast and colour transitions are unsubtle and artificial looking, like the out of camera jpegs from a Sony p & s or something. Seen this on all of the relatively few samples I've found online so far. Hopefully firmware or raw converter updates will improve on this.

3 upvotes
atone2
By atone2 (Mar 18, 2013)

Agreed. They look artificial. I suspect NR, even at low ISO.

2 upvotes
JohnCarolan
By JohnCarolan (Mar 19, 2013)

Yes, must be nr, the raw samples available on Photography Blog look a lot better when opened in LR4.4rc.

0 upvotes
Mssimo
By Mssimo (Mar 18, 2013)

I have had the Sony RX1 for a month. I might return it for and buy the Fuji x100s. I did not like the results I got with the RX1. Very mixed. Auto focus was unreliable. Face detection did not focus correctly. They could fix all of the issues with a firmware, but I will not hold my breath. Fuji has a good reputation of taking care of customers, I really wish I could say the same about Sony.

Thank you for the image samples, looking forward to the full review.

4 upvotes
plasnu
By plasnu (Mar 18, 2013)

I returned my RX1. I did not like the images from RX1 either. I do not like those X100s images either. Mike Kobol site has RX1 and X100S images, and I have the same feeling. I keep my XE1 and wait for 23mm.

1 upvote
Mssimo
By Mssimo (Mar 18, 2013)

Thanks for the feedback, makes me feel a bit better about the return. Did you also have the problem that the RX1 had no clue it had a F2.0 lens? The camera will try its best to shoot at f4+ even in the dark. It was ISO happy, as I like to call it. Like I said before, mixed results. Great when I forced the camera to do what I want it to do, bad when any automatic setting is turned on.

1 upvote
plasnu
By plasnu (Mar 18, 2013)

I was using RX1 mostly with AEL mode, so I have no comment about Program mode.

0 upvotes
photog4u
By photog4u (Mar 18, 2013)

Make it stop!

4 upvotes
Xellz
By Xellz (Mar 19, 2013)

Seriously? Something went really wrong in this world...

0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Mar 19, 2013)

The X100s images from Mike Kobal are superb. Mike is a professional photographer who has the ability to make any camera sing and quite honestly looking at his X100s images I can't imagine what there is to dislike about the IQ at all.

As I'm sure you know, the X100s, and X-E1 have the same exact sensor why do you expect the X100s and X-E1 w/ 23 would differ dramatically for IQ?

0 upvotes
Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (Mar 19, 2013)

Please explain how you can return a camera after a month of use.

0 upvotes
Mssimo
By Mssimo (Mar 19, 2013)

I had it for 3 weeks. Like I said before, mixed results. Some great images and many rejects. My main camera is a D800e with Zeiss ZF.2 glass. I could get good results from the RX1, but I bought it to use it as a point and shoot and it failed at that.

0 upvotes
plasnu
By plasnu (Mar 19, 2013)

I know this is a controversial topic. What I didn't like about RX1 is its rather harsh pan focus images when stopped down, and somewhat cheesy 645 kind of images when open. I think many would love it, especially for who mostly shoot with shallow DOF, but I'm not.

0 upvotes
plasnu
By plasnu (Mar 19, 2013)

I agree with massimo. I realized that keep rate was pretty low with RX1. After about 200 shots, I was already too nervous not to scratch this expensive camera, because I had already started thinking returning it, then I put it back in the box. You may think I should have keep it a bit more, but I still think I did a right choice.

0 upvotes
photog4u
By photog4u (Mar 19, 2013)

Mssimo: sorry but "I bought it to use as a point and shoot and it failed at that" is a crock of S__T! It didn't fail, you failed. I too shoot with a D800E and Zeiss glass and use my RX1 as a backup. Set it to A, autoWB, autoISO then choose your f number and it works just like a P&S and produces fabulous photos, usually where I didn’t think a photo existed…it continuously amazes me. Don't blame the RX1 for pilot error. You most likely bought the camera to see for yourself if it could match the output of your D800E…the $3,000 experiment has concluded and now you will return the camera.

3 upvotes
Parkpoom
By Parkpoom (Mar 19, 2013)

Hi Mssimo, I totalled agreed with you that Fuji has good reputation of taking care of customers. In my case, my X100 had a problem with the sticky aparture blades (out of warranty for 6 months). They fixed it for free (no questions asked) and it was return in only a few days. I sold my X100S and had just purchased X100S. It's a great decision and never regret. I love this compact but extremely powerful camera. Light and easy to travel with super sharp image quality. Happy happy! Thanks. Parkpoom (from Thailand).

0 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Mar 18, 2013)

The X100 stands out and shines in extremely challenging low light conditions.

Perhaps more samples of low light images can be added to this.

With normal daylight, it is just like any normal camera and sensor.

.

4 upvotes
atone2
By atone2 (Mar 18, 2013)

Definately not as good as the original X100. What are you doing Fuji??

Look at her eyes, her face, her hair... horrible rendering...

http://masters.galleries.dpreview.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2474386.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=14Y3MT0G2J4Y72K3ZXR2&Expires=1363645175&Signature=sVPOP1hoTbd7LtPA9lgW7qcZZZ4%3d

What´s going on here? I really don´t like the X-trans approach...

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8 upvotes
photog4u
By photog4u (Mar 18, 2013)

Agreed...its junk.

3 upvotes
Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 18, 2013)

It's ISO 2000, to be fair, not ISO 200 as you originally thought (but I see you edited your comment) ;)

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4 upvotes
atone2
By atone2 (Mar 18, 2013)

Yes, i did. But it´s not good anyway.

3 upvotes
carlosdelbianco
By carlosdelbianco (Mar 18, 2013)

Focus point is on her left arm, but still...

1 upvote
Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 18, 2013)

How about this, at ISO 6400:

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/photos/2474403/dscf0298?inalbum=fujifilm-x100s-preview-samples

7 upvotes
atone2
By atone2 (Mar 18, 2013)

Pretty good high iso shot (but should not be compared with canon and nikon iso 6400 though, because of inflated ISO)

X-trans high iso is ok. Low ISO = underwhelming... I´ve owned the X-E1, and it looks like NR is beeing used also @ low iso. Pretty sick...

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0 upvotes
plasnu
By plasnu (Mar 18, 2013)

I have the same feeling. Why?

0 upvotes
Mssimo
By Mssimo (Mar 18, 2013)

The first thing I did with many of cameras is turn the noise filter off. What is the default setting on the X100s? It seems to be quite high factory setting even at ISO 2000.

0 upvotes
nonicks
By nonicks (Mar 18, 2013)

So far for what I see in the set, I don't see the image quality is really standing out yet. I think the sensor can resolve more details but I just dont see that. Dynamic range is great but it is expected if you are Xpro-1 or X-e1 user. Colorwise this set is a little too pale and flat. It could be because the subject choice and shooting conditions. A little disappointed here.

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