HS50 vs X-S1

Started Jan 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP PAUL TILL Veteran Member • Posts: 9,286
Re: HS50 vs X-S1

Ralph McKenzie wrote:



I spoke with a Fuji rep. at the Ottawa camera show and he doubts there will ever be a xs-2! Kind of implied that sales were not so great and that it was too much of a niche market to warrant an update.


I got a very similar response from Fuji NZ as well, hence my other thread asking if the HS50 is going to be the XS-1 replacement.

I've never thought for an instant that they would do an XS-2, price alone makes it prohibitive when compared to good entry level DSLR's with a half decent kit lens, not to mention its poor IQ compared to an entry level DSLR. The XS-1 could have been a great camera if they had stepped it up to 4/3, but with all its faults it was destined to be a failure. Fuji outlets here struggle to sell any at all, they are just too expensive and underwhelming for the money you pay.

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I still can't agree, if you want a one lens system you can't touch the X-S1 with a DSLR. If you take one of the better vacation lenses such as Tamrons relatively new: Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD and look at its recent review you can see what I mean.


To sum it up:

  • Very useful 15x zoom range
  • Good image quality at wideangle
  • Quiet autofocus
  • Reasonably effective image stabilization
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Rather soft at telephoto, especially wide open
  • Strong distortion across most of the range
  • Chromatic aberration at each end of the zoom (most pronounced at telephoto)
  • Slower autofocus than its peers
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