x100 now or x100S on Feb 18th?

Started Jan 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
ryder78 Contributing Member • Posts: 634
Re: x100 now or x100S on Feb 18th?

Jonny Y wrote:

According to Amazon UK, the x100s will be available on Feb 18th. That sounds early, given what else I've read on these forums and elsewhere, but it's an indication and should be along soon. So the question is what to go for.

I've seen an x100 here in Shanghai, supposedly new (looked it) but obviously grey market, for the equivalent of 480 GBP. Amazon UK lists the 100s as costing a shade under 1100 GBP. So, massive difference.

Price is definitely a concern for me and I would be stretching like crazy to afford the 100s. I guess I'm looking for some x100 owners to tell me that I wouldn't be disappointed in an x100!

I'm very much an amateur, and a lapsed one at that. I'm drawn to the x100 due to the manual controls (which would slow me down and make me think again, after years of snap shots on fully automatic cameras) and the much vaunted image quality. I WOULD like great MF performance but I could probably cope without it.

Any advice please? To stretch myself financially or not?

If financially challenged, get the X100.

The primary reason in the selection between the X100 and X100S will mainly come down to differential in price between the units. Despite the claimed superior standard RAW files with the X100, the X100S packs all the nice improvements and features without all the associated quirks that come with the former. Some regard these new features as a significant improvement, some do not.

If one were to consider the X100 when the updated new model is already available in the market, he would be considering old obsolete gear. The X100 may be a great camera that represents great value for money at discounted prices after the X100S is launched, but there will be folks who will not be willing to accept old technology. When something gets replaced by an updated model, the demand of the discontinued item will most likely dwindle throughout the months or years, most often forgotten. The X100S builds on the strengths of the X100 and addresses the weaknesses and quirks of it. In other words, there is no way the Fuji is going backwards with the introduction of the X100S. Of course, price will always be an issue, and this is where the consumer will have to decide whether to pony up for the costlier model or settle for the cheaper outdated model. The additional premium on a new updated model is comprehensible, and in the case of the X100s I guess that goes to the new X-Trans sensor and EXR processor among other new features.

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