Overall, very good
I have a gallery in my profile with some samples from the X-S1 and will be adding more to it over time.
I bought this camera just over a week ago just prior to a trip to Toronto. I was looking forward to trying the camera out at Niagara Falls as well as the many daffodil fields. I was most pleased with the results of the flowers. The shots at Niagara turned out good but zooming in too 100% magnification revealed the typical "pixel mottling" I find common in non-SLR cameras.....in other words the detail was not as true as I would like. The shots of the Daffodils turned out much better with more faithful detail representation. I mostly shoot portraiture and flowers so as long as the quality excels in those areas I will be happy though. I have yet to test it out on portraits but am looking forward to doing so in the next few weeks as I have a couple photoshoots scheduled.
The big zoom is very nice. It was the main reason for my purchasing the camera. I need something that gives me very good zoom range for airshows without having to spend massive money on expensive glass and without having to swap lenses. I am looking forward to an airshow in June to test it out.
The one area that I am disappointed on though is the macro/super macro. I also have a Nikon L120 and the macro/super macro functionality on it is SO much better. The minimum distances for the macro and super macro mode I found to be a disappointment. I was really expecting better minimum focus distances throughout the zoom range after getting used to the Nikon.
All said, I am so far quite happy with the camera. I also bought the EF-42 Shoemount flash for my portraiture work and am looking forward to testing it out as well.
I love the fact that the camera uses a Li-on battery instead of AA. The battery life seems to be quite good but I'm sure a big reason for that is the manual zoom instead of the motorized zoom that is usually found on non-DLSR cameras. The manual zoom is a big benefit as well since it is more precise.
The EXR mode works VERY well I have found. I have shot a series of test shots of the same subject in poor light and the EXR mode easily produced not only the best shots but rather excellent shots.
Could have better (smaller) minimum focus distances throughout the zoom range for the macro and super macro modes.
Pixel mottling found on landscape shots even during good light. I find this to be common on every non-DSLR I have ever used.
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