Fujifilm X100S Review
The X100's video mode was basic to say the least, but the X100S boasts much improved specs. Movies are still a bolt-on to what's fundamentally a stills camera, and accessed as a drive mode (there's no 'red button' here). Note there's no image stabilization either, optical or electronic, so hand-held movies are liable to be jittery.
The X100S offers progressive HD video capture at 1080p resolution and a choice of either 30 or 60 frames per second. The data is compressed using the H.264 codec, and stored in the easily-shared QuickTime MOV format. Audio is recorded via a built-in stereo microphone situated behind two small holes on the front of the camera, but there's no socket to connect an external microphone, and while the X100S does offer control over audio recording level, there's no wind-cut filter.
|Size||1920x1080p (HD): 60 fps / 30 fps|
|Audio||Internal Stereo Microphone|
|Focus||Automatic (AF-C) and manual|
Using Movie Mode
|The X100S's movie-specific menu is pretty slim, and contains basics like quality settings and microphone level adjustment, as well useful extras like film simulation modes, and a toggle for applying distortion correction for the optional wide conversion lens, if you have it attached.||Movie mode is a 'drive' mode in the X100S, and when you select it in the menu, the screen switches to a 16:9 aspect ratio to preview framing. A full press of the shutter button initiates recording, but oddly, a half-press is all that is required to stop it.|
To set the X100S to video mode, you first have to select 'Movie' in the drive mode menu, at which point the preview display will switch to the 16:9 format. You can't use the optical finder for movies, so the camera will automatically switch to the EVF if you put it up to your eye. Manual exposure control is limited; you can set the aperture and exposure compensation before you start, but once the camera has started recording it will simply ignore any changes made to these controls. A full press of the shutter button initiates recording, but curiously (like the X100) only a half-press is required to end it. It's not possible to engage the ND filter in movie mode.
The implementation of focusing in video mode is better than the X100 but still limited. Autofocus uses the 'Area' mode only, with the camera focusing wherever it likes in the scene: you can't choose a specific point. The X100S will autofocus continuously in AF-C mode, which means that even with a completely static subject, it will hunt to reconfirm focus every few seconds. Shooting in AF-S mode (and acquiring focus prior to movie recording) obviously solves this problem, and of course there's manual focus, but that might not help much, since in movie mode it's not possible to engage a magnified preview by clicking-in the thumb lever.
This is one bug that has not been squashed since the X100. What it means is that critical focusing in movie mode just isn't possible unless you switch back to a stills mode first, focus and then initiate recording, but this is hardly an ideal solution. You can adjust focus manually during shooting, but without a magnified view, there's no guarantee that you'll hit accurate focus. You can still use the distance scale for manual focusing though, which is something at least.
Another factor to note if you're considering seriously using the X100S as a video camera is that battery life drops like a stone when shooting and reviewing movies. On a recent weekend trip, we managed a day of still shooting (about 30 pictures), some 20-30-second bulb exposures and a handful of video clips before the battery died completely.
Video quality comments
Despite the more advanced specifications of the newer camera, our observations regarding the X100S's video quality are much the same as those we made about the output of the X100. In general, video quality is good. Metering and white balance are accurate, as with stills, and the camera is capable of rendering lots of fine detail in decent lighting. Disappointingly though, moiré is quite pronounced with certain repeating patterns (we've seen spectacular moiré in clothing, distant brickwork, railings etc.). Rolling shutter ('jello') effects can be visible if you pan fast, but are rarely a problem in normal use.
Sound quality is perfectly acceptable for casual use, but the tiny internal microphone can't work miracles and is quite prone to wind noise under the wrong conditions (there's no wind-cut function either). The mic can also pick up operational sounds from the camera while recording; the focus motor isn't silent, so if you're using AF and there's not a lot of ambient sound then the frequent refocusing will be clearly audible in your soundtrack. A substantial fraction of our movies signed-off with the noise of the shutter button as recording was stopped too. (Note that there's no provision for an external microphone, which could solve these problems to some extent.)
Because the camera has no image stabilization of any kind, your videos will be highly prone to shake, and a tripod is necessary for best results. You can see in one of our examples, below, the effect that this lack of stabilization has when shooting footage from a moving vehicle.
Sample video 1
This video vividly illustrates the 'jittery' quality of the footage which we mentioned earlier. Without any form of image stabilization, shooting movie clips from a moving vehicle (even one which is literally 'on rails' as we did here) produces movies that are liable to induce motion-sickness. On the plus side, there's plenty of detail in this clip and exposure adjusts nice and smoothly, although if you loo closely at the rails at lower left you will see some moiré.
|1920x 1080 60p, H.264 .MOV file, 25 sec. 110 MB Click here to download original .MOV file|
Sample video 2
Prepare to enter a different dimension... we shot this short clip on an outdoor film set, and while sound is good, and there's plenty of detail in the footage, watch the actor's blue shirt as he gets closer to the camera. That's some pretty intense moiré, we think you'll agree. In normal use, this is the biggest issue that we have with video footage from the X100S. Moiré appears suddenly, it's really intense and it's virtually impossible to remove, even with high-end editing software (but if you're using high-end software you're probably using better video cameras).
|1920x 1080 60p, H.264 .MOV file, 9 sec. 42 MB Click here to download original .MOV file|
Sample video 3
This clip shows the X100S panning (relatively) smoothly, mounted on a tripod. The aperture is set to F2 here, deliberately to highlight the camera's attempts to refocus the scene as it is panned. It's subtle, but at about the 10-second mark you can see the X100S refocuses slightly belatedly on the nearmost potted shrub, and quickly snaps back to infinity once it's left the scene. Focus is virtually silent, and for normal use, the system works perfectly well. If you pay close attention, you'll also notice some moiré in the cityscape in the background in this clip - but no-where near as severe as the clip above.
|1920x 1080 60p, H.264 .MOV file, 20 sec. 91 MB Click here to download original .MOV file|
Apr 18, 2016
Mar 23, 2016
Dec 14, 2015
Jul 27, 2015
|Autumn by valenttin|
from Harvest Festivals
|Cardinal, Male by paul katinas|
from A Big Year - birds
|.. by Amar Vignesh|
from Unintentional Blur
|Sir Mick Jagger by HetFotoAtelier|
from - Concerts : When The Lights Come On -
Adobe's experimental Project 'Deep Fill' is an incredibly powerful and impressive, AI-powered version of Content Aware Fill. Watch the demo to see this amazing tool in action.
LEE has released a new series of Reverse ND filters that are most opaque in the middle and become progressively clearer towards the top. This makes them ideal for capturing scenes where the sun is close to the horizon.
A former New York Times photographer is suing both the newspaper and its photography director Michele McNally for over $500,000 for age discrimination and unfair classification as a freelancer for nearly a decade.
"CPS Platinum members will now enjoy next-day service, with equipment serviced and shipped the business day after an estimate is approved. For repairs that will take longer, Canon will offer next-day loaner equipment."
Irix is introducing a new filter system called the Irix Edge 100. The ultra-light, ultra-thin system is build specifically for wide angle lenses like Irix's own 15mm F2.4.
After conducting a series of safety tests, the FAA is recommending that all airlines ban cameras and other electronics with Lithium Ion batteries from checked baggage. The agency believe the risk of a catastrophic fire and explosion is too great.
The Pixentu jackets keep you and your gear warm and dry, offering useful features like lens and tripod pockets, in addition to some quirky ones like an extended hood to protect your camera from the rain.
Adobe gave the audience at MAX a sneak peek at some exciting new technology its developing. It's called Adobe Cloak: a highly capable Content Aware Fill-like feature for video editors.
Earlier today, Flickr moved its photo book printing service over to a third party services, and stopped offering any wall art options entirely.
The patent details a flipping rear LCD screen so large, Canon has had to hide the rear dial and several buttons underneath.
We've added a selection of extra images to our Nikon D850 gallery. As part of the process of rounding off the review we made sure a number of us had shot the camera in a variety of situations, we've added those shots to the gallery to give a broad cross section of how the camera performs.
Wiral LITE is an affordable, easy-to-use cable cam system that can do things a portable slider simply can't do, and go places no slider would dare go.
Not happy with the recent demise of Lightroom as a stand-alone, subscription free service? Macphun's got your back... or they will in 2018.
Once connected to a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone, Pholio automatically searches through the device storage and backs up all images and videos—complete with auto-tagging and intelligent search capabilities.
The 360 Round uses eight horizontally positioned camera pairs and one upward-pointing single lens to capture and livestream panoramic 4K 3D content.
Introduced just three years ago, the Samsung NX1 was both a technological tour-de-force and a great camera to use, earning one of the highest scores we've ever awarded and winning our 2015 Innovation Award. But its short-lived run in the photo world leaves us wondering what could have been.
The Fujifilm X-E3 is styled like a classic rangefinder, but features a built-in touchscreen, AF joystick, and electronic viewfinder – truly an old school meets new type of camera. Lay some eyes on our sample gallery to see how it performs in the real world.
Like it or not, Adobe is embracing a cloud-centric, AI-rich future with the introduction of Lightroom CC. And that's a great thing, though you may not see it now, argues Rishi Sanyal.
The announcement of a more cloud-integrated Lightroom product sees the death of the company's standalone version. This need to make payments in perpetuity (whether you choose Lightroom Classic or CC), chips away at the idea that your Lightroom library is a long-term solution, argues Richard Butler.
The XPro-C 2.4GHz wireless flash trigger that Godox released for Canon users last month now has a Nikon equivalent—the aptly named XPro-N. Sony, Fujifilm and MFT versions are in the works.
In the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, camera and lens maker Sigma is extending its standard product warranty to cover damage caused by these three natural disasters.
The F4 Plus can can capture 360° stills, videos and broadcast livestream footage at 8K resolution... that's 7680 x 3840 pixels!
Lightroom is hogging the spotlight at Adobe MAX, but Photoshop CC got some substantial improvements as well. Find out what's new in the latest version of Photoshop CC.
The aptly-named 'Nude' app automatically detects NSFW images on your iPhone, moves them to a protected vault and deletes the original files in the camera roll and on iCloud.
The Zeiss Milvus family of manual-focus full-frame lenses just gained a new member. Meet the Zeiss Milvus 24mm F1.4: a fast, rugged new lens designed primarily for landscape and architecture photography.
Lightroom has built a brand new Lightroom CC from the ground up to be faster, easier to use, and cloud-based. The application formerly known as Lightroom CC will continue to exist, and will go by "Lightroom Classic CC."
Google Research did a deep dive on the Pixel 2 smartphone's background-blurring portrait mode that uses neural networking and dual-pixel technology instead of a dual-camera setup.
With the arrival of the PowerShot G1 X III, there are now seven Canon cameras built around the 24MP Dual Pixel sensor and Digic 7 processor. We take a look at the differences and what might prompt you to choose one over the others.
Meet the HP ZBook x2. The so-called 'world's most powerful and first detachable PC workstation,' it was built with creative professionals in mind, and is being debuted at Adobe MAX.
PDN sat down with Ahmed Fakhr, director of photography at RollingStone.com, to talk about how the famed publication is adapting to the changing photo and video needs of the modern era and how he 'evaluates the skills of potential contributors.'