Fujifilm X100S Review
Viewfinder and Displays
Below is the view through the X100S's viewfinder, with the information display in its more detailed view - roll your mouse over the buttons to switch between optical and electronic modes. The X100S can display highly detailed shooting information in both modes, along with a live histogram to help judge exposure, plus configurable gridlines and a virtual horizon to aid composition. Note that the image below shows the OVF/EVF of the X100 - the X100S's displays are virtually identical aside from a slightly different exposure compensation scale on the left (see images further down this page).
Optical ViewFinder Display
Electronic ViewFinder Display
In the standard display mode, a distracting exposure scale is displayed in the EVF/OVF at all times, and in the case of the LCD, this is overlaid on the left of the image. Ironically, the fact that it is always displayed makes it much easier to have exposure compensation set by accident, since you end up just ignoring the scale. You can take control over what appears in the 100S's finder though, by setting a Custom Display (via the 'disp. custom setting' option in the shooting menu) and you can switch to this Custom Display by pressing the DISP/BACK button on the rear of the camera.
Optical viewfinder display
In optical mode a frameline is shown which covers about 90% of the final image. This shifts depending on the subject distance to account for parallax error and any change in the lens's angle of view on focusing (but the compositional gridlines don't). The overall view through the finder is distinctly wider than the captured area, though, as can be seen by comparing to the EVF view. The lens barrel protrudes slightly, but not obtrusively, into the lower right corner of the view. On a bright sunny day, the viewfinder overlay can be a little faint, but it's still quite visible.
This view (above) shows the maximum amount of information that it is possible to display in the optical viewfinder. There's a whole array of information across the top of the frameline covering secondary settings - focus mode, flash, metering, white balance, film simulation, dynamic range expansion and ND filter setting to the left, plus shots remaining, file quality/size and battery status to the right. You can customize which of this information you want to see in the Set-up Menu (and you can do so for the OVF and EVF independently).
OVF focus point parallax error / correction
While the framelines in the OVF are parallax-corrected, by default the X100S's autofocus point isn't. At subject distances close to the minimum allowed with the OVF, this can mean that the AF point indicated in the viewfinder has only a tenuous overlap with that actually being used by the sensor.
Enabling 'Corrected AF Frame' in the Shooting menu changes the way the AF point is displayed, with a solid white rectangle indicating its position at infinity focus, and diagonally-offset brackets for minimum focus. On a half-press of the shutter, a parallax-corrected AF point is shown in green - this can appear at any position between the near/far indicators, depending on subject distance.
|With 'Corrected AF Point' enabled, the display changes to indicate the position of the AF point at closest focus.||Half-pressing the shutter adds a green AF-confirmation frame that's parallax-corrected for the measured focus distance.|
We think it makes sense to enable the corrected AF frame all the time, because it can substantially reduce the risk of misfocusing at close distances. To be honest though, for critical work it still makes sense to switch to the EVF to get a truly through-the-lens view for short-range shooting.
The rear LCD and electronic viewfinder share essentially the same display modes and settings, which on the whole are admirably consistent with the hybrid viewfinder display. The image below shows the electronic finder with all possible information displayed. The diagonal line represents the horizon (imagine the camera is tilted) and the blue horizontal line shows where the horizon should be if the camera were held perpendicular with the ground.
In the P, A and S exposure modes the X100S's live view display initially attempts to preview your exposure settings, giving an idea of how light or dark the image will turn out; in M mode the preview image is always displayed at a standardized brightness. When you half-press the shutter button, the lens stops down to the taking aperture to preview both depth-of-field and exposure.
A histogram can be displayed on-screen (as shown above) which shows the tonal distribution of the live view feed. As such, in PAS exposure modes, where exposure is simulated on the screen, it is useful as a guide, but it is entirely useless in manual mode. In this mode, on a half-press of the shutter button, where the live view brightness simulates final exposure, the histogram disappears.
Autofocus point selection and size
|In EVF or LCD viewing modes, the focus point selection expands to a 7 x 7 grid covering most of the frame, and the AF point can be moved using the rear 4-way controller.||You can also change the size of the active AF area using the thumb rocker switch, though the distance between AF points remains the same.|
The X100S's manual focus system has been radically overhauled and greatly improved compared to the X100. Perhaps a little ironically, it was Fujifilm's introduction of a an on-sensor hybrid autofocus system which allows the X100S to support its most useful manual focus aid - a 'digital split image', which uses the sensor's phase-detection pixels to approximate the old-fashioned split prism focusing which many photo enthusiasts will be familiar with from manual focus SLRs.
As well as digital split image the X100S also offers focus peaking (with two sensitivity settings - 'high' and 'low') and conventional live view with a focus scale. A magnified view is available when using any of the manual focus 'assist' modes.
The X100S manual focus is vastly superior to that of its predecessor, and on a par with the best systems we've seen from other manufacturers. In general use, we've found that focus peaking gives a decent (and crucially very quick) guide to focus, but generally speaking, it works best in decent lighting conditions, where AF often does just as well. It's still useful in low light, but only if there's some contrast in your subject (obviously).
Digital Split Image is great for static subjects, and works well even in poor lighting conditions, but isn't much use if your subject is mobile (just like an true optical rangefinder, in fact). Its use is limited to the center of the frame.
For still life, or critical macro work, any of the three modes - conventional MF, peaking or digital split image - are useful, although peaking and conventional magnified view are more versatile since the area of focus can be moved around the scene as desired.
Image playback displays
The X100S can display your photos with a range of information overlaid, or none, depending on your preference. You can zoom in to check sharpness by pressing the rear dial inwards, or in degrees, using the + button to the left of the LCD. If you zoom out, the X100S will show the last four images as thumbnails, then the last nine, and then the last hundred. This last view isn't very useful, as you can probably imagine.
|Here's an image in playback mode with key shooting data overlaid, including a luminance histogram, exposure parameters, film simulation and DR mode. You can opt for a cleaner view if you wish.|
Apr 18, 2016
Mar 23, 2016
Dec 14, 2015
Jul 27, 2015
|scrum break away by al booth|
from Sport competition
|Chinese Acrobat by lim yau tong|
|Parking Deck by Olaf R|
from Your City - Parking Garage
|Communication Tech by alberto_b|
|With & without by OBellini|
from Empty - Full
In this weeks' Throwback Thursday article, Simon raises a toast to the Sony Digital Mavica FD71 - a little camera which used really big memory cards.
It's been half a decade since Canon first debuted the original 6D and finally its successor is here. So what does five years of innovation look like?
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II brings more resolution, better autofocus and faster continuous shooting to Canon's entry-level full-frame camera. And we've had the opportunity to shoot with one.
The Canon 6D Mark II will ship to consumers in August, but we've been able to do some shooting with a pre-production unit well in advance.
Rumors have been swirling around for a while, and Canon has just unveiled the long-awaited successor to the popular and long-serving EOS 6D. Read all about it in our hands-on preview.
Canon's latest entry-level DSLR is here. The new Rebel SL2 (EOS 200D) is the belated successor to 2013's Rebel SL1, billed at the time as the smallest and lightest DSLR on the market.
Nearly five years after the announcement of the EOS 6D, Canon has finally replaced it with the EOS 6D Mark II. The Mark II features an all-new 26.2MP Dual Pixel AF full-frame sensor, 6.5 fps burst shooting, a fully articulating touchscreen, 1080/60p video and much more.
Canon has announced the EOS Rebel SL2 (also known as the EOS 200D), which replaces the aging SL1. This ultra-compact DSLR features a 24MP sensor, DIGIC 7 processor, Dual Pixel AF system and a 3" fully articulating touchscreen LCD.
When one of his friends got a filter stuck on his $1,700 Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L, former MythBuster Adam Savage removed it using an unlikely, terrifying tool: a band saw.
The New Yorker asked Magnum's famed photographers, in town for the agency's 70th anniversary, to go out and capture 'the fleeting beauty of New York City's golden hour.' This is what they shot.
Roger Cicala is a difficult man to impress, but he's been waxing lyrical over at Lensrentals about Sony's new 12-24mm wide zoom.
Glassware is one of the most challenging subjects to photograph, especially against a white background. This tutorial shows you how to do it with hardly any gear.
Handevision is now shipping its all-metal Iberit 90mm F2.4 short telephoto lens for Leica M-mount 35mm and full-frame cameras.
Isocell comprises four sub-brands: Bright, Fast, Slim and Dual which are tailored to specific mobile device market demands.
The new store will be located at the Fotografiska center for contemporary photography in Stockhom, Sweden and carry the full range of Hasselblad products.
A recent vacation gave Richard a chance to think about the needs of travel photography – and how our reviews might recognize the perfect travel camera.
Need more evidence that 2017 is the year analog begins its comeback? Well, welcome another new film stock to the world.
The winners of the 10th annual iPhone Photography Awards have been announced, and they're striking.
If you were disappointed by reports that the Sony a9 struggles with adapted Canon glass, you might be able to take some comfort from Metabones' latest update.
Blackmagic Design has dropped the prices of its Video Assist external monitor/recorders for a limited time. Prices of the SD card-based recorders will be reduced in all markets, while supplies last.
Instagram has started testing a new feature called 'favorites' that enables users to share photos with only certain people. Only a small number of users have access to the feature at this time, though it may roll out to everyone in the future.
Lensbaby has announced the Velvet 85 F1.8 for interchangeable lens cameras. The lens is available in Canon, Nikon, Sony E, Sony A, Pentax K, Samsung NX, Fuji X and Micro 4/3 mounts.
It's the end of an era. Parent company Micron has announced that they are discontinuing the Lexar retail brand. This includes 'memory cards, USB flash drives, readers, and storage drives.'
Youthful trainspotter turned adult photographer, John Sanderson has traveled across the United States, documenting the country's railroads. But you won't find any trains in his pictures.
Sony's new CMOS sensor is backside-illuminated and offers an all-pixel global reset function which should drastically reduce rolling shutter effect when panning.
Shoulderpod has converted its offerings into a lego-like modular system by offering all individual parts of existing products separately, allowing users to build exactly the rig they need for a specific project or simply replace a damaged part.
Photographer Felix AAA has spent the past ten years touring the world with a variety of musicians, capturing behind the scenes shots and portraits. He talks about some of his favorite images on the FujiFilm Blog.
A roll of film discovered in an Argus C2 from an Oregon Goodwill turned out to contain some incredible images – and has been re-united with the original owner's family.
Nikon's 28mm F1.4E ED appears to roundly complete the company's updated lineup of fast, professional prime lenses. We've already seen some initial images from a Nikon ambassador, but we've worked through a gallery of our own, with a lens of our own over the past week. Take a look.
Google is holding a competition that could see your Pixel photos gracing millions of screens.