Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera Review$799.95
The X-S1 offers manual (PASM), automatic, and preset scene modes, as well as specialty (or “advanced”) modes like a 360-degree sweep panorama and multi-shot composite modes. It also accommodates three user-definable custom settings—always useful.
In good lighting, the X-S1 has strong focus performance for a fixed-lens camera. It's quick and usually accurate (not always, but that'll happen) throughout the focal range. Performance drops off quite a bit in poor lighting, which is to be expected, but it's still effective.
The X-S1 uses 49-area, contrast-detection autofocus. Single and continuous AF are supported, and multi-area, spot, and tracking frame areas are available. Super macro mode can focus from as close as 1cm.
Manual focus is also an option. MF is usually tricky on fixed-lens cameras with modest sensors, but the X-S1 is pretty well-suited for the job. The electronic viewfinder is actually high-res enough to see the details in the subject, which is more than we can say for most EVFs. The lens ring is smooth too. If all else fails, there’s a snap-to-AF option available as well.
The X-S1 maxes out at 12 megapixels of resolution (4000x3000 pixels). It can shoot in four aspect ratios (4:3, 3:2, 16:9, and 1:1) at three photo sizes each (Large, Medium, and Small). It captures JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG formats. JPEGs are usually about 5MB each, and RAW files are usually a shade under 20MB.
The X-S1 offers a few extra fine-tuning controls that haven't been discussed elsewhere in the review.
Adjusts the appearance and intensity of highlights.
Adjusts the appearance and detail in shadows.
Uses some software trickery to remove the blur from photos taken in EXR Auto mode.