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conclusion:We like it

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Fuji's latest high-end compact brings the look of a classic rangefinder to a camera with great image quality and an autofocus system that offers major improvements over its predecessor, the X100. Photography Blog praises its "compelling mix of intuitive handling, impeccable image quality, a truly innovative viewfinder and quick performance," and says it's "a much more well-rounded camera than its predecessor." TechRadar says the camera's combination of "retro design, robust build and excellent image quality" makes it "a very desirable camera." However, the camera's video capabilities are limited, its fixed lens means you have to "zoom with your feet," and low-light focusing can still be a challenge. But if you're a fan of rangefinders and want full manual controls, excellent image quality, and solid performance, the X100s is, as Steve Huff puts it, a "gorgeous little camera that when placed in the right hands can and will produce stunning results."

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Critic reviews

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    7.0
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    8.2
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    8.8
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    8.0
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8.8
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9.0
PC Mag Jul 1, 2013

Don't be fooled by the Fujifilm X100S's retro exterior; it's a modern, full-featured digital camera that impressed us enough to earn our Editors' Choice award.

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8.0
CNET Apr 1, 2013

There's enough improved in the X100S over the X100 that I think it's worth the extra money over the now-reduced-price model: it delivers better performance, photo quality and usability. While the photo quality and lens can't match that of the Sony RX1, it's still a great camera at $1,000 less.

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8.0
Digital Photography Review Jul 30, 2013

The Fujifilm X100S is a hugely likable, very capable camera with some useful tricks up its sleeve. Almost all of the bugs from the X100 have been ironed out, and image quality from its 16MP X-Trans sensor is excellent.

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8.0
Wired Aug 23, 2013

That’s what’s so great about the X100S: It hits that elusive sweet spot between DSLR quality and point-and-shoot portability.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Apr 9, 2013

... for what it is, the X100S represents something that few competitors have neared: for the right audience it's up there among the best of compact cameras ...

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9.0
TechRadar Mar 20, 2013

The Fuji X100S is a very enjoyable and rewarding camera to use, its hybrid viewfinder is superb, the retro-style controls enable quick control over exposure and the advanced filters are available when you fancy a bit of fun.

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9.0
DigitalCameraReview Apr 2, 2013

When you hold the Fujifilm X100s, all you can think about is just how much power you have in a small package. --- Overall though, the X100s is an extremely solid camera. And it wins our highest praises.

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9.0
What Digital Camera Mar 27, 2013

While it may not appear to be a massive leap from the Fujifilm X100, the Fujifilm X100S has improved in most of the areas it needed to while keeping the charm that made us fall in love with the Fujifilm X100 in the first place.

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9.0
Camera Labs Jun 17, 2013

The Fujifilm X100S builds on the success of its predecessor, the X100, with a new sensor, faster, more accurate focusing and a raft of other improvements. Fujifilm has concentrated on improving what needed it and fixing (most of) what was broken, while leaving what what best.

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8.0
Digital Versus Apr 16, 2013

Although the X100s doesn't correct all of its predecessor's flaws, it's still an attractive camera that'll be incredibly effective for photojournalism or street photography shooting.

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9.0
ePHOTOzine Mar 25, 2013

The Fujifilm X100s is priced somewhere in the middle of APS-C compact cameras, and for many happy X100 buyers, the X100s will deliver many useful updates, including better image quality, a better EVF, quicker controls and response, although the price is likely to put some people off.

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9.0
Steve Huff Photo Mar 25, 2013

The new sensor is highly capable as well and this is the best Fuji digital camera to date, period. It is fast and feels like a mature camera. No more quirkiness to work around and the experience of shooting is a pleasure.

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9.0
The Phoblographer Mar 29, 2013

There isn’t much terrible to say about the X100s. The sensor performance is excellent, the autofocus performance in good light is outstanding but could be better in low light, and the overall build quality is really quite good too.

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8.0
Digital Trends Aug 21, 2013

After using the X100S for a while, it’s easy to see why Fujifilm remains a force in digital photography. If you’re looking for a compact camera with a large sensor and prime lens, this is a camera for you.

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Photography Blog Mar 14, 2013

Quite simply the new Fujifilm X100S is one of the best cameras that we've ever reviewed and joins its illustrious predecessor as a worthy winner of our coveted Essential! award.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jan 7, 2013

The camera has a very solid feel and quite an elegant retro design, as you might expect based on its predecessor.

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TechCrunch Jan 9, 2013

Fujifilm seems to have listed intently to what its users were saying, and delivered a product that dramatically improves the most notable failing their X-series has had.

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Digital Photography Review Jan 9, 2013

It should offer a cross between the physical design and basic handling of the X100, and the image quality of the X-E1. But that's not all; most notably you also get phase detection AF, a higher resolution electronic viewfinder, improved manual focus, and Fujifilm's latest on-screen interface.

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PC Mag Jan 8, 2013

The sharp 2.4 million dot resolution of the EVF—upgraded from the X100's 1.4 million dots—goes a long way to make this a useful feature. It's a neat focusing aid, and one with which rangefinder shooters will feel right at home.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 7, 2013

Is it worth the cash? We think so, but then this camera sure won't be for everyone. Its 23mm (35mm equivalent) focal length means no zooming, and the angle of view is fairly wide. But for those who have tried the original and loved it, this is the sort of natural progression we were hoping for.

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Imaging Resource Jan 9, 2013

First and foremost, the Fuji X100S' sensor uses Fujifilm's unique X-Trans technology, first introduced in the X-Pro1 in early 2012. We were very impressed with the X-Pro1's image quality, but the Fuji X100S promises to go it a few steps better.

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Popular Photography Jun 26, 2013

Given the price of the X100S, it is difficult to draw comparisons. For the same bucks, you could easily get a camera that performs as well and accepts interchangeable lenses. But the compactness and the overall experience wouldn’t be the same.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 10, 2014

In its black finish the X100S takes on a more casual look. Although it delivers the retro charm of the original, without the silver finish it’s more subtle, a not so eye-catching look. Which is exactly what some prospective buyers will be looking for.

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TechRadar Jan 7, 2013

The fact that the Fuji X100S has an evolution of the X-Pro1's sensor is very exciting, and we are really looking forward to putting it through its paces.

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TrustedReviews Jan 14, 2013

Fujifilm has approached the X100S in the right way. It hasn’t changed anything that couldn’t do with a tweak or two, simply sliding-in the improvements made in the cameras released since the introduction of the X100 in 2011. It’s seems an excellent camera.

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T3 Jan 17, 2013

The Fujifilm X100S looks set to be a worthy successor to the impressive X100. We're pleased to see that Fujifilm has concentrated on fixing some of the complaints from the first model, in the form of some small, but important technical tweaks.

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ePHOTOzine Jan 9, 2013

The classic looks of the Fujifilm X100 and X10, have made them popular compact cameras for street shooting, and with the design continuing on the new models, these should also be popular for street shooting. Improvements made in focus speeds and responsiveness will also help to quickly capture the...

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9.0
justintokyo justintokyo

I bought this camera looking for something between my large DSLR (a D3s) and compact (Canon S95) that was easy to carry around but was still fully controllable and capable of producing high quality images in a variety of conditions. After using this for a few weeks now I'm quite pleased with my...

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9.0
phalgun phalgun

The best camera I've used in the last 10 years. My heart skips a beat even after 6 months of using it, just surprises you with the dynamic range, the colors, High ISO, 1/2000th of a second with strobes. I use it extensively to shoot weddings in India.

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9.0
pdame pdame

This camera stands on its own relative to the marketplace but it also has a price to match. The OVF/EFV is amazing and its ability to balance its flash with ambient light is stunning. The physical controls are a joy that all DSLRs should have and its all-metal build quality is impeccable. It...

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7.0
Adamjasonmoore Adamjasonmoore

It is a beautiful camera to look at, hold and use. Traditional simple layout with a numbered dial for shutter speeds and apertures. I had the X100 and many things have been improved in the update. I am not a fan of the X-tran sensor as I am getting strange artefacts sometimes in fine details. The...

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9.0
Mcopeman23 Mcopeman23

Sorry, no detailed review here. But if you are an enthusiast that wants a smaller form factor, but dslr quality and control- this is the best camera. The Sony nex 6 is great too. But as far as image quality, the Fuji wins. Don't get this for video. If you want to shoot video and have decent...

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