January 4th 2013 10:56 pm

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Image quality No comments great!
  • Video quality No comments
  • Battery life No comments good
  • Design and form factor No comments great!
  • Durability No comments good
  • Speed (start-up time, lag) No comments good
  • Ease of use No comments good
Detailed review
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 choice of the X100s. While I never used a X100 so cannot compare, from my experience the X100s is quick and responsive in terms of start-up, shutter lag, and focusing. I've been shooting mostly in JPEG using one of the film emulation presets and have been very please with the resulting images even at ISOs up to 1600. The digital viewfinder and back screen complement the optical viewfinder quite well. I usually ended up framing images straight through the optical viewfinder and not having the image review turned on so to avoid the temptation to look at every image on the camera back as soon as I took it. The body seems quite well built though I haven't been able to evaluate its weather resistance. This is one area wear I wish Fuji would have gone the extra mile to make it officially weather resistant as it is a camera I want to take with me and not have to worry about a little rain. getting on it. The controls are all fairly well positioned and the menu system fairly easy to navigate though I do recommend taking the time to read the manual at least once otherwise finding your way around can be a little confusing. Overall, if you're looking for a rangefinder looking type of digital camera, I certainly recommend you have a good look at the X100s. (I haven't used the video capabilities at all so haven't commented on that aspect of the camera.)