Confession time. I’ve never really liked the superzoom or ultrazoom type cameras. The so-called ‘bridge cameras’ from the late 1980s were all pretty awful
in the end – which is why the whole concept was short-lived back then – and today’s digital models really aren’t a whole lot better (although they are a definite improvement). Being neither one thing nor the other, they’re just that… neither D-SLR nor compact (or CSC) which simply spells compromise whichever way you look at it.
Amid all the hoopla surrounding the arrival of the X-Pro1 and the on-going popularity of the X100, the Fujifilm X-S1 has essentially snuck unheralded onto the market. I first saw it at the CP+ 2012 show in Yokohama mainly because the queue of people waiting to handle the X-Pro1 was way too long and there was nobody waiting in line to have a play with the X-S1. Technically, the X-S1 is a superzoom camera but, to quote the Star Trek cliché, it’s like no other superzoom camera we’ve seen before.
For starters, it looks like a D-SLR because it’s pretty well the same dimensions as a mid-sized model and has a pentaprism-type ‘hump’ (which houses an electronic eyelevel viewfinder and a built-in flash). The control layout looks the same as that of many a D-SLR – complete with dials – and it even has a tilt-adjustable, 7.62 cm LCD monitor screen. The bodyshell is actually entirely coated in a textured covering which looks a bit unusual at first, but means scuffs and scratches aren’t going to be a concern. There’s a proper sized handgrip as well.
Thank-you for looking up aour review of the Fujifilm X S1 SuperZoom Camera. This equipment review is currently available only as a low-resolution pdf version of the original magazine pages originally printed in the March April 2012 issue
You can download it here: Fujifilm X S1 SuperZoom Camera Review