The Fujifilm FinePix X-S1 is a bridge camera with big ideas

Fujifilm Finepix X-S1_Front_Left_24mm

The Finepix X-S1 continues Fuji’s invasion into enthusiast/Pro camera territory with its X-series range. Within this range we’ve already seen the fixed-lens  X100 with its cutting edge hybrid-viewfinder and the super-stylish and more pocket-friendly X10.

Using the well sized  2/3inch sensor of the X10, the Finepix X-S1 is Fuji’s attempt to introduce top level production values into the world of superzooms.

The new Finepix X-S1 is an excellent super-zoom bridge camera, with some great features, intuitive user interface and excellent image quality. However these don’t come cheap – in terms of price, the Finepix X-S1 is up against mid-range DSLRs and high-end compact system cameras. It is bigger and heavier than its predecessors, the HS10 and HS20 EXR, and has a better electronic viewfinder  – which compares favourably with the best  CSCs  – and image sensor. It offers quick RAW processing and focusing speed. The sensor performs very well, particularly at high ISO. The zoom lens is very quick and has very little distortion. There is a good manual zoom and focus ring for those who want to try their hand. With a tilting LCD screen, external hot shoe  and full range of manual shooting modes, this camera seems to think it really is a DSLR and the full HD (1080) movie recording and stereo sound makes the X-S1 a viable video camera too.

The Fujifilm FinePix X-S1 offers 12MP of effective resolution and is specially backside-wired to improve performance in low-light conditions. Maximum output at full resolution in the default 4:3 aspect is 4000 x 3000 pixels, although resolution can be lowered to Medium (6MP) and Small (3MP) if you’re shooting for web use only or simply looking to keep file sizes down. It also allows you  to shoot in 1:1, 3:2 or 16:9 aspects. The X-S1 has a wide range of exposure modes, including the four expected of any DSLR – Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority and fully Manual. These are accompanied by Fuji’s proprietary EXR and Advanced shooting modes that allow you to get great results out of the X-S1 in low light, with a shallow depth of field for portraits, and produce 180-degree panoramas. Of course it also offers a very capable and responsive Automatic mode, 17 individual Scene modes and Custom presets. The back of the XS-1 gets a 3inch, 460k-dot monitor that can be tilted up or down for easier angle shooting. The1.14million-dot electronic viewfinder offers a large, bright  sharp image, especially when set to 50fps.The sensor does a great job capturing fine color, the aperture settings enable some good bokeh effects.

Fujifilm Finepix X-s1 flower

Shot using aperture priority AUTO, ISO 100, F4.0 at 1/220 sec shutter speed.

More information here.

Fujifilm FinePix X-S1

File Size

      12 megapixels


      26x (24-624mm)


      F2.8 – F5.6


      2/3 inch CMOS

View Screen

      3 inch LCD monitor


      100 -12800

Shutter Speed

      30 sec – 1/4000sec


      10 FPS