When you hold the Fujifilm X100s, all you can think about is just how much power you have in a small package. And depending on your hand size, it overall might be too small or just right for you. Put the camera up to your eye, focus and shoot–and you’ll be astounded at just how simple it is to capture great images. The X100s has all the marks and traits of being a constant companion. In fact, we’re a bit sad to have to send it back to the company.
The X100s boasts excellent image quality, blazing fast AF in the right situations, faster processing, a small size, an excellent lens, and wonderful ergonomics. I was trained on Leica cameras, and this thing reminds me of my old film Leica cameras very much. In fact, I believe that it is everything that the Leica X2 should have been but isn’t.
The image quality is more than good enough to also be considered professional. The user can attach PocketWizards to it and take advantage of the leaf shutter, plus they can use conventional flashes with nearly no issues at all.
The X100s’ major problem to fix was the autofocus. Indeed, Fujifilm has done it and it is about on par with the Olympus OMD EM5. However, when it comes to low light, the camera will struggle. Still though, the image quality bests that mirrorless camera.
Then there was the manual focusing issue–which is solved by using a split prism form of digital focusing. It is very useful in real life practice, but isn’t always totally and perfectly accurate.
The X100s has the ability to focus with an EVF or an OVF. The OVF is a bit limited as well and in fact slows the focusing performance down. Besides this, you can’t always see exactly what is in focus. This should be something that Fujifilm should try to improve. Perhaps adding the digital focusing display in the OVF mode could work. For the best use though, we would recommend that it instead works like a rangefinder (such as Leica or Voigtlander’s) vs working as a split prism.
Overall though, the X100s is an extremely solid camera. And it wins our highest praises.
- Class leading image quality
- Significantly faster autofocus performance
- Small and light body
- Excellent build quality
- Built-in ND filter
- Leaf shutter lets you sync flashes at a super high speed
- The flash has some seriously weak game
- Lens cap is easy to come off and not easy to store
- Focusing in low light can be frustrating
- Video mode is limited