Straight from the Fuji Press Conference at CES 2013 - Fuji just announced the introduction of the Fuji X100S, a compact fixed lens camera and a successor to the X100. It comes fully equipped with an advanced 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor and improved EXR Processor II. Although the X100S maintains the same body as the X100, the internals have been deeply reconfigured. The X100S uses a FUJINON 23mm F2 lens that promises great quality - especially in low light situations. In addition, Fuji states this camera is equipped with the world's fastest autofocus in this class.
"The new FUJIFILM X100S continues the remarkable tradition of the original FUJIFILM X100 which introduced the world to the X-Series in fall 2010" said Go Miyazaki, president and chief operating officer, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. "Since then, the X-Series digital cameras have been enthusiastically received by photographers, and highly-acclaimed in the media for their outstanding image resolution, superior optics and superb build quality."
The X100S has both an LCD screen (optical viewfinder) and an electronic viewfinder. The electronic viewfinder uses a 100% coverage, extra high resolution, 2.36 million dot high definition LCD panel.
In addition, the X100S also features an Intelligent Hybrid Autofocus system that allows the camera to switch between phase and contrast detection to achieve the best image. Digital Split Image function is now available on the X100S. It uses the X-Trans CMOS II Sensor's built-in phase detection pixels to display dual images that can be manually focused by the user. Also, the Focus Peaking function that highlights high contrast areas of subjects for precise focusing is a standard feature on the X100S.
Lastly, Fuji listened to their customers. They left the "Q" button feature that allows users to quickly call up a wide-range of frequently-used settings.
Fuji expects to have the camera available by the spring of 2013 for a whopping $1300.
I'll keep you posted about the camera. On Wednesday I get some hands-on time with the X100S!