Fujifilm FinePix X-S1 high-end superzoom

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The X-S1 Resembles a DSLR Camera

Fujifilm FinePix X-S1 high-end superzoom What a brilliant move on the part of Fujifilm. They added a mid priced camera to their upper-end X series, directly in between their fun X10 and their more serious X100. The X-S1 Camera resembles a DSLR, although it has a fixed 24-624mm 26x lens featuring an extremely fast (for this kind of zoom range) with f/2.8 max aperture down at the wide portion of the zoom (then it goes up to f/5.6 when at the longer focal lengths). That's translates into a 26x zoom. A genuine wide-angle 24mm through a genuinely awesome 624mm telephoto lens and with every length in between. Plus, there's a super macro mode allowing you to acquire your shot all the way up to just 1/2" distance from your subject--making for hardly any photo you can't shoot with this camera.

A 2/3" CMOS EXR image sensor can capture both high resolution stills along with 1080p HD video using a maximum 12MP resolution. The X-S1 features both a big, tilt able 3" LCD screen plus a crisp 1440,000-dot EVF (electronic viewfinder). Of course, it captures both RAW and JPEGs. The ISO sensitivity ranges from 100 through ISO 12800 giving you the confidence that you can always acquire the shot, and it doesn't matter how poor the light.

The solid build on the X-S1 includes metal top dials, and a rubber-like textured finish providing a solid grip, along with the capability to use the on-board flash unit for macro shooting as near as 11.8". The overall build is designed to diminish dust and moisture. There's a film simulation mode allowing you to mimic a Provia, Velvia, or Astia Fuji film look, or deliver magnificent black and white photos with or without using filtration. There's even the ability to bracket a dynamic range, film exposure simulation, or ISO sensitivity in any particular situation. A camera that's truly ready to come out and play.

Announced Oct 6, 2011, released Jan 10, 2012 ✓


12MP Resolution
EVF and 3.0" Tilt LCD Screen
24-624mm (Equivalent) 26x Zoom Lens
Fast f/2.8 Maximum Aperture
1080p HD Movie Recording
RAW Shooting & In-Camera Processing
Manual Pop-Up Flash
Up to 12800 ISO High Sensitivity
ISO, AE, Film Simulation Bracketing
High Quality Construction

Camera Includes

Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera
NP-95 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery (3.6V,1800mAh)
BC-65N Charger for the NP-95 Battery (100-240V, 50-60Hz)
Shoulder Strap
Lens Cap and Lens Cap Cord
Lens Hood
USB Cable
Owner's Manual
1-Year Parts & Labor Limited Warranty

Camera type SLR-like (bridge)  
Camera Image sensor
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000  
Additional resolutions 4000 x 2664, 4000 x 2248, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1864, 2816 x 1584, 2048 x x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1080, 1536 x 1536  
Image ratio width:height 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Operational pixels 12.0 megapixels  
Image sensor size 2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm)  
Image sensor type EXRCMOS  
Processor EXR  
Camera Image
ISO value Auto, 100, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, (4000, 5000, 6400, 12800 with boost)  
White bal presets 6  
Custom white bal modes Yes (1)  
Stabilization type Optical  
JPEG compression levels Fine, Normal  
Focusing and Optics
Focal length (equiv.) 24 624 mm  
Optical image zoom 26  
Autofocus type
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital image zoom Yes (2x)  
Manual focus ability Yes  
Normal focus range 30 cm (11.81")  
Macro focus ratio 1 cm (.39")  
Camera mount None  
Monitor and viewfinder
Pivoting LCD Tilting  
Monitor size 3"  
Screen resolution 460,000  
Touch screen interface No  
Live view LCD Yes  
Viewfinder style Electronic  
Viewfinder coverage 100 %  
Photography highlights
Largest aperture opening F2.8 - F5.6  
Slowest shutter speed 30 sec  
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 sec  
Aperture priority mode Yes  
Shutter priority mode Yes  
Manual exposure setting Yes  
Scene modes Yes  
Flash built-in Yes (Pop-up)  
Flash coverage 8 m  
External flash Yes (hot-shoe)  
Flash mode settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync  
Continuous shooting Yes (10 fps)  
Self-timing device Yes (2 or 10 sec)  
Metering mode settings
  • Multi
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)  
Auto exposure bracketing (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)  
White balance bracketing No  
Videography highlights
File formats
  • H.264
Microphone inputs Stereo  
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)  
Media storage
Storage devices SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Included storage 26 MB  
Multiple Device Connections
USB port USB 2.0 (480Mbit/sec)  
HDMI interface Yes (Mini connector)  
Wireless connectivity None  
Remote ability Yes (Optional RR-80)  
Physical features
Environmental sealing No  
Power Battery Pack  
Battery type Lithium-Ion NP-95 rechargeable battery & charger  
Overall weight 920 g (2.03 lb / 32.45 oz)  
Overall dimensions 135 x 107 x 149 mm (5.31 x 4.21 x 5.87")  
Additional features
Built-in orientation sensor Yes  
Interval recording No  
Global Positioning System None


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