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Life doesn't always give you a front row seat for important events, but the Fujifilm X-S1 makes sure you won't miss a thing. With 26X optical zoom, you can get in tight to see the expression on your kid's face at the holiday concert even when her class is on a stage across the auditorium. The manual zoom lens barrel allows you to make minute adjustments, and the tilting LCD screen gives you the ability to shoot from tricky angles.
Don't miss a moment
There are no lenses to change on the X-S1, and Fujifilm has put some important features like white balance and ISO on big easy-to-press buttons. That way you'll be able to capture the action when it happens, and not have to waste time doing things like searching through the menu. The camera also has a quick start-up mode, turning on in just 0.6 seconds, so there's no waiting. If you're really nervous about missing a big moment, you can take advantage of the best frame selector. The camera will take 16 frames in a row, and let you choose the best one. Plus, you can capture fast action sequences at a blazing 7 frames per second at full resolution.
Plenty of features for fun photos and videos
Want to snap a photo of everything around you? Motion panorama mode lets you sweep the camera up and down or side to side and capture amazing 360-degree views of the world around you. Dual image stabilization greatly reduces the effects of camera shake and subject blur due to an unsteady hand, delivering crisp, clear shots. And when still images just can't capture the moment, you can switch over and shoot 1080p HD video.
- 12-megapixel (effective) EXR CMOS sensor
- wide-angle Fujinon lens
- 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 24-624mm
- records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
- 26X optical zoom (2X digital zoom/52X total zoom)
- 3" tilting high-resolution LCD screen (1.44 million dots)
- electronic viewfinder
- high-definition movie mode (up to 1080p resolution)
- slow-motion movie mode
- dual image stabilization combines high sensitivity and image sensor shift to minimize blurring caused by a shaky hand
- manual zoom lens barrel allows you to fine tune your shots
- high-speed shooting: 7 frames per second at full resolution (8 consecutive frames maximum)
- best frame capture takes up to 16 frames so you can pick the best one
- blink detection and smile shutter help you capture better portraits
- fast auto focusing and tracking keep fast moving subjects in the frame and in focus
- motion panorama mode allows you to sweep the camera up and down or side to side for up to a 360 degree shot
- rubberized coating for a sure and comfortable grip
Connections and Dimensions:
- high-speed USB interface (USB cable included)
- mini HDMI output (cable not included)
- 5-3/8"W x 4-1/4"H x 6-3/16"D
- weight (without battery and memory): 31.9 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Today's point-and-shoot cameras make great pictures easier than ever
From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.
Fujifilm X-S1 Reviews
Average Customer Review:
Perfect for me.
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
There is no perfect camera, just one that fits your needs. I am not a professional photographer, but I enjoy the hobby, and I want my pictures to look better than you would get from your average point and shoot. This camera is a supplement to my other camera which is a Fujifilm X10. My criteria was most flexibility for smallest package. My XS1 provides the capability of a long telephoto. I did not want to use a system DSLR because of cost. Also, I do not think that there is anything close to the 624mm zoom in a system lens for anything near what I could afford. The XS1 offers a fairly long bridge zoom camera with a bigger sensor than most in this class. It is solidly built, with a quality feel. I think that the image quality is as good or better than anything in this class, as is low light capability. Fujifilm is known for its great colors, and the auto white balance on this camera is outstanding. Also mentionable is reasonably fast and accurate auto focus, and auto exposure. This camera has great ergonomics, especially the manual zoom, and the electronic view finder is very bright. There are many other bridge cameras that are cheaper, and have longer telephoto zoom, but for my preferences, this camera is perfect.
Pros: IQ, auto white balance, quality build, color, lens. Manual zoom.
Cons: Price, lower pixel density
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
As close to an SLR as you can get without the SLR price.
Pros: Super amount of manual control.
Cons: Fixed lens
Caution--Lens falls apart
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
My dream vacation --- a Safari in Kenya and Tanzania to watch the annual migration. I need a camera to fit the bill. I didn't want to be fumbling for lenses with a DSLR, and the Xs1 appeared to be the best choice. Tried it out for a couple of months before the trip, and I was ready to go.
So here I am on Safari, getting ready to take pictures, and I can't focus; either with the autofocus or the manual photos. Turns out a piece inside the lens broke loose and was interfering with the lens function. Now try to find a repair facility in Africa.
I have sent the camera back to Fuji and expect it to be repaired; but you don't get this opportunity more than once. I was fortunate to have given my wife my other camera, and was able to take it back and buy her a simple point and shoot for the rest of the trip. Got great photos, but can only imagine how good they would have been had the Xs1 not given out.
Pros: Full featured alternative to a DSLR.
Cons: Shoddy construction.
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Excellent view finder. I wear glasses and it works well. This camera has a learning curve but, it is worth the effort as it does many things. At telephoto, it out performs my Panny FZ35 by a mile. Low light performance and IQ are much better than my Panny FZ35. IQ is very good. This is a camera you must try for yourself. There are many contradicting stories about it, for example: Orbs, no deal buster, blue haze, have not found it yet in the Florida sun, sagging len barrel at telephoto, no problem with IQ. You have to see for yourself, if the above offends you and has any justification in reality. For me, it's just what I wanted. Many of the complains are the result of not knowing how to use the camera. It is the best of all bridge cameras to date. I doubt the new Panny FZ150, with a 1/2.3 sensor, is a match for the Fuji 2/3 sensor. That is the case with my Panny FZ 35. Read the manual carefully and you will take good photos. This is a fun to use camera. You won't be sorry to purchase one and give it a try, especially with Crutchfield's liberal return policy.
Pros: Usable view finder, good IQ and low light performance, takes panoramic photos, easy manual control for those who like it, controls easily accessable, EXR mode works well. Two customizable FN buttons, fun to use. Auto ISO is excellent. You can set it to 1600 and use M mode, as I do, to set F/N and shutter speed with the exposure meter shown on the LCD and the ISO automatically selected. You can easily change ISO, if you do not like the Auto setting and adjust the exposure via F/N and SP.
Cons: Blue haze, which I've yet to find in the strong Florida sun light. Sagging lens barrel, which has no affect on IQ. Orbs (circular white punched out hole structures with radial rays) which emerge from strong reflective areas such as sun light on a car or street lights at night. They exist but, with low probability. Some are acceptable, some can ruin a photo, some can be avoided. This is not a problem for me, though it is for the more fastidious others who demand perfection, especially for the price.
What's in the box?
- Digital camera (black)
- NP-95 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (3.6V/1800 mAh)
- BC-65N battery charger (DC output: 4.2V/650mA)
- 80" AC power cord
- 40" USB cable (USB Type A on one end and Mini-USB 2.0 on the other end)
- 62mm Lens cap
- Lens cap string
- 62mm Lens hood
- Adjustable neck strap
- FinePix CD software and Owner's manual disc
- Owner's Manual (English)
- Owner's Manual (Spanish)
- Warranty sheet
- FUJIFILM Worldwide Network sheet
- "Stop--Need Help?" sheet
- Battery Charger instructions
Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||24-624 mm|
|Effective Megapixel Count||12|
|Highest Resolution||4000 x 3000|
|HD Video Recording||1080p|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||33.3|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Design: The Fujifilm Finepix X-S1 long zoom digital camera has a high-quality look and feel that rivals many DSLR cameras. It has metal dials and buttons, and a rubberized coating that gives you a secure grip. The zoom and focus rings also have a textured rubberized grip.
Fujinon Zoom Lens: The X-S1 is equipped with an F2.8 (W) - F5.6 (T) Fujinon 26x zoom lens with a focal length of 6.1mm to 158.6mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm-624mm). The zoom mechanism operates manually by turning the zoom ring around the front of the lens.
Note: The camera does not allow for interchangeable lenses.
LCD Monitor: The X-S1 has a 3" color LCD monitor featuring approximately 460,000 dots and approximately 100% horizontal and vertical coverage in the shooting mode. When shooting, you can choose from a standard display, an information display, an information off display, or a custom display. The monitor can be tilted up or down for shooting at difficult angles.
Electronic Viewfinder: In addition to the LCD monitor, the camera has a 0.47" electronic LCD Viewfinder with approximately 100% frame coverage and 1.44 million dots. No information is displayed in the viewfinder. A built-in diopter allows you to adjust the viewfinder to your eyesight, either with or without glasses.
EVF/LCD Switch: The camera's EVF/LCD switch can be set to Monitor, Electronic Viewfinder, or Auto Switch. When set to Auto Switch, the built-in eye sensor turns off the monitor and turns on the viewfinder as you put your eye to the viewfinder.
Image Sensor/Processor: The Finepix X-S1 features a large 2/3" EXR CMOS image sensor with 12-million effective pixels. The sensor works together with the EXR Processor to give you high quality images, Full HD Movie recording, and high-speed continuous shooting. The EXR Processor features dual CPUs, EXR core and a Reconfigurable Processor for HR (high resolution), DR (wide dynamic range), and SN (high sensitivity/low noise) images.
Recording Media: Still images and movies can be recorded onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards. The X-S1 also has an internal memory of approximately 26 MB to allow you to store a few test images in case your memory card is full.
Still Image Quality: The Finepix X-S1 records still images in JPEG format in 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, and 1:1 aspect ratios in three sizes (Small, Medium, and Large) and two compression ratios (Fine and Normal). In addition, RAW images can be recorded from the raw, uncompressed image data from the camera's image sensor. RAW format images must be processed on a computer using the supplied RAW File Converter application software. You can also shoot a RAW + JPEG image at the same time, with separate RAW and JPEG files recorded and stored. The available image sizes include:
|4:3 Image Sizes||3:2 Image Sizes||16:9 Image Sizes||1:1 Image Sizes|
|L: 4000 x 3000
M: 2816 x 2112
S: 2048 x 1536
|L: 4000 x 2664
M: 2816 x 1864
S: 2048 x 1360
|L: 4000 x 2248
M: 2816 x 1584
S: 1920 x 1080
|L: 2992 x 2992
M: 2112 x 2112
S: 1536 x 1536
HD Movies: The Finepix X-S1 can record movies in Full HD (1920 x 1080), Standard HD (1280 x 720), and Standard Definition (640 x 480) in MOV (H.264) at 30 frames per second (fps) with stereo WAV audio. Individual movies files cannot exceed 29 minutes in length (115 minutes for standard definition), regardless of the capacity of the memory card. A Class 4 SD memory card or higher is recommended when shooting HD or High Speed movies.
High Speed Movies: High Speed movies can be shot at 640 x 480 @70 fps, 320 x 240 @120 fps, and 320 x 112 @ 200 fps. These movies, when played back at normal speed, show the subjects in slow motion. Individual movies cannot exceed 30 minutes in length. No audio is recorded; focus, exposure, and white balance are not adjusted automatically.
Motion Panorama: The camera is capable of taking panoramic images by panning the camera through one of three angle settings. As you pan the camera, multiple frames are recorded and automatically stitched together in the camera to create the panoramic image. The Motion Panorama 360° can be saved for playback as a continuous loop. The Motion Panorama options are:
- Motion Panorama 360°:
- Vertical: 1624 x 11520
- Horizontal: 11520 x 1080
- Motion Panorama 180°:
- Vertical: 1624 x 5760
- Horizontal: 5760 x 1080
- Motion Panorama 120°:
- Vertical: 1624 x 3840
- Horizontal: 3840 x 1080
Shooting Modes: The Finepix X-S1 has a rotary mode dial on the top of the camera. You have the following choices in Shooting Modes:
- P, S, A, M: The camera lets you set the shutter speed and aperture automatically or manually in these four shooting modes. The shutter speed and aperture settings combine for these shooting modes:
|Shooting Mode||Shutter Speed¹||Aperture²|
¹ Shutter Speed Options: 1/4000, 1/3000, 1/2500, 1/2000, 1/1600, 1/1500, 1/1200, 1/1000, 1/800, 1/640, 1/500, 1/400, 1/320, 1/250, 1/200, 1/160, 1/125, 1/100, 1/80, 1/60, 1/50, 1/40, 1/30, 1/25, 1/20, 1/15, 1/13, 1/10, 1/8, 1/6, 1/5, 1/4, 1/3, 1/2.5, 1/2, 1/1.6, 1/1.3, 1", 1.3", 1.5", 2", 2.5", 3", 4", 5" 6.5", 8"
² Aperture Options: F/2.8, F/3.2, F/3.6, F/4.0, F/4.5, F/5.0, F/5.6, F/6.4, F/7.1, F/8.0, F/9.0, F/10, F/11
EXR: Utilizing the flexibility of the EXR Processor, this mode can be used to automatically adjust settings to suit the scene (EXR Auto), or manually adjust for improved clarity, less noise, or better dynamic range (EXR Priority).
Auto: This simple point-and-shoot mode is recommended for first-time users of digital cameras.
Advanced: The Advanced mode combines "point-and-shoot" simplicity with sophisticated photographic techniques as Pro Focus, Pro Low Light, or Motion Panorama 360.
Scene Position: You can set the camera according to particular shooting conditions or a specific type of subject. Scene Positions include: Natural + Flash, Natural Light, Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Dog, Cat, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Party, Flower, and Text.
Custom 1, 2, 3: In the P, S, A, M, and all EXR Priority modes, you can save current camera and menu settings and recall them whenever the mode dial is rotated to Custom 1, Custom 2, or Custom 3.
Movies: By pressing the Movie Record button, you can instantly begin recording movies in High Definition or Standard Definition. Stereo sound will be recorded via the built-in microphone, or an optional external microphone. The camera has a 3.5mm minijack for connecting an external microphone.
Image Stabilization: The camera features optical (lens shift) stabilization, with Dual IS Modes. In the Continuous Mode, image stabilization is being performed at all times. In the Shooting Mode, image stabilization is only performed when the shutter button is pressed halfway or the shutter is released. With either option, you can select "+ Motion", which adds another layer of image stabilization by adjusting the shutter speed to reduce motion blur when moving objects are detected. You can choose to turn off image stabilization, especially when the camera is mounted on a tripod.
ISO Sensitivity: The X-S1 gives you three options for setting the ISO Sensitivity:
- Auto: The Auto settings will adjust the sensitivity settings according to the shooting conditions. The higher the sensitivity setting, the better the camera is at reducing blur in poor lighting conditions, however, high settings can result in more noise in the recorded images.
- Auto (with maximum): The sensitivity is set automatically as above, except that the sensitivity will not be raised above a set maximum of 400, 800, 1600, or 3200.
- Manual: You can manually set the camera's sensitivity to ISO 100, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, or 12800. The image size is reduced to medium at ISO 4000, 5000, and 6400, and small at ISO 12800.
White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. You can select Auto, Direct Sunlight, Shade, "Daylight" fluorescent lamps, "Warm White" fluorescent lamps, "Cool White" fluorescent lamps, and Incandescent light. In addition, you can measure for a white balance value or display and select from a list of color temperatures.
Film Simulation: The X-S1 can simulate the effects of different kinds of film, including sepia and black-and-white. You can select one of the following options:
- PROVIA/Standard: standard color reproduction
- Velvia/Vivid: a high-contrast palette of saturated colors, suited for nature photos
- ASTIA/Soft: a soft-toned palette of less-saturated colors
- Monochrome: standard black-and-white
- Monochrome + Y Filter: black-and-white pictures with slightly increased contrast; tones down the brightness of the sky
- Monochrome + R Filter: black-and-white picture with increased contrast; also tones down the brightness of the sky
- Monochrome + G Filter: softens skin tones in black-and-white photos
- Sepia: takes pictures in sepia tone
Color Space: Depending upon how you intend to use the image, you can choose the output color space at the general sRGB setting or the broader color rendition of Adobe RGB (recommended for commercial printing).
Exposure Compensation: Using the dedicated Exposure Compensation dial on the top of the camera, you can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure a total of 13 steps from -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps. Exposure compensation is available in all shooting modes except Manual, Auto, EXR Auto, and Fireworks scene mode.
Continuous Shooting: The Continuous Shooting mode includes two burst modes and four bracket modes:
- Top: You can shoot continuously at a maximum burst speed of 10 frames per second (at M size) or 7 fps at full 12-megapixel resolution (L size). You can also select a frame rate of 5 fps or 3 fps. Maximum number of frames is 200.
- Best Frame Capture: The Best Frame Capture mode lets you take a series of pictures starting before and ending after the shutter button is pressed. You can choose the frame rate (10, 7, 5, 3 fps) and number of shots (16 or 8). If shooting in RAW or RAW + JPEG, the maximum number of shots is 8.
- AE bracket: 3 frames (selected exposure, overexposure, underexposure)
- ISO bracket: 3 frames (selected sensitivity, sensitivity raised, sensitivity lowered)
- Film Simulation: 3 frames (PROVIA, Velvia, ASTIA)
- Dynamic Range: 3 frames (100%, 200%, 400%)
Self-timer: The camera gives you the choice of a 10-second or 2-second self timer. The 10 second self timer is recommended for self portraits, while the 2-second self timer is used to reduce blur caused by the camera moving when the shutter button is pressed. In the burst mode, the camera will record five photos when the timer expires to improve your chances of getting the desired results in self timer mode.
Focus Mode: The camera has a 3-position focus mode selector next to the lens on the front of the camera. The following options are available:
- Single AF (AF-S): Focus locks while the shutter button is pressed halfway. Good for stationary subjects.
- Continuous AF (AF-C): The camera continually adjusts focus to reflect changes in the distance between the camera and the subject. Good for moving subjects.
- Manual Focus (MF): Focus manually using the sub-command dial on the back of the camera. The LCD monitor indicates the focus distance range (in meters or feet) and the depth of field.
Focus Range: The camera's focus range is approximately 0.9' to infinity in Wide Angle, and 6.5' to infinity in Telephoto. In the Macro mode, the focus range is approximately 0.2' to 9.8' in Wide Angle, and 6.5' to 11.4' in Telephoto. In the Super Macro mode, the focus range is 0.3" to 3.2'.
Super-Intelligent Flash System: When the flash is used, the Super-Intelligent Flash System instantly analyses the scene based on the brightness of the subject, its position in the frame, and its distance from the camera. Flash output and sensitivity are adjusted to ensure that the main subject is correctly exposed while preserving the effects of ambient background lighting, even in dimly-lit indoor scenes. You can use the built-in flash, or an optional external flash unit, like the Fujifilm EF-42 or EF-20.
Flash Modes: The Finepix X-S1 has a built-in manual pop-up flash with an effective range of 0.9' to 26.2' in Wide Angle, and 6.5' to 13.1' in Telephoto (sensitivity Auto (800)). Red-eye removal minimizes the "red-eye" effect, and is available for each flash mode. You can choose from the following flash modes:
- Auto: flash fires automatically as required by the shooting conditions
- Forced Flash: flash will fire whenever a picture is taken
- Slow Synchro: auto flash combined with slow shutter speeds (tripod recommended)
- Suppressed Flash (Off): flash does not fire, even when the subject is poorly lit.
Light Metering: The X-S1 uses 256-segment, TTL (through-the-lens) metering, where the camera automatically assesses the scene and selects the optimum exposure. You can select from three metering options: Multi, Spot, or Average.
Viewing Images: Images can be played back one-at-a-time or in a variety of multi-frame views. Multi-frame options include a 5-frame cascading display (two previous and two following frames cascaded behind the highlighted image), a side-by-side two-frame display (with smaller thumbnails of the previous and next frames, 9-image grid (3 x 3) and a 100-image grid (10 x 10) of micro-thumbnails. In the 9- and 100-image grid views, the highlighted image is slightly enlarged.
Image Search: The Image Search function lets you search pictures by the following criteria:
- Date: Search for photos by date
- Face: Search for photos that include faces
- Favorites: Search for photos by rating
- Scene: Search for photos that match a selected scene
- Type: You can easily search your pictures according to the type of photos: still photos, pictures taken in burst mode, or movie footage.
- Upload Mark: Search for pictures selected for upload to a specified destination.
Playback Zoom/Cropping: You can enlarge a still image in the monitor according to the image quality (size). After you have zoomed in and scrolled the picture to the desired composition, you can create a cropped image of a picture. Copies will have an aspect ratio of 4:3, and will be saved as a separate file.
Resize: To create a small copy of a picture, you can select "Resize" from the menu. The new images vary in size with the original image.
Slide Show: You can view pictures in an automated slide show. You can select normal playback, normal playback that zooms in on faces, or multiple pictures at once.
Printing Pictures: Using DPOF (Digital Print Order Form), you can designate which images to print, and whether to print them with or without date. Pictures can be printed as followed:
- Printer or Photo Lab: plug the camera into a Pictbridge-compatible printer, insert the memory card into a compatible printer, or take the memory card to a digital photo lab
- Transferring to Computer: transfer the images to a computer before printing them
Power Requirements: The Finepix X-S1 is powered by the supplied NP-95 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V/1800 mAh). A fully-charged NP-95 is good for approximately 460 shots using the LCD monitor or 500 using the electronic viewfinder. The supplied BC-65N battery charger will charge an NP-95 battery in about 210 minutes.
Auto Power Off Function: When the camera is operated on battery power, the Auto Power Off function will automatically turn off the camera to reduce the drain on the batteries if no operations are performed for 2 minutes or 5 minutes, as set in the menu. Regardless of the option selected, the camera will not automatically turn off when connected to a printer or computer, or when a slide show is in progress.
X-S1 Accessories: The following accessories are available for the Finepix X-S1:
- EF-20 Shoe Mount Flash
- EF-42 Shoe Mount Flash
- NP-95 Battery: Spare Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
- BC-65N Battery Charger
Digital In/Out: The Finepix X-S1 features a Mini-B 2.0 jack for connecting the supplied USB cable. This output allows you to download your photos to your computer via USB, or connect the camera to a compatible PictBridge printer.
HDMI: The camera has a mini-HDMI (Type C) output for connecting the camera to your HDTV. An optional mini-HDMI to HDMI cable is required.
A/V Out: The camera also has a 2.5mm sub-minijack for use with an optional Audio/Video cable for connecting to a non-HDTV. You can select NTSC or PAL output with monaural sound.
Operating System Requirements: The Finepix X-S1 is equipped with Software for MyFinepix Studio Version 3.1 for Windows and FinepixViewer Version 3.6 for Macintosh. In order to use this software, your computer must have one of the following operating system:
- MyFinepix Studio Ver.3.1: Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows XP (SP3)
FinepixViewer Ver.3.6: Mac OS X Version 10.3.9 - 10.6
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