Fuji X100s: Straight Out of The Camera "Review"

October 10, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

FUJI X100s: Straight Out of The Camera "Review"

 

I have been fortunate enough to acquire the much sought after, Fuji X100s. In the month that I have used it, the little retro engine that could journeyed with my girlfriend and I to Italy to test out it's street and landscape capabilities. She used it the brunt of the time, but what stands out most in her images is that the colors pop right off of the page and MIGHT be unrivaled to any camera that I have personally been able to use. This is a quality that Fuji has always prided themselves on. The film simulation modes are amazing and the black and white film mode allows you to choose from red, yellow or green filters so you can choose how much contrast you want in your blacks. My personal favorite for landscapes would be the Velvia for a deep saturated look.

Image quality: RAW vs JPEG. I am the kind of shooter that doesn't care so much about getting everything right in camera. I shoot more for the fun of the edit. I am finding that the color, clarity and being forced to compose the image on the spot, that I am wanting to get everything right in camera and focus on the quality of each shot and not the quantity. After downloading them and viewing them on the 27" Imac, the images look ready to go straight to print. I have been completely blown away by the quality of the JPEG images the XTRANS sensor in the Fuji create. 

Pros:

  • ISO performance is very usable up to 3200 and looks pretty good at 6400.
  • The build and ergonomics of this camera are outstanding, especially if you add the ergo kit to it.
  • Built in ND filter. I noticed zero reduction in quality while using it.
  • The hybrid viewfinder is excellent. Being able to manually focus with either the split screen or the focus peaking will help get your shots as sharp as you want.
  • Quick and for the most part accurate autofocus. Occassionally it would hunt in dimmer lit scenarios, but that is expected from most cameras anyway.
  • The "Q" button for quick access to all the settings [customizable] you want to change on the fly fast.
  • The JPEG quality the Fuji puts out is top notch! Unless you intend to do white balance in post production or enlarge your images for large format printing, I don't see much need to shoot in RAW.
  • Dynamic range settings of up to 400% [at ISO 800+] bring more contrast between your highlights and shadows.
  • If you are poor at composition the Fuji will teach you how to better compose your image since there is no zoom lens.
  • The quiet shutter mode makes the shutter sound virtually non existant.

​Cons:

  • The highest ISO ranges are only in JPEG, but remember, the JPEG quality of this camera is great.
  • I wish that the focus peaking offered a colored solution like Sony. I see this as coming in a future firmware upgrade.
  • Little to no warning when your battery is about to die. I would have a spare on hand.
  • The video mode is less than ideal, but if you are buying this camera, it is not because of its cinematic qualities.
  • If shooting in continuous shooting mode the files have to be reviewed in a slideshow format instead of individual shots.
  • No face detection in autofocus for portraits. This is not  the end of the world, you would just think with this feature widely used and the technology existing, why not include it?
  • The histogram is basically useless when shooting in manual mode, when this is where it should excel.
  • The in camera RAW conversion feature is great for those struggling with using the Fuji RAW files in Lightroom, but there is no live preview of the converted image.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The X100S feels like it has a history to it. Something that has a story to tell and is waiting for you to tell it. The camera has a build that has that nostalgic feel to it. The aperture dial on the front of the camera and the shutter speed dial on the top of the camera force you to use the tool you have in your hands to create.  I have owned 6 DSLR's and multiple other film and digital cameras, but this is the first time that I have felt that I have an emotional attachment to a camera. As camera's evolve and technology evolve, I feel the X Series as a whole is has a firm grasp on who it is and it begs to be used to tell a story to the user and the viewer.

Is this camera a full time replacement to your DSLR? No, but it will force you to learn how to compose your shot better and fall in love with photography all over again. Can this camera be used for commercial or in studio production? ABSOLUTELY! 

ASPECT RATIOS

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APERTURE SETTINGS

 

DYNAMIC RANGE

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FILM SIMULATIONS

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NEUTRAL

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BLACK & WHITE

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BLACK & WHITE YELLOW FILTER

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BLACK & WHITE RED FILTER

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BLACK & WHITE GREEN FILTER

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SEPIA

SAMPLE IMAGES TAKEN IN ITALY [STRAIGHT OUT OF THE CAMERA]

THE BELOW IMAGE WAS SHOT THROUGH A WINDOW ON A MOVING BUS.

 


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