The Fuji X100S is an upgrade to the very popular Fuji X100. The X100S builds on the success of its predecessor and takes several cues from user feedback to make a better all-around camera. At first blush, it seems to have hit the mark quite well.
As noted in Fuji’s initial press statement, the X100S has the world’s fastest autofocus – measuring as quick as 0.08 seconds via a combination of contrast and phase detection AF. Going hands-on with a prototype model at CES 2013, I can vouch for the impressive speed at which the X100S achieves AF.
Also on the focus front, the X100S has a couple of great manual focusing aids in digital split image and focus peaking. You can see demos of each of these features in the overview video below.
In practice, the digital split image and focus peaking work quite well and are definitely a big step up over X100.
Of course, the X100S keeps the same, solid 23mm f/2 lens and uses the popular leaf shutter, which allows manual flash sync up to the max shutter speed of 1/4000s. The lens is also compatible with existing accessories for the X100.
The build quality of the X100S is just as solid as the X100 with improvements to the LCD that reduces fingerprints and an ergonomic change to the optical and electronic hybrid viewfinder.
The Fuji X100S looks to be a worthy follow-up to the X100 and I’ll hopefully have closer look once production models arrive in April. The X100S is priced at $1299 and can be found here at B&H Photo.