Fuji X100S Hands-On

by on January 10, 2013

in Fuji

Fuji X100S

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.

Fuji X100S

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.

Fuji X100S

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.

Fuji X100S

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.




1 Michael January 11, 2013 at 11:37 am

Me want -

2 Alex B January 11, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Hmm, wonder wht I an sell my X100 for to out towards this bad boy?

3 Alex B January 12, 2013 at 7:53 am

My god I need to check my spelling before submitting.

4 Alex B January 12, 2013 at 7:52 am


We’re you able to get an idea on release date?

5 Eric Reagan January 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm

April 2013.

6 Alex B January 14, 2013 at 7:55 am

I was hoping you might of been able to pull a specific date out of somebody. Oh well, just have to await and see.

7 Michael January 21, 2013 at 2:46 am

Man, this new X100s will totally slaughter the original X100 with the new X-Trans II CMOS sensor and EXR engine. Coupled by focus peaking and some other nice features, the difference in image quality will be pretty significant me thinks.

8 wedding photojournalist January 23, 2013 at 6:43 am

I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on the X100S. I have use the X100 for wedding photography over the past two years, it had some real niggles, the auto focus being one. It looks like Fuji have listened to what photographers want from the camera.

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