Fujifilm X100S review

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Premium compact cameras are often billed as lightweight companions to a DSLR, but few people would spend £1,000 on a backup camera. That means the Fujifilm X100S needs to appeal to photography enthusiasts enough that they make it their primary camera, which is a tough challenge for a camera with a fixed lens and no zoom function.

Even so, it’s a challenge the X100S rises to admirably. It’s exquisitely handsome, with a rangefinder design that holds its own against classics such as the Leica M series. It isn’t only the looks, however: like those cameras, the X100S has dials dedicated to shutter speed and exposure compensation, plus lens rings for aperture and manual focus.

Fujifilm X100S

The only control this camera doesn’t put at your fingertips is ISO speed, but it’s still pretty quick. A customisable Fn button is assigned to ISO speed by default, and the rear wheel allows quick adjustment. The behaviour of the Auto ISO mode is customisable, with options to set the default and maximum sensitivity and the minimum shutter speed.

Other dedicated buttons cover white balance, drive mode and autofocus point, while a Q button reveals a grid of 16 functions that are accessed using the navigation pad and rear wheel.

The show-stealer is the viewfinder. There’s a large electronic viewfinder with a crisp, 2.36-million dot (XGA) resolution, but a quick flick of a lever makes it disappear to reveal an equally large optical viewfinder. Being able to switch so easily between the two is a huge asset: the optical viewfinder works best in bright conditions, and comes into its element when providing an uninterrupted view during burst shooting; the electronic viewfinder is better in low light, and also gives a preview of exposure, white balance, focus and depth of field.

Fujifilm X100S

The camera switches automatically from the optical to the electronic viewfinder when adjusting manual focus. There’s a choice of focusing aids, too, including a peaking mode that highlights areas of sharp focus, plus a Digital Split Image mode that recalls the split-screen focus systems used by film SLR cameras. The optical viewfinder includes an electronic overlay display, allowing both viewfinders to display a wide array of information including a histogram, a virtual horizon and the active autofocus point.

It’s a reasonably fast performer, with responsive autofocus and the ability to capture photos at a shade under one per second in normal use. Burst shooting is at 6fps; we measured 5.6fps in our tests, which lasted for 44 JPEGs or eight raw frames before slowing to the speed of the card.


Image quality6

Basic specifications

Camera megapixel rating16.0mp
Camera screen size2.8in
Camera optical zoom range1x
Camera maximum resolution4,896x3,264

Weight and dimensions

Dimensions127 x 54 x 74mm (WDH)


Battery type includedLi-ion
Battery life (CIPA standard)300 shots
Charger included?yes

Other specifications

Built-in flash?yes
Aperture rangef2 - f16
Camera minimum focus distance0.10m
Shortest focal length (35mm equivalent)35
Longest focal length (35mm equivalent)35
Minimum (fastest) shutter speed1/4,000
Maximum (slowest) shutter speed30s
Bulb exposure mode?yes
RAW recording mode?yes
Exposure compensation range+/- 2EV
ISO range100 - 25600
Selectable white balance settings?yes
Manual/user preset white balane?yes
Progam auto mode?yes
Shutter priority mode?yes
Aperture priority mode?yes
Fully auto mode?yes
Burst frame rate6.0fps
Exposure bracketing?yes
White-balance bracketing?no
Memory-card typeSDXC
Viewfinder coverage100%
LCD resolution460k
Secondary LCD display?no
Video/TV output?no
Body constructionAluminium
Tripod mounting thread?yes
Data connector typeproprietary USB

Manual, software and accessories

Full printed manual?yes
Software suppliedRAW File Converter
Accessories suppliednone

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