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The best ever Fuji Bridge camera,
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This review is from: Fujifilm X-S1 Digital Camera (12MP, 26x Optical Zoom) 3 inch Tiltable LCD Screen (Electronics)
I have been a Fuji bridge camera user for over 8 years, from the S3000, through to the S5000, then the S9600, S100FS and S200EXR and finally, last year the HS10, so I have had the pleasure of using the excellent bridge platform since it's inception! With the exception of the HS10, all of them have been brilliant cameras which have easily rivaled entry and mid-price dSLRs - sadly the HS10 was a big let-down in my eyes. So when I was made aware that Fuji were bringing out a new Pro Bridge camera in January of this year I was very interested - and I was not disappointed.
Putting it simply, the Fuji X-S1, is quite simply the best ever Fuji bridge camera I have ever had the priviledge to work with. Fuji have obviously spent a huge amount of time and thought putting together a great camera, based upon the X100 series camera, with huge success. The excellent Fujinon lens is superb and the electronics, sensor, and useability are top class. Don't be put off that it only has a 2/3rds CMOS sensor, as it does not affect the images at all - I know as I've won quite a few competitions with these images already, and sold a good few, and look forward to doing so in the future.
So do yourself a favour, ditch the Canon/Nikon world and all the lenses - and get a Fuji X-S1 which with it's excellent image quality, price and dynamic lens price, is far better than any entry - mid level dSLR.
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Initial post: 23 May 2012 23:15:04 BDT
Sue Ellen says:
Yes, a great review and it has made my mind up. I was toying with either the Canon SX40 or the Panasonic FZ150, both of which have great professional reviews. Thank you Ben for your honest review. I too have kept my S5000 - still taking superb photos. Now I need to save those few extra pounds!
Posted on 12 Jun 2012 09:40:52 BDT
Dr. C. Norris says:
Would be great to see the images you sold or won competitions with, or know which site they are on.
Posted on 26 Jul 2013 08:13:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jul 2013 08:25:11 BDT
Doug Sinnott says:
Yes,I agree with all your comments!
My first Fuji was a S602z,then a S7000,S9600,HS10,HS20,and finally(I thought!) a HS30.
But the XS1 is by far the best of them all by far!
It's a superb camera,and redefines the bridge"all in one" concept,but,as you have mentioned,Fuji do seem lately to rush cameras out before ironing out any teething problems,as other makes of cameras I have owned have always performed as they should,but not the recent Fuji's I have owned.
I think Fuji are aware of these things,and are always great at sorting out any faults that may arise,but it's just the inconvenience of returning the camera in the first place!
But I peservere with Fuji,as I can't be bothered with DSLRs these days,and carting around heavy bags just spoils things,hence I like a good bridge camera that can produce great images,and great A4/A3 prints when required,and ALL my Fuji's have done that
All the HS models had to go back to Fuji for different things,but Fuji were very helpful,and even my XS1 had to be fitted with a new sensor/lens combo,after some image problems,and dust in the viewfinder!
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