Fujifilm X-S1 - $799.95

[CES 2012] Fujifilm is expanding its successful X-series lineup (previous models X-10 and X-100) with the addition of the Fujifilm X-S1, a long-zoom camera  that features a large 2/3-inch 12 megapixel EXR CMOS and a brand new high definition fast wide angle FUJINON telephoto lens with a 26X manual zoom (24-624mm, 35 mm equivalent – F2.8 to F5.6). Additionally, the Fujifilm’s Intelligent Digital Zoom provides up to 52x total zoom, and a Super Macro Mode that captures images as close as 1cm.

Other features include extensive manual controls access, a 3-inch 460K tilting LCD display, 1080p/30 fps /H.264 video capture, High Speed Movie recording at 320 fps for slow motion restitution, RAW+JPEG shooting and 360˚ motion panorama.

The manufacturer touts the sensor as being “large” because it uses a larger sensor than the ones featured in regular compact cameras. However, the 2/3-inch sensor (also used in the X10) is smaller than the APS-C sized CMOS sensor featured in the Fujifilm FinePix X100, a sensor size used in other regular DSLR cameras.
The significantly higher price of the highly praised Fujifilm Finepix  X100 ($1199.99) compared to the Fujifilm X-S1 ($799.95) can be explained by the different sensor technology choices. The X-S1 will be available in January 2012, check the key features below, for complete specifications go the Fujifilm CES 2012 page.

FUJIFILM X-S1 key features:

  • Large 2/3-inch 12 MP EXR-CMOS sensor
  • FUJINON 26x optical precision zoom 24-624mm (35mm  equivalent) with Intelligent Digital Zoom boosting focal range up to 52x and Optical Image Stabilization
  • finish with rubberized coating and metal dials
  • Up to 10fps continuous shooting
  • Large tilting 3-inch 460K pixel resolution LCD screen with Sunlight mode
  • Large electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 1.4 million pixel resolution and 26 degree viewing angle
  • Full 1080p HD movie with stereo sound
  • Super Macro focusing as close as 1cm
  • Raw and jpeg shooting
  • Film simulation modes
  • Program / Shutter-Priority / Aperture-Priority / Manual modes
  • Dedicated command buttons for key functions such as ISO, white balance, focus and metering
  • Lithium Ion rechargeable battery providing up to 500 shots per charge
  • 360° Motion Panorama mode

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