Fujifilm X100S Review : Thailand!
First post in 2013, we have been busy with other stuffs that we hardly have time to update this blog. I have had this in mind, to test the Fuji X100s, when Fujifilm updated their latest addition to the X-series camera line up last month. I went to checked the retail price online, and as usual, the hesitation was there; a hefty price tag just for this fixed lens “street” camera.
I read a few online reviews and the one which has caught me was the review by Zack Arias. On the same day, I made my way to the my favorite local retailer, gave it some hands on, and gosh! this is one of the most well-built pocket cameras in the market. Fujifilm blends elegance with capability within this beast.
The most noticeable upgrade from its predecessor X100 is the autofocus. Responsive and spot on! Try it under the sufficient lighting condition and you will be amazed. Wonderful! Even in the dim-light situation and night time, it performs flawlessly. In the macro-mode, the autofocus is still arguably inferior than the modern mirrorless cameras in the market, however, thanks so much to Fujifilm for letting me focus much closer before going into macro-mode. This is a great evolution from the X100.
Manual focus is really usable in the X100s, the joy is you could have the split screen (rangefinder-like) feature and it really sees in the dark! You will not have any problem in the low-light situation anymore.
This camera has its unique controls and dials. I spent 2 days just to get familiar with most of the features and controls.The more time you spend with it, the better your understanding will be. The redistribution of controls is much better than the X100. The “Q” button is the best addition to the back plate. I have all the necessary items at my fingertips.
Another remarkable achievement by Fuji is the chip! I don’t care what chip they threw into my unit but the high-iso images turned out almost on par with my full-frame DSLR. The ISO 1600 and 3200 are really usable, clean, and sharp! I bet you will not be able to tell which one is the ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 pictures below.
I thought it would be great to try this beast out in Bangkok, I did not bring any camera but the mighty Fujifilm X100s. I have prepared myself well, understand the basic controls and dials before I flew to Thailand. The real test to the X100s when I have limited time on the streets, grab-n-go kinda shoots, low-light situations. Surprisingly, the Fuji X100s performed really well, it is really the best street-photography camera I have ever tried!
You will notice the images below were mostly made at night time (thanks To Fujifilm superior low-light autofocus system), the weather in Bangkok was crazy in these few days, as hot as 42 degree Celcius.
After 4 days trip in Bangkok, I would say Fujifilm X100S is the best travel camera ever. Perfectly engineered for street photography. 35mm eq. focal length is perfectly fine for any kind of photography; street panning, cityscape, journalistic, landscape, etc.
I do not know what to say anymore, speechless, I hope you could enjoy the photos and feel free to leave any comment!
All the photos below were straight out from the camera with only some cropping done in Photoshop, this will give you an idea how good the image processor and the lens are. I shot all of these photos in JPEG format, no RAW whatsoever.
Thank you so much!