Fujifilm X-S1

Fujifilm X-S1 front
  • 12MP - 2/3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Raise to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-624mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 920g - 135 x 107 x 149mm
  • Announced November 2011
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Fujifilm X-S1 overview

Fujifilm X-S1 is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially announced on November of 2011. The camera features a 12MP, EXRCMOS 2/3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The Fujifilm X-S1 comes in at #77 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all round #565 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can look at our Smart camera finder to find camera rankings based on your customized requirements.

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The following is a graph of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Fujifilm X-S1 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of pros and cons of the Fujifilm X-S1 based on things which are generally seen as necessary in a digital camera.

built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focusing
comes with tracking focus
exports RAW files
great min ISO (100)
great zoom range (24-624mm 26.0 x zoom)
has HDMI out
has mic support
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
nice screen size (3")
reasonably wide (24mm)
tilting screen
very long zoom (624mm)
you can focus manually
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
does not have headphone support
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than others in class (920 grams)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (460 k dots)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.6)
megapixel count low (12MP)
no phase detect AF
sensor is small (2/3")
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Fujifilm X-S1 Sensor info

The Fujifilm X-S1 features the EXR processor. The spec of the sensor in the Fujifilm X-S1 is 8.8mm x 6.6mm (2/3"). The 58 mm² sensor can resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can produce cropping.

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The EXRCMOS sensor has 12MP and includes a standard ISO range of 100 - 3200. This ISO can be widened digitally to a high of 12800. RAW photos are saved so you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath shows the Fujifilm X-S1's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The Fujifilm X-S1 sensor has a crop factor of 4.1 and is displayed in green.

Fujifilm X-S1 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm X-S1 dimensions

Fujifilm X-S1 weighs 2.03 pounds (920g or 32.45 ounces) & has exterior proportions of 135mm x 107mm x 149mm (5.3" x 4.2" x 5.9"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g so the Fujifilm X-S1 is weightier compared with other competitors.

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Down below is a image of the Fujifilm X-S1 with a soda to help you to get a feel for its scale.

Fujifilm X-S1 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button layout on the Fujifilm X-S1.

Fujifilm X-S1 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm X-S1 Lens info

The Fujifilm X-S1 features an inbuilt lens and a focal range of 24-624mm giving it a 26.0 x zoom which is outstanding and is going to allow you to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 24mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f2.8 making it somewhat slow and not great for low light occasions and you will probably find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You might also have to increase the ISO setting which causes noisy images. Towards the tele end, 624mm is fantastic zoom and comes with f5.6 making it quite sluggish and you might need to utilize slower shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm X-S1 Connectivity

The Fujifilm X-S1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to send files and oftentimes change camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Certain applications even give a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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Fujifilm X-S1 Video info

The highest video quality in the Fujifilm X-S1 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in H.264 file format. 1080p quality can provide a good balance between video quality vs file sizes but FULL HD will not give you any room to crop. Although the camera contains a mic jack, it is lacking a headphone jack so you won't have the ability to check your audio levels.

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Fujifilm X-S1 Weather Sealing

Fujifilm X-S1 doesn't include weather proofing so rainy conditions can ruin the camera.

Fujifilm X-S1 Screen and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm X-S1 features a 3" tilting display boasting a resolution of 460k dots.

Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs for Fujifilm X-S1 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Coverage 100 percent

Viewfinders can be really helpful during sunny outdoor conditions which can make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.

Fujifilm X-S1 Shutter info

Fujifilm X-S1 continuous shooting rate is 10.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Fujifilm X-S1 Flash and Hot shoe info

Fujifilm X-S1 comes with both inbuilt flash along with external flash ability.

Fujifilm X-S1 Autofocus info

Fujifilm X-S1 comes with just Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker and precise compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera features Face detection which makes it helpful for portraits.

It features 49 focus points to choose from. It also has Tracking AF for objects that move. Fujifilm X-S1 features manual focus if needed during low light or you need more exact focus control.

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Fujifilm X-S1 Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the highest (600) battery life within this group of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the highest battery life:

Fujifilm X-S1 for different types of photography

The following diagram presents a summation of the Fujifilm X-S1 for different types of photography. To read more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Fujifilm X-S1 Portrait photography features

The Fujifilm X-S1 has a rating of 46 which is average, meaning that it is fairly suitable for portraits. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW files & option to utilize off-camera flash.

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manual focus
has face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is small (2/3")

Fujifilm X-S1 Street photography factors

Getting a moderate score of 52, the Fujifilm X-S1 is reasonably appropriate for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

Photography Glossary
tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
sensor is tiny (2/3")
heavier than competition in class (920g)

Sports photography with Fujifilm X-S1

A bad sports photography rating of 44 suggests the Fujifilm X-S1 is just not good for shooting sports. A camera needs to have very good tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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long zoom range (24-624mm 26.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking focus
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (2/3")
no phase detect AF

Travel photography with Fujifilm X-S1

Weight is extremely critical when selecting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Fujifilm X-S1 gets a bad 43 as a travelling camera which is just not good to purchase for your holidays.

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flash built-in
relatively wide (24mm)
very long zoom (624mm)
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than others in class (920 grams)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

Fujifilm X-S1 Landscape photography highlights

If you find yourself looking to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the most critical aspect is going to be image quality. The Fujifilm X-S1 with it's bad score of 45 for a landscape camera is just not good in the current market.

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you can focus manually
decently wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (2/3")
missing Time Lapse mode

Vlogging with Fujifilm X-S1

A camera for vlogging ought to come with a moving display screen, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Fujifilm X-S1 is just not good as a vlog camera as it comes to a bad rating of 26.

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reasonably wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external microphone jack
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
more heavy than competition (920g)

Fujifilm X-S1 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the Fujifilm X-S1, here is a selection of the highest scored cameras which fall under the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The chart listed below will give you a bird's eye view of the Fujifilm X-S1 compared to it's top scored rivals suggested earlier.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might check out as alternative options. To check out a extensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Fujifilm X-S1
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
8.8 x 6.6mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
Maximum boosted ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-624mm (26.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Screen diagonal
Resolution of screen
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Screen technology
TFT color LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Lowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
8.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
920g (2.03 lb)
135 x 107 x 149mm (5.3" x 4.2" x 5.9")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Card slots
Launch pricing