Fujifilm X100S

Fujifilm X100S front

Fujifilm X100S overview

Fujifilm X100S is FujiFilm's Large Sensor Compact digital camera first revealed on July of 2013. The camera has got a 16MP, CMOS X-TRANS II APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 4896 x 3264.

FujiFilm brought out this model as a way to upgrade the earlier Fujifilm X100 (Read Full Comparison) and then launched the fresher Fujifilm X100T (Read Full Comparison) to upgrade this camera.

The Fujifilm X100S is positioned #50 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and all around #378 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can try our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your customized requirements.

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The following is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Fujifilm X100S history

The Fujifilm X100S comes with a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can look at all older and the latest models alongside key specifications.

Fujifilm X100S Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of positives and negatives of the Fujifilm X100S based on factors that are oftentimes seen as necessary in a digital camera.

above average flash sync (1/2,000s)
built-in flash
comes with HDMI support
does not have low pass filter
exports RAW formats
good max aperture (f2.0)
good min ISO (100)
has manual focus
screen is a decent size (2.8 inch)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have mic jack
doesn't have Time Lapse function
does not have image stabilization
fixed focal length (35mm)
has no phase detect AF
low frames per second (6.0 fps)
low resolution screen (460 k dot)
screen does not articulate
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Fujifilm X100S Sensor specs

The Fujifilm X100S houses the EXR II chip. The sensor measurement on the Fujifilm X100S is 23.6mm x 15.8mm (APS-C). The 373 mm² sensor can resolve 4896 x 3264 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS X-TRANS II sensor boasts 16MP and provides a standard ISO range of 100 to 12800. The ISO can also be expanded electronically to a maximum of 25600. RAW files are saved therefore the user has more room to maneuver in post.

FujiFilm chose to omit the low pass filter in the Fujifilm X100S. This may result in more clearer images but can introduce moire under some circumstances.

The image below illustrates the Fujifilm X100S's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The Fujifilm X100S sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is outlined in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm X100S dimensions

Fujifilm X100S has a weight of 0.98 lbs (445 gr or 15.70 ounces) and the size of the camera is 127mm x 74mm x 54mm (5.0" x 2.9" x 2.1"). The weight of general Large Sensor Compact camera is 396 gr and the Fujifilm X100S is more heavy compared to its competitors.

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The following is a photo of the Fujifilm X100S alongside a softdrink to help you to have a sense of its size.

Fujifilm X100S dimensions scale

The top view below will illustrate the button arrangement on the Fujifilm X100S.

Fujifilm X100S topview buttons dials

Fujifilm X100S Lens details

The Fujifilm X100S features an inbuilt lens giving a fixed focal length of 35mm which means you have no option to zoom.

At it's widest 35mm, it will have an aperture of f2.0 making it awesome in low light conditions and capturing a shallow depth of field. It will also allow you to use a lower ISO to capture cleaner photos.

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Fujifilm X100S Connectivity

The Fujifilm X100S has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy files and at times alter camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Some apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external screen. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB port.

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Fujifilm X100S Video details

The highest video quality on the Fujifilm X100S is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in H.264 file format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance between video quality vs file size but FULL HD isn't going to leave you with much room to crop. The body doesn't include a mic or headphone port which means that you get zero control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to get another camera should you require decent sound in your videos.

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Fujifilm X100S Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Fujifilm X100S so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.

Fujifilm X100S Screen and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm X100S has got a 2.8" fixed screen with a resolution of 460k dots.

Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Fujifilm X100S are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic and Optical (tunnel)
  • Resolution 2,350k dots
  • Coverage 90 percent
  • Magnification 0.5x

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and tough to view, viewfinders can be rather useful.

Fujifilm X100S Shutter details

Fujifilm X100S continuous shooting speed is 6.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Fujifilm X100S Flash and Hot shoe details

Fujifilm X100S boasts both inbuilt flash and also external flash ability. The highest flash sync speed is 1/2000 seconds.

Fujifilm X100S Autofocus details

Fujifilm X100S has not got Auto focusing. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and exact compared to Contrast Based focusing.

The Sensor has got 49 focus points to select from. Fujifilm X100S includes manual focusing in case it is needed during low light scenarios or you need more exact focusing control.

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Fujifilm X100S Battery life

The battery power (NP-95) in the Fujifilm X100S is made to last for 330 clicks with respect to the CIPA standards which is similar to its competitors. The typical Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U offers the highest (450) battery life within this type of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Large Sensor Compact cameras with the best battery life:

Fujifilm X100S for specific styles of photography

The following chart indicates a analysis of the Fujifilm X100S for specific styles of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section below.

Fujifilm X100S Portrait photography details

The Fujifilm X100S has a rating of 74 which is nice, and means the camera is a fine fit for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW photos in addition to the potential to work with off-camera flash.

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focusing manually
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000s)
good resolution (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats

Fujifilm X100S as a Street photography camera

Getting a above average points tally of 64, the Fujifilm X100S is a very decent pick to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization

Fujifilm X100S Sports photography information

A subpar sports photography points total of 45 indicates the Fujifilm X100S is not really acceptable for photographing sports. A camera should have excellent focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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decent MP (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
focal length is fixed (35mm)
slow fps (6.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect AF

Fujifilm X100S Travel photography details

Weight is really critical when selecting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Fujifilm X100S gets a nice 67 as a travelling camera which is a very decent fit to purchase for your trips.

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resolution is good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
great max aperture (f2.0)
lack of Timelapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly

Fujifilm X100S Landscape photography advice

When you're looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Fujifilm X100S and it's above average score of 63 for a landscape camera is a very decent pick amongst its competitors.

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you can focus manually
good max aperture (f2.0)
decent sized screen (2.8 inch)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
no anti-alias filter
delivers RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (35mm)
no image stabilization
does not have Time Lapse recording

Fujifilm X100S Vlogging features

A vlogging camera should really come with a moving display screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Fujifilm X100S is not really acceptable for vlogging as it comes to a subpar rating of 29.

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good maximum aperture (f2.0)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
does not have external mic jack

Fujifilm X100S Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the Fujifilm X100S, here is a number of the top scored cameras which fall under the category of Large Sensor Compact.

The line graph underneath provides you a summary of the Fujifilm X100S vs it's top scoring competitors suggested above.

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

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Fujifilm X100S
Large Sensor Compact
Body design
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4896 x 3264
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Maximum boosted ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
35mm (1x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
2.8 inch
Resolution of screen
460k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen technology
TFT color LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic and Optical (tunnel)
Viewfinder resolution
2,350k dot
Viewfinder coverage
90 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Continuous shooting speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
9.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60, 30fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Mic input
Headphone input
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
445 grams (0.98 lb)
Physical dimensions
127 x 74 x 54mm (5.0" x 2.9" x 2.1")
Battery life
330 photographs
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Storage slots
Cost at launch