Fuji X100s first look video and low light samples
Hot on the heels of my Leica M review is the new Fuji X100s (The S must stand for Speedy) which Fuji has promised to be much faster in AF and overall use and let me tell you. They did not lie! The Fuji X100s seems to be an all new speed demon when it comes to auto focus, processing, menu browsing, write times and the body and buttons have stayed exactly the same, as has the menu look/layout.
I LOVE the original X100 and even with its quirks it was a super camera just because it delivered so well on image quality and color. The size is right, the body style is attractive and the good news is that the “S” kept all of that while making vast improvements to the hardware of the camera.
In fact, shooting with the S looks like you are shooting with the old X100 so looks wise, it is exactly the same camera. Many have been waiting for this one from Fuji as it starts the beginning of a new era for Fuji X cameras as from here on out I expect them all to have worthy AF. Again, the AF in the X100s is superb. I shot it in good light and low light and the focus was spot on each time. No miss, no hunting, just press, lock and fire. Bam, it worked.
I just started shooting it so I have only 2 days under my belt and the 1st place I went to with it was a wax museum in Los Angeles. I’ve shot in this museum before but the X100s had no issues in the dim lighting. The AF rocked, the color is nice even at high ISO and the noise level is under control.
I bought this from Robert Jagitsch who is a Fuji dealer and he offered to sell me the one he got in so I bought it and will now be doing a full review with it. The review will not be as long as the new M review as this is basically an X100 with a new sensor and all new AF and MF system. I will go over these improvements and show plenty of samples, crops, and all kinds of ISO situations. I already updated my Leica M review this morning with a 4 camera shootout comparison of the M, ME, RX1 and now Fuji X100s. Take a look in the comparison section of the review to see it.
I have to say though, as you will see in the video..I already put a huge gash in my LCD by rushing out the door and throwing the X100s is my bag without realizing I had a lens in the pocket. So the result was a deep scratch, which is an early battle scar, lol.
So enjoy the video above and you can take a look at my 1st images below from the camera which happen to be all high ISO because as of this writing I have literally taken about 30 shots with the camera and only inside this museum. Much more to come in about 7-10 days!
PS – Already, for me, the X100s is MUCH more enjoyable to use than either of the X bodies just due to the fact that the AF is now up to par with cameras like the OM-D and other speedy AF cameras. So just for that I thank Fuji but I knew this had to be coming. I think the X100s will be a huge hit for them just as the X100 was, even with all of its quirks. It does have the Lightroom X-Trans sensor issue though and I may have preferred the old sensor but I wil not make any statements just yet.
You can pre-order the X100s at the links below:
AMAZON – Pre order the X100s here
B&H Photo – Pre order the X100s HERE
of you can buy this one with some free extras at a great discount HERE.
Click the images for larger versions – remember, these are just my 1st look snaps but all have the Fuji character. I will have much more in the full review.