FUJIFILM North America Corporation comes up with the new professional-grade Fujifilm X100S digital camera to its premium x-series, which features a new and technologically advanced APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor along with improved EXR Processor II. The X100S uses a bright FUJINON 23mm F2 fixed lens that delivers amazing image quality from edge to edge, all within a compact and superbly-built body.
The FUJIFILM X100S combines three high-performance Fujifilm components that together defy ordinary digital camera limitations, and gives photographers a uniquely-advanced professional digital camera experience. By using Fujifilm’s X-Trans CMOS II Sensor, EXR Processor II and FUJINON 23mm F2 fixed lens, the X100S is capable of the world’s fastest autofocus speeds of up to 0.08 seconds, and increases its image resolution by 25% and reduces noise by 30% over the first generation X100.
“The new FUJIFILM X100S continues the remarkable tradition of the original FUJIFILM X100 which introduced the world to the X-Series in fall 2010,” said Go Miyazaki, president and chief operating officer, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “Since then, the X-Series digital cameras have been enthusiastically received by photographers, and highly-acclaimed in the media for their outstanding image resolution, superior optics and superb build quality.”
The X100S features a high performance bright fujinon 23mm f2 fixed lens that consists of 8 elements in 6 groups, and includes a high-performance double-sided aspherical element and highly-refractive converging glass elements that delivers a high level of detailed performance with minimal aberration, excellent sharpness and beautiful color reproduction. The FUJINON lens also adds a proprietary HT-EBC coating to effectively control image flare and ghosting. Strength of the FUJINON 23mm F2 fixed lens is the soft, round-shaped bokeh that is achieved from the 9 blade lens diaphragm that also includes a built-in 3-stop ND filter. Moreover, the FUJINON lens allows users to get as close as 3.94” from a subject in macro mode for stunning close-up shots.
The X100S allows Advanced Digital Imaging with the help of New X-Trans CMOS II Sensor and New EXR Processor II. The X100S’s new X-Trans CMOS II Sensor is the successor to the original X-Trans CMOS sensor that features a unique, highly randomized color filter arrangement that removes the need for an optical low-pass filter, allowing it to maximize the amount of light it receives directly to capture much finer image details. The X100S effectively reduces noise by almost a full stop, even in low light shooting, to produce crisp images with minimal grain.
Using its newly-developed X-Trans CMOS II Sensor with built-in phase detection, the FUJIFILM X100S is capable of autofocus speeds as fast as 0.08 seconds, and together with the new EXR Processor II, delivers a start-up time of nearly 0.5 seconds and a shutter lag time of just 0.01 seconds with a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds. The X100S is capable of a burst shooting rate of up to 6 frames per second at the full resolution of 16.3 megapixels.
The X100S also features an Intelligent Hybrid Autofocus system that switches between phase and contrast detection, depending on the subject or scene, to achieve the best balance between speeds and focus precision.
And for the first time ever, the X100S now features a revolutionary Digital Split Image function that uses the X-Trans CMOS II Sensor’s built-in phase detection pixels to display dual images that can be manually focused by the user; and a new Focus Peaking function that highlights high contrast areas of subjects for precise focusing, so that users can achieve perfect focus every time.
Fujifilm introduced the world’s first Hybrid Viewfinder with the original FUJIFILM X100 and improves upon that with the all new X100S’s high-definition Hybrid Viewfinder that allows users to switch between two viewfinder options: optical or electronic.
The optical viewfinder (OVF) shows subjects in the same natural bright clarity as seen with naked eye, while the electronic viewfinder (EVF) shows useful composition information including focus check, exposure, white balance and depth of field. This new viewfinder offers an easy-to-see magnification of 0.5 at a 23mm focal length and a horizontal apparent field of view of 26 degrees, while the all-glass construction uses high-refractive index glass to minimize chromatic aberrations and distortion.
The electronic viewfinder uses a 100% coverage, extra high resolution, 2.36 million dot high definition LCD panel. It shows depth-of-field during macro shooting, as well as white balance settings, allowing users to accurately compose their shot while continuously looking through the viewfinder.
FUJIFILM X100S also provides Film Simulation Modes and Artistic Filters. To give users even more creative possibilities, the X100S also features Fujifilm’s proprietary Film Simulation Modes which includes ten film simulation options that replicate the results achieved by Fujifilm color reversal films (Velvia / PROVIA / ASTIA) and professional color negative films (PRO Neg. Std / PRO Neg. Hi), along with three B/W filter effects (Ye filter, R filter and G filter). The X100S also offers eight Advanced Filter functions for additional artistic functionality, including Pop Color, Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Partial Color, Soft Focus, High Key and Low Key.
The X100S captures full HD video perfectly with a smooth rate of 60 frames per second. Together with a high bit-rate recording rate of 36Mbps, the X100S ensures that users capture every movement and sounds in crystal clear clarity, even in low-light conditions.
During video recording, users have access to many of the additional modes available in still image capture, including Film Simulations, white balance settings and even the Intelligent Hybrid Autofocus function for high-speed and high-precision focusing.
Following the tradition of the FUJIFILM X100, the all-new FUJIFILM X100S continues to prove that advanced digital imaging technology can come in a boldly-designed, premium-built body.
The X100S’s top and base parts are made of magnesium alloy to achieve a lightweight and resilient build, while the dials and rings have been milled from solid metal, with attention paid to the finer details such as finger grips for enhanced operability. The exterior is finished with synthetic leather, which is durable and resistant to the environment while offering the practical benefits of additional grip and comfort.
The menu system in the X100S receives Fujifilm’s latest Q “Quick” button feature that allows users to quickly call up a wide-range of frequently-used settings, and the programmable Fn (Function) button allows users to assign commonly-used functions at the touch of a button.
FUJIFILM X100S key features:
- 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor
- EXR Processor II
- Intelligent Hybrid Autofocus (with AF speed up to 0.08 seconds)
- Start-up time of 0.5 seconds
- Shutter time lag of 0.01 seconds
- Shooting interval of 0.5 seconds
- High Definition Hybrid Viewfinder (Optical + Electronic)
- FUJINON 23mm F2 fixed lens
- Revolutionary Digital Split Image display
- Focus Peaking function
- High-contrast and wide viewing-angle 2.8” Premium Clear LCD (460K dots)
- Super Intelligent Flash
- Burst shooting rate of up to 6 frames per second at full resolution (max 29 frames)
- Artistic filters
- Full HD video recording (60fps / 30fps)
FUJIFILM X100S Premium Accessories
- Wide conversion lens WCL-X100
- Quick Shot Leather case LC-X100S
- Multiple flashes, including the EF-20 and EF-X20 with the guide number 20, and EF-42
- External stereo microphone MIC-ST1
Pricing and availability of the camera has not been disclosed officially.