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Nine Fuji x100s reviews that will knock your virtual socks off!
Warning: These x100s reviews may just cause Fuji-fever!
When we read a camera review, most of us aren't interested in the detailed specs. Nobody really cares if camera A produces slightly more grain than camera B at high ISO, or if camera A can shoot a millisecond faster than its competitor. No, what really interests us is how this camera performs in real-life settings, how it makes us feel when we shoot, and whether it is the sort of camera we'd be proud to call our life-long 'photographic companion.'
On this page, you'll find links to just this kind of personal review written by photographers who really know their craft. The camera in question is the new , an advanced compact camera with high image quality owing to its X-Trans sensor, fast AF, and a superb retro design. These reviews will help you decide whether you feel the x100s is the kind of camera you'd like to add to your gear. Having owned it for just over three weeks now, it is a decision we haven't regretted so far! Fuji x100s
Note: These reviews have NOT been placed in order according to preference or quality. Each review is as good as the next!
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A Camera Walks Into A Bar: Fuji x100s Review
A review written by Zack Arias
This is by far my favourite review of the x100s for the unmistakable humour present in so much of Zack's writing. The beginning describes how a meeting in a bar between camera brands would play out. Of course, Fuji is the cool new kid on the block who is the only one to earn the respect of 'old man' Leica, sat aloof and isolated on his bar stool while the other camera brands bicker. Very funny.
The review is also accompanied by a number of beautiful photos taken mainly in Istanbul. (Lucky buck!) I really enjoyed the promotional portraits he took of radio DJ and TV star Esin Grr.
If there is one x100s review you should read, this is the one, folks!
A Journey Through Venice: An x100s Review
A review written by Mathieu Gasquet of MirrorLessons
Okay, time for a moment of blatant self-promotion! This review was written by my fiancee' Mathieu who is the official photographer for the National Cinema Museum in Torino. He was lucky enough to have the x100s in time for our trip to Venice, and he took some pretty amazing shots while we were there, if I do say so myself.
The review has been constructed around these photos, and it covers all aspects of the camera - the good, the bad, and the ugly! (Thankfully, there were very few negative aspects to point out!)
I love how Mathieu has put his heart and soul into this review. I'm sure you'll recognise his passion for this camera as you read it.
A Coming of Age: Fujifilm x100s
A review written by Patrick LaRoque
I have the utmost respect for Patrick LaRoque as a photographer. If he says a camera is good, I am inclined to believe it. Not only this, but he has the ability to make even the shabbiest telegraph pole look artistic. Who couldn't love a photographer like that?
In his review, he discusses, as the title suggests, how the release of the x100s is the 'coming of age.' He compares it to the x100, saying it is 'stronger, faster, and better' than ever before. He's also included a handful of carefully-chosen shots that will make you want to run out and buy the x100s yourself before the day is through.
This review is definitely one of my favourites. Hands-down.
Brian Kraft Photography
Brian Kraft's many reviews of the x100s
I have decided to link directly to Brian Kraft's blog as he has written up a number of mini-reviews of the x100s. If you are interested in one aspect of the camera, such as how it performs on the streets, or how it works as a wedding photography camera, these are the reviews you should be reading. (Note: the wedding photos he managed to pull off with this camera are truly amazing!)
It is also worth noting that Brian was one of the first to receive the x100s, which means he has had the most experience with the camera.
Steve Huff: The Fuji x100s Review
Steve Huff's review of the x100s
Ah yes, the legendary Steve Huff. He is one of the most well-known reviewers of cameras on the Net. In his review of the x100s, he discusses what the S stands for - "sexy, steathy and speedy" which is about right.
As an avid Leica user, Steve doesn't agree with the statement that the Fuji x100s is the "new Leica" but he does admit that the quality is superb, and that his opinion doesn't necessarily reflect that of the masses. He credits Fuji for the price tag they've chosen, and how they are attempting to create Leica-like cameras for those who cannot afford the real thing.
Steve's review is a refreshing read, especially since he doesn't idolise the x100s as some other photographers have done.
The Phoblographer: Fujifilm x100s Review
A review written by Chris Gampat of the Phoblographer
This review by the Phoblographer is about as thorough as you are going to get without going into the nitty-gritty technical specs which most of us hate. The author, Chris Gampat, discusses the various pros and cons, goes deep into discussing the design, and provides lots of photos that will cause your fingers to itch with camera envy!
The Fuji x100s on Amazon
One of the best high-end compacts on the market, with its 16MP X-Trans sensor, fast autofocus, hybrid viewfinder, and more.
A street portrait taken with the x100s
Property of Mathieu Gasquet (MirrorLessons).
Confessions XL: Fujifilm x100s Review
A review written by Bert Stephani
More than a full review, this post by Bert Stephani is a testament to the quality you can achieve with the x100s. It features a stunning series of street portraits taken of two popular online bloggers, Sofie and Saartje.
In addition, Bert has included a useful video review of the x100s. In it, he compliments the LCD screen, stating that he doesn't really feel the need to use the viewfinder all the time, and suggests that Fuji actually produce more versions of this camera but with different lenses.
Riley Joseph Photography: Fuji x100s Review
A review by Riley Joseph
This x100s review by Riley Joseph is a two-parter. In the first part, he uses the photos he took at Big Springs National Park as a basis for his review. He talks about his history with the x100, the physical appearance of the camera, as well as the speed, autofocus, battery life and more. The second part deals more with how the x100s handles on the streets.
It is a simple review, but definitely worth a read if you are new to the camera. Great stuff, Riley!
Strobist: In-Depth Review of the x100s
A review written by Strobist
Strobist is another very well-known name in the online photography world. He is best known for his exquisite lighting techniques. He is also perhaps the only photographer in the world who has gaffed up his x100s on purpose to deflect potential thieves!
In his x100s review, Strobist obviously (and rightly) focuses on what he knows best - lighting. I won't go into detail here as lighting is far from my specialty, but for those who are interested in this field, this review will be of particular interest.
He also discusses the various Film Simulation Modes, white balance, focusing, and the advanced filters. He even asks and answers the dreaded question: Should I upgrade? Very brave, indeed!