S marks the shot
Tacking an “S” to the end of a product implies an incremental update in the minds of the Apple-obsessed, but Fujifilm’s successor to the X100 deserves more credit than that. The X100s ($1,300)‘s new autofocus system, augmented with phase detection, is touted as the worlds’ fastest at 0.08 seconds (we’re guessing that’s compared to other non-interchangeable lens rigs with APS-C sensors) — and should heal wounds left by the sluggish AF performance that plagued the original. Then there’s a new 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor — likely close to the version found in the X-E1 — which Fujifilm claims can produce photos “comparable to full-frame output”, along with updated EXR II image processing; together these new features reduce image noise by up to 30% more than the original X100.
The innovative and widely praised hybrid viewfinder has also been tweaked: Focus Peak Highlighting, pioneered originally in Sony cameras, creates a border in the viewfinder around in-focus portions of images, and a split-image feature shows an image side-by-side, which can then be lined up and focused manually. 1080/60p video recording tops off the X100s’s new bag of tricks. Otherwise, the same Fujinon 23mm f/2 fixed prime lens is still around, as are the larceny-inspiring retro good lucks.