Fuji have pre announced a new ‘bridge’ camera the X-S1. Not here until February, it nevertheless has an interesting specification and I quite like the look. Here are the official details:

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Fujifilm X-S1: The bridge camera, reinvented

24th November 2011 – The Fujifilm X series of premium cameras has a third model – the X-S1, due to be launched in the UK in February 2012 – and just like the two before it, this latest addition sets new standards in design and performance.

The X-S1 represents a new breed of bridge cameras. Built in Japan to exacting standards, the body has a high-quality look and feel with metal dials, a rubberised coating and superior handling characteristics that will appeal to the discerning photo enthusiast.

In addition, the X-S1 offers a premium picture-taking performance to match its looks. From the high-quality Fujinon 26x optical zoom lens through to the EXR sensor taken from the X10 and the wide range of functions, the X-S1 puts the photographer in complete control.

Maximum optical versatility
The centrepiece of the X-S1 is the Fujinon 26x optical zoom lens. Offering a range of 24-624mm (35mm equivalent) it caters perfectly for every photographic need and features a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture at the wide-angle setting.

This optical range is boosted further by Fujifilm’s Intelligent Digital Zoom capability, which effectively doubles the focal range without the drop in picture quality normally associated with digital zoom functions. As a result, the X-S1 offers users an incredible 52x zoom range of 24-1248mm (35mm equivalent).

Optically, the lens comprises 17 glass elements, which includes four aspherical elements and two ED lenses, to deliver images with superb edge-to-edge sharpness and amazing clarity. The lens’ construction is of the highest standard, featuring metal cams for smooth zoom control and fast, precise framing.

The X-S1 is also ideally suited to capturing subjects close up. In standard mode, the zoom focuses down to 30cm, but by selecting Super Macro Mode, users can focus down to 1cm for frame-filling close-up images. Furthermore, the lens’ aperture is made up of nine blades for excellent bokeh effect photography.

Great results in every picture-taking scenario
The X-S1 features the same 2/3-inch 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor as the X10 which ensures high quality images regardless of the lighting conditions.

The unique EXR CMOS technology pioneered by Fujifilm allows the user to switch between three modes depending on the lighting conditions – or leave the camera to make its own choice in the Auto EXR mode.

Switching between the modes changes the performance of the sensor. The High Resolution option is perfect in bright conditions or when the very best picture quality is the primary aim. Wide Dynamic Range mode should be chosen in scenes of high contrast when the user wants to get details in both shadow and highlight areas of an image, while the High Sensitivity & Low Noise option should be selected for optimum results in low light conditions.

Coupled to the EXR CMOS sensor is the high speed EXR processor, which offers a minimal shutter lag of just 0.01sec and a high speed continuous shooting capability of seven frames-per-second at full resolution (Large JPEG) or 10 frames-per-second at six megapixel resolution (Medium JPEG).

The X-S1 also takes high-quality movies. It captures Full High Definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) video with stereo sound at 30 frames-per-second, which is saved in the H.264 format.

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Easy composition and image review
The X-S1 offers a powerful combination of high quality electronic viewfinder and rear LCD to ensure composing and viewing images is quick and simple, regardless of the lighting conditions.

The 0.47-inch electronic viewfinder (EVF) features 1.44 million pixels for superb image clarity and has a wide viewing area of 26 degrees to reduce eye strain. The bright EVF makes it easy to check settings or adjust focus manually.

On the back of the X-S1 is a high quality, tiltable three-inch LCD. It features 460,000 pixels making it easier for users to scroll through menus, assess exposure accuracy and view images. The LCD also offers a useful Daylight mode that overcomes the problem of viewing the screen in bright conditions.

Full user control and picture taking versatility
The X-S1 offers a superb level of functionality whether users want to make picture taking as simple as using a compact or as involved as a fully-manual digital SLR.

For simplicity, the X-S1 will assess the subject and then select the relevant scene mode for the perfect result, automatically switching the EXR CMOS sensor accordingly. Not only does it ascertain the type of scene being photographed, it can also calculate whether an image contains a person, features backlighting or has any subject movement. ISO settings are taken care of too by the Auto ISO mode, which selects the optimum setting between ISO 100 and 3200. Those after more ISO flexibility can select up to ISO 12800 (Small JPEG format only).

Photographers after full control are well catered for with the X-S1. The camera offers a full range of conventional shooting functions (program/aperture-priority/shutter-priority/manual), plus users can also fine tune levels of colour, image sharpness and tone. Additionally, the X-S1 provides four auto bracketing options, eight Film Simulation and white balance functions and a Raw file format

Launched in February 2012, in the UK, the X-S1 will have an estimated selling price of £699.

Fujifilm X-S1 key features
• High quality Fujinon 26x optical zoom covering 24-624mm (35mm equivalent) with Intelligent Digital Zoom boosting range up to 1248mm
• Superb build quality and finish with rubberised coating and metal dials
• 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor
• Up to 10 frames-per-second shooting
• Large EVF with 1.44 million pixels and 26 degree viewing angle
• Tiltable three-inch rear LCD with Sunny Day mode
• Full HD video
• PASM modes
• Raw file format
• Film simulation modes
• Macro focusing down to 1cm
• Lithium battery providing up to 500 shots per charge
• Optical image stabilisation
• 360° Motion Panorama mode

X-S1 Specification
Number of effective pixels
12.0 million pixels
Image sensor
2/3-inch EXR CMOS with primary colour filter
Storage media
Internal memory (approx. 26 MB)
SD/ SDHC/ SDXC(UHS-I) memory card   *1
File format   (still image)
JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3 ), RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
H.264(MOV)  with Stereo sound
Number of recorded pixels
L: <4:3> 4000 x 3000  <3:2> 4000 x 2664  <16:9> 4000 x 2248  <1:1> 2992 x 2992
M: <4:3> 2816 x 2112  <3:2> 2816 x 1864  <16:9> 2816 x 1584  <1:1> 2112 x 2112
S: <4:3> 2048 x 1536  <3:2> 2048 x 1360  <16:9> 1920 x 1080  <1:1> 1536 x 1536
<Motion Panorama>
360゜Vertical  11520 x 1624   Horizontal  11520 x 1080
180゜Vertical  5760 x 1624     Horizontal  5760 x 1080
120゜Vertical  3840 x 1624     Horizontal  3840 x 1080
Lens    (name)
Fujinon 26x optical zoom lens
(focal length)
f=6.1 – 158.6mm, equivalent to 24-624mm on a 35mm camera
F2.8(Wide) – F5.6 (Telephoto)
12 groups 17 lenses (4 aspherical glass moluded lenses included)
Digital zoom
Intelligent digital zoom approx. 2x (1.4) (up to 52 × when combined with optical zoom)
F5.6-F11(Telephoto) 1/3AV step (controlled 9-blade aperture diaphragm)
Focus distance
(from lens surface)
Normal : Wide: Approx. 30cm / 0.9ft. to infinity
Telephoto: Approx. 2.0m  / 6.5ft. to infinity
Macro:   Wide: Approx. 7cm – 3.0m / 2.8in. – 9.8ft.
Telephoto: Approx. 2.0m – 3.0m / 6.5ft. – 9.8ft.
Super Macro: Approx. 1.0cm -1.0m / 0.4in. – 3.3ft.
Equivalent to ISO 100/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/4000*/5000*/6400*/12800* (Standard Output Sensitivity)
*ISO4000/5000/6400:M mode or lower, ISO12800:S mode
Exposure control
TTL 256-zones metering, Multi, Spot, Average
Exposure mode
Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Shooting  modes
SP: Natural Light & Flash, Natural Light,  Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Dog, Cat, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Party, Flower, Text
EXR, AUTO, Adv., SP, C3, C2, C1, M, A, S, P,
Image stabiliser
Lens shift type
Face detection
Exposure compensation
-2.0EV – +2.0EV  1/3EV step
Shutter speed
(Auto mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/4000* sec. , (All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000* sec.
Continuous shooting       (TOP)
Super High:approx. 10fps  (Size M,S)
High:approx. 7fps  (Size L,M,S)
Middle:approx. 5fps  (Size L,M,S)
Low:approx. 3fps  (Size L,M,S)
* SD memory card with a class 4 write speed (4 MB/sec.) or better is recommended.
* The frame rate varies depending on the shooting conditions or numbers of frames in continuous shooting.

Best Frame capture:
Super High:approx. 10fps  8/16 frames  (Size M,S)
High:approx. 7fps  8frames  (Size L,M,S)/16 frames  (Size M,S)
Middle:approx. 5fps  8frames  (Size L,M,S)/16 frames  (Size M,S)
Low:approx. 3fps  8frames  (Size L,M,S)/16 frames  (Size ,M,S)
Auto bracketing
AE Bracketing:  ±1/3EV,±2/3EV,±1EV
Film Simulation Bracketing:  PROVIA/STANDARD, Velvia/VIVID, ASTIA/SOFT
Dynamic Rang Bracketing:  100%/200%/400%
ISO Sensitivity Bracketing:  ±1/3EV,±2/3EV,±1EV
Focus    (mode)
Single AF / Continuous AF (EXR AUTO, Movie),
Manual AF (One-push AF mode included)
TTL contrast AF, AF assist illuminator available
(AF frame selection)
Multi, Area, Tracking
White balance
Automatic scene recognition
Preset: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White),
Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Custom, colour temperature selection(2,500K~10,000K)
10 sec./ 2 sec. delay
Auto flash (super intelligent flash)

Effective range: (ISO AUTO(800))
Wide: Approx. 30cm – 8.0m / 0.9ft. – 26.2ft.
Telephoto: Approx. 2.0m – 5.0m / 6.5ft. – 16.4ft.
Flash modes
Red-eye removal OFF: Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.
Hot shoe
0.47-inch, approx. 1440,000 dots, TFT colour LCD monitor, approx. 100% coverage
Approx. 100% coverage
Diopter adjustment:  -5 – +3m-1(dpt)
LCD monitor
3.0-inch, approx. 460,000 dots, TFT colour LCD monitor, approx. 100% coverage
Movie recording
1920 x 1080 pixels / 1280 x 720 pixels/ 640 x 480 pixels (30 frames / sec.)  with stereo sound
Optical zoom (manual) can be used.
Photography  functions
EXR mode (EXR Auto / Resolution priority / High ISO & Low noise priority / Dynamic range priority), Face recognition, Face Detection, Auto red-eye removal, Film simulation, Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Histogram display, Best frame capture, Advanced mode (Motion panorama360, Pro focus, Pro low light), High Speed Movie (70/ 120/ 200  frames/sec.) , Electronic level, One-touch RAW, Advanced Anti Blur
Playback  functions
Face Detection, Auto red-eye removal, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Protect, Crop, Resize, Slide show, Image rotate, Voice memo, Histogram display, Exposure warning, Photobook assist, Image search, favourites, Mark for upload, Panorama, Erase selected frames, RAW conversing

Other functions
PictBridge, Exif Print,
35 Languages, Time difference, Silent mode, Sutter sound

Terminal            (Video output)
NTSC / PAL selectable
with Monaural sound
(Digital interface)
USB 2.0 High-Speed
( HDMI output)
HDMI Mini connector
( External microphone)
φ3.5 Mini    with Stereo sound
Power supply
NP-95 Li-ion battery (included)
135(W) x 107 (H) x  149 (D) mm  / 5.3 (W) x 4.2 (H) x 5.9 (D) in.
Approx. 920g / 32.5oz. (including battery and memory card)
Approx. 880g / 31.0oz. (excluding battery and memory card)
Operating Temperature
0℃ – 40℃
Operating Humidity
10% – 80% (no condensation)
Guide to the number of available frames for battery operation
approx. 460 frames *2
approx. 500 frames (using EVF)
Accessories included
Li-ion battery NP-95
Battery charger BC-65N
Shoulder strap
Lens cap and Lens cap cord
Lens hood
USB cable
Owner’s manual
Optional accessories
Li-ion battery NP-95
Battery charger BC-65N
Shoe Mount Flash EF-42/EF-20
Remote release RR-80

 End. (24/11/11).