Fuji Introduces New X100S - Claims Worlds Fastest Autofocus

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  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Summary of the announcement:

    Fuji is introducing the X100S, an update to the X100 which maintains the same external looks of the X100 along with the following new features:
    • New fast hybrid (phase detect and contrast detect) autofocus
    • New "X-Trans CMOS II" APS-C sensor
    • Hybrid viewfinder with 2.36 million dot EVF (like X-E1)
    • Focus peaking
    • New digital split image manual focus aid
    From Fujifilm.eu:

    Introducing the new FUJIFILM X100S

    FUJIFILM launches a high-speed successor to the X100 with the world’s fastest AF of 0.08 seconds


    Two years ago, FUJIFILM launched the prestigious X100 with a FUJINON 23mm f/2 fixed prime lens and superb image quality, in a beautifully designed compact camera body. Its unique style and international acclaim has carved out a niche for a new genre of Premium Compact Camera, designed in pursuit of optimum operability. Today, FUJIFILM is proud to announce the launch of the FUJIFILM X100S, the successor to the FUJIFILM X100, inheriting its elegant design and high-performance lens, whilst evolving further to meet customers’ demands with the introduction of a higher-definition Hybrid Viewfinder and a new sensor and processor.

    The X100S has the ability to capture high resolution images, comparable to those taken on full-frame sensors. This is down to a combination of its newly-developed 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II, which together increase resolution by approx. 25% (*2) and reduce noise by more than 30% (*3). Clear images with minimal graininess, even at high ISO settings, can also be produced, thanks to the removal of the optical low pass filter and the introduction of a more powerful processor.

    The newly-developed X-Trans CMOS II sensor has built-in Phase Detection pixels which provide the X100S with the world’s fastest AF in as little as 0.08 seconds (*1). Additionally, the EXR Processor II offers very speedy response times with a start-up time of approx. 0.5 seconds (*4), and a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds. Plus with its shutter time lag of only 0.01 seconds, it allows you to react quickly and capture each precise moment you want to with no missed photo opportunities.

    Also new to the FUJIFILM X100S is the world’s first (*5) “Digital Split Image” feature, which displays dual images on the left and right to be lined up for manual focusing. This enables accurate focusing especially when working with an open aperture or macro shooting. What’s more there is a handy Focus Peak Highlight function, which shows you precisely which area of your composition is in focus.

    Depending on the subject and scene, users can switch between two viewfinder options: optical or electronic. The Optical Viewfinder (OVF) is useful when users want to see their subject in the same bright clarity that they see with the naked eye, or when time lag is an issue. The high resolution 2.36 million dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) is useful when you want to be able to visually check focus, exposure, white balance and depth of field whilst composing the shot.

    Main Features

    (1) Sensor performance comparable to full-frame output

    The X100S features FUJIFILM’s newly-developed 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor with a unique, highly randomised, colour filter arrangement. The benefit of the new array is the elimination of the need for an optical low-pass filter; these are used in conventional sensors to reduce false colour and moiré effects but they also reduce image resolution. The removal of the optical low-pass filter allows the X-Trans CMOS II sensor to maximise the light it receives directly, enabling users to capture much finer detail and optimise resolution levels.

    The X100S uses a Lens Modulation Optimiser to reduce optical effects such as lens diffraction, which occurs when light passes through a lens. Even when stopped down to f/16, the X100S retains sharpness and texture in the smallest details, demonstrating the extent of the sensor and lens combination’s capabilities, perfectly.

    The excellent sensitivity of the X-Trans CMOS II sensor is coupled with the new EXR Processor II’s advanced signal processing capacity, which can reduce noise by more than 30% (*2) compared to its predecessor. Even when shooting in low-light, at a high ISO setting, the FUJIFILM X100S will produce crisp images with minimal grain.

    (2) The World’s fastest Auto Focus and High-speed EXR Processing

    With built-in Phase Detection, the X100S offers the world’s fastest AF speed of just 0.08 seconds(*1). The Intelligent Hybrid AF can switch to Contrast AF, dependent on the demands of the subject or scene, to ensure that the camera always auto-focuses quickly and with precision.

    The EXR Processor II delivers processing speeds twice that of FUJIFILM’s previous generation processor (*6). The fast responses result in an impressive start-up time of approx. 0.5 seconds (*4), and a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds. In addition the X100S delivers a burst shooting rate of up to 6 frames per second (max. 29 frames) at the full resolution of 16.3 megapixels and the shutter time lag is a mere 0.01 seconds.

    (3) Enhanced manual focus performance with the world’s first (*5) ‘Digital Split Image’ display

    Making use of the built-in phase detection pixels for AF action, the X100S is the world’s first (*5) camera to offer a “Digital Split Image” feature, which displays dual images on the left and right to be lined up for manual focusing. This enables accurate focusing especially when working with an open aperture or macro shooting.

    In addition, the X100S offers a handy Focus Peak Highlight function, which emphasises the outline of the subject focus plane. It provides the photographer with a guide, even in situations where it is difficult to calculate focusing accuracy, allowing users to enjoy manual focusing comfortably, however challenging the conditions.

    (4) Premium Hybrid Viewfinder for easy image composition

    Offering users freedom when composing photos and adaptability for a range of shooting conditions, the X100S’s Hybrid Viewfinder combines both an Optical and an Electronic Viewfinder.

    The electronic viewfinder uses a 100% coverage, extra high resolution, 2,360K-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.

    The premium quality optical 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. The all-glass construction uses high-refractive index glass to minimise chromatic aberrations and distortion.

    While in the optical viewfinder mode, users can make adjustments to shutter speed, aperture, ISO and other settings without having to take their eye off the viewfinder. The shooting frame (Bright Frame) and text brightness automatically adjust according to the ambient light available, to ensure that the information on the display is easy to see at all times.

    The system features an OVF Power Save mode, which activates the power-saving function in the optical viewfinder mode to double the maximum number of images per full charge from 300 (*7) in normal operation.

    With FUJINON’s proprietary coating, the viewfinder cleverly resists fingerprints and can easily be wiped clean, so that users can enjoy the optical viewfinder’s clear display without compromise.

    (5) FUJINON 23mm f/2 lens offering premium image quality in a compact body

    Specifically designed for this model, the FUJINON 23mm f/2 Single Focal Length Lens has a fixed angle of incidence of light into the lens, which facilitates optimum optical design. Taking full advantage of this, the X100S demonstrates advanced levels of image clarity, not only in the centre of the image, but also through to the edges of the photo. The versatile focal length of 35mm (*8) delivers an angle of view ideal for a diverse range of subjects and scenes.

    The lens consists of 8 elements in 6 groups, and includes a high-performance double-sided aspherical element and highly-refractive converging glass elements, which deliver a high level of detailed performance with minimal aberration, excellent sharpness and beautiful colour reproduction. Moreover, FUJINON's proprietary HT-EBC coating is applied to effectively control image flares and ghosting.

    Other benefits of this lens are the beautiful, soft, round-shaped Bokeh that is produced from the 9 blade lens diaphragm. In addition the lens allows you to get as close as 10cm from your subject in macro mode for stunning close-up shots. And its built-in 3-stop ND filter enables blurring of the background in portraits, or applies a gorgeous creamy look to flowing water even in a bright setting.

    (6) Elegant design and sophisticated functionality

    The front of the X100S proudly bares the letter “S” as confirmation of its extensive evolution from the FUJIFILM X100. Down to the tiniest detail, the premium build and feel of the X100 is continued in the X100S. FUJIFILM’s top quality Japanese engineering is evident from the high precision components used and the perfectly optimised body.

    The X100S’s top and base parts are made of magnesium alloy to achieve a lightweight, resilient, yet delicate design. A specially-formulated coating is applied to give its surface a steel look for an added premium feel. All the dials and rings have been milled from solid metal, with attention paid to the finer details such as finger grips and enhanced operability.

    The exterior is finished with synthetic leather, which is durable and resilient to the environment yet reproduces the texture of real leather, while still offering the practical benefits of additional grip and comfort.

    The layout of the dials and rings allow users to operate the aperture ring on the lens with their left hand, and the shutter speed dial and exposure compensation dial on the top panel with their right hand, meaning all the settings can be adjusted comfortably without having to take your eye off the viewfinder. And to make you feel even more at home, you can even customise your shutter sound by choosing between the four different sounds available: Lens Shutter, Focal Plane Shutter, Mirror Up and Silent Shutter.

    The menu system has been also updated to incorporate a Q “Quick” button which allows you to quickly call up frequently-used menu items such as ISO setting and Film Simulation modes. In addition, the Fn (Function) button allows users to assign functions frequently used while shooting, for convenient use at the touch of a button.

    (7) Artistic photography

    The X100S features FUJIFILM's proprietary 'Film Simulation Modes'. Users can choose from ten simulation options which replicate the results achieved by FUJIFILM colour reversal films (Velvia / PROVIA / ASTIA), professional colour negative films (PRO Neg. Std / PRO Neg. Hi), monochrome filters (MONOCHROME, Ye filter, R filter and G filter) and SEPIA.

    Also available on the X100S is the Advanced Filter function; users can choose from 8 different artistic effects which can be previewed on the LCD screen:
    Pop Colour - great for boosting contrast and colour saturation
    Toy Camera - create shaded borders as if you were taking a photo on a toy camera
    Miniature - adds top and bottom blur for a diorama or miniature effect
    Dynamic Tone - create a fantasy effect by dynamically-modulated tonal reproduction
    Partial Colour – highlights one colour and leaves the rest of the image in black and white (choose from red, orange, yellow, green, blue or purple)
    High Key - enhances brightness and reduces contrast to lighten tonal reproduction
    Low Key – create uniformly dark tones with few areas of emphasised highlights.
    Soft Focus – blurs the focus of the image edges to create a softer effect

    In addition a Multiple Exposure function enables users to combine two separate images together for special creative effects. And for greater artistic freedom, the aspect ratio can be selected from 3:2, 16:9, and 1:1 (square) to accommodate a wide range of photographic styles.

    (8) Full HD Video Shooting

    The X100S can shoot at 60fps during Full HD video recording (1920 x 1080) for very smooth video capture. Plus shooting at the high bit-rate of 36Mbps will result in reduced noise and enhanced image quality that reveals every detail, from individual leaves in the trees, to subtle changes in facial expression. During video recording, users have access to many of the additional modes available in still image capture. Film Simulation modes can be used, White Balance settings can be adjusted, you can even make the most of the fast lens to produce beautiful bokeh and also operate the Intelligent Hybrid AF for high-speed and high-precision focusing.

    (9) FUJIFILM X100S Key features list:

    • 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor
    • EXR Processor II
    • High Definition Hybrid Viewfinder (OVF / EVF)
    • FUJINON 23mm f/2 lens
    • Intelligent Hybrid AF (with the world’s fastest AF speed of 0.08 secs (*1))
    • Start-up time of 0.5 secs (*4)
    • Shutter time lag of 0.01 secs
    • Shooting interval of 0.5 secs
    • High-contrast and wide viewing-angle 2.8-inch Premium Clear LCD (460K dots)
    • Super Intelligent Flash
    • Burst shooting rate of up to 6 frames per second at full resolution (max. 29 frames)
    • Focus Peak Highlight function
    • Digital Split Image display
    • Artistic filters
    • Full HD movie recording (60fps / 30fps)
    (10) Premium Accessories available for the FUJIFILM X100S

    • Wide conversion lens WCL-X100 - designed specifically for X100 and X100S, shortens the lens’ focal length from 35mm (*8) to 28mm (*8). It offers a broader field of view while maintaining the powerful performance equivalent to that of the main body’s lens
    • Premium Leather case LC-X100S - Users can remove / insert a memory card and battery without having to take this case off. This is a practical ‘Quick Shot’ case, made of premium genuine leather
    • Shoe Mount Flash - Three types of Fujifilm external flashes are available, capable of the proprietary high-precision TTL auto flash control: EF-20 and EF-X20 with the guide number 20, and EF-42 with the guide number 42
    • External stereo microphone MIC-ST1 - For recording real sound with impact to go with premium-quality images and full-HD movie

    *1 Fujifilm research as of November 2012. Compared with other compact digital cameras equipped with an APS-C sensor and a non-interchangeable lens based on CIPA standards and conducted in High Performance mode.
    *2 Fujifilm research. Compared with X100 and conducted in f/16.
    *3 Compared with FUJIFILM X100
    *4 High Performance mode
    *5 Fujifilm research as of November 2012
    *6 Compared with the EXR Processor Pro.
    *7 Maximum shots from a fully charged NP-95 lithium battery pack, based on the CIPA test standard.
    *8 35mm format equivalent
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  2. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk Top Veteran

    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Must... keep... GAS... in... check... gaaaaah!
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  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Yep, me too. This one gives me a pretty severe case, I must admit.
  4. Hikari

    Hikari Veteran

    Jan 5, 2013
    Maine, USA
    I wonder if it has the new 35mm for the interchangeable version for the X-Pro1/X-E
  5. stanleyk

    stanleyk Top Veteran

    May 23, 2011
    Taylor, Texas
    The 35 for the X Pro is F1.4. This appears to be the same lens on the current X100 which is VERY good. If I could order it today, I would. :smile:
  6. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    That controversial x-trans sensor... if only someone could figure out good RAW support for it.

    I've had the X100 for a few months now and I don't think I'd upgrade. Still, in terms of camera age and the market, the X100 was due for an update. And of course now the entire family has the same sensor, which makes sense.
  7. phrenic

    phrenic Regular

    Nov 14, 2012
    While I'm happy Fuji seems to have figured out the secret to fast AF, I have to admit it does give me some buyer's remorse with the X-E1. I'm very happy with it now, but having competitive AF with the best cameras would make it the best mirrorless compromise imo. Gah the price of being an early adopter..
  8. Pelao

    Pelao All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Perhaps it's an overstatement to say that good RAW conversion has not been delivered. The Adobe conversion works very well for a lot of people and a lot of images. Capture One will deliver soon too. The issues with some files are just that - they are not always present, and often limited to certain subjects. Obviously it would be better if there were no issues at all, but it's fine for many, delivering much beautiful output.

    The changes to this camera bode well to continuous improvement. Makes me sense that the X-Pro 1 one I enjoy using so much could become even better.
  9. Iansky

    Iansky All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    Have to admit to being very happy with the performance of my X100 since last firmware upgrade (had it for more than a year now) and cannot afford to upgrade - also I am sure the X100s will exceed the opening price of the original X100 so I can afford to wait and see what prices do in 6 months and if I have any spare capital.

    I suspect that we will shortly see an upgrade/new version of the XPro and I am sure this will also address the issues some had with their cameras - I also wonder if Fuji are any closer to launching their hinted at "Full frame" camera?

    All in all good news and glad to see Fuji has stepped up to the plate and pushed the boundaries even further whilst retaining a stunning looking camera.
  10. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    I feel finger twitching toward a charge card . . .
  11. john m flores

    john m flores All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    That's really funny - how many other cameras fit this criteria? Let's see...

    Fuji X100
    Leica X1
    Leica X2
    Sigma DP1/DP2
    Sony R1

    Any others?

    In other words, this isn't exactly the Kentucky Derby...
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  12. Gary

    Gary All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Sorta like winning gold in the Special Olympics.
  13. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    of ALL the quirky slow-focusing cameras....THIS one is the fastest :laugh1:
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  14. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    And the prize for the fastest focusing camera starting with "F" and ending with "ujifilm FinePix X100s" goes to...

    All jokes aside though, I believe that the 0.08 seconds quoted is a very close to the figures thrown about in relation to the latest Micro 4/3 cameras.
  15. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Well... there's no way I can afford to start a Fuji system in addition to my Pentax and micro four-thirds kits. So that's why this X100s, which won't require me to buy any additonal lenses, is sooooooooooo attractive. Gad, I just can't take it anymore... :eek:
  16. thekeddi

    thekeddi Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    South Australia
    That was my main problem with the X100, the focus speed and missed focus, now look what they have done! it's not fair! Would love one for my UK trip in June but need to save spending money, what to do? lol when does it come out??
  17. Archiver

    Archiver Top Veteran

    Jul 11, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    I love all of the new features and upgrades, except for this X-Trans II CMOS whatever. Lightroom still doesn't support this well enough, IMO. The X100S will be bundled with Silkypix as usual, and I will be very surprised if Fuji gives proper data to Adobe for future versions of LR.

    For the next few days I'm only shooting with the X100, as I have packed my bags to go overseas, which includes my other cameras. I'm really enjoying the feel of shooting with just the X100, and I'm sure that those who are satisfied with the jpegs or processed raws will be very happy with the X100S.

    Notice how it is still only in 'steel' colour? Wait for another nine months and they will release a black limited edition again.
  18. RT Panther

    RT Panther All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    I never did like the all-black scheme :biggrin:
  19. retow

    retow All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    The release pace of "improved versions" by camera makers starts to resemble the one practiced by the computer industry. Time to adjust buying habits: Buy at substantial discounts 9-12 months after new products were released and skip one if not at least two generations of "improvements".