There are lots of things to say about the FujiFilm X Series cameras and it will take a bunch of pages to write its built, specifications, performance quality, etc. FujiFilm X Series was launched in September 2012 and this year, from FujiFilm Corporation, headed by Shigehiro Nakajima, President, they take pride in announcing the release of the latest FujiFilm X20 and X100s.
The X factor development focused more on the design, operation hardware and software, and digital technology. Yes, it’s not on film anymore, it has revolutionized and it still gives us the photography quality that any FujiFilm users experienced with their film cameras.
FujiFilm X Series is a lineup of mirrorless camera which are smaller and lighter than DSLR counterparts.
Since we haven’t really get the chance to know more about the X Series, we mean, we haven’t tested it or tried it on a real-on-hand experience, let us take you on a peek tour of what these X Series are made of.
Based on an online research, X Series users in Japan don’t have special knowledge in the camera. They only use it for snapshots only. X20 follows the footsteps of X10 which was launched in 2011. FujiFilm X10 is based on the company’s flagship X100 model, which also has a new version, the X100S and we’ll talk about that later.
The newly-developed 12 million pixels, 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor, and EXR Processor II, which increase resolution by about 20% and reduce noise by more than 30%, have the ability to capture high resolution images comparable to those taken on full-frame sensors. While digital SLR uses the regular Optical Viewfinder, X20 have the Advanced Optical Viewfinder that adds real-time shooting facts to the optical canvas. The good thing with an optical viewfinder is that you see exactly what the lens sees, so if the image is out of focus, you’ll see that it’s out of focus in the viewfinder.
X20 has a Digital Trans Panel, an ultra-thin LCD panel, a special prism, the key to a bright viewfinder and clear display.
With the X-Trans CMOS II and EXR Processor II, images are captured with crystal clarity. For us, if it’s a less noise imaging capture camera, that means it’s a good buy already.
Here’s another good news. The X20 is capable of fast start-up, near instant autofocus and no time lag when the shutter is pressed. For photographers like us, every second counts and that means, the faster our camera works, the good job it could give to us. Autofocusing on near subjects gives a stress but if you know how to use the AF-point, you’ll never missed an opportunity. But that’s always a trick we have to learn everyday. Time lag on the shutter also contribute time wasted opportunity. There are moments that you know is the perfect moment but you just couldn’t capture it because your camera’s shutter taking too slow to operate. If X20 has these functions working, then it’s another reason to jump into it.
If you are the lover of “old-school” photography and you miss the feel of the old film cameras, then X100s suits your needs perfectly. Like its predecessor X100, you can tell that FujiFilm has decided to retain the somewhat vintage look and at the same time keeps the internals modern to keep up with the changing technologies.
Two years ago when FujiFilm launched the renowned X100 with FUJINON 23mm F2 fixed prime lens and superb image quality, now comes X100s with 16 million pixels, APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, and EXR Processor II which increase resolution by approximately 25% and reduce noise by more than 30%, have the ability to capture high resolution images comparable to those taken on full-frame sensors.
EXR Processor II resolution has improved as much as the full frame domain. It boasts of with fast performance for continuous shooting of 12/fps (frames per second). It also has reduction of dark noise in sensor.
With X100s, there’s an option to select the Optical Viewfinder or Electronic Viewfinder, the choice is yours. X100s calls it the Hybrid Viewfinder.
Aside from that mentioned, X100s has 3 Manual Focus modes. The Digital Split Image, Focus Peak Highlight, and Manual Focusing. Digital Split Image, the world’s first manual focus system, exploits the power of phase detection pixels. Focus Peak Highlight is used for pinpoint manual focusing. And lastly, Manual Focusing exactly focus the way you want to.
More X Series:
Other specifications of the X Series:
Lens Modulation Optimizer – overcomes the limits of optics diffraction like when shooting on an F16 opening.
Can shoot multiple exposures.
Enhancing exterior, shutter speed dial, improved anti fouling coating that catches dust and finger prints, hot-shoe, buttons adjusted because FujiFilm listens to the photographers.
During the media presentation of the X Series, we asked Rommel Bundalian, creative director and photographer, some key points of the X Series, particularly the X100s, which he is using at that time. He showed us some of the photos he took using the X100s and honestly we were amazed with that kind of performance the X100s gives. From normal settings to stylized effect like Dynamic Tone filter of colored and black & white, we got the feeling of envy upon seeing his galleries. His shots were amazing. As a photographer, we all know that it’s not just the photographer, the lens, or the camera that makes a good photo. But with the X100s, we can say it is the camera that makes it a picture perfect photo. And this is why, if we will be given a chance to trade our Nikon D3000 for the X100s, we will jump right away with it.
We’ve been using Nikon D3000 for more than three years and we’ve also played with the Canon 550D for quite sometime. In our honest opinion, we see that 60% of the people that we knew would love to use Nikon for still photography while 100% would love Canon when it comes to video and film-making. Yet when we saw these revolutionized FujiFilm, our mind got twisted and told Rommel that we’re willing to trade our camera for the X100s.
Basically, it’s the comfort and compact that X100s (and the rest of the X Series) that we liked. Rommel was right to mention that X100s is not “too loud” or bragging itself and any photographer can bring it with ease anywhere without having the thought of people staring at the camera. DSLR has the reputation that some people get intimidated upon seeing the “flashing” digital SLR. On the other hand, subjects give out the all-smiles when an old-look camera is pointed at them. Such a classy perspective.
We know that DSLR gives such power beyond any point-and-shoot and compact camera can give. But with FujiFilm X Series, there will be rooms for competition.
X20 is retailed at Php 32,000 and X100s, both released this March, is available at around Php 60,000.
See the X20 and X100s promotional videos below:
- Fujifilm X20 (pocket-lint.com)
- Fuji x100s Review :: A Camera Walks Into A Bar – by Zack Arias (icemanbaldy.com)
- Nikon D3000 dual-lens-kit deal of the day (reviews.cnet.com)
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