It's CES, there are a lot of new cameras around. Fujifilm is making sure it has plenty to offer, for kids who want to take a camera swimming to an upgrade to the X100.
I think that if Fujifilm had dramatically altered the design of the obscenely popular X100 when it gave it an update, I might've been a touch upset. It's gorgeous as it is, so why change it? Thankfully, they didn't feel the need to. Instead, they've beefed up its insides to make it faster, increase its resolution, and decrease its noise. And called it the X100S.
The X100S retains the 23mm ƒ/2.0 lens from the X100, but has a new 16 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II. In combination, these should offer an auto-focusing speed as fast as 0.08 second. The resolution is up 25% comparedwith the X100S and noise should be down by 30%.
There's also the Digital Split Image feature, which allows you to line up two images to help nail your focus, as well as a focus peaking function that highlights precisely where in the image is in focus.
Unless you're hankering for more resolution and found the X100's auto-focusing capabilities paltry, I don't think that an X100 owner is going to need the X100S (well, maybe if they dropped their X100 in the gutter, poor thing). But if you've been contemplating a fixed lens, highly specced camera for a while, the X100S looks more compelling than the already-lovely X100.
The X10 has become the X20. It still has a 12 megapixel 2/3" sensor, but a new version (X-Trans CMOS II) combined with the EXR Processor II, also found in the X100S. Again, this should reduce noise by up to 30% and provide fast auto-focusing. Gone is the optical low-pass filter, also helping to reduce noise. There's also a newly designed Advanced Optical Viewfinder. Again, X10 owners probably don't need to rush to buy one, but it looks tasty if you've been contemplating one.
Then come four bridge cameras: the Finepix HS50, the SL1000, the S8200 and the S8500. The HS50 has 42× optical zoom, a 16 megapixel, 1/2 inch EXR CMOS II sensor, and a hybrid auto-focusing system that can switch between phase detection or contrast detection. And don't forget the vari-angle screen.
The SL1000 has a whopping 50× optical zoom as well as new optical image stabilisation function to help reduce blur. Maximum aperture ranges from ƒ/2.9 to ƒ/6.5 and sensitivity goes up to ISO 12,800 with the 16 megapixel sensor.
Both the S8200 and S8500 have 16 megapixel sensors, sensitivity up to ISO 12,800, and can manage 10 frames per second. Maximum aperture spans from ƒ/2.9 to ƒ/6.5, whilst the S8200 has a 40× optical zoom and the S8500 a 46× optical zoom.
There's also a family-friendly rugged camera, the XP60 and the T500 travel zoom. The T500 has a 12× optical zoom with all-important image stabilisation and a 16 megapixel sensor.
The XP60 has a 5× optical zoom and a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor with sensitivity up to 6400. As for the body, it's waterproof down to a depth of six metres, sandproof, can withstand the shock of being dropped from 1.5 metres, and still functions in temperatures as low as -10º Celsius.
Fujifilm don't tend to give release dates or pricing straight away. As soon as I know, I'll pass along the information.
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