Fujifilm launches new X100S

Fujifilm Corporation launched the Fujifilm X100S, the successor to the Fujifilm X100, inheriting the X100’s elegant design and high-performance lens, while evolving further to meet customer’s demands with the introduction of a higher-definition Hybrid Viewfinder and a new sensor and processor.

Fujifilm Corporation launched the Fujifilm X100S (image: Fujifilm)

The newly-developed 16.3 million pixels APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II, which increase resolution by approx. 25% and reduce noise by more than 30%, have the ability to capture high resolution images comparable to those taken on full-frame sensors.

Thanks to the removal of the optical low pass filter and powerful processor, the FUJIFILM X100S will produce a clear image with minimal graininess even at a high ISO setting.

The newly-developed X-Trans CMOS II sensor has built-in Phase Detection pixels for the world’s fastest AF in as little as 0.08 seconds.

Additionally, the EXR Processor II offers fast response times with a start-up time of only approx. 0.5 seconds, and a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds. In addition, a shutter time lag is only 0.01 seconds.

Also new to the Fujifilm X100S is the world’s first “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. And a handy Focus Peak Highlight function, which highlights high contrast areas of your subject for smoother and more precise fine tuning of focusing.

Depending on the subject and scene, users can switch between two viewfinder views: 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 Electronic viewfinder (EVF) is useful to visually check focus, exposure, white balance and depth of field while users compose the shot.

The X100S features Fujifilm’s newly-developed 16.3 million pixels APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor with a unique, highly randomised, color 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 color 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 as being proven by the X-Pro1 and the X-E1.

Staff writer