A CAM­ERA FOR THE EX­PERTS

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

Thanks to the retro de­sign, the FujiFilm X100S is a sturdy piece of equip­ment like its pre­de­ces­sor, the X100. There are di­als on the top for shut­ter speed and ex­po­sure and a lens ring to shift aper­ture be­tween F2 and F16. There is a 2.8-inch LCD, but no touch screen.

The X100S is quite easy to use. Set both the shut­ter speed and aper­ture to A and you have a full auto mode. For more man­ual con­trol you can change one of the two or both. The viewfinder shifts to elec­tronic as soon as you squeeze the trig­ger. And just be­fore the ac­tual click you get a preview of what your im­age will look like. You can also change the modes to use just the viewfinder, the elec­tronic viewfinder or the LCD.

The USP of this cam­era and its dif­fer­en­tia­tor from the X100 is its 16.3MP X-Trans CMOS II sen­sor with on-sen­sor phase de­tec­tion auto-fo­cus. Well, this is sup­posed to be much faster and we could feel it, quite lit­er­ally. You can ac­tu­ally feel a whirring within the cam­era when it is try­ing to lock on to a sub­ject. But this AF, lacks a bit in macro mode and we of­ten had to shift to man­ual fo­cus to get re­ally close to some tiny sub­jects. But all this ef­fort is not wasted as the re­sults are stun­ning, with the colour re­pro­duc­tion be­ing among the best we have seen in a while. If you are one of those with a fas­ci­na­tion for click­ing flow­ers and faces, then this is just the cam­era for you. There is film sim­u­la­tion and other cus­tom set­tings that let you make the best in both th­ese sce­nar­ios.

But the sad part about this cam­era is its low-light per­for­mance and this is de­spite the F2 aper­ture and fixed fo­cal length. Take this in­doors and you might not get any­thing reg­is­tered un­less you go be­yond ISO800. We clicked some in­door pic­tures in nat­u­ral light at a shut­ter speed of 30 and aper­ture of F2. How­ever, the pic­ture started show­ing only af­ter ISO400.

We don't rec­om­mend this to some­one who does not un­der­stand the nu­ances of how to use a fixed lens cam­era.

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