X100s + X20: Riflessifotografici first impressions online!


In my last post I told you that riflessifotografici plans to publish the X100s and X20 reviews. The reviews have still to come, but now they provided us a foretaste of what will come. The X100s first impressions (read heretranslated version) and  X20 first impressions are online (read heretranslated version)!

Massimiliano is right now testing the X100s (compared to the X100), while Donato has his hands on the X20. These are just their first impressions. For an in depth view we have still to wait a bit. It wouldn’t be riflessifotografici-style to write down something just in order to be one of the first to post a review. FR-readers know it. So take your time, Max and Donato.

X100s: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonDEAmazonUK / AmazonITA / Digitalrev
X20: AmazonUS (blacksilver) / BHphoto (blacksilver) / Adorama (blacksilver) / AmazonUK (blacksilver) / AmazonDE / AmazonITA / Digitalrev

X100s: Massimiliano is working with the X100 and X100s. The body is almost identical, so he confused sometimes one camera with the other. But he immediately recognized the error, once he shot with it. If he should put it all in one word, this could be “reactivity”. The X100s is very fast: start up time, focus speed, writing time to the memory card [personal note: as Rico suggested in his X20 vs X10 comparison, you should use also a fast SD-card, as the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1 95 MB/s ]. The X-Trans sensor (and no low pass filter) improved also the details (you’ll see a 100% crop X100 vs X100s). He calls the X100s the “probably best camera of the X-series“. There is more to read (and see) here (translated version).

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X20: Donato took his first shots at night. A good opportunity to shoot some high ISO images and to test the new hybrid-AF system (contrast+phase detection) in low-light conditions. The results are better than those of any other X-series camera: “For people like me, who prefer advanced compact cameras or CSC to big and heavy SLR cameras, this would be enough to justify the introduction of this model.” It seems that now the Autofocus is no more a “weak spot” compared to the DSLR’s AF. There are some more interesting considerations and findings to read in Donato’s first impressions and… if you wan’t to see the 100% crops of the image below just click here (translated version).

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Have a great start in this new week!

  • Looking forward to upgrading my x100! I push that thing to the limits when it comes to low light:

    for example: http://seanwashere.com/post/45076810229/foosball-electric-pickle-miami

    • Ivar

      Sean, nice stuff in your blog! Not too pretentious but solid, more of documentary style is precisely to my liking :) Indeed, for your work a better high iso wouldn’t be a waste.

  • David Cartier

    Salve Riflessi Genti – I always look forward to your posts – if only you lived in a more photogenic city ;-) Very convincing 100% crops – Grazie mille.

    It has just occurred to me that another interesting point of comparison between X20 and X100s is pixel density. As they both now sport the X-trans II, one can calculate that the X20 contains about 4.5 times more pixels per area than the X100s. This means that Fuji are “capable” of producing – by scaling up of the X20 sensor – an APS-C sensor with more than 70MP and a FF of over 150MP. Don’t expect to see these at the corner store anytime soon, but I shouldn’t think that 24MP is out of the question for neXgen bodies.


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