Saturday 21 April 2018

Retro beauty has bells and whistles to get pulses racing

Fujifilm X100S
Fujifilm X100S

Fujifilm X100S Price: €1,100

Rating: *****

If there was a porn magazine for cameras, Fuji's X100S would be one hell of a centrefold spread.

From its ultra-chic retro looks to its many knobs, dials and buttons, this is a snapper to get your pulse racing.

The 16-megapixel camera, which has a fixed 23mm lens and a nice big APS-C sensor, has sacrificed a little in the way of compactness (it's quite a bulky box compared to handheld rivals) to achieve its many photographic feats. It's well worth it, though.

Its large array of features (both photo and video) beg you to give them a shot.

Does it pass a beginners' test? If you want a pure point-and-shoot vessel, no. You need to know one or two basics about photography to get going with this camera.

That said, I shot with it mostly on enhanced automatic mode, only adjusting a few small aperture and ISO settings.

In this sense, I would actually recommend this camera for beginners who want to ease into understanding photography a little more. You can keep it fairly simple and dabble with more complicated stuff at your own pace.

It's not all bells and whistles.

For example, there are limits on how long you can keep the shutter open for long exposures – this simply means it is harder to do fancy 'waterfall movement' or 'traffic blur' shots.

Nevertheless, this is a superb camera: you'll struggle to find a non-DSLR, full-size machine that will offer you more for your money.

Irish Independent

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