First let me do a shout out to Roberts camera/UsedPhotoPro they listed the camera as very good or 80-89% well this thing is darn near Excellent + I would say closer to 90-95. It has a small rub or scratch on the LCD that you can only see if you tilt it in the light and when the camera is off. There is one small rub mark on the base and everything else is mint! It had only 200 shutter actuations and it still had a very early firmware it looks like who ever bought this used it a few times and put it away. Now it did come with the lens hood and lens hood/filter adapter that is an extra that is not supplied new and runs around 100$ but no USB cable, Strap or manual so I have the manual on ordered and in the meantime I downloaded it on my iPad mini. I did buy today a Peak Design(always wanted their system) Leash it is the smallest of the Sling/ Neck straps they make and it came with 4 of their clips fasteners so I can do add ons. I want to add their wrist strap and you can switch back and forth thanks to their very clever snap fasteners.
Ok so lets run through some pros and cons based on my 3 hours of use today again this is a first impression.
Look and Feel:
It is one of the best looking cameras I have ever used. It is solid and well made and all the buttons and knobs are firm and responsive. There is not much plastic on this camera it has to be 85% metal maybe a bit more. It is not heavy or large yet it feels great in your hand all the functions fall in logical places at least for me they do. Having little experience with Fuji I was still able to hike up and down the bridge and still easily use this camera. The simple A on the aperture dial and on the shutter speed dial is fantstic it makes going from P,A,S and M easy and the aperture ring is amazing it is very responsive.
LCD and Viewfinder:
Ok lets get the not so good out of the way the LCD is nice but very average it is 2.8 inches and just a 460K-dot, TFT color LCD monitor (Approx. 100% coverage). Its nice but it doesn't do your photos justice when you load them on a retina or 4k iMac(or 5K iMac) you can really see the difference they just pop on the better screens. It does have a bright light setting that makes it very usable in bright light but you loose the ability to see how your shot really looks. But this is the 2nd of 3 models soon to be 4 the newer models have much better LCDs.
Now the good no GREAT the OVF should be listed as one of the 7 modern wonders of the world. It is clear I mean very clear easy to compose with excellent framing lines and it has very clear shooting data in the overlay and this is the Optical side. Plus it shows just over 90% so it is not a tunnel peep hole and did I say it is bright with excellent framing lines. Now the neat trick with a flip of a lever you can have an equally excellent EVF that shows you everything and is a fairly high res 2,360K-dot color LCD viewfinder at 100%. This lever falls right under your right pointer finger that you use to press the shutter button so you can switch back and forth on the fly. Refresh is every bit as good as my Olympus actually a bit better and of coarse much better than my P900 EVF.
Now I am still learning this camera and I found a function that speeds it up on both start up and shooting response Over all this is a very responsive camera now its not a sport shooter but who would do that with a fixed 35mm lens but it is quick I do not think you will miss many family, landscape or street photos due to the speed of the camera.
I did not try the burst mode thats for a later date as I ran the battery down(more on that) so my shooting came to an end before I wanted too.
Oh black out and write speeds are fast on par with the Oly and D600.
Super fast if good light. In good light it is faster than my D600 on single AF but slower on continuous and it will not track like my D600 or my Olympus over all I think the Olympus is still the fastest but it is close. Continous AF is well not the best better than 99% point and shoot cameras but no where close to my D600 or Oly to be honest but again this is a 3 year old model the T is supposedly better and the new F that is due to come out is better yet according to reviews.
Fairly Fast in medium light but slower than my D600 and Oly EM-5
Average to OK in low light it will not rival my D600 in low light but it beats my Olympus in low light AF
You can select AF points but I can see myself using Single and manually moving my AF points around.
Conclusion on AF it is very good over all but not great, it does hold its own but as mentioned the D600 and Oly EM-5 have the AF edge but let me say only in AF now to MF yes MF.
This camera is the best MF camera I have out side my FM3a and FE2 with the K3 focusing screen(thats the FM3a's screen) The Oly EM-5 does not have peaking in only enlarges the area where you set the AF point, the D600 doesn't have anything other than an excellent optical viewfinder and MF assist that does work well. The X100s has a split image MF aid yes film fans a split image it is fantastic its like going back in time find a straight edge and line it up! It also has focus peaking if you prefer and it also will enlarge the AF point area but the digital split image MF assist is the bomb! For MF the FM3a is still the champ but when it comes to my digital cameras the X100s is tops.
Last thing on MF the MF ring is butter smooth is feels like an old school MF lens love it.
Menus and Interface
Its OK once you've messed with an Olympus menu everything else seems simple. I can't speak a lot on this because I am still learning the system. But I love the Q button it brings up the most used function that you can adjust my Oly had that too. And from what I can tell I can set some custom functions, I might setup a JPEG function for Velvia and one for BW and my main one is the RAW settings. But this could all change I need more time with the camera.
Did not use the flash yet or the Macro mode so nothing to report there.
Simply put amazing it is fast, sharp with excellent contrast and color I love it.
IQ at base ISO:
Amazing from the small sample I took today the DR is huge you can pull all kinds of detail out it had me shaking my head. I have to say it is every bit as good as my FF D600 of coarse it is less MP at 16 vs 24 and it is APS-C vs FX/FF but it is that good I hate to say this but it blows my Olympus away its not even close in any way plus add it has no low pass filter it is sharp super sharp.
I did not test the low light except one quick shot at ISO 3200 and it looked very clean but that will require more testing tonight.
Well not so good I thought it was fully charged and I only got about 2 1/2 hours of shooting. I do know I was chipping more and I was in the menus a lot so that does play into it but I am used to the all day shooting of my D600 and for the most part my Oly. Now maybe the batter is a bit old not sure and I most likely did not fully charge it so I am doing that now but I will need get another battery. I see they sell the Wasabi batteries with a charger for 22$ at B&H I am just afraid of third party batteries. The Fuji in not that much more at 29$ but that is only one battery but with this camera I can see I am going to need a few batteries.
Quirks I found so far. Sometimes when the camera goes to sleep it turns the LCD off and I have to manual switch it from the EVF back to the LCD.
Another quirk is that at f2 the camera only goes to 1/1000 and doesn't reach 1/4000 until f8 and smaller. It does have a built in ND filter and does have a low ISO below ISO 200 which is the base ISO. I need to research this but I wonder if it has to do with the fact it has a leaf shutter and I am not sure the S model has an electronic shutter I still need to learn this camera.
Conclusion if I had the money I would buy the new F coming our get the Wide Angle converter and leave it on the S model and switch back and forth from the 35mm for and the 50mm for of view with the tele converter on the F model. This is an amazing camera yes its not for everyone especially not a primary camera for everyone but I can see it being my primary and my Nikon P900 as my main camera when I need reach.
PS if this is rough and jumpy one writing is not my strong point and two I've been up for 24 hours Herman was right I stayed up all night reading and waiting for it to come.
Here's a few samples I did not do any PP except to resize. I will post more in other threads. What a good day.