CES 2014 is behind us and we have seen many new digital cameras. But which one is the best? In our opinion the top digital camera of 2014 is Fujifilm X100S. Why this camera? In article below we will provide some fact why we think that Fujifilm X100S is the best buy digital camera for 2014th.
-Hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder
-High ISO image quality
-35mm wide-angle field of view
-Fast f/2 lens. Excellent control layout
-Continuous shooting at 5fps. X-Trans image sensor
-Wide-angle adapter available
-Bigger than some other large-sensor similar models
-Lens suffers from edge softness
-Macro shots have a soft-focus look at wide apertures
-No image stabilization.
-Rear LCD could be sharper
It’s a modern, full-featured digital camera that impressed us enough to pick this model as top digital camera 2014.
Top digital camera of 2014 is the Fujifilm X100S:
This is the the successor of great X100 digital camera. Like its predecessor, it is characterized by a retro design and because of that looks like a camera from the 1960s and not some modern digital camera, especially it doesn’t look like top digital camera of 2014.
The sensor of Fujifilm x100S has been upgraded to a 16-megapixel X-Trans CMOS design that is capable of making some superb results at extremely high ISO settings, and a notoriously slow autofocus system is now a logically quick one.
The Fujifilm X100S is a low-light emperor, and even indeed its lens isn’t as sharp edge-to-edge as for the example the Ricoh’s GR, you’ll be anything but dissatisfied with the pictures that it captures.
Design and Features
A silver finish decorate the top plate, bottom plate, and lens, and black leather surrounds the whole body of the camera. It measures 2.9 by 5 by 2.1 inches (HWD) and weighs just a little under a pound. That’s maybe too heavy for its size, but there’s no savings on the build quality. Fujifilm x100S camera features a 35mm f/2.8 equivalent lens and an pic sensor of same size, but doesn’t involve any sort of built-in viewfinder. The lens is a 23mm f/2 design, which makes the field of view of a 35mm lens in terms of full-frame photography. The exposure compensation dial is fairly easy to knock out of place – whether by 0.3EV or 0.7EV in either direction – and the rear LCD screen is a paltry 2.8-inch 460k-dot offering. C’mon Fujifilm – for over a grand we’d have thought that the X100S would at least incorporate the X-Pro1’s 3-inch, 1.23-million dot WRGB LCD screen instead. But no such luck.
The rear LCD screen may not particularly impress, but the X100S’s hybrid optical viewfinder sure does. The hybrid viewfinder is a gem. In optical mode it gives you a bright, clear view of the world, with an overlaid white frame that shows you what the lens is going to capture. The frameline moves with a half-press of the shutter button, to let you know your exact frame at the focus point which you’re aiming at.
In use the X100S moves quick and this is among the biggest pushes forward from the new model. Compared to the X100 before, it’s a much, much faster. A definite push up the rear has happened, and it’s faster than plenty of nearby competitor models, which speaks for itself. The selective 49 focus points – the equal as the X100 model – cover a wide portion of the screen which means specific, user-defined focus is no problem. Fuji doesn’t recommend using the camera at macro distances at f/2. If you do so, the pictires are very soft, with a glow around the edges of your object. The minimum shooting distance for standard mode is 1.6 feet, but enabling the macro function lets you focus as near as 3.9 inches.
One of the reasons for the X100S’s low light dominance is its sensor design and that is also one of the key factors why we choose x100S as top digital camera of 2014. The X100S uses a sensor with an X-Trans design, first time presented in the company’s X-Pro1 mirrorless camera. The camera has impressive video characteristics, capturing video at 1080p60 quality in QuickTime format. The footage looks great, it’s sharp and smooth with rich colors and lots of detail. But the autofocus experience is simply very disappointing. The camera is too slow to refocus when recording, and you can hear the lens clicking away as it adjusts. This is also in our opinion main disadvantage of x100S digital camera. We like the Fujifilm X100S enough to give him a title “Top digital camera 2014”. We don’t think there is some better camera than Fujifilm x100S in this category. But if x100S is maybe too big for your pocket you can always choose some great small digital camera. However It’s up to you to decide, but we highly recommend this digital camera for everybody.