12 megapixel 2/3-inch EXR CMOS sensor; 26x manual optical zoom with 24mm wide-angle; 1080p HD video with stereo sound; Electronic viewfinder; 3-inch tilting LCD screen; Optical image stabilization; RAW capture; Manual modes; Lithium-ion battery
The Fujifilm XS-1 is one of the highest-end extended zoom camera money, and lots of it, can buy. For those who want an all-in-one that offers a tactile experience that rivals that of DSLRs, the XS-1's 26x lens is operated manually rather than with a toggle. The lens is based around a large 2/3-inch 12 megapixel EXR sensor, the same technology used in a variety of Fujifilm's successful compacts. The user can choose
one of three modes that favor either high dynamic range, low noise, or high
resolution. The low noise and high dynamic range modes reduce the
resolution, yet measurably improve image quality. You can even leave the
camera on EXR AUTO, which will make these difficult decisions for you. And, as you'd expect from such an expensive camera, there are manual modes, 10fps continuous burst, 1080p HD video, and a high-resolution electronic viewfinder. The XS-1 does cost more than many entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless systems, however, so it really is meant for those who want the zoom range without the bulk. Image quality isn't as good as larger-sensored interchangeable lens cameras, but it's certainly the best you'll find in an extended zoom camera. For some savings, Fujifilm also makes the EXR-equipped (but smaller sensor) HS30EXR.