So far there are only two weaknesses that I notice, inability to take exposures longer than 30 seconds without wire release and the fixed focal length lens. If you don’t do a lot of night photography or long exposure you may never notice that the shutter speed doesn’t go past 30 seconds but the fixed focal length is noticeable from time to time. I would say that over the last three months I’ve caught myself saying “Sure would be nice to zoom in” about 3 times. On any other camera I would normally leave my 24-70 lens firmly affixed to the camera for about 90% of the time. So, although this can be seen as a weakness, I’d say it’s a pretty dang good camera if I’ve only griped about it three times. Furthermore, I plan on shooting exclusively with the X100S for the foreseeable future.
Note: There is a wider angle lens attachment you can purchase for the X100S but I did not test it and do not feel comfortable giving any input on it until I do. (Fujifilm WCL-X100 Wide Conversion Lens )
I’ll preface this with my opinion that, yes, you could use the X100S as your sole camera so long as you understand it’s limitations and make them work to your advantage. If you are a wildlife photographer or a sports photographer then this is not the camera for you. It was built with the street photographers, fine art photographers, and landscape photographers in mind. You’ll have to judge for yourself if it makes a good camera for portraiture photographers but I’d venture to say yes from what I’ve seen.
If you are comfortable with getting back to the basics (or getting to the basics if you’ve never been there before) and shooting with a 35mm (equivalent) camera then I highly recommend this camera. The image quality is the best I’ve seen at this price point, you’d have to spend an additional $1,000 to get a camera with a noticeable difference (but not enough to justify it in my opinion).
The camera is light, focuses quickly, is excellent in low light, and is small enough to drop in a pocket. The image quality is excellent and produces great JPEG’s right out of the box. The RAW files are the closest to actual negatives that I’ve seen and are easy to work with using simple programs like Lightroom.
Overall this has been the best camera I’ve used with an “all purpose” mindset.
A few images taken with the X100S over the last few months:
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