You might think you know all about this Leica-alike, but the pumped S version promises a real performance step-up from the original X100. In particular, the improved focusing speed and updated 16.3MP APS-C sensor are what Fujifilm hopes will keep competitors at bay.
That said, it hasn't fixed what wasn't broke, keeping the 35mm-equivalent f/2 lens, array of manual controls and hybrid viewfinder that impressed us so much on the X100. It also retains the retro looks and solid-but-lightweight (at 445g) magnesium build.
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The work that's been put into improving autofocus speed is undeniable, with the X100S snapping into focus quicker and more accurately than its rivals. Picture quality is exceptional, and almost equal to the Sony RX1, even when shooting RAW.
But it's also just a joy to use, with great controls, a nice feel in the hand and an eye viewfinder that gives you plenty of options for how you want to shoot. It means you can see either a digital view through the EVF or an optical one with a digital info overlay.
Our only niggle is that the faux-vintage styling seems overdone now. We'd like a subtle black version. One of the finest pocketable cameras we've ever used, sure, but that price keeps it from sitting too high in our list of the best compact cameras around.