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Fujifilm X-S1 26x optical super zoom on sale in Japan December 7th for $1,000

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Fujifilm X-Series expands to include the X-S1 with 26x optical super zoom lens, 12 megapixel sensor, and Japanese retail date of December 7th for $1,000 .

Fujifilm X-S1
Fujifilm X-S1

The Fujfilm X-S1 is an odd little camera. It was first announced back in October but was overshadowed by the company's stated intent to build a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The X-S1 is built around the same 12 megapixel 2/3-inch EXR CMOS sensor as the X10 yet features a rather impressive 24 - 624mm equivalent (F2.8 - F5.3) Fujinon 26x zoom lens in a 12-group, 17-element configuration. The X-S1 can grab 1,920 x 1,080 H.264 video at 30 frames-per-second while a Super Macro Mode lets users focus down to 1-cm. Rounding out the specs are a RAW file format; a 0.47-inch 1.44 megapixel EVF with 26-degree viewing angle; a tilting 3.0-inch 460,000 pixel LCD; and an Auto ISO mode between ISO 100 and 3,200 or up to ISO 12,800 if you're ok shooting small JPEGs.

The rubberized X-S1 with metal dials hits Japan on December 7th for a suggested price of ¥80,000 (about $1,000) — a ridiculous sum for what amounts to a bridge camera.