At first I am going to tell you that this review will not be a "technical" one at all.
The web is full of specs and some other numbers, ones more "exact" than others…
Also I think that we always need to convince ourselves of stuff we read on the internet.
I've had so many bad or good "surprises" in this area.
One such a "surprise" was then when Fuji launched the X100 camera.
As you might remember, it was a long teasing period of time until the camera had been available and all this time generated lots of gossips online.
Everybody liked the retro design of it and also the amazing quality of the Fujinon lens, 35mm equivalent in FF mode.
Later on, there were many negative comments about the speed and accuracy of the focusing system.
Personally, I was not impressed by those negative comments and I bought a X100 in the first day the camera was available.
It was "love at first click". The retro stylish design and the look of a classic rangefinder were some nice and impressive features. I am also a Leica M9 owner and I was able to compare them side by side. At that time the X100 was called "poor man's Leica". There are indeed so many things they have in common but I don't agree of a real competition between them. And yes, those rumours about the focusing system were true. It was not the fastest or the most accurate camera at all. The fixed lens, those focusing issues, addition of a optical viewfinder and most important the quality of the images made me reconsider my photography approach. And here the resemble with a rangefinder was obvious. I liked the X100 so much that I struggled to overcome those issues and by doing this it become my favourite camera in its class.
I could even tell that the X100 generated a class of his own. Some beautiful concept was born then and I knew that they will come up with a X200 version for sure in the future. Based on the huge success with the enthusiasts and also the pro photographers, Fuji decided to make just an upgrade of the lovely X100 and this is how the X100 S was born.