Fuji X100S Film Simulation
Fujifilm X100S (15.7oz./445g with fixed lens, battery and card, about $1,300). enlarge. This free website's biggest source of support is when you use these links, especially these directly to it at Adorama or at Amazon, when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. It helps me keep adding to this free website when you get yours through these links — but I receive nothing for my efforts if you buy elsewhere. Thanks for your support! Ken.
Original Fuji X100 Review (2010-)
The X100S' Film Simulation modes are much better than the crappy ones in all previous Fuji cameras. From the early Fuji S2 of 2002 through the original Fuji X100 and Fuji X-Pro1, the "Film Simulation" modes were mistakes, and looked like bad scans of film with lifeless clipped shadows, but not really at all like film.
The X100S' FIlm Simulation modes are now pretty good. They are subtle, and don't clip or block-up. They do indeed give different looks, any of which you may prefer.
All these shots were made at SMALL (4MP) NORMAL JPG.
In addition to these Film Simulation modes shown, you have your choice of -2, -1, 0, +1 and +2 saturation settings.
I leave my COLOR set to +2 (HIGH), and it's set this way for all color shots seen below. My +2 setting is ignored for the black & white and sepia shots. I set this by pressing the rear Q button and finding it in the middle bottom.
You also have your choice of 2, -1, 0, +1 and +2 settings for highlight and for shadow contrast. They are marked as H-tone and S-tone in the X100S Quick Menu Screen (just press the rear Q button and find these in the lower left.)
To set these Film Simulation modes, press the rear Q button and find it on the second row on the right.
Camera-Original Files topClick any of the images for the original SMALL (4MP) NORMAL JPG file right from my camera. Each is about 1.1 MB.
Standard (S; Provia) top
Vivid (V; Velvia) top
Much better than earlier attempts, this Velvia mode is more vivid and doesn't lose the shadows. Bravo!
S (Astia, muted colors) top
I see little difference between the Astia and standard (Provia) modes.
In real film, Astia is softer than Provia, however I find the S (Astia) mode very slightly more saturated than the Standard mode.
Negative - High (NPH) top
I see little difference between the NPH and the standard (Provia) modes, except that the shadows are slightly darker in this NPH mode.
Negative - Standard (NPS) top
This NPS mode is lower in color and contrast than the Standard or Astia modes.
The NPS mode has the lowest saturation and contrast of any of the color modes.
Black & White (B) top
Ho hum, a black-and-white mode.
Black & White + Yellow Filter (B-Y) top
Also ho-hum, this is the usual black-and-white mode, additionally simulating the use of a yellow (Y48 or K2) contrast filter.
In English, this mode makes the clouds stand out a little bit better and the skies a little bit darker than the regular B&W mode.
Black & White + Red Filter (B-R) top
Best for outdoor scenics, this is the black-and-white mode, additionally simulating the use of a red (R60 or 25) contrast filter.
This mode makes the skies darkest and the clouds stand out most strongly.
It also makes skin look smoother by making pimples much less visible. It also lightens lips.
Black & White + Green Filter (B-G) top
This mode should slightly lighten greens, however I see little difference from the standard B&W mode.
Sepia is the only Film Simulation mode which isn't. Sepia attempts to imitate the look of a sepia-toned print; film isn't sepia-toned.
Personally, I prefer my own split-toning done in Photoshop:
Split-Toned (Photoshop; not from X100S) top
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