Hopefully we will see a reasonably in-depth review/preview of this camera before then.
Fuji's XS-1 page.
This Japanese site has the XS-1 priced at 68,355Yen which equates at today's exchange rate to,
68,355.00 JPY = 1,143.10 NZD
At this price it is well into the entry level DSLR range of pricing. Hopefully this will not be the introductory price. If it were to be in the $1200.00NZD range then I will definitively look at switching to a DSLR.
The Pentax Kr twin lens kit priced at NZD $ 1,086.13
Or the Canon 600D twin lens kit at NZD $ 1,187.63
Or the Nikon D3100 twin lens kit at NZD $ 1,128.31
All of these cameras would be an excellent starting point for those wanting to step up to better quality IQ. When you look at what the competitors have to offer in the same price range then Fuji is going to have produce an absolutely stunning camera. AF speed is going to have to rival the DSLR's as is the shooting speed, as well as having a clean , clear and usable EVF (electronic view finder). The smaller sensor of the XS-1 in theory should produce a very good image but in all likelihood still not be a huge threat to the DSLR market.
At this point we can only speculate on what the final in store price will be on market entry. However the X10 came in at the higher end of what I had predicted and I feel that the XS-1 could well start out at approx $1500NZD, which will put a lot of potential buyers off as this would push even more firmly into the DSLR market.
At that point it comes down to two things. One good multi function lens and Image Quality.
Canons EOS 550D (Body) + Sigma 18-200mm OS Kit would make a very nice all in one style option, with the added advantage of interchangeable lens and very good IQ. Priced at NZD $ 1,405.12 it would be a very tempting alternative to the XS-1 from Fuji. We are unfortunately just going to have to be patient a little longer.