Fujifilm FinePix X100

No one was expecting the announcement of a high-end compact camera from Fujifilm at Photokina, but the company has come out with one anyway, the X100.


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No one was expecting this curve ball from Fujifilm at Photokina in Cologne. Without so much as a leak, the company unveiled its latest high-end compact camera, featuring a 12.3-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and an f/2 lens with a fixed focal length of 23mm.

Such specifications put this camera purely in the sights of keen amateur photographers, and those looking for a rangefinder-feel to their digital photography. It's also capable of recording HD video at 720p.

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A photographer checks out the new hybrid viewfinder on the X100. (Credit: CBSi)

One new feature that's of interest is its hybrid electronic optical viewfinder. You read that right, it's an optical and electronic viewfinder in one, which is able to overlay image information on the optical viewfinder's image, or switch between a dedicated optical or electronic viewfinder image.

The production version of this camera will be available from early 2011. There has been no announcement of the camera's availability in Australia yet, but it should retail for €1000 when it is released in Europe.

Undoubtedly, this camera is targeted towards users who want a professional feel to their camera and excellent pictures from a compact unit, but it's definitely for those people who can't quite afford a Leica.

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inmate 20078536275782 posted a comment   

The Good:is fuji is good

The Bad:seen as a leica wannabe

To treat this cam as a poor man's Leica "for those who can't afford a Leica" would be a grave mistake as well as opposite of the truth. The truth of the matter is, that LEICAs are overated. Just look at pbase samples of the M9 for example...or any other leica. A humble Nikon D7000/D3 will outperform anything from Leica period.
Also, BETTER low light streets shots can be found on a humble F200EXR amongst many other alternatives.
The X100 is FAR MORE desirable to me, than ANY Leica.
Then again, I also think Mercedes, BMW's, Ferraris and Porsches,Lambos, Veyrons, Italian handbags and all other "considered" desirable European products are highly overated as well. All their cars depreciate far more than Toyotas and require bank loans to keep them on the road, after 3 years. Prestige Trash.
Back to the topic, the X100 will carry ALL before it regardless.

 

Mick posted a comment   

The Good:High Build Quality, Gorgeous Lens & Classic Styling,

The Bad:Add on filter adapter (being a hood not all bad).

Got my hands on one of these today and i have to say it is very nice. Fuji have certainly made a high quality unit with a solid metal body, smooth controls and a great layout.
The viewfinder is very bright and with the info all displayed in there as well it is as good as any SLR for usability. Some may not like the fixed lens, however being the previous owner of a Konica Hexar with a 35mm F2 i can tell you it is a great range to have, your framing of an image will require some thought, but the quality of image will soon make up for any loss of zoom you thought you may have needed.
I have always loved Fuji's products and in the past have owned a Fuji 6x9 GSW690III, 6x17 G617 so am very happy to see Fujifilm making another fling back into the Professional camera market. Gotta love the Fujinon lens!

 

Fejica posted a comment   

The Good:Price, Aperture ring

The Bad:Fixed Lens

The Leica X1 & this X100 are compact rangefinders with cropped DSLR sensors. It would be awesome if they had them with interchangeable lenses. Kind of like the Olympus P1 but not 4:3. What would be even more awesome would be interchangeable lenses and Full Frame! At the moment the only rangefinder with a 35mm sensor is the $9k Leica M9.

Pretty cool but how long will the novelty last? I have to admit though that I'm mighty tempted by this. I'm sure I can count on AU importers & retailers to curb my enthusiasm with the extra hundreds they add on after US to AU conversion. Parallel importing will get you in the end my greedy little friends. :)

& btw, if someone can afford the X100, they can afford the X1. If you want to be duped out of $1k that is. ;-)

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What a POOR review! posted a review   

A picture of a NOSE! How smart!? Or rather how slow can this page get??? Many other pages generate quality material and this review is like.... why do U even try to review products and provide grade 2 material for readers?

Every one go to DP Review... they have their act together!

See this camera for a more complete 'picture'!!!

 

SK posted a reply   

Uh, this isn't a 'review'.
It's a preview, simply telling the reader the specs of this camera.
As it hasn't been released in Australia yet, they haven't had the opportunity to review the camera.

 

Jeremy posted a comment   

This is a camera I have been waiting for, a compact, not a micro 4/3s, camera that is build strong with retro styling. I have a Ricoh r10 which I souly bought for it's retro styling, 7x optical and solid feel. This x100 might even keep my hands off my old Trip 35 which I have much love for! The fact this camera has it's advanced viewfinder, hot shoe and top/front controls have sold me. Expect me to be reviewing this item the day after i get it! Cannot wait!

Oh and at the right price, a lot of my friends have said they would purchase this camera

 

Jeremy posted a comment   

This is a camera I have been waiting for, a compact, not a micro 4/3s, camera that is build strong with retro styling. I have a Ricoh r10 which I souly bought for it's retro styling, 7x optical and solid feel. This x100 might even keep my hands off my old Trip 35 which I have much love for! The fact this camera has it's advanced viewfinder, hot shoe and top/front controls have sold me. Expect me to be reviewing this item the day after i get it! Cannot wait!

Oh and at the right price, a lot of my friends have said they would purchase this camera

 

Mr oldschool posted a comment   

if this lives up to appearances and actually works like a camera rather than how an electronics firm thinks a camera should work, I'll be sorely tempted. Simple control dials = not taking your eye from the subject. Too many cameras nowadays fail on that basic requirement - this should sell on the basis of having an aperture ring alone! Fuji have managed to bring back memories of the Zeiss Ikonta that got me started in photography, so hopefully the X100 can endear itself equally well.

 

PB posted a comment   

Yes, you're quite right. It should have said "anyone who's stupid enough to pay the ludicrously inflated price tag for a 'German camera' that's actually made in Japan, just because it has a little red dot on it", which is exactly what you'll get if you buy a Leica digital.

 

Leica Fan posted a reply   

hahaha, partly true...
My current favorite for day to day use is the MP.


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  • inmate 20078536275782

    inmate 20078536275782

    "To treat this cam as a poor man's Leica "for those who can't afford a Leica" would be a grave mistake as well as opposite of the truth. The truth of the matter is, that LEICAs are overated. Just..."

  • Mick

    Mick

    "Got my hands on one of these today and i have to say it is very nice. Fuji have certainly made a high quality unit with a solid metal body, smooth controls and a great layout.
    The viewfinder..."

  • Fejica

    Fejica

    "The Leica X1 & this X100 are compact rangefinders with cropped DSLR sensors. It would be awesome if they had them with interchangeable lenses. Kind of like the Olympus P1 but not 4:3. What would be..."

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