Fujifilm Finepix X100 Summary
Fuji Finepix X100 Assessment
The Fuji Finepix X100 is a uniquely intriguing camera. Its inconspicuous analog-camera look is alluring for its quantity of buttons and dials, promising efficiency while shooting. A one-of-a-kind hybrid viewfinder lets it have an EVF and an optical-tunnel viewfinder in the same place.
With an APS-C sensor behind a superb 23mm F/2 Fujinon lens, the Fuji Finepix X100 delivers on image quality like no other fixed-lens camera. Image noise is extremely low and sharpness is good even wide-open. Vignetting and distortion are virtually absent from this camera's 35mm-equivelent lens.
The real weakness of the X100 is a slow autofocus system with relatively long minimum focus distance in normal mode. While plenty of compact cameras focus even slower, the autofocus performance does not match the price or expectations of the X100. The external control are far from perfect but make it faster to operate than most fixed-lens cameras which is why it is disappointing when the camera makes the photographer wait while it focuses. Manual focusing is possible but the fly-by-wire ring is even slower than the AF system.
The Fuji Finepix X100 has no direct competitors and finds itself in the unique position of offering DSLR-like image quality in a compact body with a built-in EVF. The closest rivals are actually advanced Micro Four-Thirds cameras mounted with a comparable lens. These SLDs are obviously more versatile due to the ability to swap lenses but are clunky when an optional EVF is added. Quality and performance are comparable, although the latest Micro Four-Thirds cameras claim faster autofocus.
|Superb image quality in compact size||Sluggish autofocus system|
|Extremely low noise||Slow manual focus ring|
|Very good sharpness from wide-open||Severe yellow cast under tungsten lighting|
|Flexible rendition of colors and tones||Live-Histogram shows metered exposure|
|Bright lens with F/2 maximum aperture||Previews metered exposure, not actual|
|Real aperture ring||Clear but pointless OVF|
|Leaf-Shutter allows High-Speed-Sync||Two dials needed per exposure parameter|
|Built-In 3-Stop ND Filter||No AE-L with MF|
|Plenty of external controls||Illogical and under-used button functions|
|Inconspicuous analog camera look||No direct Self-Timer access|
|Excellent EVF clarity||Poor camera grip|
|Great LCD visibility|
|Excellent build quality|
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Fujifilm X100 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|12 Megapixels Fixed Lens||ISO 100-12800|
|Fixed 35mm lens||Shutter 1/4000-30s|
|0.47" Hybrid EVF 1.4 Megapixels (0.50X)||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|5 FPS Drive, 10 Images||Spot-Metering|
|1280x720 @ 24 FPS Video Recording||Hot-Shoe|
|2.8" LCD 460K Pixels||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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