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Fujifilm Finepix X100 Summary

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Continuous DriveContinuous Drive720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

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.

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PROS CONS
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
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

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Fujifilm X100 Highlights


Medium digital camera

Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm

APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

12 Megapixels Fixed LensISO 100-12800
Fixed 35mm lensShutter 1/4000-30s
0.47" Hybrid EVF 1.4 Megapixels (0.50X)Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
Automatic Eye-Start sensorCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
5 FPS Drive, 10 ImagesSpot-Metering
1280x720 @ 24 FPS Video RecordingHot-Shoe
2.8" LCD 460K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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