Fujifilm X10


Fujifilm X10 Compact Camera: The new Fujifilm X10 is an enthusiast photographers compact camera, full of features and style cues that many serious photographers want, like a fast wide aperture zoom lens, a serious built-in optical viewfinder, hot-shoe for external flash and manual control to mention a few items that the Fuji camera features. The robust build quality wrapped in a tough attractive black magnesium alloy body for longevity, with good grip and finish leatherette exterior makes Fujifilm X10 a tactile pleasure, easy to use and handle compact camera. The Fuji X10 Design is a reminiscent of yesteryear and you cannot ignore its resemblance’s to the Leica Rangefinder, but with some class-leading electronics going on inside. The Design and layout is really thought; To switch on, you just turn the barrel, this rotates further to zoom the lens between its 28mm wide and 112mm maximum telephoto position- a great feature that avoids the whirring electrical sound that usually accompanies the zoom of a compact camera being brought into use.

The Silent and Fast Fuji X10: All the operation sounds, including shutter, can also be switched off on the Fuji X10 too, making it almost silent, it’s quick, with the camera ready to go as soon as you have twisted that lovely precision bevelled lens barrel. It can also shoot at 7 frames per second if required, which is impressive. Autofocus which wasn’t one of the strong points in the preceding X100, is also very fast on the X10, combined with the small discrete sharp silent operation and negligible shutter lag, this makes the Fuji X10 almost the perfect modern street photographer’s tool, with classic styling that’s hard to resist. Images display pleasing tones of colours, with plenty of detail and a forgiving latitude. Metering is accurate and a knurled dial atop the camera allows some AE compensation to be quickly dialled in if needed.

Fujifilm X10 Compact Camera

FujiFilm X10 Style

The Silent and Fast Fuji X10: All the operation sounds, including shutter, can also be switched off on the Fuji X10 too, making it almost silent, it’s quick, with the camera ready to go as soon as you have twisted that lovely precision bevelled lens barrel. It can also shoot at 7 frames per second if required, which is impressive. Autofocus which wasn’t one of the strong points in the preceding X100, is also very fast on the X10, combined with the small discrete sharp silent operation and negligible shutter lag, this makes the Fuji X10 almost the perfect modern street photographer’s tool, with classic styling that’s hard to resist. Images display pleasing tones of colours, with plenty of detail and a forgiving latitude. Metering is accurate and a knurled dial atop the camera allows some AE compensation to be quickly dialled in if needed.

FujiFilm X10’s Sensor

The Sensor is not as big as the X100’s APSC sensor, but at two-thirds of an inch it’s still notably bigger than most compact cameras exhibites a much more pleasing degree of dynamic range then other compacts currently available. For low light photography the X10 has clever Fuji EXR technology built into its sensor which enables expanded dynamic range photographs to be taken, albeit at a lower 6Mp size. Alternatively the Fuji X10 has effective auto-bracketing, where several pictures are taken in rapid succession that can then be combined in HDR software later.

Fast Fujinon Lens

The X10’s fast f/2-f/2.8 Fujinon Lens means high ISO or slow shutter speeds are not often needed and it is sharp to the edge and free of aberrations. The wider f/2.8 aperture at 112mm allows some background blur. At the opposite end of the scale, the lens can be set to super-macro, which allows focusing of a tiny subjects from as close as 1cm.

Fuji Film X10 ViewAt just over  4.5 x 2.7 x 2.2 inch (W x H xD) the Fuji X10 is slightly bigger than competing high-end compacts like the Olympus XZ1 and Panasonic LX5 but sits better in the hand and because it has a built in viewfinder it doesn’t require a protruding, external accessory and is therefore in the end more pocketable and easier to live with if you want a small camera with a viewfinder.

LIKES AND DISLIKES

The really great things about the X10 is its portability, manual controls, optical viewfinder, its quick to focus with little shutter lag, its silent and discrete capability, image quality and dynamic range, its craftsmanship and attention to details, its glorious looks and build. Our dislikes are that the viewfinder only covers 85% of the overall image, and there is no information or focus points indicated in the viewfinder, its proprietary RAW format only, and some white discs (sensor bloom) on low light specular highlights-but Fuji are working on a firmware upgrade, which hopefully should be salved before you read this.

OVERALL VERDICT

Besides a few minor dislikes the FujiFilm X10 could be the ‘always-with-you” camera many have been asking for, a genuinely jacket pocket sized camera thanks to its retracting lens. Its just a drop dead gorgeous and the IQ is a step up from compact cameras and closer to the mirror less, interchangeable lens cameras, which it a also approaches in body size. Once a lens is attached to those cameras, however none can offer the X10’s focus range in a single fast lens and in such a small and beautiful built package. Its not a Retrograde, its a modern classic and Fuji should be applauded for taking the brave decision to design a pocketable camera with build and features that serious photographers actually want.

Fuji Film X10 Zoom

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • 12Mp 2/3-inch EXR CMOS Sensor with primary color filter, Fujifilm EXR processor
  • Fujinon optical lens with Fast 4x stabilized zoom 28-112mm equivalent to a 35mm Camera
  • f2.0-f11(Wide), f2.8-f11(Telephoto) 1/3EV step (controlled 7-blade aperture diaphragm)
  • Shutter speed; (auto mode) 1/4sec – 1/4000sec (All other modes) 30sec – 1/4000sec
  • ISO 100-12800, 6400 and 12800 in extended mode, or Auto ISO
  • Internal Auto Flash (super intelligent flash)
  • 2.8″ TFT colour LCD monitor 460k-dots, 100% frame coverage
  • Bright optical viewfinder, approx 85% coverage
  • Full HD video with stereo sound
  • 360 degree sweep panorama
  • Electronic level
  • Fuji Film simulations
  • Fast auto bracketing
  • JPEG+RAW file processing in-camera
  • Monotone filters for Black and White

For more information on FujiFilm go to there official website: fujifilm-x.com/x10



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