V1/J1 or Fujifilm X10? Which is better for a beginner to photography?

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Re: V1/J1 or Fujifilm X10? Which is better for a beginner to photography?
In reply to aaronius, Dec 2, 2011

Hello aaronius -

Low-light: Although J1/V1 have a bigger sensor than X10, the X10 lens is much brighter. Also, although I don't have first-hand experience, the reviews seem to say that J1/V1 focusing slows down a lot in low-light. so it may be comparable (or worse?) than X10 for low-light focusing.

Responsiveness: J1/V1 certainly seem to be faster in good light, though the ephotozine reviews don't bear this out. See above re: low-light focusing.

X10 problem: see the dpreview fujifilm talk forum about the "white blob/disk/dot/orb syndrome." Appears to be a severe problem with blooming. Fuji is apparently looking into this, but no solution yet.

Learning photography: The X10 offers much easier manual control, which many people feel is central to learning photography.

Cuteness: J1 wins by a landslide.

aaronius wrote:

... I am currently looking at the Fujifilm X10, Nikon J1 or V1. Which one will you recommend for a beginner? She is currently using the S95 and she wants something which is responsive, easy to use and better than her S95 in low-light...

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