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The future for Fuji cameras

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Re: The future for Fuji cameras
In reply to wyldberi, Jan 2, 2014

wyldberi wrote:

Fuji took a bold step when it put together a team composed of 5 departments and told them they were working on a new Project X. The goal: to put together an integrated system capable of producing world class photos, in a relatively small & light weight "compact" system, that had a nostalgic, aesthetic appeal that stood out from the pack, and that came in at a moderate price point.

The Marketing department succeeded with the retro-styled X Camera design.

The Lens department hit a home run with the second round of lenses released, i.e., the 18-55mm, the 14mm, the 23mm, and now, the 56mm f-1.2.

The Electronics division did a good job with the EXR processor, and kept at it. They developed the EXR-2 processor that increased the cameras' handling, recording, and processing speed. I'm wondering what lies in store with the EXR-3 that's still being sketched on the drawing boards.

The Software Development division began building a base of super-strong Customer loyalty when they began issuing regular software updates that corrected poor performance issues and kept adding additional, usable features that pleased Fuji's Customers.

Finally, there's the Sensor division. They developed a revolutionary sensor concept that did away with the older Bayer technology. Sure they did lock the Fuji X Cameras into the APS-C sensor format. But they came up with an excellent product, and with the X Trans-2 sensor, they've taken away another tool of the gainsayers, who can no longer charge that the X Cameras are too slow; now they can only claim that the X Cameras are slower than some of the other cameras that come in at twice the weight and three times the size of the X-E2.

But the one thing we don't know is, where is technology going to go in the future. Fuji has the glass and will have more in the near future. Fuji has the form factor and design that takes photography back to the basics of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and Focal Length; things that digital cameras almost made us forget about; things that give photographers time to stop and think of things like composition -- while they're at it.

And where is the technology leading us? The biggest thing I can think of is that organic sensor development Fuji is engaged in. What's going to happen to "full frame" digital behemoths, when a new APS-C format sensor comes along with double or triple the resolution of present day pixel designs?

I think this is what lies in store for the high quality image segment of the camera market. Fuji's poised to integrate the new organic X Trans Warp sensor into its X Camera bodies. While Nikon and Canon will be left trying to explain why the public needs such a large heavy body and large heavy lenses to take pictures that don't match the quality of the smaller organic sensor cameras. OR, they'll be trying to explain why their new "full frame" organic sensors are needed in order to produce those lovely images from the 10-Gigabyte image files that take 3.2 hours to process in LightRoom 12.3.

The next few years would be interesting as both Canon and Sony are working on Foveon type sensors.  It'll be the next big thing.  Sony is also working on FF sensor >50MPix resolution.  So as Fuji is about to unveil their organic CMOS sensor, Canon and Sony too are about to unveil their Foveon type sensor.  There is no doubt that Foveon type sensor will have better details and better colors.  But the Fuji sensor is likely to have better dynamic range and better high ISO performance.  If there is enough pixel density on the organic sensor, maybe details and colors will be close to identical to the Foveon type sensor.  Who knows who is going to win the race.  We're certainly in an interesting time.

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