lbjack: Andy, I remember your posting a comment on the forum, that if Fujifilm addressed the firmware issues, then definitely -- Gold Award. Apparently, they haven't addressed enough for you. Exactly what important ones remain? All of them?
Mr. Westlake (I'm new here, "Andy" sounds like if I were an old-timer), my camera DOES show the changes to the physical controls with "Image Disp" enabled. You may want to check this with another sample...
mr moonlight: After using the camera for a month now, my impression is much the same as the review. Although my biggest gripe is that it's a slow camera. Substantially slower than my GF1. I definitey have a love Hate relationship with the X100. Image quality, manual controls, the hybrid viewfinder and silent operation are exceptional. The firmware (especially the slow wake up time and AF) are pretty unacceptable. I also hate having to press the shutter once to wake it up and again to take the first shot.
I don't regret buying one, but I won't hesitate to upgrade as soon as someone else puts out something better. Perhaps the next firmware upgrade will change my mind, but I think Fuji should just start from scratch and put together a proper one. The camera itself is nearly flawless.
This works without adjusting the setting for the AFL/AEL button for "focus only" if you want to lock the exposure too
Keith Pulver: The modern digital camera computer is a combination of glass, sensor and UI-WX. The Fuji was intended to be a high-end luxury, travel-street camera...and it is...but only in physical appearance.
As a S/W Designer and a Certified S/W Quality Auditor I can say this camera would never have passed an aircraft flight-certification, a satellite-camera certification or a weapons certification. This Fuji and most cameras are still in the "Control-Alt-Delete while hopping on one foot" mode - with too many features and not nearly enough UI-UX designed in from the beginning.
Computers ought allow the user, be they pilot or soldier or photographer to "focus on the target and not on the system."
Maybe we are all so intrigued by the very notion of digital photography and digital darkrooms that we have failed to demand "Best Practice for Best Price" from the manufacturers who seem to respond simply to "more features" much like a fast-food chain promising more calories instead of a better life..
Two things, though: the camera is slow recording (not good for street photography for a camera that looks like a camera built for that) and you can't use the OVF with a distance of 3 feet or so (this I don't know if it can be solved). I own the camera and like it. I'm a photographer. It's true: there are some things "real" photographers don't need or maybe even don't want, and in trying to cover different markets, there will always be unfortunate compromises. BUT, critiques are supposed to be given according to the manufacturer's intentions and claims. Fuji made a big deal about the technology of the camera, so critiques to the technological aspects are justified. You shouldn't expect and "advanced" technology camera to work so-so with crucial needs. I agree with Dan Nikon: I really don't need manual focusing if in Macro mode AF works fine. And I agree with Antonio, I don't need facial recognition either.
JLL6: i cant autofocus when using optical viewfinder, but can autofocus using electronic viewfinder, at the same distance from the object.
any idea what's wrong?
I'm sorry, there's something wrong in what I said, the camera doesn't switch "automatically" to EV when objects are close, you have to make the change because the OF won't work with close objects.
There's nothing "wrong", that's the way the camera works (I know, it should be considered "wrong", I agree). The camera doesn't autofocus close subjects using the optical viewfinder. When it determines that a subject is close (and close means approximately 30"), according to its software settings, it switches automatically to the EV. It's in the manual somewhere. If you want to take a photo in Macro mode, you don't have the option of using the OV either.