Richard Murdey: This is a nice looking and nicely engineered camera. Not really Fuji's fault that this is the ultimate hipster camera. But hipsterific it is, much to the detriment of the community.
flickr groups devoted to the X100 are filled with, in no particular order
1. selfies taken in the bathroom mirror2. shots of expresso, latte, and other cafe beverages3. moody black and white shots of uninteresting and random cityscape.4. shots of the the X100 itself, in various expensive cases, taken with a camera that is not the X100
That covers about 90% of flickr photos with every camera, albeit with slightly fewer cats. Try a 500px search on X100 - some impressive stuff there.
Since I'm still on the original X100 I guess I would have to call it my gear of the last two years. While the 35mm was initially limiting, I soon began to see in 35mm frames, and once freed from the endless decisions about zooming I was able to concentrate on getting the elements right within that frame. The result has been more published photos in two years than my previous seven with Canon and a range of L zooms.
This looks surprisingly like a FrankenCamera - I would have thought with Nikon's resources they could have made a better job of the modern retro. Having switched most of my shooting to Fuji I get the appeal of knobs and dials, but this seems like a solution looking for a problem.
$699? Sold. If the quality is as good as their other lenses then it is an absolute bargain.
Photography has many uses, and one of them is to make a memorable image that tells a story. Not all stories are nice, and some of the stories we need to hear are definitely ugly. But for those who complain about "not another war photograph", let's have an alternative DPReview Pulitzers:
1) Best over-processed HDR2) Best Cat3) Best moody black and white cliche4) Best flower cliche5) Best street shot of people wandering aimlessly through the frameAnd so on.
By the way, I've shot almost all those cliches, and I live in constant admiration of those who put their lives on the line to get the images we see here.
As disturbing as they are, the fact that these images can elicit a reaction at all in an image-saturated world demonstrates their power.
From a technical perspective, it looks like a lot of the winners and runners-up were shot with a medium wide angle; hardly any extreme telephotos or wides in the collections. Kind of makes me want to take my X100 out and put it through its paces!
blue orpin: "The latest firmware allows the Raw button to be user-customized. It also makes it easier to set up the camera's Auto ISO behavior"
I just installed the fw, i can't see how it makes it easier to set up the auto-iso. Am i missing something ?
I have to agree here. Auto ISO is something that I use rarely, and when I do it's very much set it and forget about it for the rest of the session. For the most part I like to choose the ISO the camera is using, and for this purpose the ability to select it using the Fn button is handy.
I guess DPReview had better start incorporating some point source light tests in its previews and reviews. Who knows how many orbing compact cameras there are out there?