Greynerd: The advantage of Photoshop is you can buy find books easily on how to use it. I used to use Paintshop Pro but there seems to be a dearth of printed literature on how to use it to its full extent.
Thanks for the info Lyle which is handy for the Corel users but it is nice to just go into a bookshop and see what you are getting. Even large newsagents have photoshop books but rarely Paintshop. The Online tutorials from Corel are very good but I am a bit old fashioned and like a printed book.
The advantage of Photoshop is you can buy find books easily on how to use it. I used to use Paintshop Pro but there seems to be a dearth of printed literature on how to use it to its full extent.
I do love it when sigma bring out a new lens for m43. There is such a massive struggle for so many users with the concept that people would want to buy a cheap lens when they can just get a better lens for lots more money.No macro. I mean really really mega slow at f2.8, no distance scale, no DOF indicator - it just makes you shudder with the horror of it.
zinedi: External EVF in the middle only, for extra money? Forget it. No built-in VF - no camera for enthusiasts and advanced photographers.
@abortabortI have never noticed Olympus dropping the price for all the things they leave off their Pens which tend to to be minimalism in everything but price. The rear displays are some of the worst in sunlight and many entry level compacts have more readable displays.
The 20-50 lens is looking rather long in the tooth. It was an early attempt to create a compact aps-c lens but the zoom range is truncated and there is no stabilisation. It does look bit to me a bit of the latest thing in cameras but with an ancient lens bolted on to it. The 20-50 is a very competent lens but I would have thought Samsung could have manged to produce a folding 18-55 or even wider by now or at least a 20-50 with stabilisation.
kecajkerugo: many people do not care about RAWs therefore for this community is perfect camera.Many of you is dissapointed of the quality try to make a test then:have somebody to swicth on different cameras in the DPR tool in a way you do not know which one is the fuji (so do not use this review comparative analysi directly) and try to guess which one is the fuji. Do it for lower ISO and moderate ISO...a high ISO of 3200 or higher will not work on any such cameras. Make another test: using same tool swich on a few APS-C cameras to be compared to the Fuji...select for example D5000, Canon Rebel .....older ones (but still with a large sensor) and see how the smudging look like...you will be surprised how much the DSLR are "soft". So mayby this camera is softer viewed 100% than soem of the small sensor brothers but it is still a great tool when viewed normally on a screen.
I agree. For any compact camera like this the resolution at 100% and performance at ISO 3200 are primarily of academic interest and will be irrelevant to the practical uses the camera is designed for.For 100% crops and ISO 3200 no compact would a sensible choice. Even the RX100 whose equivalent aperture advantage has almost disappeared by 35mm equiv. compared to the fast 1/1.7" and this slighly slower lens 2/3" camera.The images can hardly be called mediocre as one or others have described them. Seems a nice camera in its class.
PhotoKhan: From the "Conclusion-Pros":"Solid build quality with retro design".How can "retro design" (a personal preference) be considered a "Pro"?
...and I find it now an established Fujifilm characteristic that their cameras have problems reproducing blues and reds.
Firetruck-red is definitely NOT that shade.
I am not sure that designing something to look like it was hand built in the 19th Century but will in fact be mass produced in the 21st Century is always a good match.
Benarm: The writing is on the wall. EVF will replace OVF like digital replaced film. Same goes for mirror flip and mechanical shutters. Obviously it won't happen overnight or in a first attempt/generation.
The only trend I can see is the OVF being replaced by no VF at all or if you are lucky available as an expensive accessory.
This does look a very neat camera/lens setup. Obviously Sony Nex lens division have found some way of communicating with the side that produces the camera bodies which is nice to see. I do wonder if the lens side had confused Nex with NX so thought they were producing lenses for the quasi DSLR Samsung NX10 series and only had the mount specs but had never seen a Nex camera body before.I do like the EVF being placed on rather than above the camera body. It would be nice if Olympus and Panasonic could manage to do the same thing. It does seem pointless putting a great lump on the top of a camera for just an EVF.
shaocaholica: Why won't 1080i just die. Interlaced displays died a looooong time ago.
I suspect from what has been said here that professional broadcasters are not going to be using this camera which will be a blow to Fuji in their market expectations.
Augustin Man: I like Fuji: they launch simultaneously 42X ,44X and 50X super zooms, so that the Fuji fans can choose the EXACT super zoom they wanted!
Not exactly an exact choice. The people who want a 46X or 48X zoom are being left out in the cold. Unless they already make these which is possible.
All the satellite HD TV in the UK runs on 1080i and there does not seem to be any problem. The pictures look fine and it would really take a lot of bandwidth to go to non interlaced for little real benefit.I would think 1080i is very much alive and will be for the foreseeable future.
Shunda77: Fuji must have one of the most confusing superzoom lineups out there.
A superzoom for each day of the week!
This one though is apparently amazing. Amazing images, amazing optics, amazing performance and amazing optical image stabilisation. Possibly the other ones are not so amazing.
People are confusing the meaning of smaller with small. It is still a big lump but not as big as the other big lumps.
It does have an about to disintegrate toy look about it. Are these designed to self destruct after so many uses?
mpgxsvcd: I don't need 1200mm in my telescope. Why would I need it for terrestrial work?
The camera has not got a 1200mm focal length lens, it is 215mm focal length..I have a 20 to 60x zoom on my Kowa telescope which cost more than the scope and is invaluable for bird spotting on the local reservoir. I presume you are talking about an astronomical telescope which I believe need aperture more than magnification, for stars at least.Also as these cameras start from a wide angle so a 50x zoom probably is only 25x magnification if you take 50mm as eyesight. Happy to to be corrected on this. I did find with a SX40 that I had the magnification at full zoom did seem to be half that of the telescope.
How does pixel binning work with x-trans? Can you reduce resolution without bringing in colour artefacts? Is it better than, worst or the same as a Bayer sensor? I must say I have never noticed any problems when I drop the pixel count on normal cameras.
Combatmedic870: Costing more then the LX7 is a non starter(LX7 is $299). I dont see the point.
I would take the LX7 over this anyday, unless it really is that significantly smaller.The sensor on the LX7 is a 1/2.0 vs 1/2.3, so not much a difference. but the lens is much faster.
The list price of the LX7 is $499 but the market price has dropped over time, but only in the USA, it is currently £350 in the UK. The list price of the XZ-10 is $400. Why is it that people just never get that you cannot compare hot off the press new product prices with mature product prices. In the UK the XZ-10 starting list price matches the current LX7 price. There seems to a bit of a fire sale going on with the LX7 so whilst it is good for the US customer I wonder how healthy it is for Panasonic. Possibly they may be making money and the competition is well over priced. I must say I am looking forward to a price war between all these similar cameras but I suspect in Britain we will have to wait until they dump them for the the next model. The only affordable UK top end camera is the Samsung EX2f at £250 in established dealers which I may go for as the competition is just too expensive.
neroangelo: Not one in Scotland?! The quicker Scotland gets independence and gets out of this 'UK' that never includes us the better!
The thing is in Scotland they would have to be given away free like everything else or there would be no interest. The idea of having to give them back would not be a concept understood in Scotland.