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Just posted: Fujifilm X10 in-depth review

By dpreview staff on Jul 11, 2012 at 23:29 GMT

Just Posted: Our in-depth review of the Fujifilm X10. It's been a long time coming, but we recently got our hands on a modified X10, which incorporates the sensor fix for the much-publicised 'white orbs' blooming issue. Since then, we've been working hard to incorporate our experiences with, and samples from the modified camera into this unavoidably-delayed review. Click here to read our full report on Fujifilm's flagship compact. 

Click here to read our in-depth review of the Fujifilm X10

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Richie Beans
By Richie Beans (Jul 12, 2012)

Man....that's a pretty camera!

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jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Jul 12, 2012)

This review is bad news for this little camera that couldn't.

1 upvote
PJInTheUSA
By PJInTheUSA (Jul 12, 2012)

It got a silver award.

Did you even read the review?

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mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (Jul 12, 2012)

Of course he didn't- this is the comments from the front page, it's all hyperbole or nothing.

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Photo-Wiz
By Photo-Wiz (Jul 12, 2012)

Since it is not more pocketable than a Canon G1X; since G1X delivers much better image quality; and since there is only $100 difference in price, I'm not sure what the case is for buying the X10?

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Jul 12, 2012)

In my opinion the X10 is a nicer camera to use. It focusses quicker (and better - I found myself selecting 'macro' AF mode constantly with the G1X just to shoot portraits) and generally handles a little more smoothly, an impression aided by its smaller size.

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Gesture
By Gesture (Jul 12, 2012)

DO you think Fuji will get this RAW issue sorted out?

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Jul 12, 2012)

It's more of an issue with 3rd-party support, to be honest.

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GaryJP
By GaryJP (Jul 12, 2012)

I find the X10 a fun camera to use, but the G1 X a better camera to look at my final images from. (Unless I'm doing macros) But then, it's about priorities.

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deep7
By deep7 (Jul 12, 2012)

I guess it's natural that people compare the X10 and G1X. I thought about the X10 but the G1X was cheaper and produces better images. Actually, the X10 more truly competes with the XZ1 and G12, etc. The G1X is really competing with n4/3 cameras or, at a stretch, non-zoom cameras like the X100.

I'm just chiming in here to point out that I find the G1X focus is quick and very decisive. I never lose a shot from slow focus or mis-focus. The close-focus thing can be a drag but I just assigned "macro" and "35mm" to the C1 dial position and it's quick to change.

X10 is gorgeous though!

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Jul 12, 2012)

Nonsense Barney.....Fujifilm could easily provide support to Adobe to get RAW converting up to speed. It is not Adobe's fault, it is FUJIFILM's.

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marike6
By marike6 (Jul 12, 2012)

I have zero issues with raw, which is all I shoot with the X10. Lightroom 4 and ACR work perfectly, and I've never seen anything from the images like the raws in the Comparison tool.

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/5543808958/albums/fuji-x10

The X10 is an excellent "photographers" camera, with everything laid out with hard dials - EV comp, ISO via Fn, self-timer button for tripod work, etc. But I was genuinely shocked to read the bit about raw and ACR as I've not had one issue. high ISO ability is by far the best of any P&S I've ever used. And the raws look beautiful.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Jul 12, 2012)

@rattymouse - there are two things here. Firstly, Fujifilm need to communicate with Adobe and share IP (not something you can always assume a large manufacturer will be able/willing to do).

Secondly, it needs to be worth Adobe's while to spend time (a lot of time) optimizing their product to work with the X10's Raw files (not something you can always assume that Adobe will be able to do).

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increments
By increments (Jul 12, 2012)

@Barney

Given Fuji don't actually compete with Adobe/Apple's Aperture (and they must be aware of market share reality) they really need to wake up and realise that lack of 3rd party support costs sales.

If Fuji actually give the relevant info to Adobe, I'm pretty sure we'll get a decent solution. (The X10 is not the only EXR camera that shoots RAW.)

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Don Karner
By Don Karner (Jul 12, 2012)

So now that the camera has been dead and buried for months, we get a full review. Better late than never I guess.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Jul 12, 2012)

What a silly comment.

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PJInTheUSA
By PJInTheUSA (Jul 12, 2012)

There will be a lot more to come I am sure! :)

Thanks though. Look forward to giving this an in depth read.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Jul 12, 2012)

Many years from now, people will still call up this web page to check on what DPR had to say about this camera.

It will still be quite relevant. It will help people make purchasing decision now and in the future.

It's never late, but always timely.

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GaryJP
By GaryJP (Jul 12, 2012)

Many years from now people will be planning to buy a flawed 6 megapixel camera? I wish my old camera gear had that much resale value.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Jul 12, 2012)

It's actually a really good 6MP camera ;)

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Iskender
By Iskender (Jul 12, 2012)

GaryJP:
Consider how someone can check the model's performance when this camera is on ebay for 50 €/$ years from now. This review will be very helpful then.

Also every camera is a bunch of compromises and therefore flawed. Those photographers who care more about the image than the camera will very rarely miss a higher pixel count.

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xchert
By xchert (Jul 14, 2012)

Thank you DPR for this comprehensive review!

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Pixel Judge
By Pixel Judge (Jul 12, 2012)

"Fujifilm will replace any units which have the problem, we've received no definitive answer from Fujifilm on how consumers can determine whether that X10 sitting on a camera store shelf or purchased online has the original or updated sensor..." Blah blah blah...
Really?! I have NOT heard any words from Fuji at all on this issue.
This is the only camera I ever ordered and canceled prior to its delivery.

I really like this Fuji, and it WILL still win me over the new Sony RX100. But I will not order it until Fuji apologizes and recall all existing 'white-orbs' X10s.

Let's wait and see...

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GaryJP
By GaryJP (Jul 12, 2012)

That's not what they are saying in my part of Asia. They are saying you have until September to get it fixed, which I think appalling given that it is THEIR error.

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Josh152
By Josh152 (Jul 12, 2012)

So what happens when you buy a camera in October and it comes from old stock and has the orb issue? Will you just be SOL?

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GaryJP
By GaryJP (Jul 12, 2012)

Do they care?

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CFynn
By CFynn (Jul 12, 2012)

If you want one, buy the camera in a shop after checking it out there. Most camera shops are a pretty good environment to test for orbs - lots of bright lights and reflective surfaces.

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Osvaldo Medina
By Osvaldo Medina (Jul 12, 2012)

Well, I bought mine for 485 euros, a big difference to more than 600 euros annouced on the review. And I like it a lot!!

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Seagull TLR
By Seagull TLR (Jul 12, 2012)

Thankx, DPR!

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sqware
By sqware (Jul 11, 2012)

Finally!

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Veducci
By Veducci (Jul 12, 2012)

A silver award for a camera that produces better looking 6 MP vs 12 mp jpegs and unsatisfactory raws ? Cmon now !

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