Fujifilm FinePix X100

Announced Sep 19, 2010 •
12 megapixels | 2.8 screen | 35 mm
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Announced Sep 19, 2010

In amongst all the cameras announced at Photokina 2010 - including enthusiast SLRs such as the Nikon D7000, Canon EOS 60D, Pentax K-5 and Sigma SD1 - one utterly unexpected model stole the show. Fujifilm unveiled the FinePix X100, a compact camera with an SLR-size APS-C sensor and traditional analogue control dials, that hides ground-breaking technology inside a retro-styled body with looks to die for.

The X100 uses traditional analogue-style control dials for shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation, alongside an electronically coupled (‘focus-by-wire’) manual focus ring. But the biggest story is its innovative hybrid viewfinder, which combines a conventional direct-vision optical viewfinder with a high-resolution electronic viewfinder. This, in principle at least, gives the best of both worlds, plus a few unique tricks of its own. If you prefer, you can of course also frame your shots using the 2.7"" rear LCD, like any other compact camera.

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Review, May 16, 2011
Quick specs
Body type Large sensor compact
Max resolution 4288 x 2848
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Focal length (equiv.) 35 mm
Optical zoom 1×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.8
Screen dots 460,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format MPEG-4
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 445 g (0.98 lb / 15.70 oz)
Dimensions 126 x 75 x 54 mm (4.96 x 2.95 x 2.13)
GPS None

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Our review

The X100 combines excellent image quality, solid build and a superb viewfinder with somewhat sluggish and quirky operation. It's been much-improved by multiple firmware updates since its initial incarnation, and despite its flaws is now a very likeable camera indeed.

Good for: Enthusiast and professional photographers looking for excellent image quality and traditional analogue controls in a relatively small, discreet package

Not so good for: Photographers demanding fast, flawless operation, especially in low light.

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