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.
|Body type||Large sensor compact|
|Max resolution||4288 x 2848|
|Effective pixels||12.3 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm)|
|Focal length (equiv.)||35 mm|
|Min shutter speed||30 sec|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|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″)|
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.