A unique and powerful camera hampered by uneven attention to detail and an inadequate menu system. For a camera so strongly and effectively focused on going back to basics, the legacy of ugly menus, slow focus, and chintzy dials seems especially out of place. In this case, beauty truly only is skin deep. Except for the fabulous lens and sensor, I should say.
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I’d like to say I’ve had my problems with the X100, but since inventory is so tight, they haven’t had a chance to get us one to review yet. But from everything I’ve heard, it’s a great camera with some really half-baked firmware. Fujifilm is hoping to address this with an update that makes some functions harder to accidentally set or reset and improves performance a… → Read More
A lab analysis by DxOmark of the impossible-to-find X100 has found that the sensor performs better than competing compact manual digitals. Of course, the X100 is a different type of camera, but they’re aimed in the same direction. At any rate it’s a testament to the engineering and the benefits of a fixed-lens system. Hopefully we’ll have one of these guys to test out soon. [via… → Read More
The beautiful and potentially functional X100 has had its US release delayed for some time, first because of enormous popularity and limited inventory, and then because of the natural disasters striking Japan. Other tech industries were hit hard as well, but they seem to be gradually picking up the pieces as relief and reconstruction begin. Fujifilm says that cameras should reach stores at the… → Read More
Just a little PSA in case you’re looking forward to picking up one of the amazing-looking (but ridiculously expensive) X100s from Fujifilm — apparently they underestimated the camera’s popularity, and are having trouble keeping up with demand. They were originally going to be shipping in the US in early-mid March, but that may slip to early April. Patience, my friend. I think… → Read More
While it’s not the carbon copy some seem to think it is, the X100 does take a lot of design cues from Leica and this generation of cameras in general. I’m dying to get my hands on one of these, though that $1200 price tag is a little intimidating. Lots more comparison pics and other X100 porn at Nokton’s Flickr page. [via 43rumors and PetaPixel] → Read More
Although I would have said that a camera is “official” when you announce it and make a whole microsite about it, Fujifilm is slightly less cavalier about their camera lineup, and only today are making the gorgeous and powerful X100 truly real. We’ve talked about it before, even played with it at CES, but I’ll just put the final specs and info here for good measure.
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My love for the X100 is no secret. I was excited when it was announced, ecstatic to get my hands on it, and even named it my personal best of show at CES. So I’m a little jealous (but I understand, Fujifilm, I understand) that a few photo outlets on the net are getting their units for hands-on previews. DP Review’s is practical and thorough, as usual, and Norwegian site Akam.no has put… → Read More
My pick for best of CES just showed up on Adorama for pre-order, and although the price is certainly high ($1199), it must be acknowledged that the X100 is a unique camera, and very possibly an excellent one. Fujifilm is known for powerful sensors, the whole device was engineered as a whole, the lens is fast, the viewfinder magical, and so on. Yeah, you could buy a great DSLR or M4/3 for less, and… → Read More
Oh man, I was so pumped to get my hands on this thing. This is the beautiful retro-styled, APS-C sensored, dial-covered compact camera we heard about a few months back, and immediately fell in love with. It’s got a “hybrid viewfinder” that either works as a regular see-through thing with overlay, or you can flip a switch and it becomes an EVF. Plus, just look at that sucker. More… → Read More
Wow, Fujifilm. Just… wow. This is an amazing piece of work. The FinePix X100 is… not really comparable to anything on the market. It’s got the sensor of a DSLR (12-megapixel APS-C) but is set up like an old-school rangefinder, with an actual optical viewfinder. Or rather, a hybrid viewfinder, since they can overlay information on it like an EVF… but it’s still a real… → Read More