Fujifilm FinePix X100 Combines Versatile Digital Power With Insanely Good Looks

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 image, not an electronic one. This thing looks nuts.

The lens is a 23mm F/2, which they say they’ve had specially made for this body and sensor. The LCD on the back is a ridiculous 800×600 pixels in 2.8″, putting it on iPhone 4 levels as far as pixel density goes. It’ll shoot 5FPS, ISO goes from 200 to 6400 (expandable to 12,800), and it’ll do 720p video.

But the body! Oh my god! It’s designed after the original cameras we all miss so much. It’s mostly made of metal, including the dials up top, which should give it a hell of a nice heft and feel. I sure hope it has full time manual focus too.

Man, I want one already. It’s like what the Sigma DP series should have been… and to be honest, I’d prefer this thing over the micro four-thirds bodies that are out there right now. Too bad it’s still “in development” and won’t be available until early 2011. Don’t worry, Fujifilm. I can wait.

Check out the FinePix X100 at its microsite.