First announced at Photokina last year, Fujifilm X-100 is now close to reach the camera shops in North America and Europe. The point is that you have to see it before I am going to tell you anything else, so here is the image:

Fujifilm Finepix  X-100

Fujifilm Finepix X-100

Remember the classic rangefinders by Canon, Nikon and of course Leica? Retro-styled super-modern Finepix X100 is very different inside, but very much reminds this superb rangefinders family externally.

Finepix X100 comes with fixed 23mm F2.0 lens (no, it is not interchangeable!), and with the world-first ‘hybrid’ viewfinder, which combines both optical and electronic viewfinders.  EVF has 1.4M dots, and you can switch between optical and electronic viewfinders with a simple switch, adopting your vision to the challenging lighting condition.

Fast at F2.0 23mm is a non-folding lens, which means you do not have to wait them to open – your camera is ready for the shooting when you switch it on.

What really makes Finepix X100 to stand out of any P&S and a 4/3 camera is the 12.3 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and EXR processor, specifically developed by Fujifilm for this model. It produces 4288×2848px RAW & JPEG images and 720p HD videos (H.264). ISO goes 200 – 6400 (100 – 12800 in extended mode) and we can expect DSLR-class low noise even at high ISO. Small body of X100 (only 5″ / 12 cm wide, 15.7oz / 445gr weight) should not mislead you – with a spec like this Finepix X100 has the power of a DSLR.

Yesterday Fujifilm has published first X100 images samples gallery here and I reviewed a few samples of different subjects at the full size.

Full size 4288×2488 px image is here

Data

  • Apperture: f/4
  • Shutter speed: 1/15
  • ISO: 200
  • White balance: Fine
  • File format: JPEG

Image detail at 1:1

Finepix X-100 image detail at 1:1

Finepix X-100 image detail at 1:1

Another sample shows the portrait abilities of 23mm lens (35mm equivalent I guess, if Finepix X100 cropping factor is 1.5).

Finepix X-100 sample image

Finepix X-100 sample image

Full size 4288×2488 px image is here

Data

  • Apperture: f/2.8
  • Shutter speed: 1/340
  • ISO: 200
  • White balance: Auto
  • File format: JPEG

Image detail at 1:1

Finepix X100 image sample detail

Finepix X100 image sample detail


Yet another sample demonstrates the versatility of X100, from portraits to landscapes to street photography

Finepix X100 image sample

Finepix X100 image sample

Full size 4288×2488 px image is here

Data

  • Apperture: f/4
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000
  • ISO: 200
  • White balance: Auto
  • File format: JPEG

Image detail at 1:1

Finepix X100 image sample detail

Finepix X100 image sample detail

Short summary

I like:

  • Fast f2.0 lens and nice bokeh with 9-blade aperture diaphragm
  • Non-folding 23mm ‘pancake’ lens -> the camera is ready for the shooting much faster
  • APS-C CMOS sensor with ISO 200-6400. We should expect low noise on high ISO
  • Innovative ‘hybrid’ viewfinder, eye detection sensor, built-in diopters correction
  • Fantastic ‘retro’ styling, rangefinder look and feel
  • Small and lightweight
  • Intuitive manual controls familiar to anyone who shot once with a film body
  • RAW capture
  • Macro shooting @10cm
  • Built-in up to 3 stops ND filter
  • Enhanced picture modes to emulate the colors of Velvia, Provia and Astia
  • Auto-bracketing in 4 types of bracketing functions: AE, ISO, Dynamic Range and Film Simulation
  • Hot shoe for external accessoires. Fujifilm will sell EF-20 (Guide Number:20) and EF-42 (Guide Number:42) external flashes
  • Built-in flash

I do not like:

  • 440K px TFT LCD. 920K+ is the modern standard
  • 720p @24fps is definitely a HD, but 1080p @24/25/29 fps Full HD would be much better
  • Probably the most important: There is no filters ring on that 23m lens! Filters ring and the lens hood are sold separately. Definitely not good. However, once you get the ring, any 49mm filter works, and 49mm filters are much cheaper than 77mm filters
  • Case is sold separately
Fujifilm Finepix X-100

Fujifilm Finepix X-100

From the technical specification and the samples I reviewed it looks like Fujifilim has created a real gem, an innovative light weight and compact DSLR-class fixed lens APS-C camera, which defines a new class of digital APS-C compacts. Street shooters, travel and landscape photographers should fall in love with it.

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