Fuji FinePix X10 review: A retro, rangefinder styled compact for enthusiast photographers
8 March 2014
Excerpt: Updated: We’ve now subjected the Fuji X10 to a long-term test, and have updated our review with the results. Read the ‘Second opinion’ page to see how we got on. Fuji created quite a stir when it released its FinePix X100 in March 2011. The combination of a retro-styled metal body, APS-C sized sensor , fixed 23mm f/2 lens and a unique hybrid viewfinder caused plenty of interest among enthusiast and professional photographers alike.
Summary: The Fujifilm X-10 packs the finest Fujifilm DNA into a fine full-metal Rangefinder-like body. It's got a 12-megapixel 2/3-inch EXR-CMOS sensor that maximizes dynamic range and color depth along with a 28-112mm Fujinon lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.0-2.8. The specs are impressive and so is the performance, but the package comes with a hefty price tag of Rs. 44,990, much more than what the competing cameras are priced at.
Pros: Generously sized sensor, f/2.0-2.8 fast lens is great for shooting in low light, the viewfinder is a nice touch for shooting, Support for RAW format
Cons: Focusing is a little shaky at variable focal lengths, Black levels in video are higher than normal, leading to loss of detail, The unpocketable Rangefinder design might not be for everyone
Conclusion: Fujifilm has acknowledged that the white disc problem is a serious flaw. Although it's something that really should have been caught and corrected before the camera went into production, Fuji has shown commitment to resolving the problem, taking the unusual step of revisiting its sensor design to correct the problem. We've not yet had the opportunity to look at an updated camera, though.
Pros: Very nicely designed body, Smooth, silent manual zoom, Bright optical viewfinder, Very bright lens, especially for a zoom, Fairly quick AF and fast shutter lag, Above average high ISO performance for a compact camera, Improved dynamic range with EXR D-Range modes, Very good hue accuracy, better than average indoor white balance, Mechanical shutter release, EV dial on top panel, Full PASM with Movie on the Mode dial, Top drawer metal controls, Large LCD
Cons: Very nicely designed body, Smooth, silent manual zoom, Bright optical viewfinder, Very bright lens, especially for a zoom, Fairly quick AF and fast shutter lag, Above average high ISO performance for a compact camera, Improved dynamic range with EXR D-Range modes, Very good hue accuracy, better than average indoor white balance, Mechanical shutter release, EV dial on top panel, Full PASM with Movie on the Mode dial, Top drawer metal controls, Large LCD
Summary: The X10's FUJNON 4x manual zoom lens (28-112mm), has been treated with Super EBC (Electron Beam Coating) and consists of 11 glass lens elements in 9 groups. It has a wide angle maximum aperture of F2.0 and a maximum telephoto aperture of F2.8. The optical glass viewfinder has an extra wide 20 degree viewing angle, and if you there's also a 2.8-inch LCD display. Fujifilm's FinePix X10 has a diverse collection of both automatic and manual modes.
Pros: Stylish and comfortable, rangefinder-like body, Well placed controls, Plethora of exposure options for users of all degrees, High-quality 4x zoom lens with fast aperture range, Excellent low light capabilities, Captures pleasing 12-megapixel photos in various conditions, Excellent choice for product or macro photography, Robust shooting performance, LCD screen is visible in various lighting conditions, Records good quality HD video, Cool high-speed video options, Exce...
Cons: Exposure Compensation dial is too easily turned when bumped or touched, Built-in flash is very weak, No APS-C sized sensor like found in the X100, No more Hybrid viewfinder, Price falls into entry-level dSLR and EVIL camera territories, EXR Auto produces higher amounts of noise than P/S/A/M modes, Images are a bit soft when you stop the lens down, AF system had issues in lower lighting, Image size does not reset after using higher ISO settings at reduced resolution; m...
Summary: The Fujifilm X10 combines retro-styled attractiveness with excellent build quality, a fast zoom lens and all the external controls you could want in a compact camera. The camera's EXR sensor technology allows for impressive dynamic range and in combination with the X10's relatively large sensor allows for very good high ISO performance.
Pros: Very good JPEG image quality in 6MP capture modes, EXR sensor technology provides impressive dynamic range and noise performance, Fast, very sharp zoom lens with an f/2.0-2.8 aperture, Image stabilization that offers roughly a 3 stop advantage, Extensive manual control points including a mode dial and two Fn buttons, Good range of image quality parameters, Excellent in-camera raw conversion, Good handling, Bright optical viewfinder, Robust build quality, Accurate AF s...
Cons: Image quality of 12MP JPEG files is lacking compared to peers with more conventional sensors, Poor image quality of Raw files processed via the bundled (and other third party) software, Live view is partially obscured by menu overlay, Optical viewfinder placement means the lens barrel is visible at wide to medium focal lengths, Very limited manual controls for video recording, Visible artifacts in video capture, No manual focus in video mode, Large footprint compared ...
Excerpt: The Fujifilm X10 ($599) is a premium compact camera that shows interchangeable lens cameras don't get to have all the fun. The X10 has a cool retro design, solid build quality, a large optical viewfinder, and a ton of manual controls. It's also the little brother to the FinePix X100 that I (generally) enjoyed using last year.