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
Excerpt: Following in the award winning footsteps of the X100 , Fujifilm has created the FinePix X10 digital camera. With its die-cast magnesium alloy body, the X10 features a newly developed 2/3-inch 12-megapixel EXR CMOS sensor which is able to automatically detect optimum shooting mode from 99 variations.
Summary: Just like the X100 before it, the X10 is another lovely premium compact camera from Fujifilm. The understated, classic design looks the part, while the build-quality can't be faulted. The controls fall to the hand with ease and the inclusion of a useable optical viewfinder makes it a pleasure to shoot with.
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.