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 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 ...
Conclusion: The Fujifilm X10 has one of the larger sensors in a compact, zooming camera, but doesn't control noise in low light as well as you'd expect. Its ergonomics make handling a bit awkward, but enthusiasts will be happy with the sharp images that this retro-styled camera captures.
Pros: Sharp photos. Good video quality. Large optical viewfinder. Lots of physical controls. Fast, 4x zoom lens. Retro styling.
Cons: Somewhat awkward handling. So-so low-light performance. LCD could be sharper. Pricey.
Summary: The Fuji Finepix X10 is a premium compact which distinguishes itself by a unique mechanical lens with a bright F/2-2.8 maximum aperture. It offers complete manual controls and an efficient interface, including dual control-dials and plenty of external controls. Its 4X wide-angle optical zoom range is usable for a variety of photographic subjects. Should a 28-112mm focal-range cover your needs, the X10 is an excellent candidate to consider.
Pros: Low image noise, usable until ISO 3200, Superb dynamic range, Excellent metering, Excellent sharpness, Nicely saturated colors, Mechanical zoom, Great ergonomics, Fast focus system, Good shot-to-shot speeds, Responsive interface
Cons: Below average white-balance accuracy, Not Exposure-Priority, Incorrect preview of WB, Wrong Live-Histogram, Imperfect Custom WB, Poor optical viewfinder, Short battery-life, Minimal grip
Excerpt: Once again, Fujifilm has brought us back to the analog days with its retro-looking X-series. The new X10 is a less full-featured version of the X100 (which while impressive, bordered on overwhelming). The new iteration is far more consumer-friendly — both in terms of price and handling. Of course, that means it’s also a step backward, with some downgraded specs.
Pros: Fantastic image quality, Sharp design, Plenty of shooting modes and options to explore, Good low light performance
Fujifilm takes its design cues from the 1950s, but its technology is all 21st-century
6 December 2011
Summary: As much as I like the Fujifilm X10, it’s not a camera I’d recommend to most average camera buyers. It’s drop-dead gorgeous and it works really well, but it’s quite complicated to use, and there’s a fairly steep learning curve if you want to make the most out of the camera. With no interchangeable lenses it’s not versatile enough to be a primary camera for serious shooters, and it’s potentially too much for hobbyists to make use of its best features.
Pros: Incredibly good-looking, Excellent picture and video quality, Fast focusing performance
Cons: Complicated to use effectively, No interchangeable lenses, Poor battery life
Excerpt: To give it a 60s retro look, the X10 has been kitted out with a rather stylish synthetic leather finish on its aluminium body. Not only does this make for a nice-looking camera but it gives the X10 a great non-slip grip, too. Plenty of consideration has been put into this camera, from its felt-lined lens cap to its perfectly weighted dials and there's even a satisfying ‘˜pop' on the pop-up flash.
Conclusion: The X10’s retro styling looks chic and is matched with impressive performance. This is a compact camera at its best and leaves little to be desired. It outperforms all its nearest rivals, has an excellent lens, bags of hands-on controls and will fit the bill for the more discerning snapper. The 85 percent field-of-view optical viewfinder does lack any form of feedback in its display, but is otherwise miles ahead of the competition.
Pros: Great build, bright f2-2.8 lens, excellent images (save for specular highlight issue), zooming optical viewfinder
Cons: Specular highlights can morph into white dots, no viewfinder feedback/LCD, 85 percent field of view from viewfinder, no ND filter