Conclusion: The X100 is a truly pioneering camera that has brought retro styling back to market in a big way. Though retro styling aside the real beauty of the X100 is that it offers the market a relatively inexpensive rangefinder camera that delivers incredible image quality from a large APS CMOS sensor.
Excerpt: FROM OUR EDITORS AT PHOTOKINA: Fujifilm entered the all but non-existent large sensor compact camera category this morning, with the launch of the Finepix X100—a 12.3MP APS-C sensor camera with a 35mm equivalent f/2 lens, a newly developed EXR processor and a 1970’s feel.
Summary: As we come to the end of this test and review, we conclude the following: those wanting to buy their first camera should look for one that is cheaper and better than the FujiFilm FinePix X1000.
Summary: With an original March 2011 launch price of £1000 the Fujifilm FinePix X100 was by no means cheap – although compared to its closest rival at the time, the Leica X1, it still looked like excellent value.
Pros: High-end feel, superb image quality and hybrid viewfinder
Conclusion: Are there better cameras that cost less than the $1199 price tag? I’m sure there are. But there aren’t many that can match the sturdy build, good looks, and great performance in such a package smaller than a digital SLR.
Pros: + Looks great, + Feels great, + Smaller than a full-size digital SLR
Cons: - More expensive than your ordinary digital camera, - No zoom; can't change lens, - If you want a petite camera, look elsewhere, - No auto-intelligent-preprogrammed-whizbang features, - If you take a lousy picture, you only have yourself to blame
Excerpt: To be honest, I was not planning on writing a review of the Fuji X100 camera. First, because the camera was sent to me in error. As I was preparing to send it back, I was asked if I wanted to try it out, so I agreed to check it out and ended up shooting with it for a week.
- LCD resolution lower than modern SLR screens (460,000 RGB dots instead of 921.000 pixels)
- high price Test results by Betternet, in affiliation with Shutterbug via the TIPA membership connection.
Summary: The Fuji Finepix X100 is a uniquely intriguing camera. Its inconspicuous analog-camera look is alluring for its quantity of buttons and dials, promising efficiency while shooting. A one-of-a-kind hybrid viewfinder lets it have an EVF and an optical-tunnel viewfinder in the same place.
Pros: Superb image quality in compact size, Extremely low noise, Very good sharpness from wide-open, Flexible rendition of colors and tones, Bright lens with F/2 maximum aperture, Real aperture ring, Leaf-Shutter allows High-Speed-Sync, Built-In 3-Stop ND Filter, Plenty of external controls, Inconspicu...
Cons: Sluggish autofocus system, Slow manual focus ring, Severe yellow cast under tungsten lighting, Live-Histogram shows metered exposure, Previews metered exposure, not actual, Clear but pointless OVF, Two dials needed per exposure parameter, No AE-L with MF, Illogical and under-used button functions...
Summary: Some Controls are difficult to use / manipulate Exposure Compensation dial is too easily turned when bumped or touched Fixed lens limits framing versatility Very Expensive No audio input for external mic The Fuji FinePix X100 is a rangefinder style digicam with a newly designed EXR system featuring...
Pros: Heavy, Solid Feel, Unique Rangefinder body style, Designed for users with manual camera knowledge, High Quality Fixed lens, Outstanding overall image quality, Robust shooting performance, Hybrid Viewfinder is useful and a pleasure to use, LCD is an excellent shooting and viewing option, Excellent...
Cons: Some Controls are difficult to use / manipulate, Exposure Compensation dial is too easily turned when bumped or touched, Fixed lens limits framing versatility, Very Expensive, No audio input for external mic