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: The X100 combines excellent image quality, solid build and a superb viewfinder with somewhat sluggish and quirky operation. It's been much improved by multiple firmware updates since its initial incarnation, and despite its flaws, is now a very likeable camera indeed.
Pros: Excellent sensor offering superb image quality even at high ISO settings, High quality lens with excellent cross-frame sharpness, and minimal distortion and chromatic aberration (although see Cons below), Exceptional build quality - extremely solid, yet not too heavy, Intuitive and straightforwar...
Cons: Camera locks-up certain key functions for several seconds while writing to card (including ISO), Requires fastest possible SD cards to give tolerable write speeds when shooting raw, Several key features buried deep in the menus (Auto ISO configuration, ND filter, flash exposure compensation), Aut...
Summary: The development of the FinePix X100 was announced by Fujifilm at the Photokina show in September 2010, and the camera seems to have generated considerable interest ever since. The formal announcement of its commercial release, slated for March, came on February 8, 2011.
Pros: Very good images, color, Great features for serious shooters, Useful hybrid viewfinder
Cons: Cost, Slow write times, AF average to a bit slow
Summary: If you have the bucks and you want the best photo quality possible, the Fujifilm FinePix X100 delivers. But definitely try before you buy to make sure the focusing systems won't make you crazy.
Pros: Thanks to great photo quality, a clever hybrid viewfinder, and a cool, retro design, there's a lot to like about the Fujifilm FinePix X100 .
Cons: Sluggish performance, especially for such a high-priced camera, and a frustrating navigation control make shooting with the camera a lot less fluid than it should be.
Summary: Like most photographers who saw the early prototypes of the X100, I couldn’t wait to use it and even considered buying one. Having now spent some time with the camera, it certainly has its charm and has more than proved itself on its image quality.
Summary: Not quite as flexible as a DSLR, nor as user friendly as a standard compact, the Finepix X100 is a bit of an anomaly in the digital camera market. It’s lovingly designed, and its hybrid viewfinder may well prove to be a sneak-peek at the future of high-end snappers, not to mention the sheer quality...
Excerpt: is the newest entry into the mirrorless fixed lens category, and adds an entirely unique feature of not only an optical viewfinder, but a hybrid optical viewfinder with electronic overlay, or alternatively you can just use the electronic viewfinder.
Pros: Extremely quiet shutter, Very low noise at all ISO settings, Hybrid Optical / Electronic viewfinder - world's first, Excellent image quality and colour, Excellent build quality
Cons: Fixed focal length lens (35mm equivalent), Limited close-up focusing of 80cm (when using OVF), High price compared to competition