Fujifilm X100

Fujifilm X100The long awaited Fujifilm X100 pro digital compact camera is receiving rave reviews by those in the know. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of compact cameras on the market and new ones are being released almost weekly, but for professional photographers who are looking for only the best in quality, new announcements are much more infrequent. In the past many opted for the top Nikon Coolpix P7000 or the Canon G12 (or previous Canon G11, Canon G10 and older models in the range). Some would have gone for the stylish and capable Leica compact range but models like the Leica M9 don't come cheap at almost £5000.

Development of DSLR cameras has seen prices tumbling and specifications increasing relentlessly and there are now both Nikon and Canon DSLR models retailing for less than £500.

The Fujifilm X100 sits in an altogether different category, almost a category of its own. It sets new standards for image quality in a compact digital camera and forgoes many of the gimmicks for style and usability. Professional photographers need the option to control every feature of a camera manually to create the images they are looking for and the X100 satisfies this need perfectly. That's not to say it doesn't offer some interesting options for the creative snappers who want to take advantage of the best the digital world can offer.

What the X100 does offer is superb image quality right through its ISO settings which stretch from ISO200 right up to ISO6400. Typically when compact cameras are pushed to the upper reaches of their ISO limits the inadequacies of their small sensors are exposed, but the X100 sports a 23.6 x 15.8mm APS-C CMOS sensor, the same size as found in semi-pro DSLR cameras like the Canon 7D, so the results are understandably impressive.

Another area where the Fujifilm X100 stands out is its colour representation. In lower quality compacts, the lack of colour accuracy was often disguised using in-camera processing such as saturation boosts and other techniques. And because the X100 has the ability to capture RAW files you have full control of the final image in your post-processing stage.

The fixed Fujinon lens on the X100 was a surpise to some and of course there is no zoom capability. For a compact costing this much that may seem a failing, but if you want top quality images then that's a sacrifice that was deemed necessary.fijifilm x100 rear view

The X100 also has the ability to capture video in 720p format. Other compacts claim HD quality but are often let down by their poor lenses, so the 720p offered is perfectly good.

Price - you'll have to pay top RRP for your X100 at the moment, if you can get one that is. That means a hefty £999 give or take a few pence. There are plenty of photographers who are finding some of the controls frustratingly annoying - however most love the images the X100 produces and that's what really counts.

  • Fujifilm X100 - Pro compact digital camera
  • 12.3 million pixels resolution
  • 23mmm f2 lens (equivalent to 35mm)
  • no zoom
  • retro desigm with magnesium alloy top and base
  • Aperture settings on lens dial
  • min focus 80cm, 10cm in macro setting
  • RAW and jpg capture
  • shutter speed 30s to 1/4000 + bulb
  • manual - single shot autofocus - continuous autofocus
  • weight 445g
  • Storage SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Dimensions 126.5 x 74.4 x 53.9mm
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