This wasn’t supposed to be my new camera. I had written off the Fuji X100 for a number of reasons, not the least of which was that they’ve been so hard to come by since being first released last March. I still wanted one, but there were so many complaints being made by people who did manage to get their hands on one that I sort of lost the urge.
The following paragraphs are a condensed assessment of a week spent using the Fuji X10, a premium compact camera that forms part of Fuji’s growing “X” line of high end cameras. The X10 has been causing quite a stir of late in the camera world so I was very fortunate through the kindness of the guys at Digital Depot (Stevenage) to spend time using one.
Being impressed so far with the image quality from the Fuji X100 (B&H), based on my initial impression of the camera, I was tempted to put the camera to a real test. A test where we remove the luxury of using the camera just as a walk-about fun camera. Instead, I wanted to shoot an event where there are real expectations from the images. With that idea in mind, I asked around if any of my wedding photographer friends would consider using me as a freebie 2nd shooter, where I would use only the Fuji X100 as my camera.
(Google Transaltion) Fujifilm X10 was a challenging camera to test, but one of the most thoroughly enjoyable cameras we've tested in a long time. In fact, since X10S big brother, the X100. It is so special and thought it was a joy to use, and only now and then we got ourselves a mental nose thieves of a strange surprise. That sort of is, however, quickly made to shake off, and resume play.
With the advent of the very small interchangeable-lens compact-system cameras some industry observers predicted the end of the high-end digicam with built-in lens. That may seem to be a logical prediction because such cameras are certainly very portable and full-featured. But when you attach the standard zoom lens, every one of those becomes relatively large and heavy. That’s why several manufacturers are still making prosumer-grade cameras with a high-grade built-in lens and an optical viewfinder.
I’ll be frank, I’m not a fan of talking about camera gear. I like talking about photography. I shy away from talking about various camera bodies, lenses, flash units, filters, or whatever else can be talked about under that umbrella. I like discussing the process of photography to get to a desired result. A camera is a tool which helps with that end-result –the photograph. So it’s a rather giant leap out of my comfort zone to talk about a recently acquired camera.
First of all, for those who haven’t heard of the Fuji X100 (B&H) yet, it is a beautiful retro-looking rangefinder-mimicking 12 megapixel digital point & shoot camera (with a fixed 35mm equivalent f2.0 lens), that gives remarkable image quality. That about sums it up.
Here is another look at the X10 and Micro Four Thirds. On the one hand, I would contend that a micro four thirds camera with a 14-42 kit lens (f/3.5-f/5.6) is little better than the Fuji X10 at creating shallow depth of field. Still better than most compacts with their f/5.6 telephoto, but not terribly amazing at creating shallow depth of field.
I am not going to spout spec sheets for you here. Please head over to dpreview or fuji's own website and read what they have to say about that part of the camera. What I will do instead is tell you what I think of the camera based on where I am coming from.
For starters, I am not a professional reviewer of anything. What I am is an avid user of cameras. I started off with a Canon Powershot S3IS, moved to an Olympus E520, and then to an Olympus E-3 with a trio of HG lenses (pro spec stuff similar to Canon's f4 L class lenses.) The fuji was purchased to fill the role of travel camera. I do a lot of cycling, and wanted something with good picture quality, good external control, and light weight. The fuji fits that set of requirements.