Fujifilm FinePix X100

  • 12.2 MP
  • f/2.0
  • APS-C CMOS
  • 2.8" LCD
Released September, 2010
Fujifilm unveiled the FinePix X100, a compact camera with an SLR-size APS-C sensor and traditional analogue control dials, that hides ground-breaking technology inside a retro-styled body with looks to die for.
Rated 75% by by DPReview (May, 2011)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Fujifilm FinePix X100

Back view of Fujifilm FinePix X100
It's the company's first camera with a large, APS-C sensor aimed at professionals and advanced amateurs since the S5 Pro DSLR of 2006.
Rated 75% by by DPReview (May, 2011)

megapixels

0 MP
24 MP

12.2 MP
20 MP
30 MP
All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 12 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.
FinePix X100 by Photography Blog (Mar, 2011)
Announced at Photokina six months ago but just hitting the shelves now for a price of £999.99, the 12.3 effective megapixel FinePix Finepix X100 has got the photographic industry seriously a-buzz.
FinePix X100 by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2011)

sensor size

Fujifilm FinePix X100
Leica D-Lux 6
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
It’s a beautifully-designed rangefinder-styled camera that squeezes an SLR-size APS-C sensor into its compact body, and sports a fixed, fast F2 maximum aperture semi-wideangle lens with a classic 35mm-equivalent field of view.
FinePix X100 by DPReview (May, 2011)
One of the advantages of the X100's APS-C sensor and fast F2 lens is the ability to blur the background to some degree (and rather more than with typical small-sensor compact cameras).
FinePix X100 by DPReview (May, 2011)

wide angle lens

Fujifilm FinePix X100
Leica D-Lux 6
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
At the heart of the X100 lies its fixed 23mm F2 lens, which offers the same moderately-wide angle of view as a 35mm lens on a full-frame camera.
FinePix X100 by DPReview (May, 2011)
The X100 uses a distinctly traditional control layout, clearly inspired by fully-mechanical compacts from the 1960s and '70s, with top-plate dials for shutter speed and exposure compensation, plus aperture and manual focus rings around the lens barrel.
FinePix X100 by DPReview (May, 2011)

aperture size

Fujifilm FinePix X100
Canon PowerShot G1X
Leica D-Lux 6
The lens plays host to aperture and manual focus rings, while on the top plate there are dials controlling shutter speed and exposure compensation (which is available up to +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop steps).
FinePix X100 by DPReview (May, 2011)
For users who like to shoot in program exposure mode, leaving both shutter speed and aperture setting to the camera, the X100 offers program shift so you can bias any specific shot to a preferred shutter speed or aperture.
FinePix X100 by DPReview (May, 2011)

body size

127 x 75 x 54 mm
101.6 x 58.1 x 35.9 mm
111 x 59 x 38 mm
Indeed the X100 is similar in thickness to the smallest interchangeable lens cameras such as the Sony NEX-5 and Panasonic GF2 fitted with their smallest pancake primes.
FinePix X100 by DPReview (May, 2011)
Fujifilm may be a company that’s currently best-known for its prolific production of compact cameras, but in reality it has a long tradition of making somewhat left-field, unique cameras aimed at serious enthusiasts and professionals.
FinePix X100 by DPReview (May, 2011)
 

Performance Real world tests of Fujifilm FinePix X100

shutter lag

Fujifilm FinePix X100
Canon PowerShot G1X
Sony NEX-7
The X100 has a number of other features that are indebted to the film past, from the quiet leaf shutter, the ring around the lens for setting the aperture, dials for the shutter speed and exposure compensation, to the range of film simulation effects and the leather-like finish.
FinePix X100 by Photography Blog (Mar, 2011)
Meanwhile the shutter speed and exposure compensation dials are well-placed for operation by your right hand, as is the red-tipped switch on the front of the camera for switching between the optical and electronic viewfinder.
FinePix X100 by DPReview (May, 2011)

battery life

300 photos
430 photos
360 photos
This process can be speeded up by enabling 'Quick Start Mode' in the Set-up menu, but Fujifilm warns this comes at the expense of battery life.
FinePix X100 by DPReview (May, 2011)
You can turn on Quick Start mode to reduce it, but that will decrease the already way too-short battery life.
FinePix X100 by c|net (May, 2011)

max continuous shooting

And the burst mode is less of a continuous shooting mode than a best-shot mode; it runs at about 5.2fps, but only for 2 seconds, and then you have to wait while it writes those 10 photos to the card.
FinePix X100 by c|net (May, 2011)
When you view your images, the camera enters a playback mode that shows the first frame in the burst, inlaid with a small nausea-inducing animation of the burst sequence.
FinePix X100 by DPReview (May, 2011)

DxOMark low light performance

Fujifilm FinePix X100
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Canon PowerShot G1X
The combination of which should result in superb quality photos, with low light performance being particularly exceptional.
FinePix X100 by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2011)
The X100's flare characteristics tend to be most obvious (and, depending on your point of view, problematic) when shooting in low light or at night, which is when flare patterns and ghost images can become most visible against dark backgrounds.
FinePix X100 by DPReview (May, 2011)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 0.33x
  • APS-C
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
  • Generic
  • 49
  • Yes
  • 73.0
  • 22.9 bits
  • 1,001 ISO
  • Stitches together multiple photos into a single ultra-wide view
  • Combines multiple photos together to capture both bright and dark areas
  • 1/4000 s

cons

  • 90%
  • 460 k dots
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
  • 2.8"
  • None
  • Sep, 2010
  • 3,200 ms
  • 35 mm
  • 100 mm
  • 5 fps
  • 12,800 ISO
  • Use buttons to access features and menus
  • The screen is fixed in place
  • 12.2 MP
  • None
  • Lacks the ability to create slow motion video
  • Won't have that film look
  • 127 x 75 x 54 mm

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 75%
Read the review (May, 2011)
You may not gain much advantage in terms of sharpness and detail out of shooting raw with the X100, but you still benefit from the ability to tweak exposure, white balance and colour after the event.
Rated 100%
Read the review (Mar, 2011)
All of the nice handling touches and cutting-edge technologies in the world wouldn't matter if the X100 didn't deliver the goods in terms of image quality, but thankfully the X100 scores a bullseye in terms of the photos that it produces.
Rated 90%
Read the review (Nov, 2011)
With rangefinder camera-style dials on the top to twist and turn the X100 feels very much like a camera creative photographers can fully engage with too.
Rated 78%
Read the review (May, 2011)
While the X100 delivers excellent color accuracy in its default standard film profile, it does tend to oversaturate very saturated colors, especially reds.

Lens

The X100 is capable of producing quite pleasingly blurred backgrounds, and in most situations the quality of the blur is attractive enough.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 75% by by DPReview (May, 2011)
The drive, flash and macro selection menus disappear about 2 seconds after you've pressed the button to call them up, but the white balance selection menu is 'sticky', and only dismisses on a half-press of the shutter (we'd prefer the other three to do the same).
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 75% by by DPReview (May, 2011)
Stopping down to F4 improves matters substantially, and the lens becomes critically sharp at F8.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 75% by by DPReview (May, 2011)

Focus

You can still autofocus or change the shutter speed, aperture, and exposure compensation, but during this time you can't change the ISO, switch between the OVF and EVF, focus manually or move the AF point while the camera is writing to card.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 75% by by DPReview (May, 2011)
It uses traditional analogue control dials for shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation, alongside an electronically coupled (‘focus-by-wire’) manual focus ring.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 75% by by DPReview (May, 2011)
The focus ring isn't mechanically coupled to the lens's focus group, but is instead 'focus-by-wire.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 75% by by DPReview (May, 2011)

Sensor

Because noise inevitably increases with ISO, it's still the case that using DR100 at ISO 200 will a result in cleaner image than DR200 at ISO 400 or DR400 at ISO 800.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 75% by by DPReview (May, 2011)
Pushing the envelope at ISO12800 equivalent and we're seeing softening across the entire image on close inspection to limit noise, Again, this is as good a result as some lesser compacts manage at ISO1600, so it seems that Fuji's bright lens, big sensor combo really lives up to the pre-release hype and delivers the goods for low light photographers.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2011)
I was most surprised by the high quality of the camera's JPEG processing; I couldn't easily get better noise-reduction results from processing the raw version-your mileage may vary-which is unusual.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 78% by by c|net (May, 2011)

Viewfinder

Finally the rear LCD shouldn't be dismissed - it's sharp and detailed and, like the EVF, gives both a 100% view and exposure preview.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 75% by by DPReview (May, 2011)
But the biggest story is its innovative and unique hybrid viewfinder, which combines a conventional direct-vision optical viewfinder with a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, offering the best of both worlds plus a few unique tricks of its own.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 75% by by DPReview (May, 2011)
For the very best results, though, it still makes sense to switch to the EVF for short-range shooting.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 75% by by DPReview (May, 2011)

Image quality

It also has excellent edge-to-edge sharpness, falling off only in the extreme corners, and no fringing that I could spot.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 78% by by c|net (May, 2011)
Detail is such that you can spot grains of dirt/dust on the ladybird's body, if enlarging the central portion of the shot, as well as the grain of the surrounding stonework.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2011)
Detail is such that you can spot grains of dirt/dust on the ladybird's body, if enlarging the central portion of the shot, as well as the grain of the surrounding stonework.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2011)

Editions Editions of the Fujifilm FinePix X100

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