Fujifilm FinePix X100

$809
  • 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
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 (May, 2014)
The crops above demonstrate that not only is the X100 capable of capturing an impressive level of detail, but also that the JPEG engine does an exceptionally good job of rendering it.
FinePix X100 by DPReview (May, 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
As it's name might suggest, this mode allows you to create wide-angle panoramas, by pressing the shutter button and rotating the camera (rather like Sony's sweep panorama).
FinePix X100 by DPReview (May, 2011)
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)

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
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5
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
500 photos
430 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
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5
The combination of which should result in superb quality photos, with low light performance being particularly exceptional.
FinePix X100 by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)
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
  • 2.8"
  • Sep, 2010
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
  • None
  • 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
  • 403 ms
  • 12.2 MP
  • None
  • Won't have that film look
  • Lacks the ability to create slow motion video
  • 127 x 75 x 54 mm
  • 30 s

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 75%
Read the review (May, 2011)
The adjustments offered by these controls are large compared to the differences between the film modes, and in principle this allows you to tailor the camera's JPEGs very specifically to your taste.
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 (May, 2014)
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

That means you'll end up using macro mode far more often that you might otherwise.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 78% by by c|net (May, 2011)
You can shoot 720/24p videos with the X100, with control over aperture and continuous autofocus.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 78% by by c|net (May, 2011)
That's mediocre enough, but the focus is inconsistent as well, especially in macro mode; during my shooting, it frequently thought it had locked focus but clearly hadn't.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 78% by by c|net (May, 2011)

Focus

If you want to use manual focus, you really should try before you buy to make sure you'll be comfortable with the mechanism and viewfinder.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 78% by by c|net (May, 2011)
On the left side is a switch for selecting among manual, single-shot autofocus and continuous AF.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 78% by by c|net (May, 2011)
And now we head from the sublime to the ridiculous: By any metric, the X100's performance is slow given the camera's price, especially if you use autofocus.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 78% by by c|net (May, 2011)

Sensor

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.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 75% by by DPReview (May, 2011)
Because of this, the minimum ISO available in each mode is limited: ISO 400 at DR200, and ISO 800 at DR400.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 75% by by DPReview (May, 2011)
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)

Viewfinder

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)
Fujifilm’s viewfinder magnification and coverage specifications are a little vague and have been the subject of some confusion, so let’s clear this up.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 75% by by DPReview (May, 2011)
It's large, bright and detailed, and offers all the usual advantages of an EVF, such as true 100% frame coverage, the ability to accurately preview exposure and depth of field, image magnification for critical manual focus, and the overlay of a wide range of useful information such as a live histogram.
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 (May, 2014)
It particularly excels in low light and where you want the background thrown out of focus to concentrate the viewer's gaze.
Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)

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