Fujifilm Finepix X10

$418
  • 12 MP
  • 4x f/2.0
  • 2/3" CMOS
  • 2.8" LCD
Released September, 2011
The X10 produces average quality video with pleasing white balance and well balanced exposures in all but the more extreme shooting conditions.
Rated 76% by by DPReview (Jul, 2012)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Fujifilm Finepix X10

Back view of Fujifilm Finepix X10
The files are usable though, and it feels a little unfair to hammer the X10 for its video performance given that Fujifilm is clearly not pitching it as a tool for video enthusiasts.
Rated 76% by by DPReview (Jul, 2012)

megapixels

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As mentioned before, there is virtually zero shutter lag, which is fantastic, and it can shoot up to seven frames per second (ten if you’re shooting at the smaller 6-megapixel setting).
Finepix X10 by David-Pierce (Dec, 2011)
The fast readout from the CMOS sensor allows the camera to shoot at up to 7 frames-per-second at full resolution, and 10fps at 6MP.
Finepix X10 by DPReview (Jul, 2012)

sensor size

Fujifilm Finepix X10
Samsung NX1000
Sony NEX-5N
While the X10's AF system focusing speed is roughly on par with compact camera competitors like the Panasonic LX5, it lags behind the performance of the best contrast-detect systems we've seen, like those in the current crop of Micro Four Thirds cameras, for instance.
Finepix X10 by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
If you're set on a nearly APS-C sized sensor in a reasonably compact form factor, then the Canon PowerShot G1 X is very tempting.
Finepix X10 by DPReview (Jul, 2012)

wide angle lens

Fujifilm Finepix X10
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
The Fujifilm Finepix X10's lens has a fast aperture of f/2.0 at the 28mm wide-angle setting and f/2.8 at full telephoto, which in combination with the extensive ISO range of 100-3200 at full 12 megapixel resolution makes the X10 well suited to low-light shooting, allowing you to hand-hold the camera in places where you'd usually be reaching for a tripod (if allowed) or other support, especially as the camera also features built-in optical image stabilisation.
Finepix X10 by Photography Blog (Nov, 2011)
Normal focusing is from 50cms to infinity at 28mm wide-angle, so if you want to get closer to your subject than that and still be able to auto-focus, you have to remember to select the Macro mode, which gets you as close as 10cms from your subject (with Super Macro Mode offering a focusing distance of just 1cm).
Finepix X10 by Photography Blog (Nov, 2011)

aperture size

Fujifilm Finepix X10
Nikon Coolpix P7000
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
On the right are the rear control dial and customisable AFL/AEL button, a circular control wheel which can be used to change the shutter speed and aperture and select other settings, and four options around it for setting the drive mode, flash mode, self-timer and focusing mode.
Finepix X10 by Photography Blog (Nov, 2011)
It also means that you get more control over depth of field than you might expect from other compact cameras, although even with the X10's relatively large (for a compact) sensor and fast lens it isn't possible to achieve the same sort of background blur that you can on a DSLR at equivalent aperture/FL settings.
Finepix X10 by DPReview (Jul, 2012)

zoom range

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The X10's 28-112mm (equivalent) zoom lens is reasonably versatile and impressively fast, maintaining a respectably wide maximum aperture even at its maximum telephoto setting.
Finepix X10 by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
As with the X100, the new X10 delivers intuitive handling in spades, from the welcome inclusion of a true optical viewfinder to the manual zooming ring, not forgetting the exposure compensation and shooting mode dials, flash hotshoe, clever pop-up flash and even the traditional threaded cable release.
Finepix X10 by Photography Blog (Nov, 2011)

body size

117 x 70 x 57 mm
129 x 98 x 62 mm
109 x 60 x 27 mm
The proliferation of smartphone camera use - coming at the expense of traditional compact camera sales - sees manufacturers showing a welcome interest in catering to the needs of enthusiasts.
Finepix X10 by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
We have covered the 'white orbs' issue previously in our roundup of high-end enthusiast compact cameras published late last year, and in an investigative article published back in February.
Finepix X10 by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
 

Performance Real world tests of Fujifilm Finepix X10

battery life

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We don't really see the point of using the Continuous IS mode for either stills or video, particularly since it taxes the X10's already short battery life.
Finepix X10 by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
There’s a whole lot of good stuff inside the X10, but you won’t get to make use of it for very long — its battery life is really, really bad.
Finepix X10 by David-Pierce (Dec, 2011)

max continuous shooting

Its burst shooting sounds fast, but it's pretty limited: 7.5fps for one second.
Finepix X10 by c|net (Dec, 2011)
*Maximum frame number for each continuous shooting mode is limited.
Finepix X10 by Photography Blog (Nov, 2011)

DxOMark low light performance

Fujifilm Finepix X10
Sony NEX-5N
Samsung NX1000
Even in low light, the X10 continues to take impressive pictures.
Finepix X10 by David-Pierce (Dec, 2011)
In low light situations, the camera uses its SN mode which combines data from the pairs of similarly-colored photosite.
Finepix X10 by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
 

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

pros

  • Contrast detection focusing system
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
  • Generic
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  • Yes
  • 10 mm
  • Optical
  • Create slow motion video
  • 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

  • 460 k dots
  • 2.8"
  • 2/3"
  • 50.0
  • Sep, 2011
  • 11.3 ev
  • 20.5 bits
  • 12,800 ISO
  • Use buttons to access features and menus
  • The screen is fixed in place
  • 12 MP
  • 245 ISO
  • None
  • Won't have that film look
  • 30 s

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 90%
Read the review (Dec, 2011)
Tonality is another area where the X10 delivers pleasing results with good levels of contrast, even with all tonal settings set to ‘Standard.
Rated 76%
Read the review (Jul, 2012)
It offers good image quality with a wide range of processing options, a fast zoom whose CA is very well-controlled, an impressively solid build quality and the types of external controls that will make any DSLR user feel at home when using the X10 as a second camera.
Rated 90%
Read the review (Nov, 2011)
The Fujifilm Finepix X10 takes the compact camera to the next level, with a luxurious and intuitive design, class-leading build quality, quick responses and enough features to satisfy most photographers.
Rated 78%
Read the review (Dec, 2011)
But to get the best photo quality you have to shoot in the automatic modes, which runs counter to the idea of an enthusiast camera, and yet even in auto it's too complicated to recommend to snapshooters who just want better photo quality.

Sensor

This is important becayse Fujifilm's unique EXR sensor produces Raw files that are not handled particularly well either by the bundled Silkypix software or by any third party raw conversion platforms that we've tried.
Fujifilm Finepix X10 | Rated 76% by by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
As with all Fuji EXR sensors, the chip inside the X10 employs a unique pixel arrangement that allows neighbouring pixels to be combined when necessary to increase sensitivity in low-light conditions, but which can also act independently to deliver maximum resolution.
Fujifilm Finepix X10 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)
You're simply not able to achieve resolution you'd reasonably expect from Raw output of a 12MP sensor with either ACR or SilkPix.
Fujifilm Finepix X10 | Rated 76% by by DPReview (Jul, 2012)

Lens

While F2.8 on the X10's lens is clearly not equivalent to F2.8 on a full-frame camera in depth-of-field terms, when set to an equivalent focal length equivalent and maximum aperture the X10 can deliver a very similar background blur to an APS-C DSLR with kit zoom.
Fujifilm Finepix X10 | Rated 76% by by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
Without the lens cap or optional lens hood, its been our experience that the lens quickly ends up with a fingerprint or two from casual handling.
Fujifilm Finepix X10 | Rated 76% by by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
The 4x lens is commendably sharp and distortion free at both ends of its focal range, while the f/2 / f/2.8 maximum apertures makes it easier than most compacts to creatively throw the background out of focus.
Fujifilm Finepix X10 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Nov, 2011)

Image quality

The output is distinctly low resolution, with image quality that is better suited for viewing on the web, rather than printing or pixel peeping.
Fujifilm Finepix X10 | Rated 76% by by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
As you can see in the 100% crops above, cyan - along with very slight remnants of magenta - fringing is visible in the camera-processed JPEG.
Fujifilm Finepix X10 | Rated 76% by by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
As the name implies High Resolution mode prioritises resolution above all else, while Dynamic Range takes two images simultaneously and them combines them into a single (6MP) image.
Fujifilm Finepix X10 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)

Focus

AF performance is impressive too, with focus-lock close to instantaneous in good light and only dipping slightly in dimmer conditions.
Fujifilm Finepix X10 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)
When it is turned on, it overrides the menu's AF mode, even greying it out.
Fujifilm Finepix X10 | Rated 76% by by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
It can usually focus and shoot very quickly, 0.3 second in good light and 0.6 second in dim.
Fujifilm Finepix X10 | Rated 78% by by c|net (Dec, 2011)

Iso

Other key features of the Fujifilm X10 include an ISO range of 100-12800, full range of manual controls, Fujifilm’s EXR shooting modes, optical image stabilisation, raw image capture, a hot-shoe, an integrated manual pop-up flash, film simulation modes, 360° motion panoramas, 1cm macro mode and an electronic level gauge.
Fujifilm Finepix X10 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Nov, 2011)
At ISO 3200 the image has become noticeably softer, but the X10 can still produce usable images which is hugely impressive for a camera of this size.
Fujifilm Finepix X10 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)
Sensitivity performance is very good too, with images shot at or under ISO 400 free of noise.
Fujifilm Finepix X10 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)

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