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Fujifilm FinePix X100 at Focus on Imaging 2011

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joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 4605 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
7 Mar 2011 - 9:16 AM

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There is a relatively good number of Fujifilm FinePix X100's on display - around 4 cameras - so getting to try one is quite easy. The X100 has a novel optical / electronic viewfinder overlay that is worth seeing to full appreciate. The front switch is used to switch between the different optical / electronic views, and the lens has a manual aperture ring around it (as well as an Auto position).

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The top has a number of manual controls, and dials for exposure, shutter speed, function button and flash hotshoe.

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The screen on the back is bright, and the electronic spirit level is a useful feature. The camera's focusing speed was slower than some people had wished for - and it does seem to focus at roughly the same speed as a compact digital camera, although I have not done any scientific testing, so this is just my general hands-on opinion.

More pictures and details to follow... if you want to know anything about it, let me know and I can ask Fuji

Last Modified By joshwa at 7 Mar 2011 - 9:17 AM
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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 9:22 AM


Quote: The camera's focusing speed was slower

That would be the first thing to ask, WHY!
I am not sure if it is average focusing speed, however I tested Panasonic after the X100, and Panasonic focusing speed is much faster.

User_Removed
7 Mar 2011 - 9:44 AM

I went to Focus yesterday with this camera No 1 on my list - and was very disappointed with the focusing.
It borders on the useless for capturing a 'snapshot moment'. That moment will have disappeared by the time the shutter is able to release. And this is a 1K camera?

Sorry Fuji - back to the drawing board. Sad

peterjones
peterjones  123992 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 10:09 AM

there seems to be an awful lot of of latent interest in the Fuji X100 mostly I suspect for it's good retro Leica like looks however if the focus speed is that bad it isn't going to be good at what most would buy it for (apart from cache and male jewellery) i.e. street photography unless it has a good manual focus function.

Last Modified By peterjones at 7 Mar 2011 - 10:10 AM
RoyBoy
RoyBoy  10173 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 12:44 PM

I also had a little go with this camera yesterday at Focus.

The camera was nice in the hand and good to look at. However the dials felt a bit "plasticy" and the write speed was diabolical for a camera just released onto the market. The "rep" said that he noticed this too (when I pointed it out) and "thinks" that maybe it is because the camera had a slowish card in it. Even it was the slowest card availble the write speed should had been better. Also would you not think that Fuji would have mad sure that there was a high speed card in the camera in order to show it at its best??

Regards
Roy

joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 4605 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
7 Mar 2011 - 3:24 PM

Did anyone else find the middle Menu/OK button impossible to press - and keep hitting the up/down arrows instead?

User_Removed
7 Mar 2011 - 5:55 PM

I didn't get past the Focus problem Josh. That did it for me. Sad

strawman
strawman  1022010 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 6:15 PM

I dumbly assumed you would focus it like a rangefinder, how did it do on manual pre-focus, could you set a hyperfocal distance easily? I was hoping for something that would autofocus focus like the Panasonic m4/3 cameras and have easy to use manual focus.

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315631 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 6:16 PM


Quote: I didn't get past the Focus problem Josh. That did it for me

That`s off putting Mike, maybe there`s a firmware upgrade in the pipeline.


Quote: how did it do on manual pre-focus, could you set a hyperfocal distance easily? I was hoping for something that would autofocus focus like the Panasonic m4/3 cameras and have easy to use manual focus

I believe you can only do it via the rear screen John, would have been better with markers on the lens.

Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 7 Mar 2011 - 6:20 PM
User_Removed
7 Mar 2011 - 6:25 PM

You could do everything that one is used to (and expects) with the shutter release 'half press' John...

except it took

















































that long to acquire the focus point selected and release the system to the shutter mechanism. (i.e the time it took for you to end up reading this line)

(I am not kidding)

EDIT: For the military-minded amongst us, it was akin to the Sgt Major teaching drill - remember the phrase 'One - (PAUSE) - TWO!' ?

Wink

Last Modified By User_Removed at 7 Mar 2011 - 6:31 PM
joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 4605 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
7 Mar 2011 - 7:03 PM

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Very much a rangefinder style camera, but without the rangefinder focusing system.

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Nice aperture ring Smile and lens hood

joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 4605 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
7 Mar 2011 - 7:04 PM

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Aperture blades in focus in this shot

joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 4605 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
7 Mar 2011 - 7:10 PM

Dynamic Range bracketing is one of the options, along with 5fps shooting.

Four shooting menus:

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joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 4605 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
7 Mar 2011 - 7:14 PM

Setup menus

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joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 4605 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
7 Mar 2011 - 7:18 PM

And finallly... Smile (unless you want more!)

ISO100 - ISO12800 (and lots inbetween)

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