Fujifilm FinePix X100 Review

Fujifilm FinePix X100 features a 12.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor which is a high-precision digital compact camera that using modern technology and it is even slightly bigger than the 7D’s sensor to bring you the ultimate quality image. Not only that, FinePix X100 has a newly developed fixed 23mmm f/2-f/16 Fujinon lens and contains of 8 elements in 6 groups, ISO 100 or 12800 (with boost), 5 fps, Hot-Shoe, and 2.8-inch Ultrafine 1,440,000-dot LCD monitor. Measuring at 125.5mm (W) x 74.4mm (H) x 53.9mm (D) (including lens) with weight at around 445g / 15.7oz the camera is also equipped with a hybrid viewfinder and HD movie mode which can capture up to 720p video.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Review

Is the camera easy to use?

Most people who buy this camera usually also own a DSLR camera. The Fujifilm FinePix X100 would be used more as your portable back-up camera for traveling or taking some serious street photography (you’ll love the feature where you can turned off the shutter sound) rather than take the camera to night club for some casual shots because compared to all pocket cameras in the market, this camera is HUGE. I was surprised at how big the camera is, it’s smaller than a beginner’s DSLR but it’s bigger than an Olympus PEN or Sony NEX

Fujifilm has stated that this camera is not for everyone, they made the camera to be used by pros and serious amateurs. If you are one of those people with some photography knowledge and understand what the Av, Tv, P and M actually mean, you’ll find the camera is quite easy to use. I like how Fuji has made “to-the-point” controls so most of what I need to do is not buried deep down in a menu. They also keep the Fn (function) button to which can be programmed to activate user’s favorite setting. My only complaint is the menu button is in the middle of the rear dial which is a bit too small for me and I think for most people with big hands.

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The build quality of Fujifilm FinePix X100 is exceptional. You will find the Optical viewfinder and EVF are great. However, the grip is too small to be used for extended periods of time. But, this might not be the case with people with smaller hands.

How does the Fujifilm FinePix X100 perform?

The camera is Fujifilm’s first non-DSLR to have an APS-C-sized sensor; that’s even larger than Micro Four Thirds and leagues beyond the usual point-and-shoot sensors. In practice, the amounts of accepting much more light at similar settings and both better tolerance for low light as well as cleaner, more detailed shots. The overall image quality of the Finepix X100 is pretty outstanding, even compared to some SLRs also using the same APS-C sensor. The colors are brilliant, at low ISO settings the colors are vivid and richer than what I can get from the some DSLRs I have tested.

Digital noise can not be found when shooting at ISO100-ISO800 even in shadow areas.You will start to see some noise at ISO 6400 and I can say that the noise on this does look more like film grain than digital noise. When pushing the camera to its limit at ISO12800 equivalent I see a lot of noise reducing across the entire image which results in a slight softening of edge detail when inspecting the image closely. Very impressive indeed!

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The 23mmm Fujinon lens (35mm equivalent: 35 mm) with f/2.0 is one of the best lenses we’ve ever seen it’s fast and sharp. It’s wide but not too wide and still can perform real good on portraits. The bokeh at f2.0 is much better than the bokeh on S95 and XZ-1 at the same aperture because the camera has a larger sensor. Focus isn’t necessarily DSLR-fast since it is noticeably speedier than for most point-and-shoots. The Fujifilm X100 is also able to auto-focus on video and it is faster than the Nikon D3100 on video.

Should I buy the Fujifilm FinePix X100?

Some say the price is a bit steep, but look… The camera has a sensor which slightly bigger than entry level DSLRs sensor, it has a lens with a quality which up to par with Zeiss prime lenses and it is able to produce photographs as good as photos from the combination of Canon 7D + Canon 35mm f/1.4 L. So, how dare they say it’s expensive when the camera costs less than the Canon 35mm f/1.4L alone?

As mentioned before the camera is targeted for professionals and keen amateurs who are looking for a back-up camera for their DSLRs. If you fall into this category, then the answer is a BIG YES. The Fujifilm FinePix X100 has a rock solid metal build quality, it produces amazing images with impressive high ISO performance. All-in-all it lives up to the hype and is worth the high price tag in my estimation.

Are there any alternatives out there?

Until Canon, Nikon and the rest jump on this APS-C or full-size sensor compact market, then the Finepix X100 has no competition. But, if you’re looking for a pocket-able digital camera with good images you can take a look at the Canon S95 (around $400) or you can buy the Panasonic GF2 or Olympus PEN which is cheaper at around $700 with pancake lens, just do not expect the image quality and low light performance is as good as the Finepix X100. They are not even close.

Sample Photos

Fujifilm FinePix X100 Sample PhotosShooting Mode: Aperture Priority
Image Size: 4288 x 2848
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Aperture: f/11
Shutter Speed: 1/15
Lens Focal Length: 23mm
White Balance: Auto
File Format: JPEG


Fujifilm FinePix X100 Sample PhotosShooting Mode: Aperture Priority
Image Size: 4288 x 2848
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/340
Lens Focal Length: 23mm
White Balance: Auto
File Format: JPEG


Fujifilm FinePix X100 Sample PhotosShooting Mode: Aperture Priority
Image Size: 4288 x 2848
Sensitivity: ISO 1600
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/20
Lens Focal Length: 23mm
White Balance: Auto
File Format: JPEG


Manual

Download Fujifilm FinePix X100 User Manual (PDF – 3178780 Bytes)

Specifications

Model Name:
FinePix X100


Number of effective pixels
12.3 million pixels


Image sensor
23.6mm×15.8mm(APS-C)CMOS with primary color filter


Storage Media
Internal memory (Approx. 20MB)
SD memory card / SDHC memory card / SDXC(UHS-I) memory card *1


File format (still image)
JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3 *2),
RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)


File format (movie)
H.264(MOV) with Stereo sound


Number of recorded pixels
L:<3:2>4288×2848 <16:9>4288×2416
M:<3:2>3072×2048 <16:9>3072×1728
S:<3:2>2176×1448 <16:9>1920×1080


Lens
Fujinon Single focal length lens
focal length: f=23mm, equivalent to 35mm on a 35mm camera
Full-aperture: F2
constitution:6 groups 8 lenses (1 aspherical glass molded lens included)
Aperture: F2 – F16 1/3EV step (controlled with 9-blade aperture diaphragm)


Sensitivity
Equivalent to ISO 200 – 6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
Extended output sensitivity equivalent ISO 100 or 12800
ISO AUTO Control available


Exposure control
TTL 256-zones metering, Multi / Spot / Average


Exposure mode
Programmed AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual exposure


Shutter speed
P mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/4000* sec., (All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000* sec.
Bulb (max. 60min.)
*1/4000sec at F8 or smaller aperture


Continuous shooting
Up to 10 /JPEG
Up to 8 /RAW or RAW+JPEG
5 / 3 fps selectable


Auto bracketing
AE Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)
Film Simulation Bracketing (PROVIA / Standard, Velvia / Vivid, ASTIA / Soft)
Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%)
ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)


White balance
Automatic scene recognition
Preset: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, underwater, Custom, Color temperature selection


Flash modes
Red-eye removal OFF: Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.


Viewfinder
Hybrid viewfinder
Optical viewfinder
Reverse Galilean viewfinder with electronic bright frame display
0.5 x magnifications
Coverage of frame area v.s. capturing area: approx. 90%
Electronic viewfinder
0.47-in., approx.1,440,000-dots color LCD viewfinder
Coverage of viewing area v.s capturing area: approx. 100%
Eye sensor installed
Eye point: approx. 15 mm
Diopter adjustment: –2 – +1 m-1(dpt)


LCD monitor
2.8-inch, approx. 460,000dots, TFT color LCD monitor (Approx. 100% coverage)


Movie recording
1280 x 720 pixels (24frames / sec.) with stereo sound
Individual movies can not exceed 10 minutes in length.


Dimensions
126.5 (W) mm x 74.4 (H) mm x 53.9 (D) mm / 5.0in. (W) x 2.9in. (H) x 2.1 in. (D) (Minimum thickness: 31.0mm / 1.2in.)


Weight
Approx. 405g /14.3 oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
Approx. 445g / 15.7 oz. (including battery and memory card)


Accessories included
Li-ion battery NP-95
Battery charger BC-65N
Shoulder strap
USB cable for the FinePix X100
Lens cap
Metal strap clip
Protective cover
Clip attaching tool
CD-ROM (Viewer software, RAW File Converter etc. *3 )
Owner’s manual


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