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Fujifilm FinePix X100 Review: Quality in Retro Style

If you are a photography enthusiast who likes to do everything in style, then you should check out Fujifilm X100 digital camera. This camera will remind you of the great cameras of the 20th century, such as Leica and the Soviet Zenit. The retro style of the camera is something that makes it stand out. But the best things about it are the modern technology, revolutionary features and superb quality that reside in a retro-style body.

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fujifilm x100 reviewFUJIFILM X100 RATING:

IMAGE QUALITY: 5/5

DESIGN: 5/5

USABILITY: 4.5/5

PRICE: $1,199 [/box]

Overview

At first glance, Fujifilm X100 is simply a retro-style compact camera. But that is not so. This little beauty has the APS-C sensor that is the size of SLR sensor and some amazing technologies that make this camera a real treat for both professionals and advanced amateurs.

Features

Fujifilm FinePix X100 has a lot going for it – revolutionary hybrid optical and large viewfinder, 12.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, HD video mode that allows you to capture 720p video, and more. But the real advantage of this camera is its lens. The lens is made from molded glass, contains eight elements and provides a focal length of 23mm (135 equivalent: 35mm). Its widest aperture is F2.The lens has a high degree of resolution even when it’s closed by one or two stops. This lens will make sure that your photos are of very high quality.  They will be crisp, have natural colors and provide a beautiful bokeh effect when you want it. This lens is even suited for advanced amateur macro photography. It’s not a substitute for a dSLR with a proper macro lens, but the results will still be very good.

Speaking of image quality provided by X100, the high performance CMOS sensor is responsible for that. The sensor has been optimized to maximize the efficiency of light gathering, which makes your images super sharp and clear. Same with capturing videos. On top of that, the large aperture of F2 allows you to create artistic blurs (bokeh effect) whenever you want. This is something that is not possible in other compact cameras.

And now let’s talk about Fujifilm X100’s viewfinder. This camera was the fist in the world to introduce the hybrid viewfinder – a feature that the manufacturer particularly emphasizes. The hybrid viewfinder reintroduces compact camera users to the traditional photography experience, enhancing it in the process. The camera combines the window-type optical viewfinder with a digital display viewfinder. The display is of the highest quality, which means a lot for those who prefer using live view. As for the optical viewfinder, Fujifilm incorporated a prism for the 1,440,000 dot LCD panel image on the viewing screen. This sounds a bit complicated, but what it does is simple and ingenious – basically, it allows you to clearly see both the subject of your next photo and all the technical shooting data you may need.

Another advantage of Fujifilm FinePix X100 is that it can shoot images in RAW format. This is a format that dSLRs use and that professional photographers prefer. Images shot in RAW have more editing options and are easier to process. All you need to do is click the RAW button on the camera and it will shoot in RAW. And if you don’t have any photo editing software at hand, the camera has a built-in program that does the job pretty well.

You can have a look at some photos made with Fujifilm X100 here.

Design

In my opinion, the design is stunning. All the retro styling has been done to perfection. Every single dial is made of metal, the bottom and the control deck are made from magnesium alloy, and there is a leather-like body finish. When you hold this camera for the first time, you immediately feel the quality of it and how well everything has been done. The build of Fujifilm X100 digital camera is exemplary and it’s very comfortable to hold.

Usability

Using the camera is quite easy. However, some of the camera buttons are located in such a way that they are not very comfortable to use. For example, the menu button is a bit too small. This is no real issue, but it is something you’ll need to get used to. Overall, the camera is a pleasure to use.

[box]The Verdict: Fujifilm FinePix X100 is a beautifully made camera that produces top quality photos and videos. The price is rather high, but the quality and the design are worth it.[/box]