The Fujifilm FinePix X100
Itâ€™s not a Canon!
No, itâ€™s not. Itâ€™s something that has caught the photo gear world by surprise. I donâ€™t think too many people were expecting Fuji of all companies to compete head to head with the German made Leica X1.
On the surface the camera looks like a winner. The retro design is getting big thumbs up from everything I have read. Some are even calling it â€œmore beautiful than a Leica M9″ (easy now).
|Number of effective pixels
||12.3 million pixels
||APS-C CMOS Sensor
||SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card
||High-performance FUJINON lens with Super EBC Coating
||23mm, equivalent to 35mm
||F2 to F16
||Programmed auto mode, Aperture priority mode, Shutter priority mode and Manual mode
||Bulb, 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
||High-speed contrast AF
||0.5X magnification with approx. 90% frame coverage
||Ultrafine 1,440,000-dot LCD
||2.8-inch, Colour LCD monitor, approx 460,000 dots
||1280Ãƒâ€”720 HD with stereo sound
||126.5(W) x 74.4(H) x 53.9(D) mm including lens
The Hybrid Viewfinder Explained in Pictures.
This looks like a very cool development if I understand it correctly.
The Hybrid Viewfinder on the FinePix X100 combines the window-type Ã¢â‚¬Å“bright frameÃ¢â‚¬Â optical viewfinder found in high-end film cameras such as 35mm or medium-format cameras, and the electronic viewfinder system incorporated in fixed single lens or mirrorless digital cameras. By using integrating a prism for the 1,440,000 dot LCD panel image on the viewing screen in the reverse-Galilean optical finder, the Hybrid Viewfinder can show both the shooting frame and a variety of shooting data.
What does it costs?
Initial reports list the camera at around $1500 USD. Is that too much? To sell a lot of them, yes it is. The world may love it today, but I have a lot of doubts the world will love it enough to shell out $1500+ in droves.
Versus The Leica X1 & Sigma DP2?
The other 2 APS-C sensor fixed lens compacts (hopefully Iâ€™m not forgetting anyone) have Ã‚ found a niche market of sorts. The X1 has received some rave reviews from the Leica community.Ã‚ The DP2 has found fans as well, and their camera is priced in the â€œaffordableâ€ range for someone serious about a compact.
Full Press Release: http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n100920.html
Iâ€™ll be sure to check this camera out at Photokina, Iâ€™m sure thereâ€™s going to be a very large crowd around it.
Availability is pegged to be the spring of 2011