Just a dream?
From the “a rep said” files, an email today said Canon would introduce a larger sensor PowerShot for the fall. It will apparently end the perceived love affair the world has with the Fuji X-100.
I’m not sure. Has Canon ever struck you as a company to get into niche markets in the photographic world? Unless the next “G” camera has a larger sensor for maybe $100 more, I just don’t see it.
The Fujifilm FinePix X100
It’s not a Canon!
No, it’s not. It’s something that has caught the photo gear world by surprise. I don’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 “more 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
||1280×720 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 “bright frame” 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 I’m not forgetting anyone) have found a niche market of sorts. The X1 has received some rave reviews from the Leica community. The DP2 has found fans as well, and their camera is priced in the “affordable” range for someone serious about a compact.
Full Press Release: http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n100920.html
I’ll be sure to check this camera out at Photokina, I’m sure there’s going to be a very large crowd around it.
Availability is pegged to be the spring of 2011