Fujifilm X100 First Impressions
By Rodney L. Craig
I have had this camera for about six weeks now. Visually, this camera has vintage rangefinder classic lines and is drop dead gorgeous. The X100 is solid and feels great in the hands.
The camera features a 12.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with a fixed 23 mm f/2.0 Fujinon lens. This lens gives the same frame of view as a 35 mm lens on full frame 35mm format. The X100 also features an LCD screen and a very unique optical viewfinder. The camera has a very quite electronic shutter making it very suitable for street photography where stealth desired.
I decided to purchase the all black Limited Edition (10,000 production run), which with the exception of the black exterior, special case, and lens accessories, is identical to the silver model. This camera is clearly targeted at the advanced enthusiast market. If you are looking for a compact point and shoot camera, do not purchase this camera. Once beyond some of quirkiness in the menu system and taking full control of this camera, an experienced photographer will be handsomely rewarded.
The 23 mm Fujinon lens and 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor combine to produce very high quality images. In capable hands, this camera will produce image quality to rivals today’s most advanced DSLRs. This camera is designed for a different use, and does not have lightening fast auto focus, speedy card write times, or the instant start up features of advanced DSLRs. If you are looking for great image quality in a small package, the Fuji X100 is worthy of consideration.
Excellent image quality Slow write time to card
Quite shutter Fixed lens
Classic design Prone to lens flare under certain conditions
Outstanding high ISO performance Quirky menu/user interface
Built in flash Slow start up
I appreciate this camera for what it is and purchased it understanding some of the limitations. Despite the cons listed above, I like the camera, and I plan on keeping it for a long time.