DPR Previews the Fuji X100

Fuji X100 front

by Miserere


DPR today has published their preview of a preproduction Fuji X100. You can read it here.

Further to DPR, akam.no has a short pre review with sample images at all ISOs and various apertures. There is also a comparison at all ISO of the Fuji X100 vs the Nikon D7000…and the X100 holds its own! That’s impressive, especially since the images are shot in JPEG, not RAW.

Of course, if you want want the most complete, accurate and up-to-date list of specifications (together with a long list of videos), the only place to go is EtL’s Fuji X100 article.


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  1. I’ve arranged something in my head where it almost makes sense (to buy), but it’s darn expensive (for me)… you always feel a interchangeable mirrorless system would be a ‘better investment’.

    • Hi Rich,

      Like I said in my original X100 post, it’s a reasonable price for a main camera, but expensive for a secondary. I’m in the same boat as you; I have some money I’m saving up, but it would only be worth spending on the X100 if I were to use it as my main camera…and I would be more inclined to use it as my main camera if it had a 28mm or 30mm lens. Hopefully I’ll get to review it before I make a decision.

      • Hi Mis,

        That’s so true. It’s the sort of camera we’d have loved ‘years ago’ in some ways I guess… although it would have cost considerably more ‘years ago’. Just like you say, hard to justify as a main camera when you already have something that works very well and with this priced as it is. I guess in reality, it would be a foolish purchase by myself, atleast in the near future. My A700(s) do everything I need in in ‘main’ cameras, and as I’ve just picked up the TL500, I now have something for ‘everywhere’. Haven’t taken too many more photos with it in honesty, but it does come with me often. Just poor weather/light of recent, so few things have caught my eye, but I’m happy with the camera and can’t see myself replacing it for years yet.

        I hope you get one to review too :)

  2. I think this camera is designed for small group of enthusiast photographers, especially rangefinders users. It won’t go mainstream but it will be good enough to cover R&D cost and hopefully earn some profit for a new project.

    Unlike other previewers, what I’m pessimistic about is the viewfinder. The optical viewfinder only has .5 magnification, and its electronic viewfinder only has 90% coverage. This might be a nuisance when composing a picture, especially people who use SLR or mirrorless/compact system.

    At this price point ($1200), I rather go for Ricoh GXR system, where you can switch lens and sensor module. The design and control is more modern and easy to adapt with from DSLR/compact camera user stand point. I think Ricoh will release mount module and 24-70mm f/2.8 lens with APS-C sensor later this year.

    While this X100 will be it, it does not offer interchangeable lens system, and basically u’ll stick with it forever. Nothing wrong with it if 35mm and APS-C sensor is your thing but most people like to enjoy some variations.

    • It’s funny, I thought the Ricoh GXR system was a complete mess when it first came out, having previously loved Ricoh cameras too. But recently it’s been making much more sense to me. You’ve got that ‘modern-classic’ handling, but an interchangeable system that can go from a small sensor/pocketable zoom to a large sensor one solution prime. It of course comes at a price, but in reality it’s really not that far away from the Fuji X100 – the handling is different, but both can be appreciated by those that like direct input I think.

      • hehe, several hours I post that comment, Ricoh announces that the mount will be M mount which is Leica mount.

        I don’t have any Leica lenses so i don’t think that I am getting one. But i find it cool that the system is opening up to more photographers, more possibility is great.

        My only complaint that they are quite slow to make new modules, but maybe it worth to wait.

        • Yeah, that was quite prophetic of you, Enche. Do you know what the lottery numbers will be next week? Let me know so I can use the money to purchase an X100 :-)

    • The Hexar AF has a 0.6x viewfinder magnification with its 35mm angle of view so the X100 really isnt that far off. The X100 electronic viewfinder has 100% coverage. Its optical viewfinder has a 90% coverage, but thats a fact of life with any non SLR camera.

      I agree its not a general-purpose camera and therefore getting severly misunderstood. Many of the most famous street photos have been taken through a focal lenght around the 35mm equivalent angle of view. Some high level photo workshops even force photographers to choose a single wide focal lenght (even having them tape their zoom lenses) in order to refine their vision and physically move around their subject, changing perspective and plane relationship instead of just the framing.

      If this camera had a tiny sensor I wouldnt care for it. I zone-focus my Ricoh GRD2 with great results (fixed focal lenght @ 28mm equivalent angle of view BTW), however image breaks up over iso 400…

      If it had exchangeable lenses, it would have to employ traditional lens designs and no lens-customized microlenses on the sensor (the rear element is considerable larger than the front one, and approaches the focus plane by 5mm !!), making the lens camera combo almost three times as thick and heavy. My Canon 7D does great in candlelight candids even with the humble plastic-fantastic $99 EF 50mm 1.8, yet both stay at home whenever I am not certain (or paid to) to take photos.

      I think Fujifilm is onto something big with the X100, BUT its not for generalist or single-camera photographers. My only concern in the phase detection AF, which no matter how fast the processor may be, it is still dependent on light levels and limited when compared to the Hexar AF active infrared from 20 years ago. No head-turning big yellow AF assist light was needed in the original Hexar AF and no one complained about its low light AF abilities.

      Quite a few people are requesting an all-black X100 for even more discrete street and candid shooting (again just like the original Hexar AF). Fujifilm even acknowledged it at the X100 site. An interview at quesabesde revealed the X100 team is working on a hybrid AF version, so I will hold onto my thousand bucks for now…

      Jorge AD

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