Fuji Finepix X100: First Week Review

Dance it Out

Well its been months of waiting, but last week I finally received my Fuji X100.

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A fine camera that has a few quirks and glitches (Menu button size, slow auto focus, RAW button programming, film modes switched, startup/write times, battery life, raw flash being stuck in red-eye mode) that you can find well documented across the internet. Hopefully all will be addressed by firmware updates, but for the most part these are vastly overshadowed by the amazing useability of this camera.


After a week plus of shooting I can say this, the only HUGE problem is that it freezes A LOT requiring you to pull the battery. This is a big problem because it causes missed shots or running the battery down by turning off Power Save Mode. My only other issue is that the camera “forgets” certain things (macro mode, focus point size, nd) after power save. Oh, the provided strap SUCKS!


But like I said, the positives far out way the negatives. The build quality is far better than my old D-LUX4, and feels much better than the GF2 (a well-built plastic body). The ISO performance is spectacular. The flash packs the perfect punch. The OVF and EVF are both awesome in their own ways. Video mode is great (could use aperture and manual focus while rolling).

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I can’t wait to see what Fuji gives us via firmware (soon please!).


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Fuji Finepix X100: Wow!

So Photokina has come and gone and no Canon 5D Mark III was announced… SO WHAT!? Fuji broke it wide open with this gem! I cannot wait to get my hands on the Finepix X100. This thing is like my old Leica M3 but digital with an APS-C size sensor and a 23mm f2 prime lens… In light of this announcement I am selling my Leica D-LUX 4, which is a fantastic camera but lacks an optical viewfinder. The X100 is supposed to hit the street March 2011 for around $1000 (which is much less than the Leica X1). I’M PSYCHED! Check out full specs at the Fuji Finepix X100 Product Page.