Fujifilm X100 Further Details

December 13, 2010 | Mark Goldstein | Digital | Comment | |
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Fujfilm have released more details about the exciting new X100 camera. Further info has been released about the X100’s focusing capabilities, RAW mode, fixed lens design, and sensor. You can also check out our X100 Hands-On Photos.

Fujifilm UK Press Release

We had a fantastic response from photographers all over the world. The feedback generated a range of additional questions about the camera’s specification and functionality. We’ve answered some of them here, but more can be found at the X100 official website.

We’ve also highlighted two aspects of the X100’s performance which many people were particularly interested in knowing more about.

We’ll keep you posted with further updates as the camera’s launch date approaches, but in the meantime you can you can see the highlights here or visit the X100 site for more details.

Yours sincerely
The X100 Team

Focusing details revealed
Many of the questions we received were regarding the X100’s focusing capabilities, especially around how it manually focuses. While the camera is still in development and, therefore subject to change, we can confirm that the X100 offers three focusing options, selected by a switch on the left hand side of the body.

With manual focus selected, focusing is achieved using the focus ring around the lens barrel. A distance indication bar enables you to pre-focus if required, or you can simply use the electronic viewfinder to focus accurately. There is, however, no rangefinder focusing capability.

RAW functionality explained
There has been much discussion over the provision of a RAW button on the camera body. This button has two key functions, when shooting in JPEG mode, it enables the user to instantly capture both RAW and JPEG files, plus it also allows RAW files to be developed in camera.

Those photographers hoping for a dedicated ISO button will be pleased to hear that the Fn button on the X100’s top-plate gives instant access to ISO settings as a default.

Why does the X100 not have interchangeable lenses?
Image quality is paramount on the X100. That’s why the lens is fixed which, in turn, ensures that the light path and sensor position are perfectly matched for the best possible results. Our designers also wanted to keep the camera’s size down. Making the lens interchangeable, or offering a zoom lens alternative, would have increased bulk, detracting away from the X100’s original concept.

How much will the X100 cost?
Price is still to be confirmed

Why has Fuji chosen not to use the EXR sensor?
The EXR sensor was specifically designed for compact cameras where a small sensor is required. The APS-C CMOS sensor was chosen for the X100 as our designers were striving for optimal image quality and the large sensor matches the EXR Processor and Fujinon lens to perfection.

We have lots more feedback on the specification of the FinePix X100 including plans for accessories…

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