Fujifilm FinePix X10 Review
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The Fujifilm Finepix X10 follows in the footsteps of its bigger brother, the X100, by bringing a similar retro feel, quality build quality and photographer-friendly design to a wider audience. It may only be a humble compact camera at heart, but boy, what a well-realised compact camera it is, making the X10 a product that you'll love rather than simply use. Sure, the price is sky-high for a such a small-sensor camera that isn't actually that small in size, but the image quality from the 2/3-inch CMOS sensor is markedly better than virtually all other compacts.
As with the X100, the new X10 delivers intuitive handling in spades, from the welcome inclusion of a true optical viewfinder to the manual zooming ring, not forgetting the exposure compensation and shooting mode dials, flash hotshoe, clever pop-up flash and even the traditional threaded cable release. The X10 is a compact camera flamboyantly dressed up in a pro-camera's clothing, with a snappy auto-focusing system and all-round responsiveness helping to reinforce the feeling that that is a premium product that cuts no corners.
The X10 also delivers the goods in terms of image quality. Noise is noticeable only by its almost complete absence from ISO 100-800, with the faster full-resolution settings of 1600 and 3200 also being very usable. The 4x lens is commendably sharp and distortion free at both ends of its focal range, while the f/2 / f/2.8 maximum apertures makes it easier than most compacts to creatively throw the background out of focus.
As with the X100, the only real fly in the ointment is the eye-watering price-tag. £529 / $599 is straying well into compact system camera and entry-level DSLR territory, so you really need to ask yourself if the X10 suits your particular needs, or if a DSLR or compact system camera with their interchangeable lenses would be a better idea. If money's no object and you want the best compact camera on the market, though, then we can highly recommend the excellent new Fujifilm Finepix X10.
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