Fujifilm FinePix X100

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Fujifilm FinePix X100
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Fujifilm FinePix X100
Maker Fujifilm
Type Fixed lens digital camera
Image sensor type CMOS with primary colour filter
Image sensor size 23.6 mm × 15.8 mm (APS-C)
Recording medium SD, SDHC, SDXC
Maximum resolution 12.3 megapixels
Lens 23 mm f/2
Focus contrast detection
Exposure TTL 256-zones metering
Viewfinder Hybrid (OVF and EVF)
Dimensions 126.5 (W) × 74.4 (H) × 53.9 (D) mm
Weight 445 g (0.981 lb) (including battery and memory card)
Made in Japan

The Fujifilm FinePix X100 is a digital camera with a 23 mm fixed prime lens (35 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV) in 35 mm full frame format). It was initially shown at the Photokina show in September 2010 and was subsequently introduced in February 2011.[1] It was the first model in Fujifilm's X-Series of cameras and has since been joined by the X10, X20, X-S1, X-Pro1 and X-E1. It is superseded by the Fujifilm X100S.[2] It is sometimes compared with the Leica X1 because both share a similar classic look.[citation needed]

Key features[edit]

  • 12.3 MP, APS-C sized CMOS sensor
  • Hybrid optical/electric viewfinder
  • 23 mm (35 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV) in 35 mm full frame format) fixed prime lens
  • Classic styling

Innovation[edit]

The FinePix X100 was the first camera to show a number of new technologies developed by Fujifilm. These include a hybrid viewfinder which allows the user to choose between a conventional optical viewfinder with an electronic overlay, or an electronic viewfinder.[3] The combination of APS-C sized CMOS sensor, EXR processor and 23mm (35 mm equivalent) fast aperture lens was also a first.[4]

Awards[edit]

Since its introduction, the FinePix X100 has received favourable reviews and a number of awards. These include Innovative Camera of the Year from Ephotozine[5] and Best Premium Camera in the 2011 TIPA awards.[6] In most cases, the prizes were awarded for the combination of technology and picture quality, but the X100 has also received plaudits for its design outside the photography market, coming top of Stuff magazine's Cool List for 2011[7] and in October 2012 receiving Good Design Award from Good Design Award (Japan).[8]

Issues[edit]

Some X100 cameras have reportedly suffered from 'sticky aperture disease' where the aperture blades lock up, leading to overexposure.[9][10] Fujifilm has acknowledged this issue and will fix it under warranty.

On initial release the X100 was widely reported to have various issues.[11] Many, but not all, of these issues were fixed[12] through a series of firmware updates[13] made available by Fujifilm.

Accessories[edit]

Conversion lenses[edit]

  • Wide Conversion Lens WCL-X100 - gives 28 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV)
  • Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100 - gives 50 mm equivalent angle of view

Flashguns[edit]

  • Fujifilm EF-20
  • Fujifilm EF-X20
  • Fujifilm EF-42

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fujifilm announces commercial release of FinePix X100 : dpreview.com
  2. ^ Westlake, Andy (January 2013). "Fujifilm X100S First Look". DPReview. Retrieved 11 March 2013. "When Fujifilm announced its FinePix X100 retro-styled compact at Photokina 2010, it instantly captured the imagination of serious photographers. ... The X100S sees Fujifilm revisiting the concept, but while the external design is essentially unchanged, it's a very different camera inside." 
  3. ^ X100 hybrid viewfinder : Overview
  4. ^ X100 APS-C sensor : Overview
  5. ^ Ephotozine's Best Cameras of the Year 2011
  6. ^ XXI TIPA Awards 2011
  7. ^ Stuff Cool List 2011
  8. ^ Good Design Awards 2012
  9. ^ Sticky Aperture Blade Issue
  10. ^ Fuji X Series forum discussion
  11. ^ Eastland, Jonathan (2011). "Modern retro". British Journal of Photography (Incisive Financial Publishing Limited) 158 (7788): 68–71. "The sad fact is, at least in my opinion, that apart from its sumptuous image quality, operationally the X100 only does what it says on the tin in AF mode for subjects normally requiring a measured approach. ... Unfortunately, for relatively fast-moving subjects, or where the camera is used to grab candid frames in a hurry, the system returns a fairly hit-and-miss sharply focused average." 
  12. ^ Britton, Barney (10 January 2013). "Hands-on with Fujifilm's X100S". Digital Photography Review. Retrieved 17 March 2013. "The X100 was a great camera, but some serious operational quirks (and a good number of downright bugs) made it less lovable than it should have been. Firmware updates fixed some of the issues, but some remain burrowed-in to the camera's operation." 
  13. ^ "Firmware for FinePix X100". Fujifilm. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 

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