Fuji X10 or FUJIFILM FinePix X10 is a rangefinder style digital camera with a price tag of Indian Rupees 37,000.00. The price should come down soon as the new/updated Fuji X20 is already available. So why am I not writing about the X20 instead ? Simply because I do not know the Fuji X20 although I suspect that there will be a lot in common between these two fine cameras.
The Fuji X10 has a 2/3″ sensor and a 28-112 mm 2.0-2.8 zoom lens with an effective resolution of 12 Million pixels. If you want detailed ecifications, please look here :
So, sensor wise, Fuji X10 is smaller than Sony RX100 but bigger than most of the compact cameras in the market. But even then, Sony RX100 is smaller in size than Fuji X10. You can put Fuji X10 in your coat or jacket pocket but not in your shirt pocket, but the RX100 is truly pocketable. We will talk about the Sony RX100 sometimes later.
I have purchased the Fuji X10 on May 28 last year in Doha, Qatar. So it’s almost a year now. It’s a very nice looking camera and takes very nice pictures too, if you can live with a few issues. But before I start with these issues, let us see some images from the Fuji X10.
The Fuji X10 has a Function(Fn) button at the top which can be customized. I put the ISO adjustment in the Fn button. Then there is Memory recall button C1 and C2 where you save your settings for quick recall. Very handy features.
Now let us see the ISSUES or PROBLEMS
The maximum shutter speed at full aperture is 1/1000 seconds only. Whatever be the position of zoom. That means at focal length 28mm, if you set the aperture at f/2.0, then the maximum shutter speed you can get will be 1/1000 seconds. Similarly, if you set the aperture at f/2.8 at focal length 112mm, then also the maximum shutter speed will be 1/1000 seconds only. NOT ONLY THIS. The maximum achievable shutter speed of 1/4000 seconds is available only on the smallest aperture values whatever be the zoom position may be. And the smallest aperture here is f/11. Practically, you can not use higher aperture values in bright light, generally outdoor during Sunlight. There is an EXR mode that gives better result in extreme conditions that we will talk about later.
Sometimes, when you twist the lens to switch on the device it does not work and you have to try a number of times, You might lose an important moment. I have checked around five Fuji X10 so far and this occurs in all of them.
I will not talk about the ORB or Specular highlight issue as it is all over the web. Does it exist. Yes it does, sometimes.
The Viewfinder is not very useful, at least to me. I use the LCD for all shots.
The GOOD THINGS
It has a Super Macro mode at the widest setting that is really superb. It focuses as close as 1 cm. I use this mode quite frequently and love it. Let us see some images in Super Macro mode.
The colors out of camera in the traditional Velvia and Provia Film Simulation settings are beautiful.
No camera is perfect and Fuji X10 is also not one of the top of the line cameras from FUJIFILM. But I really love the feel of this camera and also happy with its performance in spite of its limitations.
I will end it here now but will come back with more photographs from the Fuji X10 …