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Fujifilm 12 Megapixels FinePix X10 Compact Camera Review by PhotographicCentral

2012-02-24 05:42 | Source
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On September 1 2011, Fujifilm announced the X10, a step-down version of the X100 in terms of both price and features. It features a 2/3-inch 12 Megapixels EXR CMOS image sensor, f/2 Fujinon 4x optical zoom lens, manual exposure controls, full 1080p HD video support, 7fps full resolution shooting (or 10fps at reduced resolution) and 2.8-inch 460k-dot LCD. The X10 also comes with a standard optical viewfinder instead of the hybrid EVF/OVF of the X100. In shooting mode, users can select the following for any lighting situation:

  • SN (Signal to Noise) High Sensitivity and Low Noise - produces clear and sharp high-sensitivity images while keeping noise levels low, which is ideal for capturing night scenes or indoor situations with poor lighting.
  • DR (Dynamic Range) Wide Dynamic Range - delivers an increased dynamic range (up to 1600%) to deliver rich gradations and detail in both shadows and highlights.
  • HR (High Resolution) - takes full advantage of the 12 megapixel resolution to reproduce the finest details in landscape and portrait scenes, perfect for use on bright clear days.

With that EXR imaging system comes a manually-operated 4x manual zoom lens covering the 28-112mm equivalent range. The comes with a Super EBC (Electron Beam Coating) that achieves superb image clarity from edge to edge. The lens consists of 11 glass lens elements in 9 groups, including 3 aspherical glass lens elements (6 sides) and 2 extra-low dispersion lens elements. Together with its wide-angle maximum aperture of F2.0 to a maximum telephoto aperture of F2.8, the X10 delivers bright images with outstanding clarity. The X10 is currently selling at around $549. Here's the summary of review by PhotographicCentral:

"In three weeks time I couldn't quite bond with the X10 like I hoped I would. On paper and in the flesh the X10 almost seems too good to be true. But in use, the Tiger shows it's stripes and it can forget about any sneak attack on it's prey. I hope you are keeping up with the metaphorical references here. I don't know how else to express my mixed emotions about the X10. There are two fatal flaws with the X10 that I can't get over. Two issues are major and one is even recall worthy. The X10's newest firmware did not fix the highlight blooming issue, nor address the faulty histogram and blown red channel- at all. I think the two issues might be interlinked, simply the sensor may not be capable of holding extra bright highlights as well as it should in certain shooting conditions- and that is the frustration. The highlight blooming doesn't always show, only in certain circumstances. Fuji needs to fix this blooming highlight orb issue one way or another in order to gain any of my trust as a serious competitor in the current marketplace. The histogram issue isn't as serious but can be depending on how much you rely on your exposures when reviewing images during and after the exposure (who doesn't anymore?). For me it is. Simply put the X10 is the best example of a Jekyll and Hyde camera I think that I've ever used. In some ways it is a brilliant camera, and in others a total disaster.  I'm more of the mind set that a great camera should be well rounded, a sort of jack of all trades and master of none.

After using the X10 for 3 weeks I found it to simply infuriate me at times (blown red channels, useless histogram, highlight blooming orbs, and the other not so intense frustrations), and other times had me grinning ear to ear. But the cumulative effect leaves me wondering why Fuji screwed up so many things in this camera. It could have been a grand slam, but I find it overall to strike out on a pop fly. My dream camera ended up being a sort of nightmarish frustration. If I can't rely on it in all circumstances to do what a camera today should, I don't want to use it. There are simply too many alternatives out there. I wish I could wholeheartedly recommend the X10 but I can't. As long as you don't mind the highlight blooming and useless histogram, it's other faults can be forgivable and be worked around I suppose. Some shooters love the X10 as is and I can see why, but as a reviewer I have a moral obligation to report issues I find as well I use too many different cameras that don't have these issues to just let them slide. They are simply unforgivable from my standpoint. Therefore the the X10 as is now gets my lowest rating yet. If Fuji can work miracles on future firmware, or do a recall and fix those issues on repair, I'd be glad to change the rating. As is, I can't. Recommended for those who love rangefinder designed compacts, like photographing sun dogs, and can ignore a couple of big flaws. For everybody else:  Fujifilm X10 Rating- Below Average (for its class)"

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TechRadar - Oct 12 2012
"Just as it did with the FinePix X100, Fuji has managed to make a camera with the Fuji FinePix X10 that not only looks the part, but delivers on image quality and handling too. The well-constructed metal body is robust, easy to use and looks very smart too. Image quality is as good as any high-end compact camera can deliver at the moment, especially if the E..." More »
90out of 100
Imaging Resource - Jun 18 2012
"Fujifilm has acknowledged that the white disc problem is a serious flaw. Although it's something that really should have been caught and corrected before the camera went into production, Fuji has shown commitment to resolving the problem, taking the unusual step of revisiting its sensor design to correct the problem. We've not yet had the opportunity to loo..." More »
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Steve's Digicam - Jun 13 2012
"Looking at our M&M ISO series we can see traces of luminous noise even at the lowest ISO 100 setting. However, the X10 controls noise levels well for a camera with a 2/3-inch sensor. As you increase the sensitivity, noise levels slowly rise. I personally felt that the camera produces excellent results up to ISO 2000, and even the maximum full resolution..." More »
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Phoblographer - Mar 28 2012
"RAW images right out of the camera are more lackluster than others I've dealt with. However, the raw files from the X10 has an incredible latitude of editing abilities. I've read other blog posts talk about how terrible the red channel is, but I have yet to see what they're talking about. In fact, I found the red channel to be very good in my editing experi..." More »
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