It looks like a classic rangefinder, yet it features Fujifilm’s latest EXR technology and, controversially, a fixed-focus, non-interchangeable lens. So has the FinePix X100 really been worth the wait? We find out
White balance and Colour
The film simulation modes allow you to recreate classic Fujifilm looks, and although not that different from standard colour modes, they are fun to use
The white balance offers a choice of seven presets and an auto setting. There is also a manual Kelvin value selection and a custom setting. The auto white balance (AWB) setting produces very natural colours and doesn’t try to overcompensate – evening colours remain slightly cool, and tungsten lighting retains a warmer glow. For complete neutrality the presets cover all the main requirements, and there’s even an underwater setting for shooting in aquariums or perhaps as a hint that an underwater case might be made available.
The JPEG images from the X100 are very natural in their colouring, much like the processing you would expect from a high-end camera. Of course, should you wish to produce more images with greater impact straight from the camera, there is the range of film-simulation modes. Film simulation isn’t a new thing; in fact, it has been present on many Fuji cameras. However, it seems more relevant here. Fujifilm has a selection of well-known film brands and being able to recreate them in such a traditional-looking product is very satisfying.
Although the colours achieved by the branded film modes are not a million miles from the more standard vivid, soft focus and standard colour settings found on most advanced cameras, they do seem to replicate their film types admirably. The monochrome modes are also very useful, thanks in part to the choice of coloured filters that can be applied. Again, this is nothing new for an advanced compact, bridge or DSLR, but shooting in black & white suits this camera and its documentary-style abilities.
The monochrome film modes are great for documentary or city shots such as this one 1/110sec at f/11, ISO 200