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
Average metering setting works well for landscapes, maintaining highlight detail. This scene needed just a slight curves boost to bring out the shadows f/11, 1/280sec, ISO 200
The 256-zone metering system copes well with a range of scenes. I found the multi and average modes useful for different types of scene; the average tended to give the more even exposure, while the multi setting often required a negative exposure compensation of around 2⁄3 stop to avoid losing any highlight detail. Using the multi setting, there was a significant change in the exposure as the horizon was raised and lowered in the frame, showing a definite tipping point when the priority switches between sky and foreground. The spot metering is also a handy addition and appears to provide around a standard 2.5% coverage. The EXR expansion settings seem to provide greater detail in the shadow areas, but only a slight change in the highlights.