Fujifilm enters the high-end compact camera market with its premium FinePix X10, a model that makes the style and class of the company’s X-series more affordable

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Fujifilm FinePix X10


Fujifilm FinePix X10 review


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Dynamic range

In its normal mode, images from the X10 appear to have a slightly wider dynamic range than those from its direct competition. Typically, image detail is recoverable from shadow and highlight areas at ±2EV before distracting noise artefacts appear. As the camera exposes for print-ready images, highlights can be a little overexposed. This is where the shooting modes linked to the unique EXR colour array of the sensor are of benefit.

Wide dynamic range (DR) EXR mode produces an HDR-effect image in one capture, not by combining several frames together. Dynamic range optimiser can be set to auto or there are options for 100%, 200% and 400%. Sticking with auto usually produces a pleasing contrast, whereas pushing it to 400% can leave the images looking a little flat, with too much exposure given to shadow areas.

However, it is not just the dynamic range modes that boost performance when it comes to dynamic range, because high sensitivity/low noise (SN) gives greater depth to colour and contrast in low light, which is typically where images show less contrast and punch.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. EXR sensor
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. White balance and colour
  6. 6. Metering
  7. 7. Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity
  8. 8. Autofocus
  9. 9. LCD, Viewfinder and Video
  10. 10. Dynamic range
  11. 11. Verdict
  12. 12. Competition
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