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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In terms of style and handling, the X10’s clearest competition is the Canon PowerShot G12. Both are large compact cameras by today’s standards, at roughly the same size as the smaller compact system cameras with pancake lens attached. Against the G12, the X10 has a lot in its favour, not least of which its metal chassis, larger imaging sensor and fast manual zoom lens.

The faster f/2 maximum aperture and more limited zoom range of the X10’s lens has more in common with other smaller high-end compact cameras, such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 and Olympus XZ-1. In short, the X10 offers the best of both worlds, at a slightly higher price.

The price and size of the X10 do push it onto consumer-level CSC territory. Here its image quality is no match for the larger sensors and dedicated fixed lenses, although it still produces a respectable performance.









Images: Canon PowerShot G12, Olympus XZ-1



AF Assistance:Multi, evaluative, individually selectable single point from any of 49 points, AF tracking
External mic:No
Video:Full 1080p HD (30fps) with stereo sound
Built-in Flash:Yes, GN 5.5m @ ISO 100
White Balance:Auto, 7 presets (including underwater and 3 fluorescent), custom and Kelvin 2,500-10,000K
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Viewfinder Type:Optical zoom with 85% coverage
Output Size:4000x3000 pixels
LCD:2.8in, 460,000-dot LCD
Exposure Modes:Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, EXR auto, custom 1 and 2, advanced and sceneMetering system
Sensor:12-million-effective-pixel, 2/3in, EXR CMOS (8.8x6.6mm)
File Format:JPEG, raw (RAF format), JPEG+raw, H.264 MOV video
Weight:350g (including battery and card)
Drive Mode:10fps super-high, 7fps high (full res) and 5fps for raw, 2 or 10sec self-timer
Power:NP-50 Rechargeable Li-Ion
Shutter Speeds:Up to 30-1/4000sec
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
ISO:100-3200 (extended to ISO 12,800)
Focusing Modes:Single, continuous, manual
Metering System:256-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Connectivity / Interface:Mini HDMI, digital/video out
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Exposure Comp:±2EV in 1/3 steps
RRP:£529 including LC-X10 leather case
  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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