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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While a lot of thought has been put into the X10’s attractive classic exterior, there is a lot going on inside, too. The X10 has a 2/3in-sized sensor, which has a surface area of 58.1mm2. This is approximately half the size of Nikon’s new sensor found in its 1-series cameras, a quarter of the size of the micro four thirds sensor, but more importantly around 20-25% larger than the 1/1.6 (48.5mm2) and 1/1.7in (43.3mm2) sensors found in other premium compact cameras, such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 and Canon PowerShot G12 respectively. Most standard compact cameras use a 1/2.3in sensor (28.5mm2), which is around half the size of that found in the X10.

The X10’s sensor has 12 million pixels, which will comfortably produce a 13x10in print without interpolation from a 300ppi file. In reality, this can be pushed up to A3 and larger by reducing the ppi without any noticeable degradation in image quality.

Most sensors use a colour filter array in the Bayer arrangement to ‘see’ colour, but Fuji has its own EXR version, which is the type used here. It was first introduced in the company’s F200 EXR in 2009, and in that instance was a CCD type. For more on the sensor and its practical use.

The size of the sensor means that the lens has a crop factor of 3.93x from a full-frame (35mm) equivalent. To achieve the 4x optical zoom 28-112mm focal length, the Fujinon lens is 7.1-28.4mm. It comprises 11 elements in 9 groups, each treated with the company’s Super EBC (Electron Beam Coating). Three of the lens elements are of the aspherical type, which allows a more compact lens design, while two are of the ED type designed to reduce chromatic aberration. Five of the lens elements are attached to an optical image-stabilisation mechanism that works by shifting the axis to counteract both horizontal and vertical movements.

The X10 has a fast lens with a widest aperture of f/2 at 28mm that is handily only reduced by 1 stop to f/2.8 at its 112mm telephoto setting. In between, f/2.2 is available at 35mm, f/2.5 at 60mm and f/2.8 at 90mm. Having such a large aperture, even at the 112mm telephoto setting, lets in more light and allows a reduced depth of field, which is useful for portraiture.

Images are recorded in JPEG, raw or JPEG+raw combined. By default, the camera is set to JPEG only, although search deep into the menu and raw can be activated. The other option is to use the dedicated button for raw on the rear of the camera to record the next frame in JPEG+raw.

There is a multitude of shooting modes available that are designed to enhance the performance of the camera, in areas such as dynamic range, clarity, depth of field and noise reduction. In advanced mode, the pro soft focus mode adds extra background blur, while pro low light records multiple frames and combines them for extra light, clarity and reduced noise in low-contrast light. Other shooting modes on offer are great fun to use, such as the 360° panorama and 1cm super macro.
Drive mode offers a continuous capture up to 10 frames per second (fps) at reduced resolution JPEG files in super high mode or 7fps for full-resolution JPEG files, both at an approximate 1sec burst. Raw capture is available at up to 5fps.

  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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