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

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Fujifilm FinePix X10 review

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£529.00
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Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity

Although the sensitivity range extends from ISO 100-3200 to 100-12,800, the latter two EV stop settings are at a reduced resolution in JPEG format only. At ISO 12,800 the reduced file size affects clarity to the point that it does not even register on our resolution charts, and so is really not an option.

In full-resolution files up to ISO 3200, the resolved detail is impressive for a camera with this sensor size and resolution. Although noise is apparent, the impact on resolved detail is limited, with a drop-off from the 24 marker on our resolution chart at ISO 100 to the 20 marker at ISO 3200. Against the competition, this places the X10 with the best of them.

Image: While luminance noise is present at higher sensitivities, the X10 still resolves a high level of detail

Opening up to a wide f/2 aperture, the lens controls vignetting very well indeed. Only the slightest signs are apparent at f/2 and f/2.8, and these have all but gone at f/4. Although the sharpest setting for the lens is between f/4 and f/6.4, edge detail is good when compared to the central part of the frame at any ISO setting, which means there is a consistently high standard of clarity over the entire frame.

At ISO 100-400 image detail is crisp, and it is only at the higher sensitivity range that detail becomes more smudged and reminiscent of what we would expect from a standard compact camera. When using the camera up to ISO 400 image quality is great, and at ISO 800 and beyond it is respectable.

Resolution

These images (below) show 72ppi (100% on a computer screen) sections of images of a resolution chart, captured at f/5.6 and the 60mm setting of the lens. We show the section of the resolution chart where the camera starts to fail to reproduce the lines separately. The higher the number visible in these images, the better the camera’s detail resolution is at the specified sensitivity setting.


Image: Because of the high 3.93x magnification factor, barrel distortion is evident across the entire focal range, although at 112mm it is more subtle. There is no in-camera lens correction, which I would like to see, so this must be achieved post-capture using editing oftware.   

 

 

  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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