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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LCD, Viewfinder and Video

The X10’s 2.8in, 460,000-dot LCD screen has raised edges. This gives the initial impression that it is a tilted or articulated type, but alas it is fixed. There is a wealth of shooting information, including electronic level gauge, grid lines dividing the frame into 9 or 24 segments, histogram and the exposure settings.

Unlike the hybrid viewfinder of the X100, the X10 uses a built-in optical zoom viewfinder for image composition. It is linked to the manual zoom lens and, for a compact camera such as this, has an impressive 85% coverage and -3.5 to +1.5 dioptre adjustment. In use, the viewfinder is large and very bright. In fact, it is as bright as the human eye can perceive, which makes this the best option for composing in bright light.

The glass of the viewfinder is very close to the eye cup and picks up smudges and dirt easily. I had to clean the viewfinder several times throughout the test to see clearly. Its window is just above the lens position, and depending on the finger placement when turning the lens, the view can be obstructed. If fingers are placed on the underside of the lens for zooming, though, this is not an issue.  As there is no basic exposure information in the viewfinder, I found myself using the viewfinder more sparingly, opting instead to use the shooting information on the LCD screen, especially when the lighting is unobtrusive.

During an overcast day, when I could see the shooting information on the screen just fine, my use of the viewfinder was limited. If any macro mode is selected, there is no option to turn off the LCD screen, so make sure it is deactivated.  Video recording is available at 1080p via the shooting mode dial.

Image: AWB is a too cool, WB shade is a touch warm, so the WB Kelvin adjustment is about right

  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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