It looks like a classic rangefinder, yet it features Fujifilm’s latest EXR technology and, controversially, a fixed-focus, non-interchangeable lens. So has the FinePix X100 really been worth the wait? We find out

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Fujifilm FinePix X100

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Fujifilm FinePix X100 review


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The Competition

The X100 is never going to be a mainstream camera, so it competes most with cameras that are as much icons of design as photographic tools – those such as the Leica X1, which is around £400 more expensive. The X1 shares a fixed 35mm equivalent lens but has an f/2.8 aperture. It lacks a viewfinder and the ISO range of the X100, but the red dot of the Leica symbol is often a swaying factor for many camera fans.



For practical use the X100 must be compared to a compact system camera. The Samsung NX100, for example, also offers an APS-C sensor and full manual control. Although it doesn’t have the classic design or metal bodywork, it is slightly smaller than the X100, offers the ability to change the lens and costs nearly £700 less.







Shutter Type:Mechanical leaf shutter
Video:720p HD, 24fps, MOV (H.264)
External mic:No
White Balance:Auto, 7 presets, custom, manual, WB shift
Dioptre Adjustment:-2 to +1 dioptre
Built-in Flash:Yes
Memory Card:SD/SDHC/SDXC
Viewfinder Type:Hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder
Output Size:4288x2848 pixels
LCD:2.8in, 460,000-dot LCD
Field of View:90% optical/100% electronic
White Balance Bracket:N/A
AF Points:49-point system (contrast-detection-based)
Max Flash Sync:N/A
Sensor:12.3-million-effective pixel CMOS
Exposure Modes:Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0, HDMI
File Format:JPEG, RAF (raw), MOV
Power:Rechargeable NP-95 Li-Ion
Weight:405g (excluding battery)
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec, plus bulb (max 60mins)
Drive Mode:3-5fps
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Metering System:256-zone TTL, multi, spot, average
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Exposure Comp:±2EV
Lens Mount:23mm f/2 (35mm equivalent)
ISO:200-6400 (100-12,800 expanded)
Focusing Modes:Single, continuous, manual
DoF Preview:No (via EVF)
Tested as:Compact system camera
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and Handling
  4. 4. White balance and Colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD, Live View and Video
  10. 10. Our Verdict
  11. 11. The Competition
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