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 review


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Average metering setting works well for landscapes, maintaining highlight detail. This scene needed just a slight curves boost to bring out the shadows f/11, 1/280sec, ISO 200

The 256-zone metering system copes well with a range of scenes. I found the multi and average modes useful for different types of scene; the average tended to give the more even exposure, while the multi setting often required a negative exposure compensation of around 2⁄3 stop to avoid losing any highlight detail. Using the multi setting, there was a significant change in the exposure as the horizon was raised and lowered in the frame, showing a definite tipping point when the priority switches between sky and foreground. The spot metering is also a handy addition and appears to provide around a standard 2.5% coverage. The EXR expansion settings seem to provide greater detail in the shadow areas, but only a slight change in the highlights.

  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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