Fuji FinePix X100 First Impressions

So, as you will have spotted by now, last night I attended the South African launch of the Fuji 2011 lineup and there making its first appearance on our shores was a sample of the Fuji FinePix X100. Choosing to let the crowds go first I waited till near the end of the evening to get some solo time with the camera and thought I could share with you my first impressions of it. We hope to get to do a full review of it soon.

Styling

If you take a quick glance at the X100 you can be forgiven for thinking it is a Leica or similar, classical styled rangefinder camera. It is in fact a very beautiful camera that reaches into your your chest, grabs your heart and pulls you back through time by a few decades as you pass the retro shutter dial, exposure compensation dial, aperture ring, focus ring… but before you can cry “STOP! I don’t know how to load film anymore!” you spot the LCD screen on the back.

In terms of styling I love the retro dials, I think dials are more instinctive and faster to use.

Having used a Leica M3 before I was a little surprised when I picked up the X100 and – having prepared myself to pick up a heftier camera then the Sony A33 I had with me – found my arm almost shooting up with something that is a fair bit lighter than I was expecting. That does not mean it is not well built though.

Handling

While I spent some one on one time with the camera it was not long enough for me to speak about it in the department too much. I found the menus to be very Fuji like and not as refined perhaps as I would like but I only dived in their once for a brief look for something I couldn’t find which could be biasing my opinion.

Focusing manually seemed a little slow but again it was a dark and not much time spent on what setting you can adjust for this.

All in all, the little bit I played with it still meant I left wanting one… really, REALLY wanting one.

We hope to bring you a full review soon. In the meantime, the image posted in this post was taken with the sample unit last night. The crop is roughly a 100% or actual pixel crop of the full image.

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Founder of PhotoComment. In a relatively short space of time he has experienced the photography industry almost full circle. From camera repairs, to photographic retail, wholesale, marketing for one of the large camera brands, part time photographer and of course blogger there is hardly a moment when he is not eating, drinking and occasionally getting some sleep where photography is not involved.