Fuji X100 | 10 minute video hands-on

If you’ve been following along for a while you know I have my heart set on a full frame camera at some point this year. However, it would sure be nice to have something smaller as a walk around camera for those occasions I don’t feel like taking the big boy out. Or for occasions where having a large DSLR might not be entirely appropriate. That’s where the new Fuji X100 comes in. The more I read up on this camera the more I fall in love with it. The video above is a nice hands-on with the final version of the camera prior to release next month. Don’t watch it if you’re not prepared to fall in love. 🙂

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12 Responses to Fuji X100 | 10 minute video hands-on

  1. John Griggs says:

    Dave the preliminary photos I’ve seen from the X100 aren’t that impressive. I wouldn’t be an early adopter necessarily. In this photo gallery below, they’re nice, but not outstanding especially in terms of sharpness.

    http://www.finepix-x100.com/en/gallery/images

    My personal recommendation for a photographers “walk about” camera remains the Canon S95 or it’s predecessor (which I have) the Canon S90 — for less than 1/2 the price. You could buy an S95 and a new lens for your SLR for what the Fuji costs.

    I think it’s that $1000 or so price tag that’s getting to me — as one reviewer said, “that’s Leica territory”.

    The technology is pretty impressive overall. I’d want to play a bit with that “hybrid viewfinder” though in various lighting. I’m not a big EVF fan but perhaps they’ve solved the issues with that.

    I’ve never thought Fuji’s image processing was up to Canon or Nikon — though their sensors have actually had advantages in the past.

    It’s hard to resist its seductive look though — it’s really a beautifully retro-styled piece.

    I’d definitely want to shoot it a bit, take the photos home, and work them over before I’d shell out that kind of cash for a walk-about camera. Also, I want something truly pocket sized.

    I’m sure not trying to “burst your bubble” and I don’t know it isn’t going to be a lovely camera — but I thought I’d play “devil’s advocate”, lol.

    • I’m with you, John. I’d like to have one for a week or two to see how I like it before buying. Me, I love those old style rangefinder cameras, which is what I find most attractive. It’s so retro. I hear Nikon’s working on something interesting. I’m in no hurry.

  2. Mauro Metallo says:

    A digital camera supposed to “feel and handle” like a film one?
    No digi can even go remotely close to feel and handle like a film camera, not even a Holga… The simple fact that a roll of film is in there means soul… Digital photography is simply not for me…

    • Um, I think they were talking about the manual control dials on the body, Mauro. 🙂 No need to get your nose bent out of shape over it, my friend. As for a roll of film meaning a soul, I’m not sure I get that. I mean, I’m more interested in the results than whether it’s shot with current or antiquated technology.

      • Mauro Metallo says:

        Sometimes it’s not only about the results, but about HOW we get to the same ones and the gratifcation we gain along the way… Isn’t it what our passion is al about?
        As for “antiquated technology” I’m pretty sure you don’t mean film: A nowaday’s masterpiece like The King’s Speach has been entirely shot on 35mm, see here:
        http://www.studiodaily.com/main/technique/projects/12926.html
        Or maybe you are referring to my camera, which is an incurable example of modern “antiquated technology”, because she talks to me and wants me to read her a story before she goes to bed…

  3. John Griggs says:

    I understand your passion, Mauro, but it’s not an “either/or” situation really, is it? I mean, I shoot both and enjoy them both for what they are.

    I have an extensive collection of film cameras that I enjoy both as the fine machines they are, and what they can actually do with a nice roll of film loaded up.

    I don’t quite understand the friction between film and digital shooters — I just don’t see why it has to be “one or the other”. I choose both, lol.

    • Couldn’t agree more. In a recent post I talked about two new camera (the Nikon D7000 & Pentax K5) and some guy replied all upset I liked the Nikon. Like, who cares! They are just cameras. The brand doesn’t really matter. Nor does film vs digital. Cameras don’t take lovely photographs, people do.

  4. spiderpaw says:

    If you buy this camera Dave, let us know as I am interested in this very camera. Maybe even a review. This camera intrigues me because it reminds me of an old Leica which I have. The only thing that I have reservations about is the fact that it has a fixed lens.

  5. This is a very tempting camera, although the price tag is pretty hefty, and I’d definitely want to get my hands on one to play with before I buy.

    (Not sure about the price being ‘Leica territory’ though, or at least I want to know where I can get a digital Leica for that price!)

    • It’s a nice looking camera but let’s not forget that what looks good in a press release might end up sucking in real life.

      Personally, I doubt I’ll get one. Like Spiderpaw I’m concerned about it having a fixed 35mm (eq.) lens.

  6. Hey Mauro:

    My passion is about the capture of moments (ideally just the right ones), not about what I use to capture those moments with. It’s also about the fun around the photography as much as it is about the photography itself. You know, getting out with the camera for the day, the anticipation of what might be just around the next corner or down that dark alley, meeting people, stopping for lunch, that sort of thing. The day I get all caught up in the tired old “Canon vs Nikon” or “Film vs Digital” or “Colour vs B & W” crap, I’m definitely finished, since in my opinion I will have lost the part of photography I love.

    My position is that all cameras are great in one way or another, no matter what brand, format, etc… The reason I shoot digital rather than film is simply because I’m not a patient guy. I do, however, enjoy the digital darkroom as much as I know you enjoy the analogue one. I also love the look of film photography. Many of the photographers and books you’ve turned me on to have been nothing less than inspiring. Long live film!!! Digital sucks!!! 🙂 On the other hand, I’ve seen digital photos taken by the best photographers on earth that have been simply amazing. I’ve seen photos taken with an iPhone that have been truly breathtaking and inspiring. Do I care that they were shot with a phone? Nope.

    I don’t know about your camera but I can promise you that my camera has no soul. It’s nothing but an inanimate object destine to break down one day and find its way to the scrap heap just like all technology over time. I do not love it. I do not like it. I have not named it. It’s simply a tool that serves its purpose. If there’s any soul to be found in photography it’s in the photographer’s heart and eye, no?

    It’s one thing to love your camera, but it’s important to realize your camera doesn’t take photographs, you do. That’s how I see it. Your mileage may vary.

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