Review Date: August 2, 2011
Category: Serious to Advanced Amateur
Photoxels Gold Award – Compact Mirrorless
This Fujifilm FinePix X100 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.
The Fujifilm FinePix X100 is a rangefinder-styled digital camera with drop-dead gorgeous retro looks. Under the hoods of this beautifully-designed digital camera, there is a quality 35mm [equiv.] F2 Fujinon lens, an APS-C CMOS sensor and an image processing CPU engine that all work together to capture outstanding image quality rivaling the top end DSLRs.
There’s no denying the good looks of the FinePix X100. However, what excites the most demanding photographers is the superb and detailed images it captures in good light and its excellent low light performance with low noise at high ISOs. In fact, image quality is excellent at ISO 200 and very good up to ISO 1600, with noise starting to be faintly visible at ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 still very usable. It’s not the fastest camera as far as operational performance is concerned but fast enough that you won’t notice or be bothered too much. However, long-time DSLR users may find faults with some aspects of its user interface so we recommend that you try before you buy.
The Fujifilm FinePix X100 is a finely crafted camera with excellent build and ergonomics and it is a delight to use. It’s not perfect, but try it and you may never want to use another camera again. Yeah, that enjoyable and addictive.