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This is my first Fuji (digital) product!
, November 10, 2011
This review is from: Fujifilm X10 12 MP EXR CMOS Digital Camera with f2.0-f2.8 4x Optical Zoom Lens and 2.8-Inch LCD (Camera)
I was always a Nikon for "still image" and a bit of a Canon for "camcorder" - never thought of buying a Fujifilm digital camera.
When they announced the X10, I was immediately hooked; the bright f2.0-2.8 lens is a key factor and the fact that it is not an interchangeable lens camera with classic styling (dials, and retro looks)-makes me want to just have one!
I pre-ordered it from Amazon but then they ran out of stock for some reason and it was in stock here (in a local camera store nearby) and so I went to that store and tested a bunch of other cameras like the E-P3, Nikon 1, and the X10. Yes, E-P3 is very nice, and it is micro 4/3rds; feels good and fast AF. Tried the Nikon 1 V1 and J1, the J1 feels solid and good when held; cool 10 to 60 fps shooting (awesome stuff) and blazing AF! the V1 feels and looks very bulky though (it's like holding a small brick); but inside is pretty much powerful.
I decided not to get the E-P3 because it is $899 with the kit lens, and that means if I want a faster lens like the f2.0 I have to get it separately and spend hundreds of dollars; if not I'm stuck with the kit lens, which I think it's alright, but still (limiting) for low light situation. The J1 and V1 is great, I've loved Nikon and their image quality performance, always been satisfied. I have no idea why people are making 'their decision to put a smaller sensor' a big deal, the images coming out of J1 and V1 are pretty much comparable to Olympus E-P3 and in fact, the J1/V1 produce cleaner image with high ISO.
The reason I'm not getting the Nikon 1 is because lack of direct dials (aperture/shutter speed/ISO controls) I have to go to the menu for that stuff, but still, not bad; although I prefer having them around especially it's priced at >$640ish. Their lens selection are still quite limited, I want an option for a faster zoom lens (don't like the pancake with only f2.8).
SO, I came to a decision to get the X10. This camera has the retro looks, classic dials (fast access) and fun to shoot with; size is just right and feels good b/c that magnesium alloy body material; I like the Fujinon lens to be honest, Nikkor, Fujinon and Leica are my favorites; I like X10's bright and fast lens f2.0-f2.8(telephoto) makes it real good for low light shooting.
I like that it has a standard hotshoe and a pop up flash (a good one at least). and an optical viewfinder (I don't use it a lot but it's nice to have one). I also like the RAW shooting features on this camera. The LCD screen is a bit of a let down since I was using a Nikon P300 before and the P300 has a very nice and bright 960k resolution as for the X10 only 460k dot. but it's fine!
X10 does a good job on the super macro, the AF is pretty fast but not faster than the J1 or the V1 or even with the E-P3 but not slow either (it failed to focus rarely).
The one thing I don't like with this camera is the software, I wish it can be like Nikon, less animation and lag; for example when I'm erasing an image, it does the "dissolve" animation and that takes time really..even just a millisecond.
Other than the software, this camera is the BOMB! for the price $600, it's a FINE pocket camera, looks very professional, and produces great images (which by the way comparable to the J1 and V1, even some micro 4/3rds cameras out there).
The sensor is 2/3" so it's larger than those Nikon's P7100 or the Canon G12 and that's just great.
Video? yes, it does 1080p video, I haven't play much with this feature but so far it shoots a great video, a little bit better than my P300, but for stabilization, I prefer the P300 (less shaky when recording). The Panorama feature looks neat, haven't play with it a lot, but so far I like Nikon P300's panorama feature better, I might be wrong, I'll post an update after playing with it for a couple of weeks.
I bought this camera for a professional image quality look (in a compact size) and it does the job wonderfully.
Go get this camera when it's in stock, worth the money and yep, I'm a happy Fuji customer now!
I'm hoping for a firmware/software update though ;)
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