Fujifilm FinePix X100 in Review: Camera lives up to hype

Regular readers of OSM who are camera enthusiasts may recall our article at the beginning of February when we brought you the official release date and price details of the Fujifilm FinePix X100 digital camera. The price, to be honest, packs a punch but even back then we were quite excited about this beautiful retro looking camera and now we’ve seen a comprehensive review it makes us want it more.

The Fujifilm FinePix X100 is a 12.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS shooter with a 23mm F2 prime lens, built in-ND filter along with the world’s first Hybrid Viewfinder, all wrapped up in a magnesium alloy chassis. It also has a standard ISO range of 200 to 6400 with capability of expanding to 12800. Sean Hollister over on Engadget, reports on the comprehensive review carried out by Photography Blog and it seems that as a result of everything we mentioned already, the FinePix X100 takes simply great photographs.

The F2 Fujinon lens came up trumps for sharpness and also the lack of noise although one drawback was that 23mm lens being fixed, meaning lack of zoom, although Photography Blog feel this is a “worthwhile compromise.” Autofocus and manual focus were also felt to be rather slow and it’s not possible to focus macro shots without turning off the optical viewfinder. Despite these negatives it’s still hard not to love this camera even with a price tag of $1,199.99, although it’s certainly not a camera for the inexperienced.

Photography Blog describes the Fujifilm FinePix X100 as having, “the best build quality that we’ve ever tested,” and notes that this camera will see huge demand as it “really does live up to it’s pre-launch hype,” and those pictures…? Apparently the X100 “scores a bullseye.” It seems that there’s evidence already of a huge demand for the FinePix X100 as Chris Davies over on Slash Gear, sourced from 4/3 Rumors, reports how the scarcity is already seeing eBay auction prices exceed $2,200 so you may not be able to get our hands on the X100 yet but then again, it seems as though it’s well worth waiting for.

What are your thoughts on the Fujifilm FinePix X100 and how stunning it appears to be? Let us know with your comments.