FujiFilm FinePix X100 has become my new camera of choice because of these two advantages combined: small build and EXTREMELY good image quality even in low light and even with low ISO. The only downside I can find for this camera is that it has no zoom feature, therefore I won’t be able to use it for certain wildlife photography. Still, remember that most photos can be done without zoom, and if you learn to do good photos without it, then you are one step forward of becoming a good artist.
Here is what I mean with extremely (images were shot after sunset):
Even if this camera has no optical zoom, it is ideal for any kind of photography except wildlife. Why? – Because of the incredible f.2 aperture which will produce a nice depth of field for portraits and macro.
I believe this is the perfect camera for portraits and street photography, but as you see in above examples, it is a good choice for landscape too.
Now, I know that the examples are processed in sepia tones, but believe me when I tell you that this camera produces good colors. Here is an example of the same place, a different day.
Here’s the EXIF for this image:
Shutter Speed: 1/416 second
Focal Length: 23 mm
ISO Speed: 200
It’s true – this camera is expensive, but you can look for a deal of a used one. That’s what I did.
I had some difficulties at the beginning using the many controls – unlike usual compacts, this camera does not come with preselected modes for landscape, portraits, night, etc. But, the good side about this is: you can actually learn photography like a pro using the loads of manual controls, without having the urge to use the camera as a point-and-shoot one.
You might also get a little frustrated with auto focus when getting close to the subject, but the manual focus works just fine.
I have been using the camera for movies also, and I am very please of the quality in low light. Moreover, the image quality is exceptional as in the case of simple photos – courtesy of the build-in lens. The only issue is the movie length is only 10 minutes, but I can overcome this by blending more movies into one with the use of computer software.
Last but not least, I also enjoy the fact that FujiFilm FinePix X100 comes with a rechargeable battery, and this will last for big number of shots.
Have a look at the pictures of this camera. Isn’t it a jewelry with this antique design? If you want to make an impression, you don’t necessary need a large lens, you can have an impact with a retro designed compact like this Fuji.
Sensor: 12.3 megapixel CMOS
LCD screen: 2.8-inch fixed
ISO 100 (expanded)/200 – ISO 6400/12,800 (expanded)
Focal Length: 35mm
Max. Aperture: f2
Continuous shooting: 5fps ; 10 JPEG/8 raw
Autofocus: 49-area , Contrast AF
Metering: 256 zones
Shutter Speed: 30 – 1/4000 sec; bulb to 60 min
Video: 720/24p H.264 QuickTime MOV Stereo
Battery Life: 300 shots
Dimensions: 5.0 x 2.9 x 2.1 inches