Fujifilm X10 Brief Review


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  • 12 megapixel EXR-CMOS sensor
  • 4x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle, f2.0-f2.8
  • 1080p Full HD video recording
  • Optical viewfinder
  • RAW capture
  • Manual modes
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-09-01
  • Final Grade: 86 4.3 Star Rating: Recommended

Fujifilm X10
12 megapixel EXR-CMOS sensor; 4x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle, f2.0-f2.8; 1080p Full HD video recording; Optical viewfinder; RAW capture; Manual modes; Lithium-ion battery
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The Fujifilm X10 competes with the likes of the Panasonic LX5, Canon G12, Olympus XZ-1, and Nikon P7100 in the advanced prosumer category. These cameras, all larger than a typical point and shoot, generally have fast lenses and very good image quality. The retro-styled X10 is no exception: it performed admirably in reviews with its EXR sensor, which most notably ups the dynamic range of images in 6 megapixel DR mode. The lens is a fast f2.0-2.8 and useful 28mm-112mm 4x range, although we would have liked to see something a bit wider. The X10 has also been plagued with floating "orbs" around specular highlights, a problem that Fujifilm has acknowledged but not found a fix for (other than releasing new cameras with a modified sensor). Many find this problem unacceptable for a camera that costs $600; apparently most of that money goes into making the body itself a thing of beauty.

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Being among the first creators of the compact camera, Fujifilm is one of the world's most significant imaging and photographic companies. Fujifilm launched the DS-1P in 1988, gaining credit for the first real digital camera widely available.

Most of their latest advanced cameras use an X-Trans sensor, which eliminates the need for an optical low pass filter by reducing moire with the arrangement of pixel units instead. Eliminating the optical low pass filter means there's less between the lens and the sensor, which translates into better resolution and detail.

Fujifilm digital cameras are famous for their natural image color, wide dynamic range, low noise and high sensitivity. It's hard to go wrong with a Fujifilm X mirrorless camera. Models like the X-M1 have an affordable price, yet sacrifice the right features in order to reach that price. Models like the X-T1, on the other hand, are packed full of the latest, greatest features on the market.

Fujifilm is about more than mirrorless though, offering several fixed lens cameras that are good options as well. Their super zoom cameras are usually a pretty good bet. They also offer a waterproof XP line, but they're more of a budget camera than a best-in-class option.

Fujifilm has also recently joined the retro camera craze, giving many of their models a retro film look with all the features of digital. Many of their models follow this trend, but there's a few that stick with a more digital look.

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