Fuji X100 samples

Its Retro time again.

Courtesy of a link from 43Rumors a Norwegian? site has posted some jpg only samples from the Fuji X100.

Samples have been removed at Fuji's request.

This is a pre-production camera. For those who didn't see them the images look a bit soft and low contrast, but the jpgs from the Leica X1, its obvious competitor, were not great either. The X100 does however have an extremely good high ISO performance with some comparison shots looking better than a Nikon D7000. 

There's also a preview of the camera at Dpreview. No samples however.

There's a Fuji website, dripping with camera porn, at: -

Interesting that Fuji are marketing it as "The Professionals Choice"

Its going to have to be pretty good to compete with everything else on the market - m4/3, Sony NEX, Samsung NX, Leica X1 etc. Its "only" a 12MP sensor, though so was the X1 and the images from that were capable of being interpolated quite dramatically. It also has a fixed lens, which tends to restrict its use. 

Fuji have obviously decided to make it more user-friendly than either the X1 or Sony DP1/2 which are the only similar cameras around. Both of these cameras are reputed to be a bit difficult to use. I've never used either of the Sigmas but I can certainly testify that the X1 was pretty slow to work with. I was also somewhat concerned about the X1's build quality. It felt a lot more fragile than it looked.

There are some encouraging words from Dpreview on the build quality.

"The X100 is a gorgeous-looking camera, no matter what angle you look at it from. It has much the same kind of 'real camera' appeal as the Leica M9, and will doubtless draw more than its fair share of admirers on appearance alone. There's nothing inherently wrong with that, either; plenty of people, after all, are willing to choose a car as much on its looks as anything else, just as long as there's substance behind the style.

The build quality is absolutely superb. The top and base plates are die-cast using lightweight, high-strength magnesium alloy, and all the controls and dials are milled from solid metal. Some plastic makes an appearance on the back, of course, for the buttons and four-way controller/rear dial, and it’s also used for the battery/SD compartment door, but overall the X100 gives a rare impression of solidity. Indeed of all current digital cameras, arguably only the Leica M9 can challenge the X100 for its sheer build quality and beauty as an object.

The X100 uses a distinctly traditional control layout, borrowed from fully-mechanical compacts from the 1960s and '70s, with top-plate dials for shutter speed and exposure compensation, plus aperture and manual focus rings around the lens barrel. The shutter button is even threaded for a good old-fashioned mechanical cable release, and the rangefinder-esque layout is completed by the big, bright finder at the top corner of the body. Of course these controls aren't at all the same as those on a Leica M6 (for example), as they're electronic rather than manual, but on the whole the illusion works pretty well.

What's perhaps most impressive about the X100, however, is the way Fujifilm has managed to build a high quality EVF into a relatively compact body. This is by itself is an achievement, that's all-too-easy to overlook in the excitement of the finder being 'hybrid'. But it gives the lie, once and for all, to the idea that cameras with built-in EVFs need to look like miniature SLRs, complete with faux pentaprism 'hump'. It would be nice to see the manufacturers of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras following this direction, 'folding' an EVF's optical path within a slimline body design."

Hopefully the images will live up to the design and functionality. If they do I may find it very hard to resist!!