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Fujifilm intros vintage-styled X100 pro compact

updated 08:45 pm EDT, Sun September 19, 2010

Fujifilm X100 gets DSLR-size sensor, retro design

Fujifilm helped kick off the start of Photokina a day early by launching the FinePix X100. The 12.3-megapixel camera carries a 1950s metal-and-leather body but is targeted at pros who need a close-up camera or hobbyists who thrive on macro or near-macro shots. An APS-C sized CMOS sensor using Fujifilm's EXR technology gives it DSLR-level light sensitivity and is helped by a fixed-in-place but bright and fast 23mm f2 prime lens.

Its viewfinder is as much of a break as the choice of body. Badged as a hybrid viewfinder, it can switch between electronic and optical coverage depending on whether the photographer wants one-for-one coverage or a sharper look. The electronic half can also overlay crucial info on top of the optical viewfinder's image.

Work is still early on the camera, and Fujifilm doesn't expect to launch it until early 2011. Most of the hard specifications, as well as the price and availability, aren't yet ready.








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  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    I want one.

    Have to learn to use my left eye for viewfinding, tho...

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Noo.....

    You use your right eye. Cameras like this are designed so you can get your eye right up to the viewfinder without your nose getting in the way.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    This looks awesome!

    Hopefully others follow suit on the APS-C class compacts. And hope Fujifilm puts in a true mechanical focus rather than the focus by wire in M43 and others. Prime is perfect as well since I've got a GF1 and the 20mm and haven't actually changed lenses in several months.

  1. jfgilbert

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    Wonder if they have seen a Leica

    Just a cheap copy of a Leica M.
    Used M8 are not very expensive these days. They take interchangeable lenses and they will keep their value better and longer.

  1. dpicardi

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    M8 not expensive?

    What planet do you live on?

    Both of these camera are for people with a lot of disposable income as they don't take superior pictures for their price range.

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