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Review: Fujifilm X10

Fujifilm X10 is here to charm you with its various features, and dig a hole in your pocket with its price.

tech reviews Updated: Feb 15, 2012 16:56 IST
Aaron Almeida
camera

Fujifilm-X10

There are point and shoot cameras and then, there are really expensive point and shoot cameras. The Fujifilm X10 falls in the latter category but has some really interesting features.

Design and Build Quality
Boasting a retro design, the X10 is made of metal and dressed in leather all over with a black finish. The handgrip helps handle the camera with ease. Considering its width and weight, this is not the camera that can be carried around in a trouser pocket. The face of the camera is quite minimal, in terms of basic features, such as the zoom lens — it only has a 4x lens. It also includes an optical viewfinder, AF assist and a toggle switch to focus. There are a total of 8 buttons located at the back, apart from the buttons for the four way navigational pad. There are two scroll wheels to navigate through the settings and a spring-loaded toggle switch for the flash. The other design feature at the back is the optical viewfinder, which has a soft plastic finish.

Features
The camera is packed with features that leave users satisfied. The main one being the retro styling. However, there is nothing retro about the technology used in this optical viewfinder as they have added a rangefinder to it. The camera features a 12.0 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor with the sensor size measuring at 2/3-inch. This sensor size is larger than standard compact camera sensors, but smaller than a standard DSLR camera. Due to its 12 MP sensor, images can be printed on large format papers. The camera features a 4x optical zoom lens that ranges from 28mm wide angle to 112mm telephoto. The ISO sensitivity of this point and shoot ranges from 100 - 3200. The widest aperture found in it is F/ 2.0 which allows more light to enter the lens. Low-light performance should be a bit better than standard point and shoot cameras as well.

Videos can be recorded on this camera at a maximum resolution of 1080p with stereo sound. The camera also has the ability to capture images while video recording, which is becoming a common feature that is found in cameras, nowadays.

Performance
The Fujifilm is no run-of-the-mill point and shoot camera. The camera when turned clockwise, would lead one to expect that the camera would be powered on instantly, unfortunately this is not the case. The time it takes to start varies, with at times it taking close to 5 seconds. This is a major setback for those wanting to capture images quickly while travelling or for similar reasons.

While looking through the viewfinder, the images appear bright and colours appear natural. However, what we did not like was the fact that the composition of the image is off.

We faced no problems, while handling the camera as the textured surface helps to a very large extent. So does the fact that the camera has a small handgrip in the front. Clicking pictures with a single hand is possible, even though it is a bit on the heavier side.

What we like
Classic retro design
Customisable features

What we don’t
Low focus point
Not easy to handle

Verdict
The Fujifilm X10 is available in India for R 39,999 and is one of the best point and shoot cameras. It has customisable features and offers great image quality. The focus points of the optical viewfinder is bad. One would need to play around with the camera. Lastly, this camera is not as easy to use and it would take some time to get familiar with it.
Rating: ***

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