Fujifilm troopers on with its APS-C compacts.
In an age when most individuals consider telephone pictures are “dSLR high quality,” no matter meaning, a digital camera with an precise dSLR-size sensor and a fixed-focal-length lens is a tricky promote. Fujifilm has carved a distinct segment for its X100 collection with fans who recognize the image-quality benefits of a giant sensor.
However the $700-$1,000 compact fashions, a worth vary the place fixed-lens APS-C compacts used to reside, now are typically feature-crammed, with sensible zoom ranges and quick operation in alternate for a modest drop in picture high quality. Fujifilm’s making an attempt its luck at $500 with the brand new XF10, channeling the spirit of the superb (now unavailable) two-year-old X70, however with out most of the enthusiast-friendly handbook buttons and dials.
The XF10 has a mode dial, however a lot of the operation is by way of display navigation.
The XF10 is slated to ship in August for $500. I haven’t got pricing or availability data for the UK or Australia, however the US worth converts to roughly £380 and AU$675.
It retains the comparatively compact physique — as compact as you will get with a sensor of its measurement — together with the identical 28mm-equivalent lens. It is a little bit lighter, which appears to return from jettisoning the flip-up show. That is probably a mistake, since a flip-up display makes the digital camera selfie-friendly.
One other cost-saving measure was going with a typical CMOS sensor as a substitute of one in every of its personal X-Trans sensors, which makes a variety of sense. It in all probability was extra accident than determination, as provides of the newest X-Trans grew to become a difficulty, however not everyone seems to be a fan of them.
However whereas compacts from corporations like Sony and Panasonic provide 4K video, quick autofocus and high-frame-rate steady capturing, the XF10 retains the photo-first, pared-down operation of the X100. Whereas the XF10 provides 4K video assist, it is solely at 15 frames per second. Which is okay in case you like your video stylized reasonably than lifelike. It could do some burst capturing, however just for a brief interval.
So, it appears to be like like an incredible choice for a distinct segment market: individuals who care about picture high quality above all else, together with focal-length flexibility, and wish to spend as little as potential.
Sensor efficient decision
(23.5 x 15.7mm)
ISO 100 (exp)/ISO 200-ISO 6400/ISO 51200 (exp)
Lens (35mm equal)
three.9 in/10 cm
13 JPEG/ n/a uncooked
(burst solely accessible with focus and publicity mounted at first body)
(magazine/ efficient magazine)
30 – 1/four,000 sec (1/16,000 digital shutter); bulb to 60 minutes
H.264 QuickTime MOV
4K UHD 2160/15p
Stereo; mic enter
Most best-quality recording time
three in/7.5 cm
1 X SDXC
Battery life (CIPA score)
four.four x 2.5 x 1.6 in
113 x 64 x 41 mm
Physique working weight
9.eight oz (est.)
279 g (est.)
Launch date (US)