Fujifilm’s X10 got a lot of flack because of a blooming sensor issue that quite honestly was no major big deal except to lonely forum-goers that masquerade as drama queens. Fujifilm looked at the camera and tried to figure out how they could improve it with the announcement of the X20. On the outside, there was very little. On the inside, there is a new X Trans II sensor and a new processor. Plus, the optical viewfinder will now display information upon AF confirmation.
Fujifilm today announces the XF1, a compact point-and-shoot camera that expands the X-system to the lower, consumer end. Coming in October for US-$ 499.95, the XF1 sports a 25-100 mm (equivalent) 4x retractable zoom lens with a fast initial aperture of f1.8 at the wide end. The sensor is the same 2/3″ 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor they already put in the X10, so this package promises great image quality. Additionally, the XF1 shoots RAW as well as 1080/30p video. However, what it seems to lack are any features that set it apart from the competition.
Brandon Remler just let us know that Fuji is now shipping an Ergonomic Kit for their Fuji X10. This kit includes a matte black finish thumbs up grip for increased camera stability and a soft release button for impeccable response shooting. The kit is available from Amazon and Kenmore Camera (great camera shop btw) for $129.
But wait: there’s more than that! The X Pro 1 will also receive interchangeable diopters. The current one is very standard, but can be unscrewed. The new diopters will help those with glasses or contacts.
I’ve seen, held and played with the Fujifilm X Pro 1 before; but never long enough to really make any substantial judgements about it. Recently though, that changed and I was treated to a good hour or so of playtime with the camera. Not only the camera though: but the entire system of lenses in the form of the 18mm f2.0, 35mm f1.4 and 60mm f2.4.
What’s different about this hands-on review from all the rest though is that I was able to put an SD card in the camera. However, I must warn you all that I handled a pre-production model and that the image quality is perhaps not the final version. If the image quality isn’t the final version, I may just cry. Why? To be honest, I haven’t been this excited about a mirrorless camera since the Olympus EP3 was announced.