Point and Shoot cameras, once a staple of the middle-class family, has now largely been replaced with high-quality smartphone-based cameras. But there is still a good portion of the population who likes to have a standalone camera in their bag for when the smartphone doesn’t cut it, and those situations do exist. Smartphones aren’t nearly as versatile as a point and shoot camera with a zoom lens, nor do they offer the image quality or low light performance of a fixed prime lens compact point and shoot. But some of you may be asking yourselves how to choose your first good point and shoot camera? That is what we are here to answer for you today.
In many ways, the Fujifilm X100F is both the closest thing to a perfect camera and the most infuriating camera at the same time. By itself, the Fujifilm X100F boasts quite a bit of upgrades over its predecessor, the X100T, that truly make it competitive and viable. And as always, it isn’t at all a bad camera; but it could have been something much better. With the same 24MP X Trans Sensor at the heart of the company’s two flagship cameras, and that retro-gorgeous camera body that makes lots of photographers weak in the knees, the Fujifilm X100F will undoubtedly sell well–and it deserves to.
But after four iterations of the camera, there are things about it I still don’t understand.
Today, I’m really happy to say we’ve got Fujifilm X100F samples in our first impressions post. I’ve been super busy as of late, but I’m pretty glad to finally have the Fujifilm X100F in for review. On paper at least, the camera has a whole lot going for it. And it’s also fair to say that after a really long time, many users are going to be very happy with the camera and the progression it’s taken. Indeed, photographers like Rinzi Ruiz are doing some fantastic work with it. Overall, it’s pretty difficult to take a really awful photo with the camera.
The new Fujifilm X100F is here and brings with it a number of big upgrades from its predecessor. The Fujifilm X100 series of cameras have always been targeted at street and documentary photographers. They’re fantastic cameras that are both pretty and low profile in design. If you were to equate it to anything in the film world, it would be the Hexar AF. Since it’s inception, the camera has received a number of upgrades in image quality, autofocus, to the viewfinder, and in minor ways to the design.
Let’s take a look at some of the new things that make this camera so exciting.
Fujifilm has made a metric ton of announcements today, and along with the others, we have ourselves the long awaited X100 update, the newly minted Fujifilm X100F. Beyond the X-T line of cameras, probably the most popular line of Fujifilm’s digital cameras is the X100 series, and since Fujifilm unveiled their latest X-Trans sensor technology last year photographers have been clamoring for an updated X100 with the new tech. Continue reading…
Recently, Fujifilm announced their 23mm f2 R WR lens for a very affordable $449 price point. This is the second lens in their lineup to offer an alternative traditional focal length for photographers that want an affordable lens and can’t afford the f1.4 versions. In many ways it follows the same formula that the 35mm f2 R WR does in comparison to the 35mm f1.4 R.
Considering this, there are loads of reasons why the 23mm f2 R WR lens should be very exciting for lots of Fujifilm camera users.
Everyone’s joining the 1-inch sensor camera club. First early reports suggested Panasonic was planning to update the LX7 with a bigger sensor, and now Mirrorless Rumors reports that Nikon will do the same. Leaked specs suggest the camera will have a comfortable grip, narrowing the possibility of bodies down to one of Nikon’s bigger, premium compact cameras such as the P7000.
Supposedly, the new camera will be announced within a week or two and the camera will feature a 1-inch Aptina sensor backed by Nikon’s Expeed 3 imaging processor. In front of the new sensor there will be a f1.8-3.0 zoom lens and the body itself will purportedly be made of magnesium.
It seems like the premium compact camera market is getting hot since Sony’s successful run with its RX100 cameras and Pentax’s notable MX-1. Nikon’s direct competitor, Canon, meanwhile introduced the G1 X Mark II with an even bigger 1.5-inch sensor. Now with a rumored LX8 and Nikon camera joining the fray there could be an interesting crop of cameras beyond the high-end APS-C sensor backed Fujifilm X100s.
Owners of the original Fujifilm X100 are getting a big treat today. The camera, though replaced by the X100s, is being subjected to a firmware update that is said to improve the focus and a couple of operability issues. For starters, the company claims that it will have approximately 20% faster AF speed and enhanced focus distance compared to the previous firmware version. Plus, Close-up focus distance shortened by 30% before needing to switch to macro mode. On top of this, the camera is also receiving manual focus peaking–which helps to negate the original claims that the manual focusing with the camera was useless.
The new firmware update will also apparently shorten the camera startup time by 0.2 seconds. Another change is that pressing the AF button now toggles the focus area selection screen, and the area of your choice can then be selected–just like the X Pro 1.
The X100 firmware v2.0 update is available now at this link.