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Fujifilm X100 prototype at Photokina


Fujifilm X100 prototype at Photokina

This week is the bi-annual Photokina camera show in Cologne, Germany, and TrustedReviews is there to take a look at and report back on what’s new and exciting in the world of digital photography.

An early highlight is the announcement by Fujifilm of the FinePix X100, an unusual rangefinder style camera. It won’t be launched until next spring, and the prototype on display at Fuji’s stand didn’t even have a sensor in it yet, but the finished camera will feature a unique dual-purpose viewfinder with both an optical view with digital information overlay and an LCD electronic view for use in low light.

Other features include a high quality fixed length (non-zoom) 23mm f/2 lens (equivalent to 35mm), a 12.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and EXR processor. Naturally full manual exposure controls, flash hot-shoe and nifty retro styling come as standard.

EDIT: Don't say I never do anything for you. In response to "popular pressure" I went back to the Fuji stand, fought my way throught the crowds and re-shot the X100 for you. I've also managed to get a few more details, including the correct name of the camera.

Also on show on the Fuji stand were two new compacts of a rather more conventional design. The FinePix F300 EXR is a new feature-packed long-zoom compact featuring a 15x zoom lens with 24mm wide-angle, a 12-megapixel SuperCCD EXR sensor, 3.0-inch LCD monitor and a new hybrid autofocus system, which apparently uses phase detection AF, something usually only found in digital SLRs.

Other features include image stabilisation, HD video, subject tracking AF and HDMI output. The F300 EXR will be part of Fuji’s winter line-up, although a UK price is yet to be confirmed.

More news soon…

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