There has been a lot of interest in the retro-styled Fujifilm FinePix X100 since it was first spotted at Photokina last September – though a lot of it has been focused on the price which has been reported to be as high as £1,200.
Today however, you can pre-order the 12.3 megapixel snapper from Amazon for £899.99, the lowest price yet seen, and the website has announced that the device will be on sale from April 11. The X100 has been previously available on pre-order on various websites for prices in and around £1,000 and had been slated for a March release. The device has garnered much coverage in the press and should be seen in the wild this week at the Focus on Imaging event which is taking place in Birmingham until next Thursday.
The X100 features a 12.3 megapixels APS-C sized CMOS sensor, a Fujinon 23mm f/2 fixed focal length lens and the newly-developed Hybrid Viewfinder. Aimed at professionals, the FinePix X100 has been designed "to appeal to the millions of DSLR users who need a slim back-up camera for high quality in-fill shots when the use of a bigger SLR system is either inconvenient or impractical.” The X100 will have a dedicated ISO button, three focusing options and a RAW button which, when shooting in JPEG mode, enables the user to instantly capture both raw and JPEG files, plus it allows raw files to be developed in camera.
We will hopefully get a chance to have a closer look at the camera if or when it is unveiled in Birmingham this week, but for now, does the slightly lower price make the X100 more appealing, or is it still too expensive?