Last September we brought you the first news and images of the Fujifilm FinePix X100 which was surprisingly announced at the Photokina trade fair. At the time the prototype on display at Fuji’s stand didn’t even have a sensor in it but Fujifilm has now unveiled a lot more details.
The X100 is Fujifilm’s effort at a new high-quality compact camera, and from the specs unveiled today, it seems like a pretty impressive machine. 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 professional photographers, 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.”
In a statement Fujifilm also confirmed the X100 will feature three focusing options, which can be selected via a switch on the left-hand side of the camera's body. "With manual focus selected, focusing is achieved using the focus ring around the lens barrel. A distance indication bar enables you to pre-focus if required, or you can simply use the electronic viewfinder to focus accurately."
The X100 also features a "raw" button. Fujifilm explains that the button has two key functions. "When shooting in JPEG mode, it enables the user to instantly capture both raw and JPEG files, plus it also allows raw files to be developed in camera." Fujifilm has also included a dedicated ISO button to give instant access to ISO settings and it will record video at 24fps in 720p high-definition mode with stereo sound.
The X100 is certainly a hot prospect for next year with an early 2011 release date expected. However one thing that could be putting us off, especially over here in the UK, is the rumoured price tag of £1,000. This compares with a price tag of $1,000 in the States, which doesn’t really seem fair to us. Fujifilm has declined to confirm this rumour or give a price for the device. We will have to wait and see until we get our hands on a review copy and put the X100 through its paces to see if it is worth the hype.