Fujifilm announces the FinePix X10, a new premium compact cameraThursday September 01 2011
Fuji announces a second premium camera in its FinePix X series: the X10. This new compact camera is expected this autumn with a 12-megapixel sensor and a zoom lens equivalent to a 28-112mm lens at f/2-2.8.
The new Fuji FinePix X10 reuses the success factors of the first camera in the X series, the X100, with a similar vintage design, a traditional optical viewfinder, and a lightweight but robust metal and magnesium body.
One of the main differences between the X10 vs the X100 is the lens. The X10 features a newly-developed Super EBC FUJINON lens consisting of 11 glass elements in 9 groups, with 3 aspherical lenses. The result is a wide-opening lens with a maximum aperture of 2.0 to 2.8 on a focal range equivalent to 28mm to 112mm, whereas the X100 offers a prime 24mm lens.
Fuji also claims a well-controlled lens aberration and a high resolution for the FinePix X10, but let’s wait for the DxOMark test results before comparing it with the X100.
The X10 is built around a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, with Fujifilm EXR technology offering 3 modes:
- HR High Resolution mode, which takes advantage of the 12-megapixel sensor for the finest details in portraits and landscapes.
- DR Wide Dynamic Range mode, which offers higher dynamic range (announced up to 1600%) and delivers gradations and details in both dark and bright areas of the photo.
- SN High Sensitivity and Low Noise mode, which is designed to limit noise despite high sensitivity under low-light shooting conditions. For extremely low-light conditions, the ISO setting can be pushed up to 12800.
In combination with a 49-point matrix contrast AF for high-speed auto focusing, this sensor is capable of continuous shooting up to 7 frames per second at the full 12 megapixel resolution as well as 1080p Full HD video recording.
In addition to all this, one more feature attracted our attention: the seamless 360-degree panoramic shooting feature, for easy panoramic photos.