Being a photo editor here, after seeing tons of images taken with tons of different cameras, I can tell you that rarely have the expectations of a new camera announced fit the final results. See the Canon eos 7d for example... and the Lieca m8 oops!:)
Although I would love to buy the Fuji x100, I will not do this until I'll be sure of its quality - this being related mainly to image quality and some very important technical usage details (coating, focus issues, waiting time between shots - see the Olympus ep cameras that have 1 second waiting time between shots).
I'm not a big fan of fuji's digital lineup, and, same as Constantin, have reviewed all sorts of makes and models.
Yet, if the new x-100 turns out to be more than just hot design for the gadget snob, i'm likely to get one myself.
For now i can only hope and guess, for example, that the lens is great and the guys at Fuji did some sweat to fit in an excellent sensor ( their weak point so far). If the visual output is comparable to a nikon d300, then i would be pleased.
Anyway, i think it's best to be pacient and wait, as i'm sure it won't be long until i'll have some x-100 pics under review. I can't wait, and really hope it'll deliver a punch.
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It looks like the lens of the X100 is really sharp, no CA and no PF, but its bokeh wide open is not good, quite harsh. But on the other hand, bokeh is usually nothing we think about at 23mm focal length. The camera also seem to really perform in high ISO.
Some samples are up on dpreview. I can't say it knocks my socks off compared to the micro four thirds or APS-C cameras that are out there. It has the negatives of being pricey, non expandable (fixed lens) and with no image stabilizer.
Whether the body design is enough to overcome some negatives would depend a lot on what you take photos of. Street work - check. Travel - mostly. Studio - not so much. Macro?
Just to revive this discussion if I may. I've recently purchased an x100 and have to say I have been blown away by it. The prime 35 mm fixed (35 mm equivalent) lens is fantastic and I'm also extremely impressed by the overall image quality,no doubt helped by the aps-c sensor which you normally of course only find in a dslr. As I think I read brad mentioning once, it is great to be liberated from lugging around a big dslr (forgive me if I have incorrectly cited you brad!). This camera now lives in my pocket and I am spotting stock opportunities all the time and can now actually capture them whereas my dslr would normally be at home. I am of course very mindful that plenty of other camera systems have this advantage but am only discovering this for the first time myself! The reason I am reviving this discussion is that fuji have recently halved the price of this camera (New model on the way) and at around $1000 now, in my view at least, represents great value for money. I recommend you go to the new camera section dt recently created and see what this camera is capable of.
Well, I can agree with the notion of not lugging around a larger kit - so feel free to credit me for that comment :) I must say that the X100 (and the X100s) are particularly interesting cameras, if for no other reason than that they have a very unique optical viewfinder with overlays as well as the electronic option. The next X100S with the new sensor, phase detection AF and no AA filter seem to improve upon an already well liked camera.
I have had my x100 for nearly a year now, and totally agree with you Simon. It is a very impressive little camera. And I love its retro look. People always stop me and ask if it is an old film camera:)
Currently my primary cameras are a Fuji X-Pro2 and a Fuji X-T2.
I love my x100! I must admit that I often take it out instead of my dSLR as it saves lugging around heavy equipment. The lens is very sharp and you have full control in manual. It also looks great and I always get compliments (on the camera!!). However, after about 7 months of use I was unlucky enough to have one that fell under the x100 curse of the sticky aperture blades (apparently this happens to a few camers under a certain set of serial numbers). Fuji were great and, even though by the time I got round to sending the camera back for repair it was about a week out of warranty (I didn't realise it was a known fault!), they still fixed a brand new lens free of charge and returned my camera within 2 weeks. It is now back to being the impressive little camera it was when I first got it. Love it!
f2.8-4.0 & various other lenses. Fuji x100 as my walkaround camera.
Cleaper - your tale of Fuji going the extra mile isn't the first I've read about so all credit to them.
Re Adeliepenguin - I didn't mention anything about the retro look and, whilst at first was unsure about it, I now absolutely love it. It is so different to just about every other modern digital camera.
I also like the fact that, in my view, people just don't take you very seriously when you are out and about with it. You tend to get left alone, and I inwardly smile when I know that the quality of the images I am getting are equal to, if not better than the shots obtained by the person stood next to me who is using a huge dslr!!!
Although I rarely use it, the built in flash seems to be exceptionally good at providing just enough fill without creating a "white mess". Direct flash in my view is always a total no-no, but the x100 has actually made me have to rethink this rule.
Oh, and did I mention about the white balance being just about spot on nearly everytime??
I think I'll stop now before I get accused of working for Fuji (which I don't) !!! and trying to help them shift more cameras!!