Here’s my short review on the Fuji X10. This has been my latest muse. Do read it in a light hearted manner with a slight tinge or sarcasm I have been contemplating for ages now on getting a small digital compact camera that I could carry everywhere which looks good/retro, doesn’t weigh a tonne and doesn’t run on film!!! Of course the usual culprit that crossed my mind was the Panasonic LX5 or Canon S100.
When the X100 was launched, it made waves everywhere but when the X10 was announced, there was much skepticism since it had a big shoe to fill in following the success of the X100. One should not compare the X10 with the X100 as they are both very different cameras. I love the X100 but for traveling and casual shots, a zoom lens is more useful. I think the main complain many had about the X10 was the small sensor and somewhat stupid optical viewfinder which doesn’t cover the full image taken. Let’s be frank. Whatever the X10 can do, the LX5 or G12 (heck even the S100) could do the same as well. It’s basically a consumer level camera with full manual functions so why pay an additional half a grand for the X10?
So let’s point out some of the short comings of the X10 that we around the internet:
1 ) Stupid view finder with lousy coverage and no info. It’s essentially a peep hole.
2 ) Expensive!!!!!!
3 ) Ridiculously short battery life.
4 ) Small sensor!!!!! No DOF control!!!!!
5 ) White blob effect!!!!!!
6 ) If you turn the ring fully to off, it doesn’t switch off.
7 ) With my fat fingers, turning on the camera with the screw in hood is not something easy.
8 ) The hood gets in the way of the flash but that’s pretty obvious.
9 ) The cap is an utter joke and I foresee it coming loose after awhile not to mention that thing is quite costly so if you lose it, all the best.