Dpreview have conducted a long awaited full review of the Fuji X10 Fuji’s take on a high end retro compact, and one that I tested around Christmas and that impressed me greatly.
“The question for anyone still on the fence about the X10 really comes down to priorities. If you’re looking for a truly pocketable large-sensor compact, you may be better served by considering the surprisingly small Sony DSC-RX100. If you’re set on a nearly APS-C sized sensor in a reasonably compact form factor, then the Canon PowerShot G1 X is very tempting. Yet the Fujifilm X10 can make a compelling case in its own right. It offers good image quality with a wide range of processing options, a fast zoom whose CA is very well-controlled, an impressively solid build quality and the types of external controls that will make any DSLR user feel at home when using the X10 as a second camera. The Fujifilm X10 combines retro-styled attractiveness with excellent build quality, a fast zoom lens and all the external controls you could want in a compact camera. The camera’s EXR sensor technology allows for impressive dynamic range and in combination with the X10’s relatively large sensor allows for very good high ISO performance”.
loved the Fuji X10 and seriously considered replacing my Panasonic LX3 with one. The Fuji offers some reasonable compromises to produce a camera that feels “special” and delivers great images. Whilst the likes of the Canon GX1 and Sony’s new RX100 may have stolen the limelight of late in the high end compact market, recent price drops have made the lovely Fuji X10 a camera worth considering. It looks gorgeous has pretty good handling and produces decent images.
Mark Baynham (July 2012)