Fuji X100 news roundup

After the initial hype(?) over the X100 people starts to realize the practical limits of the camera. Read for example the “top 7 complaints of the Fuji X100 and how I get around them” written by Steve Huff (Click here). Innacurate AF and difficoult manual focus really are not something nice to see. Superb image quality isn’t enough if you can’t focus an image!

The Complete Fujifilm X100 Review has been posted by ThePhoBlographer (Click here): “Overall, the Fuji X100 is a hit and has received some flak on the internet in reviews but has also received quite a bit of praise. Make no mistake, this camera deserves all the praise and only most of the flak. The battery life issues are very true and indeed, the camera still feels a bit like something that wasn’t completely done or that could’ve been made better.“…”Will I be buying it? Probably not, though I’m extremely tempted. The reason why is because I feel that my delivers some great results that I’m very happy with in a smaller package and with interchangeable lenses.

Ryan Brenizer (Click here) posted his review: “I kind of see the X100 as being like the iPad, a fantastic accessory to a main system. Most people who are just looking for their main camera will be better served by something cheaper or by something more versatile. But for people who love that street photography and 1960s photojournalism aesthetic or, like me, have funds, have big, heavy primary cameras and can’t stand the thought of walking around all day without a way to capture the world around you with more response and quality than your cell phone can, this is a great camera for you.

Neil van Nierkank (Click here) posted his short preview.

A preview made by Hypebeast (Click here).

Check the availability and price of the Fuji X100 by clicking those direct links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Fuji X100 versus Panasonic GF1

Photographer Michael Carpentier compared the Fuji X100 and the Panasonic GF1 camera. The original article has been written in french but click here to read the google english translation. You might be surprised to read that he considers the GF1 a better choice than the X100. Image quality difference is minimal, and he is particularly disappointed with the Fuji’s lens performance at f/2.0. There is also a huge problem with focusing at short distance. There are also other quirks with the X100 but also some positive notes. Anyway the small image quality difference in favour of the X100 doesn’t justify the huge price difference. And if you really need that bit more of IQ you can still go for the Sony NEX-5!

Check the Fuji X100 price and availability at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Check the Panasonic GF1 price and availability at .
Check the Sony NEX-5 price and availability at .

And also Thom Hogan cannot recommend the Fuji X100: “the camera has some near fatal flaws: for example, if it powers down due to inactivity, pressing the shutter release doesn’t bring it back to life. So you cycle the On/Off button and the power-on sequence is not fast to begin with. So much to like. So much to dislike. Oh, and a proprietary US$130 lens hood? Stinkaroo on that. Shame on Fujifilm for playing that game.

One last news: Dpreview added the studio sample pictures of the X100.

New Fuji X100 reviews and news.

Reidreviews (Click here) published the “Part II” of the Fuji X100 review: “It includes, among many other things, a detailed look at the comparative quality of files from the X100, Leica X1, Sigma DP2s and Leica M8.2.”

Brandon Remler (Click here) published a couple of Street Scenes High ISO images on his blog.

DCresource (Click here) posted a full Fuji X100 review: “When I got my hands on the FinePix X100, I was instantly impressed. The viewfinder and user interface took some getting used to, but once I became familiar with the camera and its quirks, I found it quite enjoyable to use. And did I mention the excellent photo quality? There is room for improvement in terms of performance, user interface, and manual control limitations, but for a first effort, Fuji has done a very good job.

Golftoimpress (Click here) also tested the X100: “In the end, while not without its quirks or issues, the X100 is an awesome camera. It is built wonderfully, has great technology, and most importantly is fun to use and takes great pictures.

A few Fuji X100 cameras are in Stock for the very first time in Europe:  at Amazon UK (Click here). As you know in US switches form the “in Stock” to “out of Stock” status every couple of hours. Check at Amazon US (Click here). I can’t keep up with all the status changes. If you want to check for yourself here is the full list of worldwide stores I do check from time to time…and yes I am crazy :)

Alphabetical order by country:

Afghanistan: Åland Islands: Albania: Algeria: American Samoa: Andorra: Angola: Anguilla: Antarctica: Antigua and Barbuda: Argentina: Armenia: Aruba: Australia: eBay.au, Digitalrev, B&H, Amazon, Adorama, eBay.au, Digitalrev, B&H, Amazon
Austria: eBay.at, Amazon.at, eBay.at, Amazon.at
Azerbaijan: Bahamas: Bahrain: Bangladesh: Barbados: Belarus: Belgium: Calumetphoto.be, eBay.be, Amazon UK, eBay.be, Amazon UK
Belize: Benin: Bermuda: Bhutan: Bolivia: Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba: Bosnia and Herzegovina: Botswana: Bouvet Island: Brazil: British Indian Ocean Territory: Brunei Darussalam: Bulgaria: Burkina Faso: Burundi: Cambodia: Cameroon: Canada: eBay.ca, Adorama, Amazon.ca, B&H, eBay.ca, Adorama, Amazon.ca, B&H
Cape Verde: Cayman Islands: Central African Republic: Chad: Chile: China: Digitalrev, eBay, Amazon.cn, Digitalrev, eBay, Amazon.cn
Christmas Island: Cocos (Keeling) Islands: Colombia: Comoros: Congo: Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The: Cook Islands: Costa Rica: Côte D'Ivoire: Croatia: Cuba: Curaçao: Cyprus: Czech Republic: Denmark: eBay, eBay
Djibouti: Dominica: Dominican Republic: Ecuador: Egypt: El Salvador: Equatorial Guinea: Eritrea: Estonia: Ethiopia: Falkland Islands (Malvinas): Faroe Islands: Fiji: Finland: eBay, eBay
France: eBay.fr, Amazon.fr, eBay.fr, Amazon.fr
French Guiana: French Polynesia: French Southern Territories: Gabon: Gambia: Georgia: Germany: eBay.de, Amazon.de
Ghana: Gibraltar: Greece: Greenland: Grenada: Guadeloupe: Guam: Guatemala: Guernsey: Guinea: Guinea-Bissau: Guyana: Haiti: Heard and McDonald Islands: Holy See (Vatican City State): Honduras: Hong Kong: Amazon, eBay, Digitalrev, Adorama, B&H, Amazon, eBay, Digitalrev, Adorama, B&H
Hungary: Iceland: India: Indonesia: Iran, Islamic Republic Of: Iraq: Ireland: eBay, Amazon UK, eBay, Amazon UK
Isle of Man: Israel: Italy: eBay.it, Amazon.it
Jamaica: Japan: Rakuten, DigitalRev, eBay, Rakuten, DigitalRev, eBay
Jersey: Jordan: Kazakhstan: Kenya: Kiribati: Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of: Korea, Republic of: Kuwait: Kyrgyzstan: Lao People's Democratic Republic: Latvia: Lebanon: Lesotho: Liberia: Libya: Liechtenstein: Lithuania: Luxembourg: Macao: Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic Of: Madagascar: Malawi: Malaysia: Maldives: Mali: Malta: Marshall Islands: Martinique: Mauritania: Mauritius: Mayotte: Mexico: Micronesia, Federated States Of: Moldova, Republic of: Monaco: Mongolia: Montenegro: Montserrat: Morocco: Mozambique: Myanmar: Namibia: Nauru: Nepal: Netherlands: Calumet.nl, eBay, eBay
Netherlands Antilles: New Caledonia: New Zealand: Nicaragua: Niger: Nigeria: Niue: Norfolk Island: Northern Mariana Islands: Norway: ebay, ebay
Oman: Pakistan: Palau: Palestinian Territory, Occupied: Panama: Papua New Guinea: Paraguay: Peru: Philippines: Pitcairn: Poland: Redcoon.pl, eBay, Redcoon.pl, eBay
Portugal: Puerto Rico: Qatar: Réunion: Romania: Russian Federation: Rwanda: Saint Barthélemy: Saint Helena: Saint Kitts And Nevis: Saint Lucia: Saint Martin: Saint Pierre And Miquelon: Saint Vincent And The Grenedines: Samoa: San Marino: Sao Tome and Principe: Saudi Arabia: Senegal: Serbia: Seychelles: Sierra Leone: Singapore: DigitalRev, B&H, eBay, DigitalRev, B&H, eBay
Sint Maarten: Slovakia: Slovenia: Solomon Islands: Somalia: South Africa: South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands: South Sudan: Spain: Redcoon.es, eBay.es, Amazon.es, Redcoon.es, eBay.es, Amazon.es
Sri Lanka: Sudan: Suriname: Svalbard And Jan Mayen: Swaziland: Sweden: eBay, eBay
Switzerland: eBay, Amazon.de, eBay, Amazon.de
Syrian Arab Republic: Taiwan, Republic Of China: Tajikistan: Tanzania, United Republic of: Thailand: Timor-Leste: Togo: Tokelau: Tonga: Trinidad and Tobago: Tunisia: Turkey: Turkmenistan: Turks and Caicos Islands: Tuvalu: Uganda: Ukraine: United Arab Emirates: United Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk, ParkCameras, Warehouseexpress, eBay, Amazon.co.uk, Warehouseexpress, eBay
United States: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay
United States Minor Outlying Islands: Uruguay: Uzbekistan: Vanuatu: Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of: Vietnam: Virgin Islands, British: Virgin Islands, U.S.: Wallis and Futuna: Western Sahara: Yemen: Zambia: Zimbabwe:

The new Fuji X100 firmware is out! (and gets reviewed at the NYC)

The new firmware fixes the following problem: “If the images are shot with ISO Bracketing mode when “QUICK START MODE”(*1) is set to “ON” and turn off the camera,the camera cannot be turned on again even with ordinary operation.
You can download the firmware at: http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/firmware/x/finepix_x100/fupd.html

There is also a new review by David Pogue from the New Yor Times: “Real photo devotees don’t see a fixed lens as a huge detriment. They see it as a limit that inspires compositional creativity, like the 140-character limit on Twitter. And on the X100, the lens is the equivalent of a 35-millimeter film lens, perfect for portraits and a nice balance for landscapes. If you know how to use aperture and shutter speed controls, no camera on earth gives you quicker and more direct access.

New Fuji X100 firmware coming soon? + new reviews roundup

A black X100 rendering made by ThePhoBlographer.

A dpreview forum user who had focusing issues with the new X100 received the following text from Fuji UK: “Sorry for the delay. We have just had confirmation that our office in Japan have been made aware of this as an issue and are looking into it as a matter of urgency. The problem which you describe should be fixable by simply upgrading the firmware. I have been informed that a new firmware version will be released late next week (please keep an eye on our website) which should resolve the problem which you are experiencing.”

You can get the Fuji X100 on eBay (Click here). But watch out the high price!

There is a list of new reviews:
Laroquephoto
Streetreverbmagazine
Samhurdphotography
Photoreview
The rolling review by Sean Reid.

A readers showcas on Flickr.

Fuji X100 against the rest of the world (Ricoh, Leica and Sigma)

There are three new Fuji X100 reviews you can read today.

The Japanese website DC.watch (Click here) compared the Fuji X100 against the other fixed lens cameras. The Leica X1, Sigma DP1x and Ricoh GXR + GR LENS A12 28mm. The text is in Japanese and google translation tool does a terrible job here. So we can’t tel you what the tester conclusions is. But you can take a look at the full-size samples for yourself. And let me know what in your opinion is the best camera!

The french magazine Focus Numerique (Click here) finalized their X100 reviews. The google english translation amkes a little bit more of sense here: “the list of positives and negatives is symptomatic of this duality. Both the X100 we delivers good image quality, features innovative features such as hybrid viewfinder, so it is penalized by small faults (ergonomics, slow). Some of these shortcomings can probably be corrected by a simple firmware update (assign functions to the rocker back button to customize the RAW option to auto ISO sensitivity menu …), others are not.

You can get the Fuji X100 on eBay, or preorder on J&R and Digitalrev.

Another review by Sam Hurd (Click here).
Image samples and Hands-on on Flickr (Click here).

DxOmark tests the Samsung NX11 sensor. Better than the GH2 but not as good as the NEX-5

DxOmark (Click here). tested the Samsung NX11 which scored a final 63 point overall score. That puts the Samsung between the Sony NEX-5 and the Panasonic GH2. A bit disappointing that the Samsung larger sensor delivers a worse ISO result compared to the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor. Let’s see if the next generation Samsung sensor can get much closer to the current top Sony sensors.