Fuji X100 gets tested at DPreview!

Dpreview posted their 24 page long Fuji X100 review! Click here to read it: http://dpreview.com/news/1105/11051610fujfilmx100review.asp. The X100 gains an overall score of 73%: “The X100 is an exasperating conundrum of a camera, combining excellent image quality, solid build and a superb viewfinder with sluggish operation and eccentric, buggy firmware. If you’re prepared to put up with its numerous oddities and faults then it will repay you with superb results.“. The real problems for the X100 is that: “perhaps the biggest problem for the X100 is that it’s competing in today’s marketplace with the new breed of compact Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras, and it’s not exactly cheap in comparison.

Another real problem is to find the X100 in Stock. Amazon UK (Click here) changed the X100 delivery status in “Usually dispatched within 3 weeks.” And many other stores do not have it even available for preorder. Check at [shopcountry 100018].

Fuji X100 unboxing video parade

Lot’s of people are having fun with unboxing the X100. Here is a short list of the videos we found on youtube:

That guy has not one but two Fuji X100 cameras (nycphotog2006 on youtube).
Not only the camera unboxing ritual gets on youtube. There is also a lens hood and adapter ring unboxing video (silvergolf on youtube).
Many unboxing videos are fake because the usually the owner already opened the box before to realize the video. But that one is a real unboxing video (ausdlk on youtube)
And this is the first mexican video (pascualrico on youtube)
The X100 also arrived in arab states (OrnsM on youtube)
The dutch unboxing video (AnjuGNL on youtube)

Check the availability and price of the Fuji X100 by clicking those direct links: [shopcountry 100018].

Panasonic G3 reviewed and tested. Gets positive ratings! And 25mm Lens coming soon!

The new Panasonic G3 has been announced and gets reviewed by Photographyblog. The very so impressed by the camera that they gave them the maximum ammount of starts 5 of 5! They also posted an interview with Panasonic (Click here) where Panasonic confirmed that they will soon announce the 25mm f/1.4 Leica branded Micro Four Thirds lens!

A few of links you might want to check:
Image samples for pixel peepers on Flickr.
Panasonic G3 presentation from Panasonic Uk on youtube.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 hands-on and interviews at London 2012 HQ on youtube.
Hands-on preview at Dpreview.

Preoder the black,white, red or brown G3 at Amazon US (Click here)
Now preorders in Europe too! At Amazon UK (Click here).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 14-42mm Lens Kit at Bhphoto (Click here)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Camera Body at Bhphoto (Click here)

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 [shoplink 100018]Fuji X100[/shoplink] 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: [shopcountry 100018].

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 [shopcountry 100018].
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:
[shoplist ”]

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.