Fuji’s gotten an awful lot of press for its upcoming vintagey-but-state-of-the-art-digital FinePix X100 camera. I mean I want one just from looking at it:
What can I say? I’m a sucker for esthetics, and old film cameras just look cool. I truly heart my LX5, but the Fuji’s big sensor, fast prime lens, and innovative viewfinder have me ready to stray…
Anyway, back to the main point. Fuji just sent around an email which addresses some common questions about the X100’s features.
“With manual focus selected, focusing is achieved using the focus ring around the lens barrel. A distance indication bar enables you to pre-focus if required, or you can simply use the electronic viewfinder to focus accurately. There is, however, no rangefinder focusing capability.”
Why no interchangeable lenses?
“Image quality is paramount on the X100. That’s why the lens is fixed which, in turn, ensures that the light path and sensor position are perfectly matched for the best possible results. Our designers also wanted to keep the camera’s size down. Making the lens interchangeable, or offering a zoom lens alternative, would have increased bulk, detracting away from the X100’s original concept.”
How does the RAW button work?
“There has been much discussion over the provision of a RAW button on the camera body. This button has two key functions, when shooting in JPEG mode, it enables the user to instantly capture both RAW and JPEG files, plus it also allows RAW files to be developed in camera.
Those photographers hoping for a dedicated ISO button will be pleased to hear that the Fn button on the X100’s top-plate gives instant access to ISO settings as a default.”