Fuji X100: The Meta-Review

by Mike on March 31, 2011

UPDATE: Right now, Amazon and J&R are the only reputable dealer taking pre-orders for the X100. Don’t be stupid and pay $2,00o on eBay.

Just make sure that you pay the proper $1,199 price! If another price appears, look at the right of the screen and select ‘Amazon.com’ under ‘More Buying Choices.’

Even though I ordered my Fuji X100 from Adorama the day they started accepting orders, I still don’t have one in hand.

Click here to get in line for the X100. Or if you want a great compact camera right now, take a look at the Panasonic LX5, Olympus XZ-1, Canon S95, or the Leica X1.

However, X100 reviews and comments are starting to stream in, and I thought I’d start compiling them ahead of my own tests.

Luminous Landscape:

“How is the camera? First impressions are that image quality is spectacular, including the lens and the sensor. The user interface at first appears to be ideal, with traditional manual controls for exposure. But, once you have to use the rear control wheel and menus the cursing starts.”


“It’s clear that Fujifilm has put a tremendous amount of thought into the X100 and in many ways it’s exactly what many people want: a small-form, large-sensor camera, with a fast optic and all encased in a beautiful and solidly-built body.

Whereas similar models have essentially been digital cameras with the influence of a classic design, the X100 turns things the other way round and has the design very much as the priority.”


All in all the camera is very easy to use. But for those that like fiddling, there’s a great deal of fiddling that can be done with it: Film type simulation, B&W, neutral density filter, white balance etc. The menus are easy to navigate and all the buttons and dials are positive, extremely well made and assembled and you get the feeling that designers of this camera didn’t compromise in any way.


The quality of the images from the lens/sensor combination is wonderful for a camera of this type. They’re easily as good as images from the Leica X1 and I truly believe that it’s this quality that will ultimately sell the camera in shedloads. It’s two thirds of the price, it has better features, it’s easier to use, and is easily lost in the crowd…which can be very useful indeed in the right circumstances.

With the FinePix X100 it’s quite clear that Fujifilm has pulled out all the stops when it comes to this camera. The look and feel of the camera is superb – as soon as you pick up the X100, it’s obvious that you’re dealing with a quality photographic tool. The stripped-down controls make the X100 easy and quick to use, while the unique Hybrid Viewfinder works a treat, though the AF can be a touch slow. All of this is backed up by fantastic images straight out of the camera, delivering some of the best results yet from an APS-C sized sensor. It’s not for everyone however, and those looking for a creative compact-sized camera may find it hard to justify over a Compact System Camera, but once you pick up the X100 and see the results, you’ll want one.


I can’t wait for Adorama to send me my X100. Not as badly as the idiots paying $2,500 on eBay, but still pretty badly.


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