Fujifilm FinePix X100 preview

Fujifilm FinePix X100, in hand

Earlier this week we had the iPhone 4 skin kinda like a Leica, and today we have a digital camera that looks a little Leica-like, the FujiFilm FinePix X100.

The X100 is its made from magnesium alloy, with metal buttons, and a leather-like wraparound – this material was chosen as Fujifilm felt it was a harder-wearing material. It’s a 12 megapixel camera, with a APS-C CMOS sensor, and shoots HD 1280 x 720 pixel video at 24 frames per second with stereo sound recording.

Fujifilm FinePix X100 front

One the left-hand side of the body is the switch that controls the three focussing options – two autofocus modes, AF-S and AF-C, best used for static and moving image respectively, and manual. Select manual focus, and adjust focus via the focus ring around the lens barrel.

Fujifilm FinePix X100 back

One feature photographers might find handy is that when switched on the X100 retains the settings it had when the camera was switched off previously.

Fujifilm FinePix X100 release date and price

Pricing for the Fujifilm FinePix X100 is yet to be announced. The camera is expected to go on sale in February 2011.

Fujifilm FinePix X100 top view

Fujifilm FinePix X100 specifications

  • Number of effective pixels: 12.3 million pixels
  • CCD sensor: APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Storage media: SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card
  • Lens: High-performance FUJINON lens with Super EBC Coating
  • Focal length: 23mm, equivalent to 35mm
  • Aperture range: F2 to F16
  • Exposure mode: Programmed auto mode, Aperture priority mode, Shutter priority mode and Manual mode
  • Exposure compensation: -2.0EV-+2.0EV
  • Shutter speed: Bulb, 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
  • Focus: High-speed contrast AF
  • Optical viewfinder: 0.5X magnification with approx. 90% frame coverage
  • Electronic viewfinder: Ultrafine 1,440,000-dot LCD
  • LCD monitor: 2.8-inch, Colour LCD monitor, approx 460,000 dots
  • Movie recording: 1280×720 HD with stereo sound
  • Dimensions: 126.5 x 74.4 x 53.9 mm including lens (W x H x D)