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Fuji FinePix X10 review

A retro, rangefinder styled compact for enthusiasts

Our Verdict

For

  • Premium build quality
  • Excellent handling
  • Optical viewfinder
  • Bright, clear screen
  • Good ISO performance for a compact

Against

  • No marking in the viewfinder
  • Fiddly bezel on the rear
  • Weak built in flash

Images produced by the Fuji FinePix X10 are rich and detailed at most ISO sensitivities. Significant levels of noise don't start to show until ISO 800, and even then any speckling is only visible on close inspection. ISO 1600 produces perfectly printable results too.

Although some fine detail is lost to noise reduction, prints up to A4 should still be perfectly acceptable. Even at higher ISO sensitivities, noise levels are admirably well-controlled, even though more and more fine detail is sacrificed.

Above ISO 3200, the camera reduces image resolution in an attempt to retain image quality. ISO 6400 is still acceptable for small prints and sharing on the web, but ISO 12800 may be a step too far, with most fine detail being smudged beyond recognition by the camera's noise reduction system and images having a general snowy appearance.

fuji finepix x10 review

Using the available EXR modes can improve image quality, depending on the scene. Using the low-light EXR mode tends enable acceptable quality images to be taken at sensitivities a stop higher than without, up to ISO 3200 and the Dynamic Range mode does an excellent job of retaining extra detail in highlight and shadow areas, although it isn't quite as effective in very bright conditions.

fuji finepix x10 review

As is typical for a Fuji camera, colours are vibrant on the Fuji FinePix X10 using default settings. Film simulation modes to recreate the look of Fuji's Velvia, Astia and Provia films are provided and cover most shooting scenarios, with Provia being the default setting.

fuji finepix x10 review

The Velvia mode produces vivid colours best suited to scenic shots, and the Astia mode produces subtle tones well and is best suited to portraiture. Auto white balance does an excellent job in natural lighting, and a fair job under artificial lights indoors, leaving a slight colour cast in the image.

fuji finepix x10 review

Multi-segment metering produces accurate exposures under a wide range of conditions and isn't easily fooled by large areas of light or dark in the image. Centre-weighted and spot metering modes are also provided and the direct access to exposure compensation and manual exposure adjustments makes these modes a pleasure to use.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyFinePix X
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameFujifilm
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size7.1 cm (2.8")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Weight (Approximate)330 g
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate200 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeEXR CMOS
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height69.6 mm
Width117 mm
Depth56.8 mm
Product SeriesX
Focal Length7.10 mm to 28.40 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelX10
Product NameFinePix X10 Compact Camera
Product LineFinePix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP10NC05960A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
Marketing Information

The X10 is a highly advanced compact camera with specifications that follow in the footsteps of the multi award-winning Fujifilm FinePix X100 (released in March 2011): the ultimate in refined design, components, functions and specification. Featuring a bright optical zoom viewfinder with a wide viewing angle, the X10 allows users to enjoy the pleasure of photography via a traditional viewfinder, providing all the benefits and ease of composition that this brings.

Thorough attention to detail is evident as soon as you take hold of the X10's stunning body. With its upper control deck and base manufactured from lightweight, yet ultra strong, die-cast magnesium alloy; and mode dials and lens ring featuring their quality, aluminum milled, textured finish. The intuitive operability of the various dials and shutter-release button is also apparent with the manual zoom lens doubling up as an on/off power switch, ensuring you can react quickly to potential photo shooting scenarios as they occur.

Package Contents
  • FinePix X10 Compact Camera
  • Li-ion Battery NP-50
  • Battery Charger BC-45W
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year