Since Fujifilm first announced the FinePix X100 at Photokina 2010, it has been the most talked-about digital camera among enthusiast photographers. Even after Fujifilm announced a high retail price of US$1,200, the market response is still very positive. The main reasons for the hype are the X100’s amazing retro look, its hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder, and its APS-C sensor. While most large-sized APS-C format sensors can be found on digital SLR cameras, mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and pellicle mirror cameras, there are only still a few fixed lens compact digital cameras which feature such a sensor, and the X100 is one of those few. The X100 is also Fujifilm’s first digital camera model to feature a large sensor since 2007, and the company’s first large-sensor camera to feature a fixed lens.
Inside the Fujifilm FinePix X100’s compact rangefinder-like body you will find a 12.3-megapixel APS-C (23.6 x 15.8mm) CMOS sensor, which is coupled with a newly developed Fujifilm EXR processor and a 23mm equivalent f/2 high-performance Fujinon fixed lens with Super EBC coating. Moreover, the X100 also comes with a 2.8-inch 460.000 dot resolution TFT LCD screen, 1280 x 720 High Definition video recording capability at 24 frames per second with stereo sound, an integrated hot shoe for attaching an external flash, magnesium alloy top and base plates, and most importantly, a hybrid viewfinder that allows you to switch between a reverse Galilean optical viewfinder with 90% frame coverage and 0.5x magnification, or a 1,440,000 dot resolution electronic viewfinder with 100% frame coverage and a Live View feed.
It is worth noting that the Fujifilm FinePix X100 doesn’t only look like a traditional rangefinder camera, it actually also offers traditional analogue controls which include the controls for shutter speed, aperture, and exposure compensation. Those analog controls will give you a more classic-feel when using the X100. These include the controls for shutter speed, aperture, and exposure compensation. Looking at all its features, the X100 is definitely a pro-worthy compact digital camera. It will also have only little competition, since there are only 2 other fixed lens compact digital cameras on the market today that feature an APS-C sized sensor, namely the Leica X1 and the Sigma DP2s.