Monday, September 20, 2010

Wishful Thinking About Fuji's Finepix X100

Fuji announced a new camera, the Finepix X100:

Press release:

The X100 is a rangefinder-styled camera with the same APS-C sensor size as many DSLRs. It comes with a fixed prime lens, 23mm f/2 lens (the same field of view as a 35mm). Don't know the MSRP yet but it's probably way out of my budget.

What I'm most curious about is the processor. Fuji claims it is a 'custom' CMOS sensor (perhaps a tweaked version of the Sony A700 sensor?). If Fuji went through the trouble of customizing a new sensor, I'm hoping that this camera is a prelude to the S5 Pro's successor.

The S5 Pro was a great camera that shared the body of a Nikon D200, but had a different sensor and slightly different controls. It had amazing dynamic range especially in the highlight range, and rendered skin tones beautifully. It was a favorite camera of wedding photogs. I tried to buy one myself but I had to return it because it was a lemon. Sadly, Fuji didn't produce a new camera to replace the aging S5. However, with the release of the X100, perhaps an S6 Pro is in the works. :)

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