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Fujifilm X100 12.3 MP APS-C CMOS EXR Digital Camera with 23mm Fujinon Lens and 2.8-Inch LCD (Special Edition -...
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 195 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 9.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Flash4.6   exceptional
Photography4.6   average
Sharp4.6   average
Viewfinder4.6   exceptional
Quality4.5   above average
Video4.5   above average
DSLR4.4   above average
Photo4.4   average
Balance4.2   above average
Compact4.2   below average
Image4.2   average
Lens4.1   above average
Size4.1   below average
Control4.0   average
Film3.9   average
Price3.9   below average
Setting3.9   average
Color3.8   below average
Light3.8   average
Design3.3   below average
Manual3.3   below average
Speed3.2   below average
Menu2.8   below average
Battery2.7   below average
Focus2.7   below average
Button2.2   below average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Balance

Balance:
"Also mine had color balance problem but that is another story."
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"Though I tried my hand at using small cameras that can shot RAW and provide full manual controls on aperture, shutter speed, ISO and White Balance (the Panasonic LX-3 and the Canon S90 being among these), I was never happy with the marginal photos that I could take with these cameras."
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"It's very simple to put everything on auto, hand it to a friend and let them snap a few shots as well - the auto white balance nails it more often than not, you can set a minimum shutter speed and auto ISO, everyone's happy."
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"It has utterly fantastic auto white balance, so I keep that set to auto - really, don't play with this."
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"However, I did like the fact that focusing is fairly quick, that one can easily tell the camera which focus point to use in order to do some types of shots (especially moving subjects), that the automatic white balance and high ISO are both remarkably good and that the camera is relatively inconspicuous (I did take it with on a trip through Nuremberg, Prague and Bamberg), and, believe it or not, fairly tought (it took a tumble off a chair and the lens hood ended up very slightly bent)."
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"The auto white balance is very effective."
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"Out of camera colors are great; color balance and exposure are usually spot on."
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Battery

Battery:
"Another criticism is that battery life isn't great, especially if you're used to the long life you'll get on a Canon 5D3 or 1D4."
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"The battery is not as good as I expected."
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"Battery life is horrible."
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"But if you toss the camera into a bag (or even a pocket -- yes, it will fit in a jacket pocket), what you DO NOT want is the power switch accidentally turning to the on position, and then random button presses draining your battery so that the camera is dead when you want need to use it."
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"Just arrived today-Saturday-with an extra battery from Fuji and the camera is dead."
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"One dislike is the positioning of the battery and SD card door."
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"No problem: Pick up an extra battery, put it into your pocket, handbag or camera bag, and you'll be fine for a day's worth of shooting."
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"The downside--expensive-slow AF-slow turn-on-slow shot to shot-get and carry one or two spare batteries.....The good--love the viewfinders-light-stealthy-great imagesOverall-I Recommend you forget all the gear, buy this, and go shoot............"
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"Its a function of remaining battery life for sure, as well as other stuff that appears to get in the way."
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"Battery life is very good."
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"It's almost as good as the battery life on my PowerShot S90, and that's saying something."
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Button

Button:
"Firstly- the navigation using the buttons is horrible."
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"It's almost impossible to avoid hitting the wrong button they way that they have set it up."
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"But if you toss the camera into a bag (or even a pocket -- yes, it will fit in a jacket pocket), what you DO NOT want is the power switch accidentally turning to the on position, and then random button presses draining your battery so that the camera is dead when you want need to use it."
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"The handling was terrible, the buttons and dials are really fiddly and not positive feeling at all."
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"If you take the time to understand its menus, its function button (a hidden secret), its limitations, its exposure compensation dial, then treasures await."
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"BTW the minus 1 2 star is for the wheel and OK button that is not perfect to navigate through the menu....."
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"Logically placed buttons, easy to see LCD even in bright light."
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"Despite the seemingly complicated buttons and features I find this camera easy to use."
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"You could use the focus lock button or might as well just stick with AF.3."
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"First of all, this camera is just the right size, takes great photos in most situations when using the funtion buttons (Proper camera set up!"
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")A pleasure to work with (the shutter speed button , the aperture slider, ....)A SUPERB Electrical View Finder (EVF)that is the FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD, you can alternate between the EVF and an elegant Optical one (OVF) in one touch."
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Color

Color:
"For low light pictures OOC JPEG, it is very good, the colors are amazing (I have a 5D II and unable to produce the same colors even when playing in lightroom)."
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"Also mine had color balance problem but that is another story."
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"Without going into much detail I like everything about it except its inability to focus well in low light even with the af assit light and the color temperature of the crappy onboard flash (which doesn't bother me in the slightest honestly.)"
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"This has to be seen to be believed, but it reminds me very much of the dynamic range of color film, which I have greatly missed."
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"The bokeh is gorgeous, colors are beautiful, it's fun to hold, it's dead silent and it makes some damn good images."
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"Image quality is excellent, in part because of the outstanding prime lens, and in part because Fuji installed an image sensor that's not only high resolution but also has really good color rendering."
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"I love the colors and feel of what this camera puts out."
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"The detail and color are fantastic, rivaling and even surpassing, what I got with my Leica M8.2 and a 35 f1.4 lens."
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"This camera takes amazing, crystal clear, shots with amazingly vibrant colors."
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"For low light pictures OOC JPEG, it is very good, the colors are amazing (I have a 5D II and unable to produce the same colors even when playing in lightroom)."
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Compact

Compact:
"Warning for those that aren't photo geeks or professional photographers: this might be too advanced confusing to use for a compact point and shoot."
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"Overall:Unfortunately there's still no perfect compact excellent picture quality camera for mountaineers."
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"Compact yer produces beautiful images."
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"The price may seem high, but considering the excellent build quality, compact size, superb lens, super-high flash sync speed, high dynamic range, and the excellent dual viewfinders, it is a great deal."
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"i have to say that it is a little over priced for a compact camera, but I'm pretty happy with the pictures taken with it, so it's all good."
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"While the M9 (and Leica lenses) are out of this league, the X100 is an amazingly compact, sharp and fun camera to work with."
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"Also, because of its compact size, it is a great travel camera."
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Control

Control:
"It is a bit hard to explain, but the Aperture and shutter speed controls are retro in a functional and also attractive way, while the modern components do not feel like they were shoe horned into an older film body (e. g. the Nikon Df.)"
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"It's not that amateurs can't enjoy the camera too; but utilizing the controls and options is necessary to coax the best images out of this camera."
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"Though pleased with the Sony, I missed the exceptional IQ and manual control dials of the X100."
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"A lot of the controls are manual in nature and placement of some of the dials to control exposure and aperture aren't the easiest to adjust while framing a shot."
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"The one big failing the camera has with control features is the control-ring OK button - the part Fujifilm chose to use is simply awful."
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"This (apart from the graininess of the image in the viewfinder is a major weakness of the EVF, and seems a really basic error to have allowed through quality control."
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"The X100 has excellent manual controls, similar to the old rangefinder cameras that I grew up with."
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"I love the way the controls work on this camera."
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"It also has the best controls on any camera I've ever used."
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"The controls are terrific."
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"I love the full-manual controls where you can dial in your settings."
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DSLR

DSLR:
"I travel frequently but am loathe to drag along the DSLR because of its bulk, the potential hassles at airport security and its value."
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"i take shots with this camera that i normally wouldn't be comfortable taking with my much larger, louder DSLR."
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"It can be hard getting the shot I want, and I have been frustrated more than once because I missed something even the cheapest DSLR would have gotten."
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"I don't always want to lug around my heavy dSLR with my heavy lenses for fun casual shooting."
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"Having an electronic as well as an optical viewfinder is really a treat (along with the ability to aim and shoot relying on the LCD).as compared to a DSLR, the advantage of the x100 is small form factor."
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"that way you've have both a high end point and shoot as well as pretty darn good full frame DSLR."
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"It is much more portable than DSLR, have great selection of lens and produce nice images."
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"But if you're used to a D7000 or other DSLR then this camera will suit you wonderfully."
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Design

Design:
"GREAT design WELL made BUT the RAW software is HORRIBLE unless you want to do all of the processing in camera?"
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"The lack of max shutter speed when shooting wide open is annoying but is a by-product of the leaf shutter design in the camera."
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"The problem is a manufacturing defect at best, or a design defect at worst."
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"And as these minor irritants does not detract from the X100 being a good camera for what is was designed for, I have decided to keep the 5-stars rating for this camera."
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"The second negative is how Fuji has chosen not to design the lens so it can take on a filter (49mm) and also failed to include a hood with the camera."
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"Great design."
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"I have mixed feelings about this camera, i love build quality and design of the camera."
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"If you appreciate old school camera design, weighted by a generous amount of real metal, you will love this one."
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"NEX design is typical Sony -- sleek, contemporary, & cold."
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"As soon as you pick it up, you're rewarded with the feel of a beautifully designed device, with great craftsmanship, finish and weight."
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Film

Film:
"It is not a #$@%& iPhone but I have re-learned what knowledge I painfully acquired from my thirty years of shooting film."
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"It does an above average job with colors and especially brown colors, but it is still a digital camera and Bayer interpolation takes its toll on virtually every digital camera, especially when compared to film (or reality).The problems are as follows: The manual focus is not really usable."
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"This has to be seen to be believed, but it reminds me very much of the dynamic range of color film, which I have greatly missed."
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"The Velvia setting with the higher saturation tuning is what you'll want for outdoor pics as it renders your jpg pic in more dynamic colors but make non mistake, it's not Velvia film quality."
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"Overall: This is an incredible camera, and I have more fun with it than I do with my big DSLRs, in part because it's small and light enough to take anywhere, and in part because it's so tactile, and in part because the 23mm (35mm film equiv) focal length is so good, and in part because the APS-C sensor is as good as the sensors on my DSLRs."
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"After purchasing this camera and using Photographer guide to the Fujifilm finepix X100 by alexander S. White, I have mastered all the control and after updating the film ware to 1.30,I can say the picture that I have taken are impressive."
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"The build quality is like a good film camera."
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"It is easy to use, especially coming from a film camera background."
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"The optical viewfinder is crystal clear, taking you back to the film days, with the HUGE added bonus of digitally overlaying useful information, such as exposure configuration, histogram, etc."
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Fit

Fit:
"While I have had an assortment of point-and-shoot cameras in the past that easily fit in the pocket, this camera doesn't make me trade off creative control and quality to get portability and stealth."
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"The lens profile is only slightly longer, and it still fits in my jacket pocket and looks nice."
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"Fits my hand well - great view finder and options!"
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"This camera is completely perfect for street photography & close ups, and when I don't want to lug my big D7000, this one fits perfectly into my purse."
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"- the supplied case will NOT fit the camera nicely with the adaptor and the filter attached."
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"the JJC is of excellent quality and fits just right, so don't be afraid to order it."
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Flash

Flash:
"On the other hand, if you are not really into photography and you have to rely on auto modes (from full auto and scene modes, to Aperture priority, and including auto flash, then I anticipate a great deal of frustration with this camera."
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"Without going into much detail I like everything about it except its inability to focus well in low light even with the af assit light and the color temperature of the crappy onboard flash (which doesn't bother me in the slightest honestly.)"
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"Oh, and yes, it feels super high quality since it is all metal, the lens is amazing, the hybrid viewfinder feels like it is from the future, the flash sink does amazing things, and the shutter is basically silent."
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"Excellent in VERY low lighting without a flash."
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"Love the flash is so smart that it gives just right amount of the compensation."
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"* * * UPDATE 12 24 2012 * * *Added the wide angle lens add-on - works well, but does interfere with the flash if not careful."
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"On the other hand, if you are not really into photography and you have to rely on auto modes (from full auto and scene modes, to Aperture priority, and including auto flash, then I anticipate a great deal of frustration with this camera."
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Focus

Focus:
"Other reviewers have complained that the autofocus speed is slow."
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"I have read that there are some tricks around this involving using the manual focus mode, but at least out of the box it is not reliable for fleeting shots."
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"the disadvantage is that the x100 takes more time to lock focus, even with firmware 2.01. when shooting speed is of the essence, I would rather have my full frame Canon 5D instead."
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"It handles more slowly than the g9, and though the chip takes gorgeous images, the negatives on handling and focus drove me nuts in short order."
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"if you have kids and you want family camera, its hard to recommend this camera, focus is a little slow."
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"Auto focus - Sometimes slow and not always accurate."
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"The main focus point has no problems, but some of the secondary information options sometimes disappear."
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"Fuji developed a firmware upgrade that address not only addressed frustrations (such as the sloppy manual focus ring), but added completely new functionality to the camera (focus peaking).I'd go so far as to say that with the latest firmware, there is very little incentive to choose the x100 over the x100s for *most* people."
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"Autofocus is plenty fast, and minimum focusing distance is perfectly fine - I rarely shoot macro but I guess there used to be an issue where close-up portraits sometimes required a switch to macro mode."
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"However, I did like the fact that focusing is fairly quick, that one can easily tell the camera which focus point to use in order to do some types of shots (especially moving subjects), that the automatic white balance and high ISO are both remarkably good and that the camera is relatively inconspicuous (I did take it with on a trip through Nuremberg, Prague and Bamberg), and, believe it or not, fairly tought (it took a tumble off a chair and the lens hood ended up very slightly bent)."
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Image

Image:
"Yes, it is a fixed lens and yes, it was not the easiest to learn to use, but the images delivered are fantastic."
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"Even if the resulting images are not as sharp or impressive as the ones I got from my D700 or my Leica glass, I won't sell it and will keep it until it dies."
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"Not bad design, not bad image quality, etc but I was not able to feel the love, the love similar to what I had with Pentax 40mm limited lens several years ago."
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"I rate this camera four stars not so much for the price alone, which is easily justified by the images, or because it's not the perfect camera for me, but because there are just a few too many quirks for the price (slow write speed and clunky UI being my biggest complaints)."
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"In desperation, while on vacation, ruing the fact that I wasn't able to get the images I wanted with the new canon, I popped into a store that had the x100 in the window."
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"It handles more slowly than the g9, and though the chip takes gorgeous images, the negatives on handling and focus drove me nuts in short order."
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"The best image quality ive seen indoors and in low light."
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"Image quality is excellent, in part because of the outstanding prime lens, and in part because Fuji installed an image sensor that's not only high resolution but also has really good color rendering."
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"Idea of a smaller camera with a fixed lens and great image quality was sounding great."
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"This is a beautifully built camera and image quality was stunning."
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Lens

Lens:
"One small criticism, and it's a tiny nit-pick, is that the lens crap is really lousy -- fell off all the time."
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"Yes, it is a fixed lens and yes, it was not the easiest to learn to use, but the images delivered are fantastic."
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"For instance, not to expect a reliable, fast shutterspeed when the camera is in aperture-priority and the lens wide open."
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"I plan on eventually buying an XE-1 as well to use with some M-mount lenses but it will not replace this wonderful camera."
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"I bought the X-Pro1 for the simple reason that my D700 and lenses were not great traveling companions due to their size and weight and needed something smaller and more inconspicuous."
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"Buying the black limited edition set at least ensures that I forego the hassle of buying a case and lens protector separately and this set is boxed securely."
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"Image quality is excellent, in part because of the outstanding prime lens, and in part because Fuji installed an image sensor that's not only high resolution but also has really good color rendering."
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"Idea of a smaller camera with a fixed lens and great image quality was sounding great."
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"This is probably the best beginner's camera because it forces you to stick to one (very good) prime lens and encourages you to easily learn to use aperture and shutter speeds."
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"It's a fixed focal length lens, which I love, but others might be put off by it."
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"I don't always want to lug around my heavy dSLR with my heavy lenses for fun casual shooting."
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Light

Light:
"Not the best at low light but that's comparing it to my pro level DSLR."
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"manual focusing is better in regular light - usable at least, but not great."
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"until then, lower light focusing is annoying to say the least."
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"Without going into much detail I like everything about it except its inability to focus well in low light even with the af assit light and the color temperature of the crappy onboard flash (which doesn't bother me in the slightest honestly.)"
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"But I began to notice that it had focusing problem even under decent light condition."
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"The main weakness for me is the autofocusing speed, and sometimes in low light it just refuses to acquire the subject."
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"Overall: This is an incredible camera, and I have more fun with it than I do with my big DSLRs, in part because it's small and light enough to take anywhere, and in part because it's so tactile, and in part because the 23mm (35mm film equiv) focal length is so good, and in part because the APS-C sensor is as good as the sensors on my DSLRs."
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"there is a great advantage in having a small light camera that you can bring along with you about anywhere."
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"EVF is great in low light and macro."
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"The photos come out great even in ambient light indoors."
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"The camera is a little quirky, but the creamy, wonderful look of available light photos is worth the price."
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Manual

Manual:
"The X100 does not offer peaking (unlike the NEX) and the fly-by-wire manual focus is a disappointment."
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"Though pleased with the Sony, I missed the exceptional IQ and manual control dials of the X100."
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"It does an above average job with colors and especially brown colors, but it is still a digital camera and Bayer interpolation takes its toll on virtually every digital camera, especially when compared to film (or reality).The problems are as follows: The manual focus is not really usable."
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"Regarding the manual focus so many complain about: yes, it is unusable as a conventional manual focus ring as it's very slow."
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"The X100 also has manual focus, but I hate (really hate) electric focus."
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"The X100 has excellent manual controls, similar to the old rangefinder cameras that I grew up with."
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"And I found myself shooting in manual mode most of the time to reduce lag and I became very comfortable quickly figuring out the necessary manual setting for each light conditions."
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"I found it much easier to shoot manual mode with this camera compared to my old Canon since all but ISO can be changed by using the dials."
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"This does not have the versatility, speed or ease of use in manual and semi-automatic modes."
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"Fuji developed a firmware upgrade that address not only addressed frustrations (such as the sloppy manual focus ring), but added completely new functionality to the camera (focus peaking).I'd go so far as to say that with the latest firmware, there is very little incentive to choose the x100 over the x100s for *most* people."
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Menu

Menu:
"If you take the time to understand its menus, its function button (a hidden secret), its limitations, its exposure compensation dial, then treasures await."
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"BTW the minus 1 2 star is for the wheel and OK button that is not perfect to navigate through the menu....."
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"(2) minor annoyances:Menu system seems non-intuitive and sometimes confusing (but a plethora of great adjustments and features are there)Owner's Manual is 100 useless!"
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"Weird menus."
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")Some people complain about menu navigation, but I have no problems with it."
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"Sometimes I think complaints about navigating menus and so forth are excuses for not becoming familiar with the equipment you buy."
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"The menus are odd, but easy to get to know after a few minutes."
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"Quirky menus, but worth the time needed to get comfortable."
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"Once you learn it's menu system, this is one excellent product!"
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"the menu system is so easy to use only 2 folders to scroll through the 7d has....(im checking) 11 folders."
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")Some people complain about menu navigation, but I have no problems with it."
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Noise

Noise:
"You'll just be missing out on very low noise and beautifully colored photos."
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"- Sick of menus, love to-the-point controls via knobs instead of button mashing- You are a night shooter, but hate the tripod- Pixel peeping is your hobby- Hate ISO noise to the core- Hate to do too much post processing."
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"I can shoot up into 1600 with no light and its clear of noise."
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"It seemed to address many of the problems in the micro 4 3 system (such as noise, sensor size, viewfinder and focus speed)."
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"Noise control works well at high ISO settings - pictures remain tack sharp!"
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"You'll just be missing out on very low noise and beautifully colored photos."
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"noise isn't a problem until you get up around ISO 3200 and above, and honestly i shoot at ISO 3200 regularly with this camera with no problem."
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"Regardless of your choice, the noise reduction technology is absolutely wonderful (posted some samples with this review).Focus (-): You can set auto-focus in different ways: have the camera choose the focus point for you (almost always fails), or you set the focus point & compose accordingly (almost always succeeds, especially when you make the focus point as small as possible).."
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"Also, this adds a bit of noise to the audio as well."
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Photo

Photo:
"In certain situations my Nikon J1 gave me a better quality photos than X100.Focus is good for portraits but not good enough when taking pictures of your kids."
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"You'll just be missing out on very low noise and beautifully colored photos."
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"integrated prime is good for keeping it weather resistant and is the focal length that is the quite useful compromise for many landscape photos."
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"Pros:UniqueGreat Build QualityAmazing Photos - weak AA filterGreat High ISO on par with D7000 or K5Deafeningly QuietLightSmall (Fits in a jacket pocket)Great Satisfaction in Shooting Great PicturesCons:SlowHorrible Menus which you are forced to use because of the lack of dedicated buttons or quick menu system."
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"Though I tried my hand at using small cameras that can shot RAW and provide full manual controls on aperture, shutter speed, ISO and White Balance (the Panasonic LX-3 and the Canon S90 being among these), I was never happy with the marginal photos that I could take with these cameras."
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"It is handsome, intuitive, takes great photos and attracts beautiful people."
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"The photos come out great even in ambient light indoors."
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"I love to be able to view photos through the LCD as well as the EVF."
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"Thank you Amazon for an extremely good deal otherwise I cannot afford this limited edition at the list price.3 17 2013 Update: I have shot hundreds of photos with this camera and love the quality of the image."
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"The camera is a little quirky, but the creamy, wonderful look of available light photos is worth the price."
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Photography

Photography:
"Its hard to elaborate but I feel I learned more about photography in one year of using this camera vs my old DSLR."
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"What follows is based on firmware 1.30.Some pointers suggestions:If you have little knowledge of photography the X100 is not a great place to start."
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"This camera and it's siblings have made photography fun exciting and profitable for me."
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"People ask about it all the time, so if you enjoy talking photography it's a great conversation-starter when you're out shooting."
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"Stunning portraits and fun street photography."
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"I highly recommend this camera for those who are serious about photography and willing to learn how to use an astonishingly flexible camera."
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"This camera is completely perfect for street photography & close ups, and when I don't want to lug my big D7000, this one fits perfectly into my purse."
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Price

Price:
"I rate this camera four stars not so much for the price alone, which is easily justified by the images, or because it's not the perfect camera for me, but because there are just a few too many quirks for the price (slow write speed and clunky UI being my biggest complaints)."
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"These problems, coupled with a steep price, bring its rating down."
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"It's not cheap - but it's pretty awesome."
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"Now, it's not awful, but it's not as good as other cameras (i. e. budget SLRs) in this price range."
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"Here's my list so far;Pros:Looks (5 stars)Handling (5 stars)Picture quality (still a step below my 7D) (3.5 stars)Cons:Slow (2 stars)Price (3.5 stars)Lack of accessories (everything costs $$ and they're all on back order) (3.5 stars)Parallax with OVF (3 stars)Did I mention SLOW (2 stars)Average - 3 stars"
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"don't know how much better the x100s is, but for the much reduced price i purchased the x100 used for , i would say keep your money and go with the x100, or alternatively, pick up a used x100 as well as a used Canon 5d (original - not MK II, not MK III), along with a nifty fifty (50mm F 1.8 MK I or MK II) and you'll spend just a little more than a new x100s."
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"The price may seem high, but considering the excellent build quality, compact size, superb lens, super-high flash sync speed, high dynamic range, and the excellent dual viewfinders, it is a great deal."
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"Sometimes slowIt won't or shouldn't replace a DSLR but it is a PHENOMENAL camera for the money."
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"X100 strong points:For the money, build and materials quality is excellent."
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"It's a decent 460k pixel screen and the color is accurate, but at this price level I'd have liked to see a 921k pixel screen that comes on the higher end DSLRs now."
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Quality

Quality:
"I used to shoot Leica, because of it's size and quality but I became frustrated with low-light performance and lack of macro on the M8 platform."
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"Not bad design, not bad image quality, etc but I was not able to feel the love, the love similar to what I had with Pentax 40mm limited lens several years ago."
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"Fuji spent quite a long time getting the feels of the dials and knobs on the front and top perfect; they are positive and feel like quality, not like cheapo easily broken plastic."
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"The X100 is capable of producing great, no, fantastic, image quality."
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"This (apart from the graininess of the image in the viewfinder is a major weakness of the EVF, and seems a really basic error to have allowed through quality control."
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"The Velvia setting with the higher saturation tuning is what you'll want for outdoor pics as it renders your jpg pic in more dynamic colors but make non mistake, it's not Velvia film quality."
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"The best image quality ive seen indoors and in low light."
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"Aside from looking like a classic, it does take some great quality pictures."
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"This camera is beautiful and the picture quality cannot be argued however it's highly, highly overrated."
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"Image quality is excellent, in part because of the outstanding prime lens, and in part because Fuji installed an image sensor that's not only high resolution but also has really good color rendering."
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"Idea of a smaller camera with a fixed lens and great image quality was sounding great."
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Sensor

Sensor:
"While it doesn't have the Xtrans sensor of my X-Pro1, I don't know if I would be able to tell unless I really started pixel peeping."
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"However, the G9's small sensor wasn't good enough for the information I wanted to capture; The FUJIFILM FinePix X100 was exactly what I needed with it's compact size & larger sensor."
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"i was looking for a camera that would inspire me and challenge me a little bit, had a larger sensor and didn't have the bulk of an SLR."
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"It seemed to address many of the problems in the micro 4 3 system (such as noise, sensor size, viewfinder and focus speed)."
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"Overall: This is an incredible camera, and I have more fun with it than I do with my big DSLRs, in part because it's small and light enough to take anywhere, and in part because it's so tactile, and in part because the 23mm (35mm film equiv) focal length is so good, and in part because the APS-C sensor is as good as the sensors on my DSLRs."
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"While the x-e1 offers many lens choices, I love the 23 mm lens, I know the camera, and it has the same sensor as the x-e1.I have a Canon Mark II, and I still go to my x100... how's that?"
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"Fuji image quality and a ASP-C sensor is what I wanted and I wasn't disappointed."
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"Overall, with its APS-C sensor and perfectly matched 35mm equivalent f2 lens, the X100 is a powerhouse in the image department."
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Setting

Setting:
"Unlike other pro cameras, the settings knobs and switches (aperture knob, auto-focus switch, program knob) are all prone to inadvertent changes, with resultant awful images that require manually reviewing all the settings to find the error."
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"The camera does take wonderful pictures but the settings and flimsy thumb wheel drove me nuts."
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"Yes, the camera could push images to storage a little faster, and yes, it is annoying when you lose for a few seconds the ability to change settings while pumping out 3 raw captures."
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"Secondary settings are another story - see below under negatives."
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"Unfortunately you cannot use any of those controls or change any of those settings while the camera is recording an image."
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"And I found myself shooting in manual mode most of the time to reduce lag and I became very comfortable quickly figuring out the necessary manual setting for each light conditions."
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"I love the full-manual controls where you can dial in your settings."
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"As an armature this is a great way to slowly get into how to adjust the settings that are manual."
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"Specifically, the auto ISO and the lowest shutter speed setting are brilliant."
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"Noise control works well at high ISO settings - pictures remain tack sharp!"
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Sharp

Sharp:
"Even if the resulting images are not as sharp or impressive as the ones I got from my D700 or my Leica glass, I won't sell it and will keep it until it dies."
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"The lens is tack sharp perfectly usable at f2."
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"While the M9 (and Leica lenses) are out of this league, the X100 is an amazingly compact, sharp and fun camera to work with."
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"The 23mm (35mm equiv) lens is super smooth (great bokeh), and tack sharp (f4 and up)."
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"Use your feet to zoom* sweeping panorama shots are good enough in a pinch to replace a 17mm wide angle shot* Intentional shooting, where you know what you want in the image and how to compose the shot, this camera will capture a sharp image with great dynamic range, like color or B&W film have been doing for a hundred years."
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"But I just don't use manual focus much and frankly I like the auto-focus because all my shots come out....well FOCUSED and sharp..maybe I'm a lucky one here?"
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Shutter

Shutter:
"It is a bit hard to explain, but the Aperture and shutter speed controls are retro in a functional and also attractive way, while the modern components do not feel like they were shoe horned into an older film body (e. g. the Nikon Df.)"
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"I'm well over 10,000 shots in this camera, and have yet to encounter the shutter problem some run into."
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"The shutter problem is not covered under warranty unless you are the original purchaser."
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"For operators like myself who prefer to assign the focus command to the AFL AEL button rather than shutter half-press, this is very, very, annoying."
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"The lack of max shutter speed when shooting wide open is annoying but is a by-product of the leaf shutter design in the camera."
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"You have to get use to the offset of the viewfinder from the shutter, as well as the fact that there is no zoom!"
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"This is probably the best beginner's camera because it forces you to stick to one (very good) prime lens and encourages you to easily learn to use aperture and shutter speeds."
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"It is super easy to accidentally move the shutter speed and exposure compensation dials without noticing so you have to watch your values to make sure nothing got changed before you shoot."
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"The leaf shutter is amazing."
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"Oh, and yes, it feels super high quality since it is all metal, the lens is amazing, the hybrid viewfinder feels like it is from the future, the flash sink does amazing things, and the shutter is basically silent."
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Size

Size:
"One small criticism, and it's a tiny nit-pick, is that the lens crap is really lousy -- fell off all the time."
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"I used to shoot Leica, because of it's size and quality but I became frustrated with low-light performance and lack of macro on the M8 platform."
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"I bought the X-Pro1 for the simple reason that my D700 and lenses were not great traveling companions due to their size and weight and needed something smaller and more inconspicuous."
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"However, the G9's small sensor wasn't good enough for the information I wanted to capture; The FUJIFILM FinePix X100 was exactly what I needed with it's compact size & larger sensor."
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"For instance, allowing it to be configured as an optional Menu OK button would resolve the problem with the size of the current button."
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"personally, i think the camera should be around $950 (USD).-just a couple of small complaints: the battery charger sucks."
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"Overall: This is an incredible camera, and I have more fun with it than I do with my big DSLRs, in part because it's small and light enough to take anywhere, and in part because it's so tactile, and in part because the 23mm (35mm film equiv) focal length is so good, and in part because the APS-C sensor is as good as the sensors on my DSLRs."
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"You will not get full frame performance obviously, but for a camera this size I was surprised how well it handled subway tunnels."
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"Having an electronic as well as an optical viewfinder is really a treat (along with the ability to aim and shoot relying on the LCD).as compared to a DSLR, the advantage of the x100 is small form factor."
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"there is a great advantage in having a small light camera that you can bring along with you about anywhere."
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"The price may seem high, but considering the excellent build quality, compact size, superb lens, super-high flash sync speed, high dynamic range, and the excellent dual viewfinders, it is a great deal."
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Speed

Speed:
"I use nice cameras that are really fast so I was pretty disappointed when I started using this camera."
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"Other reviewers have complained that the autofocus speed is slow."
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"Even at firmware 2.01 the AF is painfully slow and made me miss shots waiting for lock."
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"It is a bit hard to explain, but the Aperture and shutter speed controls are retro in a functional and also attractive way, while the modern components do not feel like they were shoe horned into an older film body (e. g. the Nikon Df.)"
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"For instance, not to expect a reliable, fast shutterspeed when the camera is in aperture-priority and the lens wide open."
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"I use nice cameras that are really fast so I was pretty disappointed when I started using this camera."
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"That's fast and easy."
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"This is probably the best beginner's camera because it forces you to stick to one (very good) prime lens and encourages you to easily learn to use aperture and shutter speeds."
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"It is super easy to accidentally move the shutter speed and exposure compensation dials without noticing so you have to watch your values to make sure nothing got changed before you shoot."
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"This does not have the versatility, speed or ease of use in manual and semi-automatic modes."
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Video

Video:
"I've never even tried the video... Anyways, There are things I'm not in love with about it... some of the speed issues... waking up from sleep mode is kinda slooowww, even with the fastest card on the market..."
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"Very impressively, this electronic zoom (or ETC in Panasonic parlance) can be used without any significant or visible degradation in the captured video and provides the GH2 a flexibility that other manufacturers would do well to emulate."
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"Great video quality5."
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"I wish the video mode was more robust, but really, you don't buy an X100 for video."
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"To more easily access video, I set my X100's programmable function button to switch into the camera's movie mode."
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"720p video quality is also excellent but when filming with the camera on a tripod or stationary, I have found it works best to set the focus manually."
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Viewfinder

Viewfinder:
"Sometimes, however, it can be a little annoying because info appears inside the viewfinder instead of the LCD screen, and vice versa."
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"This (apart from the graininess of the image in the viewfinder is a major weakness of the EVF, and seems a really basic error to have allowed through quality control."
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"One is actually causing some problems for me when I look into the viewfinder."
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"You have to get use to the offset of the viewfinder from the shutter, as well as the fact that there is no zoom!"
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"Its a fun little camera and the hybrid viewfinder is really neat."
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"Oh, and yes, it feels super high quality since it is all metal, the lens is amazing, the hybrid viewfinder feels like it is from the future, the flash sink does amazing things, and the shutter is basically silent."
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"Having an electronic as well as an optical viewfinder is really a treat (along with the ability to aim and shoot relying on the LCD).as compared to a DSLR, the advantage of the x100 is small form factor."
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"Yes, it's a nice, decent camera, with an outstanding viewfinder and good performance."
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