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Fujifilm X10 – Full Review — 20 Comments

  1. Hi Dan,

    I am sorry to bug you with this question (you probably know what’s coming!) – I would LOVE to buy one of these cameras, I have been waiting for years for a camera of this design/specification and would have bought one already had it not been for the reviews regarding ‘orbs’ – have you had any experience these blown highlights? I need to hear from a real user the real world impact of the orb problem!

    Thanks for your time,

    Phil

  2. Phil, I have read about the X10 “orb” issue, but in my experience with the camera, this has not really been an issue. Here’s an X10 photo that has a strong specular highlight, and as you can see, it’s certainly not out of bounds from what you’d normally expect to see from a scene like this. Perhaps they fixed the “orb” issue in later versions of the camera’s firmware. I’d say go ahead and get one, you’ll love it!! Thanks so much for reading. – Dan

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  6. Thanks for your Fuji X10 review.

    I would like to use long exposure times on my X10 for evening photography.

    You said that you were able to get a 30 second shutter speed on the X10 by using an ISO of 100. With every combination that I can think of with RAW, jpeg, Dynamic Range, ISO, shutter priority or manual, the longest exposure time that my X10 will reach is 1/4th of a second. I bought my camera in March 2012.

    If you could let me know what I might be missing, I would appreciate it.

    Thanks,

    Tim

  7. Tim, I’ll admit, it’s a little tricky to figure this out. I had to look online myself to get the answer.

    Set the camera ISO setting to 100, then switch to either shutter priority or manual mode. You can then set your shutter speed to any setting down to 30 seconds. The key is that you can’t use EXR or any of the auto modes, otherwise you can only get down to 1/4 second. Try this and let me know if it works for you. -Dan

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  9. Hi Dan,

    Thanks for your response. You are correct; the shutter speed on my Fuji X10 can slow to 30 seconds when set to shutter priority. When I was first looking at my camera, the longest shutter speed I could get was 1/4th of a second. That was because I was inadvertently in automatic exposure bracketing burst mode. Oops. All I had to do was switch to single shot mode.

    Thanks,

    Tim

  10. Tim, glad you got it all sorted out. There are so many features packed into the Fuji X10 that you really have to delve into it to figure out all its capabilities! Have fun with it. – Dan

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  13. Hi Dan,

    Thanks so much for the detailed review. I nearly bought this yesterday but I had one question that was stopping me I.e. How to manual focus during movie mode?

  14. Kitt, while shooting in movie mode, focus and exposure are done automatically. There is no option for manual focus when you’re shooting video with the X10. Focus tracking is not always perfect, but keeping in mind the price point of this camera, it usually does a pretty good job.

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  16. Jerry, by the numbers, a 12MP camera should be able to produce an acceptable print size of 16 x 24. Of course, that’s only a guideline and it will vary greatly by the overall quality and sharpness of your imagery. I would think that the sensor technology of the X10 is up to the task, but it will largely depend on things like shutter speed, ISO and your own technical execution.

  17. Hi Dan!
    I really have enjoyed your review full of joy of the X10 and the things you can do with it, not just a cold presentation of features and numbers, great style!
    Talking about cool pix cams and the like, how would you compare the X10 to the P7100 or the Nikon 1 J1 ?, I got a Nikon J1 a couple of months ago and I’m really impressed with its capabilities, fast, very good IQ, interchangeable lenses, but fewer external controls and hotshoe, etc. I’m looking forward to get an X10, or perhaps wait for the new Coolpix P7700, what do you think?

    Regards from Mexico!

  18. Eduardo, the J1 is certainly a great little camera, but what I like about the X10 is that it has more external controls, knobs and dials. With the J1, you have to go into the menu to change anything. The P7100 is a step down, but the new Nikon P7700 looks like a very similar camer to the X10- same pixel count and equal on many features. The X10 has a slightly larger sensor, though, and the P7700 has a slightly longer zoom, but no optical viewfinder. Havent seen the P7700 yet, but I have to think that it will give the X10 a real run for its money. You’d probably be happier with either. Comes down to preference, and if you want the viewfinder vs. a swing arm LCD panel. -Dan

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