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Fujifilm FinePix X10

*Est. $600
Reviewed
June 2012
by ConsumerSearch
Fujifilm FinePix X10

Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Stylish
  • Includes optical viewfinder
Cons
  • So-so video performance
  • Some image quirks
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The Fujifilm FinePix X10 is a stylish compact camera with a large image sensor that will appeal to seasoned photographers. The 12-megapixel camera includes an optical viewfinder, 4x zoom and manual controls, and it supports RAW format. Reviewers are mightily impressed with the camera's retro design and sturdy build quality. Intuitive manual controls and a fast autofocusing system are additional benefits. Image quality is very good overall, and reviewers are impressed with the camera's sharpness, colors and exposure. Unfortunately, video performance is not as impressive, and at least one reviewer says their videos look pixelated.

Great potential, disappointing performance

Users also report some quirks -- in particular, the camera displays specular orbs (or small white dots) when shooting bright lights. In addition, reviewers say the Fujifilm X10 doesn't perform as well in low light as some of its competitors. In fact, the Fujifilm camera shows a great deal of noise at ISO 800 and above. Overall, reviewers prefer the Canon PowerShot S100 (*Est. $400), which performs much better in low light.

The bottom line

Though the Fujifilm FinePix X10 is stylish and packed with great features, it suffers from some quirks. Video performance is disappointing, and shooting in low light does not turn out well. The Canon PowerShot S100 (*Est. $400) is a better choice. The best reviews of the Fujifilm FinePix X10 come from PhotographyBlog.com and PCMag.com. These sources test and rate the camera and provide lengthy, balanced analysis. The reviews at DCResource.com and ExpertReviews.co.uk are also worth a read, and there are a good number of user reviews at Amazon.com.

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Fujifilm X10 12 MP EXR CMOS Digital Camera with f2.0-f2.8 4x Optical Zoom Lens and 2.8-Inch LCD

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Our Sources

1. PhotographyBlog.com

PhotographyBlog.com gives the Fujifilm FinePix X10 a Highly Recommended award. The sharp lens, excellent build quality and retro styling are all pluses. In Mark Goldstein's opinion, the only negative is the relatively high price tag.

Review: Fujifilm FinePix X10 Review, Mark Goldstein, Nov. 23, 2011

2. PCMag.com

The Fujifilm X10 receives a 4-star rating (out of 5) from PCMag.com. "The Fujifilm X10 has one of the larger sensors in a compact, zooming camera, but doesn't control noise in low light as well as you'd expect," says Jim Fisher.

Review: Fujifilm X10, Jim Fisher, Jan. 27, 2012

3. DCResource.com

Jeff Keller says the Fujifilm X10 is "generally a joy to use," but he's puzzled by some of the camera's quirks. Like other reviewers, Keller sees annoying white orbs when shooting bright lights, and he says the highlight clipping is "shockingly bad."

Review: Fuji X10 Review, Jeff Keller, Feb. 16, 2012

4. Expert Reviews (U.K.)

Britain's ExpertReviews gives the FujiFilm X10 a perfect 5-star rating. "Its videos are disappointing, but this stylish camera is a delight to use and takes exceptional photos -- a class act," says Ben Pitt.

Review: Fujifilm X10 review, Ben Pitt, March 10, 2012

5. Amazon.com

The Fujifilm X10 receives a 3.6-star rating (out of 5) from more than 90 reviewers at Amazon.com. Most reviewers are very pleased with the image quality and say the camera has the best build quality in its class. However, a number of reviewers report specular orbs (or white spots) that appear when shooting bright lights.

Review: Fujifilm X10, Contributors to Amazon.com

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