Just as it did with the FinePix X100, Fuji has managed to make a camera with the Fuji FinePix X10 that not only looks the part, but delivers on image quality and handling too.

The well-constructed metal body is robust, easy to use and looks very smart too.

Image quality is as good as any high-end compact camera can deliver at the moment, especially if the EXR modes are used to their strengths, although the zoom is limited and battery life is a little short.

We liked

A premium build and retro design complement the excellent handling and image quality offered by the Fuji X10 perfectly.

We disliked

There is very little to dislike about the Fuji X10. If the bezel on the rear was a bit more substantial and the viewfinder had marking for a central focusing point, these would be welcome improvements. The zoom could do with being longer, and the battery life is weak.

Final verdict

Enthusiasts and even beginners who are in the market for a high-quality compact camera shouldn't be disappointed by what the Fuji FinePix X10 has to offer.

Although it is priced a little high when compared to cameras such as the Canon Powershot G12 or Nikon P7100, it looks, feels and handles like a premium product, and is priced accordingly.