The Fuji X10 is an unassuming little camera to look at, even if its classic styling has a timeless quality. Under the skin, however, it's packed with high-tech treasures.
The large (2/3-inch) sensor has the highest resolution in the group at 12 megapixels, and it's put to good use with great image sharpness and features that include enhanced high-sensitivity performance and automatic HDR processing from a single exposure.
Colour error result: The Ricoh GR IV was the most natural, but the Fuji X10 and Nikon P7100 both show slightly over-saturated JPEG colour.
Noise result: The Fuji X10 shows consistent results, topping the group up to sensitivity of ISO 800. Above this value the Nikon just takes the lead.
Dynamic range result: From a sensitivity of ISO 200 the Fujifilm X10 shows at least a 1EV higher dynamic range result than the rest of the group.
It's not just about the image quality, though - the X10 wins out with supremely good handling for such a small camera. The manual zoom lens is so much quicker and more precise than the motorised systems fitted to all the other cameras.
Next up, it's a close call between the Canon G12 and Panasonic LX5. There's practically nothing to choose between them in terms of image quality, so it boils down to whether you prefer the abundance of control buttons and dials that cover the G12's chunky body, or the more streamlined approach of the LX5, which also lacks a built-in optical viewfinder.
At the bottom of the pile are the Nikon P7100 and Ricoh GR IV. There's no lack of direct-access controls on the Nikon, which has a similar design to the Canon, but its continuous drive rate is painfully slow and image quality is a disappointment. The Ricoh's lack of a zoom lens limits its appeal and overall versatility.