Fujifilm FinePix X100 review

With its hybrid viewfinder and retro styling, is the Fuji X100 the ultimate enthusiast compact?

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  • Superb image quality in a range of conditions
  • Excellent performance at higher sensitivities
  • Superior craftsmanship


  • A few operational issues, such as loose menu pad dial and small menu button
  • Quality design comes at a hefty price

Fuji X100: Overview

In the decade or so that digital cameras have been widely available, manufacturers have always looked to the design of classic cameras for inspiration. Olympus's recent PEN series harks back to the film models of the same name, while Leica's M range continues with a design long established in the analogue world.

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Fujifilm's X100, then, appears as just another retro-styled contender in the large-sensor/compact-body market, but its marriage of old-fashioned styling with new and innovative technology has, nevertheless, been met with an unprecedented response.

The reception seems to have taken even Fujifilm by surprise, with the company recently reporting that high demand had pushed shipments of the camera back until April – but with a price tag of a penny under £1000, is the Fuji X100 overblown and overpriced? Or can such a camera really be worth its asking price?