Compact system cameras on the way from Fujifilm?

It has been reported that Fujifilm will release one, possibly two, versions of a mirrorless compact system camera in the autumn along with a further two fixed lens compact cameras to add to their range.

First up, Fuji are said to be developing a large sensor, either APS-C or a micro four-thirds size fixed lens hybrid camera that would sit alongside its current X100 but offer a 20x zoom lens.

The second camera, aimed squarely at the premium compact market which currently includes the Canon G12 and Panasonic LX5, is likely to be fitted with a wide f/2 or f/2.8 aperture zoom lens. Both compact cameras are likely to share the retro stylings of the X100 but with a much cheaper price tag to appeal to the mass market.

Micro four-thirds

Finally, the new mirrorless system cameras are also said to be accompanied by a set of new Fujinon lenses.

Likely to contain a micro four-thirds sensor, rather than the larger APS-C size found in the X100, the new camera would compete with Olympus and Panasonic micro four thirds offerings such as the newly announced Olympus PEN E-P3.

Fujifilm's X100 premium compact has widely been reviewed as an excellent camera, but comes with an eye-watering £1,000 premium price tag to match.

Fuji has recently stated in an interview with the news agency, Reuters, that they may re-enter the interchangeable lens camera market in a bid to take over from Nikon and Samsung to become third biggest camera manufacturer in the world.

Via PhotoRumors.

Amy Davies

Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.