Fujifilm XF10 - Point and Shoot Camera
I have already talked about it, my beloved and no more trusty Fujifilm X100t is heading towards the end of its life, and I've been looking for a replacement for a couple of months. I still absolutely love the X100 series, but since I feel that it isn't the right timing (a new model might come out soon) to get the newer X100F, I decided to look for a smaller camera. I also wanted to see how it would challenge my photography to work with a point and shoot. So for me, there were only two options available on the market, either the XF10 or the older and much rare X70. I am not a Ricoh fan at all, the prices and the dust problem turn me off completely, but that's only my opinion. I know the GR2, and GR3 are both great cameras, but they're not for me. Just like this beautiful girl you never had the chance to talk to when you were in high school, the X70 has always interested me, but I never managed to buy one when it was time. It has now become super rare and pricey, so I looked the other way and went for the cheaper and less loved XF10.
Best decision ever. So far!
What follows isn't a technical review of the Fujifilm XF10, there is already plenty of them on Youtube, it is more like a friendly personal opinion article which covers in some ways, details and critical points (sensor, build quality, price) of the Fujifilm XF10. I will close the post by giving you my pros and cons. Note that I've only had the camera for a few days, but I have managed to go to Tokyo and shoot with it in different situations. Keep reading, and you'll understand why I think this is indeed a pro Fujifilm compact camera, perfect for street photography, everyday capture, travel and also as a back-up for any pro shooters.
Ok, first important point with this camera is the price. Getting a 24-megapixel APS-C size sensor in such a small body is ridiculous. I got mine brand new for 38 400 Japanese yen tax included, and it is less than 500 Canadian dollars! At this price it hard to justify not having one next to my bigger X-H1.
Build quality is good, but not impressive. It is not a plastic camera, but I will try my best not to smash it on a metal corner or drop it on the floor. I am quite rough with my gear, and for that reason, I decided to give it an extra layer of protection by putting gaffer tape on the top, bottom and its left side. It will help against it getting scratch, and it also feels a little more robust (kind of).
I love the snapshot mode! It's ON all the time. Of course, I wish Fuji added a few more distance option to it, just like the Ricoh, but it will suit my need for most of my street photography and family pictures. The snapshot mode is also an excellent way to deal with the AF problem that some people have. In my case, I find the auto-focus pretty awesome. It IS NOT SLOW, and it is accurate. Those people complaining about the AF from this camera have probably never used a digital camera from 8-9-10 years ago. This camera auto-focus is not as good as an X-T3 or an X-H1, but in my opinion, it is fantastic. And please, don't forget it only cost less than 500$...
Just like the X100 series the flash is excellent. I use it quite often, so I am using the top plate function button to get quick access to it. When using the flash on my X100t I found that the waiting time needed between each shot was sometimes problematic, but with this little boy, it is much faster, and this is something I like about the camera.
There is no perfect camera. Here are a few points I hope Fujifilm will work on if ever they decide to release another version of the xf10.
The lens cap sucks ass. But this could easily be fixed if Fuji eventually changes the front of the lens so we can screw a filter on it. I like to carry a camera which is ready to shoot, with a clear filter instead of a lens cap. Fujifilm, please look at the XF27 mm lens and put a 39mm thread on it. Merci :)
Just like any other Fujifilm, you can customize different buttons to suits your need, but I wish there were two more actual FN button on the camera. No touch screen wipe FN option, real button!
Camera strap attach point
It is a small and light camera, but I wish there were two attach point. I used a neck strap and with only one attach point the camera is continuously flying left to right.
Here's what I like about the camera
The 24mpx sensor is excellent, and the color you get from it are great too. It remembers me my old X100 black limited edition, before they change for X-Trans sensor.
It is small and pocketable. Yes, it seriously fits into one's pocket. It is hard to justify not carrying a camera with you all the time when you can get such a small and powerful pro quality point and shoot.
I already mentioned it, but it is a cheap and affordable camera. Getting better than that is hard. I am not going to say that you should buy one, it is not a camera for everyone, but if you are thinking about getting a small camera with great features, think about it. Go to your local camera store and give it a try first, and see by yourself. I love mine!
Perfection does not exist, and it's probably because like everything else, it evolves, transforms, disappears, reappears and finally leaves us alone when we stop thinking about it. The perfect camera, it does not exist either, unless I decide to create it myself! There it is:
This could become the Fujifilm X-S100 or the future X80
X for X series (make sense right?)
S for small or street (your choice)
100 because it would be part of the X100 series (why not?!?)
Here is what I propose:
A device with the dimensions of the Fujifilm X70.
A quality construction like the Fujifilm X100 series.
A 24-megapixel BAYER sensor like the one on the XF10.
The optical viewfinder of the X100 (could be a little smaller)
A very small screen of 1.75 inches, because it is more than enough.
The 23mm f/2 lens of the X100 series.
An integrated flash and of course exactly the same buttons and controls as those on both the Fuji X70 and/or the Fuji X100.
What really matters here, is having a small camera that leaves out the 3-inch screen to insert an optical/electronic viewfinder.
ATTENTION FUJI !!! THE FOLLOWING MODEL COULD HONESTLY BECOME THE FUTURE FUJIFILM X80...
If you are like me and think that a device like this would have its place on the market, write me a few words in the comments section.