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Fuji X100 is shipping (and gets reviewed)


The Fuji X100 Very First Look (Steve Huff).

Let me make a quick roundup about the news of the most popular camera of the moment, the Fuji X100.

Reghardware (Click here) tested the X100: “In these days of interchangeable lens, electronic viewfinder cameras, what possible appeal can a fixed-lens camera like this hold? Surprisingly, the answer is: quite a lot.”..”Finding a compact that forces you to engage with manual photography is a novelty that doesn’t wear off, and the result is a camera that’s intensely satisfying to use. But at a thousand pounds it’s next to impossible to recommend.

The Fuji X100 shipment has started in many US stores. I got reports that Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here) were the first to ship. The next stock of X100 cameras will arrive in two weeks. If you are willing to pay more than the normal price than you can find it in Stock right now at Amazon (Click here) via third party resellers.

In Europe shipment hasn’t started yet (Amazon UK still says “temporarily out of stock”). Only one European reseller has two Fuji X100 on eBay UK (Click here).

P.S.: Fuji is a member of the Four Thirds coalition but has yet to release any 43 or m43 camera (let’s hope they will join us sooner or later).

  • > But at a thousand pounds it’s next to impossible to recommend.

    Leave it to the Vulture Central (aka ElReg aka The Register) to write a positive review. Well, at least they have provided a gallery with sample shots.

    IMO X100, regardless of all its shortcomings, deserves a better review: a review done by somebody who digs the concept and is not trying to give a buying advice.

    The quote summarizes the problem with the review:

    > Just about the only thing the X100 has going for it at this price is its size and weight: it’s about half as heavy as a semi-professional DSLR.

    Head to any forum and read on why people buy mirrorless: size and weight. And that covers about 95% of current m43 users. The ElReg reviewers are somewhat disconnected from the reality.

    P.S. In the E-PL2’s review they have recommended to buy D3100 or (already back then EOLed) NEX-3 instead…

    • MK

      why should it deserve a better review? merits are a matter of opinion & since we’re on the interwebs where opinions are basically worthless, i’d have to say that any m43 camera is substantially more affordable AND versatile than X100. the X100 price is disconnected from reality – for probably >75% of people. the review reflects that. relax chief; its not the end of the world when your opinions are not validated

  • It will be difficult to get this camera in Germany. I talked to three different camera shops in Hamburg and one electronics market, neither of them even knows when they are going to receive this camera. One said, he expects the camera to be generally available in fall or even later.

  • frank

    I think this is a good wrap up, in 8 parts, of someone who is very much used to different kinds of cameras ranging from Leica to DSLR to M43:

  • GreyOwl

    I’ve had my Fujifilm X100 since 23rd March, pre-ordered in January 2011 from a UK dealer(Clifton Cameras). It has it’s quirks, but I’m very happy with it, plus the IQ is really excellent. It will NOT be appearing e-bay, for any price……

  • Bu

    GreyOwl, are your photos anywhere in the public sphere e.g. flickr? If so would be good to see how the camera has fared over the past few weeks…

    • GreyOwl

      Bu. Afraid not at the moment.

  • It will be difficult to get this camera in Germany. I talked to three different camera shops in Hamburg and one electronics market, neither of them even knows when they are going to receive this camera.

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