It’s no secret that I’ve been looking into a 35mm rangefinder film camera over the past few weeks. Why? I can’t really say. It could be for the experience of shooting with film or it could just be the look of those rangefinders. They actually look like cameras.
There have been a few companies mainly Olympus with their revival of the Pen series in digital format. Did they do it right? Well that is for another post. However surfing the web the other day I came across a new contender the Fujifilm x100.
It’s a 12mp APS-C CMOS sensor with a 23mm F2 Fujinon lens. Unlike the Pen, GF1, NEX this is a fixed lens or prime lens camera. Now I love a good prime lens, and if they managed to get it functioning correctly then this could be great carry’ round camera. My biggest problem with the point-and-shoots of today is that very rarely does the depth of field function / aperture work as it should. Not being able to change the lens isn’t too much of a deal breaker if the quality is there. There’s not word on just how much this thing is going to cost but one thing is for sure, it looks great!
One interesting thing about this camera is it’s sporting a hybrid viewfinder. It’s said to be the same window-type bright frame optical finder we’re used to seeing in dslrs and the electronic viewfinders that are found in mirrorless digital cameras. That means that not only do you get a great viewfinder but you can pull up all the photo data that you usually have to check out the LCD for.
Fujifilm says it’s aimed towards professionals or enthusiast photographers. That probably fits the bill since you won’t find any scene modes, but with that in mind it could bump up the price to what would seem unreasonable. Thats something we will just have to wait and see.
Update: had a quick look around and it looks like the X100 is due in March 2011 with a price tag of around $1199.