There has been so many times when I’m driving home from work.
There is snow in the trees, the streetlights lights up the street in a very mysterious way.
And you think to yourself, that would make an Awesome photo!
And of course your big DSRL is in your camera bag at home.
So I thought that enough is enough, I don’t want to miss all these opportunities again.
So I started going through different pocket cameras that I could fit in my bag or in my pocket in my jacket.
I’m really no expert on digital pocket cameras, but I would say there are 2 kinds of compact cameras, the ones with the lens built in and the one where you can change the lens.
I got really interested in these new Canon M cameras.
Those would be great, I already have the lenses and the quality is really quite good!
But then you have the same problem, you need a bag to carry around those lenses.
So I started to look at cameras which has the build in lens.
There are the Canon G10,G11,G12,G15 series, I do like these, but you can still see on the photos that they are taken with compact camera.
Then there is the new G1 X, this one is the Newest one of the Canon series.
This one has almost everything you need, almost everything that a DSLR has.
It has 16x more zoom than the Fuji X100, it has image stabilization which the Fuji lacks.
The fuji is a PRIME, you can’t zoom with it, it is a 23mm lens, (which becomes a 35mm with it’s sensor)
It has a flip out screen and has a larger screen than Fuji.
It is a lot faster than the Fuji.
And is cheaper than the Fuji.
So why not buy the Canon? I am a huge Canon fan.
There are 3 reasons why I went with the Fuji.
1. It has a larger sensor, a 40% larger sensor.
2. Because of the larger sensor and it has a wider aperture (F/2.0), I can get the depth of field (Bokeh) that I like so much.
3. Because of the sensor, it’s better in low light.
It actually has a larger sensor than for example a Canon 60D (APS-C 23.6×15.8mm vs APS-C 22.3×14.9mm).
And I wouldn’t mind having a Canon 60D in my pocket all the time :)
ISO 1600, F/2.0, 1/60 sec
ISO 3200, F/2.0, 1/50 sec
ISO 3200, F/2.0, 1/50 sec
ISO 800, F/2.2, 1/105 sec
ISO 800, F/5.6, 1/400 sec
ISO 800, F/5.0, 1/320 sec
ISO 800, F/2.5, 1/120 sec
If money wouldn’t be an issue, there are still the Sony DSC-RX1 and the leica M8 and the leica M9
The Sony and the M9 are full frame sensors, so they are still a bit nicer than this one.
But the Leica M9 has the lenses and is fully manual… and it is a bit out of my price range :)
But if someone want’s to trade his or her Sony RX1 with my Fuji X100, I am willing to do so :)
I’ve only had my Fuji X100 for about a week but here are my Pros and Cons so far:
+ Image quality
+ Image quality at high ISO’s
+ Compact size
+ Design (I do like the retro look)
+ A bunch of fun small functions, panorama, ratings of photos, photo styles.
+ Build quality
+ Prime lens, I get more creative compositions while using a prime rather than using a zoom.
- Not the fastest focus.
- I’m having a hard time knowing when I should change to or from Macro mode.
It doesn’t automatically change to or from macro mode and it doesn’t tell you if you can’t focus because something is too close.
- The menu button isn’t the easiest to press down, I often press the “menu up” button by mistake for example.
- The manual focus is a bit hard to use.
- Prime lens, sometimes it still it could be nice to zoom.
(But how often do you actually zoom with a pocket camera? I never use it on any pocket cameras I have)
So should you buy this camera?
It all depends what you are after.
This is great little camera if you want almost the same quality as your DSLR but you don’t want to carry around your big DSLR.
But if you want camera that will focus quickly and you can shoot sports as well as landscapes with it, then this might not be for you.