Photo by Bo Bozeman
In 1998 I purchased a Fuji MX 700 camera that was 1.5 MP with a max resolution of 1280 by 1024. It was a strangely shaped little camera that I adored. It was so small compared to my film camera and I carried it every where. Here we are thirteen years later and I recently acquired a Fuji X100.
There was a lot of hype about the X100 and some mixed reviews. This camera is beautifully designed with it's retro rangefinder look which is very Leica like. However the X100 is not a rangefinder and as far as how Leica like it performs I unfortunately can not say having never used a Leica.
I was hesitant about purchasing this camera after reading about sluggish AF (in low light), short battery life, long write times and general performance problems. I also saw many positive reviews and kept seeing stunning images that the X100 could produce. Plus the hybrid view finder really seemed intriguing and I liked the idea of an APS-C size CMOS Sensor in such a small package. After watching firmware updates being released I decided to give it a try. When I purchased it I made sure to get a fast sd card and an extra battery.
So far I am loving this little camera. I have not experienced many of the problems mentioned in early reviews but some do remain. The AF can be sluggish in low light and manual focusing is really slow but it's not a deal breaker. I like the fixed focal length of the 23mm (35mm equivalent) f2 lens and for me this a great compact camera to carry when you don't want to carry a complete kit.
Would I recommend the X100? Yes I would as long as you are ok with a fix focal length and are not looking for the quickest AF on the market. The hybrid view finder is truly innovative and the image quality is fantastic. It has it's issues but I have yet to use the perfect camera. I have to say that I am having a lot of fun with the X100.