Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100 Microsite, DPReview: The FinePix X100 from Fujifilm packs a 12-megapixel APS-C image sensor into a rangefinder-looking compact body. The 23mm Fujinon aspherical lens is fast at f/2 and the 2.8-inch LCD sports a remarkably dense 800×600 pixels. That’s 357 PPI, besting even the iPhone 4’s Retina Display (only 326 PPI). Burst mode gets you 5fps.

Fujifilm states that the image sensor is 10x that of conventional compact digital cameras with an ISO range of 200 to 6400. I’m guessing low-light photographs will turn out quite well, but we’ll have to see for actual results.

I do have one concern and that’s video. The X100 will do 720p video. The Olympus E-P1, E-P2, and E-PL1 all do 720/30p, but these guys have been around a bit already. Panasonic’s GF1 does 720/30p too. All the Micro Four Thirds rangefinder-like cameras are limited to 720/30p. The NEX-5 and NEX-3 from Sony are probably the closest to the FinePix X100 as both pack an APS-C-sized image sensor. The NEX-3 is limited to 720/30p, but I would have thought 1080/60i would have been a must-have feature considering the 1080/60i video capture capability of the NEX-5.

The hybrid viewfinder is unique. It combines an optical viewfinder and an electronic viewfinder. A prism is integrated for the image on the LCD and allows for both the shooting frame and data to be displayed. Shoot old-school or shoot with the LCD: you can instantly switch between the two viewfinders.

The best part about the FinePix X100 is that all this technology is crafted into a beautiful magnesium alloy rangefinder-like body. Even the dials are made of metal. Just lovely.