Mirrorless cameras are all the rage these days. Olympus
have their Micro Four Thirds technology, Sony
has their interchangeable
lens family, and now Fujifilm has the FinePix X100. Now, we're just
waiting for Canon and Nikon to join the fun, and full-fledged DSLRs will
finally have their work cut out for them. These compact APS-C cameras
offer many of the luxuries on a DSLR
(full manual mode, fast shooting,
great low-light performance, etc.), but at a fraction of the size and
cost. They're more limited when it comes to lenses and accessories, but
for many, they offer plenty of performance. If you don't need a full
DSLR, the X100 (and the like) is probably good enough.
The X100 is officially debuting at the Photokina trade show, featuring
an APS-C CMOS sensor, Fujinon 23mm fixed focal length lens and a Hybrid
Viewfinder. It also has a 12.3MP sensor, a 2.8" LCD on the rear for
controlling the menus, various manual/semi-manual modes, ISO 200-6400,
720p movie support, an accessory hot shoe, SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, and a
new viewfinder system that apparently lets users switch between the EVF
and OVF while displaying important information on the latter.
Unfortunately, Fujifilm is doing more teasing than releasing. The camera
won't be on sale until early 2011, and no price estimate is given. We
suspect it will be fairly pricey, though, particularly with the stunning
design. Will it be enough to knock off any DSLRs? Possibly, at least
ones at the entry level.