Video: Fujifilm FinePix X10 digital camera
Zak Billmeier grew up in southern Vermont and coastal Maine. After graduating from Mary Washington College with a Geography degree he still isn't sure quite what to do with, he eventually settled in the mountains of Central Virginia. He spends his free time chasing his daughter around, taking pictures, gardening and cooking. He joined Crutchfield's car A/V writing team in 2007 and is now a lead producer on our video team.
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Zak, Crutchfield camera enthusiast, tried out the Fujifilm FinePix X10 camera. He tells us about his favorite features like super Macro and manual focus, and shares his photographs. Check out his review of the X10’s sister model, the Fujifilm FinePix X100.
Fujifilm Finepix X10 digital camera
Zak: I've got the Fuji X10 camera here. And this is another Rangefinder-styled camera. As you can see, it kind of looks like old film cameras. It's a fixed lens but it's got a zoom of 28mm to 112 equivalent zoom on it so you have a nice, fast f/2 at the wide end. And maybe best of all, when you zoom it all the way in, you only lose one stop of light. It goes to f/2.8. Both of those are pretty wide apertures and that lets you blur backgrounds more effectivelyalso better low-light shots where you don't have to use a flash as much.
Something really smart is there's no on-off button that you have to play with. Instead Fuji's built it into the zoom lens. I love that. I wish every camera did it and another thing I wish more cameras did was let you manually zoom using the barrel. It's a lot more precise and frankly a lot quicker than the power zoom you'll find on most compact cameraslove that about it.
Sensor is bigger than most point-and-shoot cameras
The sensor, while it is on the small side compared to the DSLRs, it's a lot bigger than other compact cameras have. It's about twice as big as other cameras that it competes with frankly. And it's a lot bigger than your typical point and shoot or your phone camera. So bigger sensor, better pictures, generally speaking.
Fuji has given you a lot of the controls that you need right up front on dials, and so you don't have to dive into menus so much. It's really nice when you're out shooting and you need to make a quick adjustment, like exposure compensation. It's right here on the dial. If the picture's too bright, just dial it down to -1 or something, take the picture again. It will probably come out pretty well.
EXR mode gives you sharper low light shots
It's got a really nice, what Fuji calls an EXR mode on here, and what that does is it analyzes a scene and will apply some of their processing magic to it. For instance, in low light what it'll do is it'll take the 12-megapixel sensor and actually bend them together and give you a 6-megapixel low-light image. What that does is it combines pixels to gather more light, and it'll give you less noisy low-light shots. It's pretty cool and it really does work.
This has two macro settings. It has macro and then super macro. Super macro lets you shoot something so close your lens is almost touching it. And it'll really blur that background too so you can get just an awesome close up shot of anything that looks interesting with that super macro. It's one of my favorite things about the camera actually.
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