There are some cameras which simply impress with their charm and good looks. Ask any street photographer to name some of the most attractive looking cameras to be released and Fujifilm’s X100-series is likely to get a mention.
We have all been told that camera phones destroyed the compact digital camera market years ago. But how many of you still like to have a small, lightweight camera with real buttons and dials, full manual control, and raw image capture?
A better option to the Camera Phone
Here’s what I want… a camera that is about the same size of my phone, yet offered so much more control and quality.
“what good is a compact camera these days if it can’t even shoot sharp raw images?”
And on that note, here’s the Fuji XF10. It’s one of the smallest cameras ever to offer an APS-C (DX, 1.5x crop) sensor, plus a good quality lens and full manual controls. It’s smaller (and just a little thicker) than most cell phones, and you can get one from as little as £300.
So, is it actually worth it?
- Sensor: 24 megapixel, APS-C (1.5x), Bayer-Pattern (not X-Trans)
- Lens: fixed, 18.5mm (28mm full-frame equivalent), f/2.8
- Stabilization: No
- Video: 4K (15p), 1080, (60, 30, 24, 23.98p) microphone port, no headphone port
- Size: 113x64x41mm (4.45×2.52×1.61 in.)
- Weight: 279 g (9.84 oz)
- Mechanical Construction: Mostly metal, rubber grip
- Flash: Yes, Built-in
- Viewfinder: None, rear LCD only
- Filter Threads: None
- Battery & Charging: NP-95, 1200 mAh, 330 shot estimated, USB charging
- Memory Cards: SD, SDXC, etc
- Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth LE
- Price: from £300
- Fuji XF10, Provia Film Simulation | 1/20 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400
If all you need your images for Instagram or Facebook, and you aren’t interested in editing your images with anything more than Instagram’s built-in filters and adjustment sliders, then let’s not pretend that you NEED this camera or any other for that matter- you’ll be fine with whatever cell phone you already have, as long as it can focus decently well and isn’t completely useless in dim lighting.
However, if you are a bit more serious about your photography, and are curious about a basic raw workflow, then you should strongly consider getting something a little more cpapble than just a cell phone. You will definitely see the difference when capturing high-contrast situations, low-light or even night-time situations.
This type of camera is a good way of stepping into the world of full DSLR photography.
The Fuji XF10 is made for: serious photographers, who want to shoot professional quality images in casual or incognito situations.
You might be an experienced photographers who already appreciate the full control of a serious camera, but who don’t always want to lug around a big ILC system everywhere they go.
Or, this could be beginner photographer who wants more than what a cell phone can offer, but who also know that they’re still hoping for something portable. For example it is great for situations where unobtrusiveness is valuable, like street photography, environmental portraiture, or just candid journalism.