When it comes to image quality, I'd give this camera a 5, however, when it comes to configuration and feature settings, it gets a 3. Hence, my rating of 4. If you are the type of person who can set the camera and then just use it at one setting, this camera is fantastic. I don't think you can get any better images than what this camera produces. (Ignore the trolls on the camera boards who say the x-trans sensor isn't very good. I have no idea what they are doing, but using LR 5.2 and the raw files from the X-100, I got some fantastic images in every aspect: lack of noise, sharpness, dynamic range, colors, tones, etc. On the down side, I found it kind of clumsy when I need to change settings. The menus are logical, but it just takes time to find the right setting and change it. They need another dial, or two, to remove some of the settings from the screen and place them on the camera. For example, I love that my Canon G series cameras have ISO on a dial. Fujifilm could learn from the G-series cameras.
Fuji X100 Digital Rangefinder Camera with 23mm f/2 Lens
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The Fuji X100 is a slim, compact body with a fixed single focal lens that is wide enough for everyday use and also allows you to get as close as 10cm from your subject for macro work. There is a built-in ND filter which can be turned on to reduce the amount of light coming in by 1/8th for daytime long exposure shooting. You also have a choice of film simulations to shoot with for a Provia, Velvia, and or Astia film look. The X100 also sports optical and electronic viewfinders with magnification options, giving you a "live view" preview of your image in the viewfinder while shooting. The build of the camera harkens back to the film era, with a die-cast aluminum top and base, a leather-like finish, knurled texture on the mode dials, and engravings on the top plate. This camera is ideal for street photography, crowded events, retro enthusiasts, and lightweight general shooting.
Took the X100 with me on a 10-day road trip through southeastern Mexico in lieu of the usual Canon 1D+15lbs of gear. The camera is almost perfect for street shooting. The AF is a far cry from what Canon and Nikon offer on their top-of-the-line bodies, but totally serviceable. I did miss a few backlit shots due to AF failure, and the MF ring is a joke. Still, I've missed way more shots to misfocus on manual Leica and Mamiya rangefinders. Metering is among the best I've used though it still can't match old-fashioned think-before-you-shoot techniques. The spot meter has too wide a view angle in my opinion. The dual optical/electronic viewfinder makes the rangefinder practical for close-ups and night use. Being able to review a shot through the EVF right after you shot it through the OVF is a cool feature, but beware second-guessing your exposure decision based on the EVF image, which in high- or low-light conditions may not match what you see later in your computer monitor. The sensor is extraordinary up to ISO 800 and usable all the way up to 3200, so handheld twilight shooting is shockingly easy, and with 12MP you have a lot of room for cropping beautiful 8x10s out of your original. As in most any camera, image quality is mostly limited by your technique. The lens is essentially perfect unless you're shooting a brick wall wide-open at f/2.0 and expecting no distortion (but why would you?) I'm deducting 1 star for a series of amateur mistakes Fuji made on this camera: the battery life is mediocre (~300 shots), the charger is a piece of crap (it's huge, it holds the battery in with a plastic adapter that's easy to lose, it malfunctions), the battery can be inserted incorrectly, the exposure compensation dial can be inadvertently adjusted, the digital overlay on the OVF is very hard to see in bright light, and finally, the live histogram isn't updated according to aperture and shutter speed changes. All in all, a wonderful little camera that packs a serious punch at 35mm (equiv.).
Recently traveled to Belize and rather than bring along my DSLR and various lenses, I opted to keep it simple by renting a 'higher-end' point and shoot, FUJI X100 Digital Rangefinder with 35mm f/2 Lens and an underwater camera, the Canon PowerShot D10. Great choices as I was able to enjoy the trip and still manage to get some decent shots. The only problem I've encountered (my fault) is the raw images off the Fuji, I have not been able to convert to tiff/jpg yet due to only having Canon software. Next time I will be aware of this major glitch should I go w/ a different brand!