Fujifilm X10 is not really tiny, it is slightly bigger than an ordinary point-and-shoot.  But of course when you compare it with a Canon 1D body it is interesting…

Fujifilm X10 vs Canon 1D Mark III body size

Fujifilm X10 vs Canon 1D Mark III

Fujifilm X10 vs Canon 1D Mark III

The optical viewfinder serves the purpose right although it does not show the in-focus point or any other information. It displays about 85 percent coverage. One can say it is only a better-than-nothing supplement like that of Canon G1X.  Using the LCD screen makes sense because we need to know whether the subject is in focus and the coverage is more accurate.

The rear 2.8 inch LCD monitor screen has 460,000 dots, just fine for this level of camera and good enough for focusing and reviewing (higher resolution is of course welcome).  I find dust will easily get to the cavity between the LCD and the body as the monitor seems not tight enough. If you want to add some protection to it, do a Google search and you will find some.  For example, the ACCMAXX (a hard poly-carbonate screen protector) has a propriety design that fits excellently because it covers the whole area and prevents dust and scratches. This manufacturer has also a propriety lens filter that fits onto the X10’s lens optic surface. I am uncertain of the effectiveness of such an external filter.

Pressing the shutter button, you will notice how silent the noise is. It is almost inaudible. I think that is an advantage of taking snapshots in street photography.

The flash is tiny and said to reach 7m.  It has to be enabled manually by a pop-up switch at the back.  I find at close range it does not overexpose the subject.

Although the lens has the ON/OFF switch on the zoom ring, to replay the images or videos, you can simply press down the green Playback button for a few seconds to switch the power on.  To finish, press the Playback button again once.

The X10 has an internal memory of 26MB, sufficient to store 5 fine JPEG images.  A RAW (.RAF) image file is reaching 20MB, so a large volume SD card such as 16GB or bigger is necessary.

The battery life is relatively short. The power ran out soon after I played around with occasional shootings over 2 days. With the LCD monitor switched on for focusing, it can only operate for capturing approximately 270 frames.  A spare battery or two are needed when shooting still images or videos for a long time.

Coming next: shooting video and others…

(The featured image was taken by the Fujifilm X10, at ISO400, f2.8, 1/180 sec, modified by Adobe Lightroom 3, highlight adjusted)

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