Q&A on the Fuji Finepix X100 camera

Fujifim published a Q&A section regarding the new X100 camera (see also previously released details):

Q: Will 'Made in Japan' remain on the back of the camera or be moved to the base?
It will remain etched on the back of the camera.

Q: Will the X100 be available in black?
No concrete plan is currently in place to produce a black model, but Fujifilm are aware that a large number of people have requested this option.

Q: What power source does the X100 use?
It uses the NP-95 Lithium-ion rechargeable cell. This battery is also compatible with a number of other FinePix models including the Real 3D W1.

Q:Does the X100 have a leather finish or a leather-like finish?
It is a leather-like finish as this is more practical and hard-wearing than leather.

FUJINON LENS

Q: Why does the X100 not have interchangeable lenses?
Image quality is paramount on the X100. That's why the lens is fixed which, in turn, ensures that the light path and sensor position are perfectly matched for the best possible results. The designers also wanted to keep the camera's size down. Making the lens interchangeable, or offering a zoom lens alternative, would have increased bulk, detracting from the X100's original concept.

Q: Does the camera feature image stabilisation?
Image stabilisation is required when using fixed or zoom lenses with telephoto focal lengths and variable maximum apertures. As the X100 features a fixed lens with a maximum fast aperture of F2, image stabilisation is not required as this combination will still allow photographers to successfully hand-hold the camera in low light conditions.

Q: Does the X100 have a filter thread?
Yes, 49mm filters can be screwed in using the optional adapter ring. This ring is attached by removing the existing metal lens surround and then screwing the adapter ring into place. A lens hood can also be attached using the same method. Having a 49mm thread ensures that users will be able to purchase most popular third party screw-on filters.

APS-C CMOS SENSOR & EXR PROCESSOR

Q: Why is the sensor not full frame?
This decision comes down to the designers staying true to the initial X100 concept. Using a full frame sensor would substantially increase the size of the camera, whereas the APS-C sized sensor delivers the best combination of size and image quality.

Q: What ISO range does the X100 offer?
In standard form, the planned ISO range is from 200 to 6400, but this can be expanded to include 100 and 12800. The high sensitivity and fast maximum aperture will ensure that photographers can shoot in low lighting situations without having to revert to using a flashgun or tripod - a real advantage if you want to capture candid or photo-journalistic images in a range of lighting conditions.

Q: Why has Fuji chosen not to use the EXR sensor?
The EXR sensor was specifically designed for compact long-zoom cameras where a small sensor is required. The APS-C CMOS sensor was chosen for the X100 as our designers were striving for optimal image quality and the large sensor matches the Fujinon lens to perfection.

HYBRID VIEWFINDER

Q: Will the autofocus points be visible in the viewfinder?
Yes. The autofocus points are also user-selectable, making it easier for photographers to focus on off-centre subjects without having to resort to the focus lock facility.

Q: Is the X100 a range finder camera?
Please note the X100 is not a range finder camera.

FUNCTIONS/CAPABILITIES

Q: What is the specification of the video function?
HD video output is 1280 x 720 pixels at 24 frames per second with stereo sound recording. Aperture Priority AE can be used whilst shooting movies.

Q: Does the X100 have a wireless remote facility?
No. The shutter release is threaded so a mechanical shutter release can be used.

Q: Does the camera retain its existing settings when it's turned off?
Yes. This is a real benefit to photographers who like to set the camera up for a specific use rather than general picture taking. Whereas some cameras will revert back to default settings when turned on, the X100 retains the last settings selected, so users can tailor features including exposure mode, metering pattern and white balance setting to their needs.

Q: The shutter speed range on the top-plate dial goes down to 1/4sec, can slower shutter speeds be set manually?
If users select the 'T' setting, the following shutter speeds can be selected: 1/2 to 30 seconds with 1/3 EV steps.

Q: Can you turn the rear LCD off?
Yes you can turn the LCD off.

Q: How long is the shutter lag?
The exact lag time between the shutter release being pressed and the picture actually being taken is still to be finalised, but it is expected to be around 0.01 seconds. This is extremely quick, making the X100 comparable with DSLRs and ensures that those photographers looking to capture instantaneous images with the camera won't be disappointed. The X100 will bring out the Cartier-Bresson in you!

Q: Is the camera weather-sealed?
No. With a fixed lens, there's minimal chance of dust finding its way on to the sensor, but suitable precautions should be taken in damp or dusty conditions.

Q: What flash sync speed does the X100 offer?
The X100 will offer high sync speeds to ensure that photographers can achieve a wide range of effects - particularly when it comes to combining a fast shutter speed with a burst of flash to capture fast moving subjects, or when using fill-in flash outdoors on sunny days. The precise sync speeds are yet to be fixed.

Q: Will the X100 offer film simulation modes?
Yes: PROVIA, Velvia, ASTIA and mono chrome pictures will be able to be achieved with filter effects.

Q: Is the integral ND filter switchable?
The ND filter offers a three-stop exposure reduction and can be turned on as required. This facility provides additional picture taking versatility to users by reducing the amount of light hitting the sensor. It's helpful in those situations where users require a slow shutter speed or wide aperture setting, but this isn't possible due to bright lighting conditions.

ACCESSORIES & PRICING

Q: How much will the X100 cost?
Price is still to be confirmed.

Q: What accessories will be available and will they use the same design style as the camera?
The X100 will come compete with a metal lens hood in the box. Additionally Fujifilm will be ranging a premium leather case, an adaptor ring and replacement batteries for the X100. Flashguns will also be made available.

For more info check also dedicated finepix-x100.com website.

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