X10 over X100 for me, ode to the little gem

Discussion in 'Fuji X10, X20, X30, XF1, and X-S1' started by nianys, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. nianys

    nianys FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 6, 2013
    A long time Fuji user, I've also shot m4/3 and NEX cameras this past year (coming from an APS-C and FF DSLR background, and film before that, yes, I'm that old !).
    I got to play with a friend's X100 shortly after acquiring my own X10 (NEX 7 being my main camera at the moment).


    I won't argue the X100 is capable of producing wonderful rich, detailed files. But at what cost ! The usability is close to nil for the average user who doesn't fancy being slave to a capricious diva camera... OTOH, the little X10 works wonderfully in any condition, acquiring focus in a decently snappy and reliable fashion, handling exposure challenges with grace and even shooting good enough video clips for family use.

    (here any low-key, grainy component is intentional)

    The X10 maybe be a compact camera by facts, but by its output it's much closer to m4/3 bodies. The 28-112 equivalent zoom range is totally useful and the bright F2-2.8 sharp lens is godsend.





    I'm a serial camera switcher, but the X10 is gonna be the exception, as was the little S90 before it. I've chosen it as sole camera on the French Alps trip we're taking right now, and don't plan on bringing anything else to Venise next March. I'm not settling for second best, either. I do believe it to be the best travel companion available today.
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  2. porchard

    porchard FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 3, 2013
    Devon, UK
    If mine had been like this, I would still own it. Focus was far too unreliable. However, reading the experiences of other x10 owners, it seems that I must have had a bad one.:(

    I would agree with this. I really enjoyed using mine... EXCEPT when the focus misbehaved.

    Despite my troubles with the x10 - and despite the fact that I can't justify another camera - I'm very interested in the x20.;)
  3. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 1, 2013
    Jersey Shore
    Hey, there's a giant orb in the fourth image! Did you have yours serviced? Just kidding. :p Nice work.
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  4. dixeyk

    dixeyk Guest

    It may have been a bad sample. I have been quite pleased at how well the AF works on the X10. In fact, I would say that the reliability of the AF i sone of its strong points. I wonder if the version 2.0 firmware had something to do with that?
  5. nianys

    nianys FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 6, 2013
    Lol. It's a very recent unit, so I wouldn't worry about that too much. But your comment still had my heart missing a beat, until I saw the smiley !
  6. porchard

    porchard FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 3, 2013
    Devon, UK
    Yes, it looks increasingly likely that I had a bad sample. Mine had been updated to firmware version 2.0, but the focus problems did not improve as a result.

    Oh well, perhaps I should start saving for an x20...;):thumbup:
  7. nianys

    nianys FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 6, 2013
    Just grab another mint X10 since the prices are dropping in anticipation of the X20... Can't get a bad apple twice.
  8. dixeyk

    dixeyk Guest

    I would try out a X20 before you buy one if possible. What I consider acceptable AF may not be the same as what you consider acceptable. When I was an m43 user I found the AF using the Olympus 45/1.8 was just not to my liking. I had three of them and they all worked the same yet tons of folks never seem to have an issue with them. So while I find the AF on the X10 just fine it may never meet your needs.
  9. Snix

    Snix FujiXspot Rookie

    Feb 1, 2013
    Great shots! I love the X10, auto-focus isn't perfect but for me it is pretty good, definitely much better than the S90 I also have.

    Ah, to be skiing in the French alps!!!
  10. Armanius

    Armanius FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    Until the X20 is out! :)
  11. Archiver

    Archiver FujiXspot Rookie

    Feb 5, 2013
    I'm reminded of a quote from the Charlie Sheen movie, 'Hot Shots'. "These monks are men of faith! They all took a vow of celibacy, like their fathers, and their fathers before them!" :D
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  12. kevwilfoto

    kevwilfoto FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 10, 2013
    Frederick, CO
    I need another camera like I need another hole in my head, but I too am very interested in the X20. :) Good thing my wife doesn't follow forums like this!
  13. Thinh L.

    Thinh L. FujiXspot Rookie

    Feb 9, 2013
    I was never interested at all in the X10/20 until I came here and so so many people posting about it. . . I need to hide my wallet somewhere.
  14. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. FujiXspot Veteran

    Jan 31, 2013
    Albuquerque, NM
    Why not both? I have and love the X10 and plan on getting an X100 as the used prices drop with the announcement of the X100S. Our criteria for usability are so personal that I suspect I won't have an issue with auto-focus with the lates firmware installed. I've found most of the cameras roundly critcized for slow focus or bad low light focus were perfectly acceptable to my style of shooting. Of course X100S with its phase detect, on-sensor components would be preferable and faster, but I think the affordable X100 will do just fine.

    None of which is to belittle the X10. I love it and use it constantly, as it is the one camera that is almost always with me.
  15. porchard

    porchard FujiXspot Regular

    Feb 3, 2013
    Devon, UK
    :thiagree: I don't even want think about that...!
  16. richheath

    richheath New to FujiXspot

    Feb 11, 2013
    My X10 has just been repaired as it had started frequently showing "Focus error" when switched on, rendering the camera completely unusable. They replaced the lens unit, and since then the focus appears to have been much better (more accurate and more able to get a focus lock). The lens barrel is also not wobbly like it was before the repair. So poor focus in good light could possibly be good enough reason to send it in for service...

    Nice shots by the way; they really show what you can do with this little beauty, given some skill and good subjects!