The FinePix team is fully aware about the hype on the X100, and they don’t want to let us down, indeed.
Interesting key feature:
- Optics will be an auto-focus 49mm ring, fixed lens 35mm ƒ/2.0. No Image Stabilization.
- The camera will have a dedicated RAW button that allows instant toggle to shoot RAW+JPEG, with in-camera RAW development mechanism.
- 3-mode auto focus — with user-selectable focus points — will be introduced: AF-S, for static and AF-C for continuous, moving objects and naturally a manual focus with 1) distance indication for pre-focus, 2) electronic viewfinder from the lens-barrel ring.
- The APS-C CMOS sensor is capable of ISO extended to 100–12800 from the standard 200–6400.
Even more details (geek mode on):
- Shutter lag will be around 0.01 seconds, I’m not sure if that’s the ballpark figure for DSLRs, but Fuji claims it to be comparable.
- It will have digital film simulation (Provia, Velvia, Astia lovers rejoiced!)
- The 3-stop integral ND filter can be switched ON/OFF manually
Despite the obvious inspiration and design similarity, Fuji confirms that the X100 is not a rangefinder camera, and insists that ‘MADE IN JAPAN’ to be etched at the camera back-plate, not the bottom.