is a serious piece of equipment, packing an APS-C CMOS sensor (that's
the same type of sensor used in consumer dSLRs) into a classic
rangefinder-type body. It's also a fixed-lens model, which is unique for a camera with such a huge sensor, and that lens is a bright f2.0 fixed at 23mm. Then there's the "hybrid" viewfinder, which combines optical and electronic capabilities. Intriguing. We honestly haven't seen anything quite like this, and it's sure to attract the attention of enthusiasts and serious shooters. (Check out the video demo Fujifilm gave us at CES 2011.) It's been in incredibly high demand since its release, and due to the unfortunate disaster in Japan, production is slow. But reviews have been excellent so far. What surprised us in particular was the consensus among most review sites that there's basically no visible noise anywhere in the sensitivity range. Incredible. While it's undoubtably an awesome piece of machinery, it caters to a small niche: photo fanatics who are willing to spend $1200 on a fixed focal-length shooter.
Fujifilm FinePix X100
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Being among the innovators of the compact camera, Fujifilm is one of the world's most significant photographic and imaging companies. Fujifilm launched the DS-1P in 1988, gaining credit for the first authentic digital camera widely available. Digital cameras by Fujifilm are now loaded with a wide selection of features to choose from, the most notable of which is a technology called Super CCD. These sensors debuted first in the incredibly popular Fujilm FinePix F30 and provide fantastic performance in the categories of low-light and dynamic range, usually outperforming the competition.
A lot of consumers pick Fujifilm digital cameras for their famous natural image color, wide dynamic range, low noise and high sensitivity. One of the more sought after models, the Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR, boasts a Super CCD sensor and has a host of attributes designed for the camera enthusiast. Fujifilm plainly has targeted the high-end camera market by offering this camera featuring manual modes, RAW capture, image stabilization, WiFi connectivity, a 20x optical zoom and a large half-inch 16 megapixel sensor. If the somewhat steep learning curve doesn't matter to you you will be rewarded with a camera which boasts just about the finest image quality you can find on a compact zoom camera.
In recent years there has been a trend for retro looking cameras; appearing to be analog, while still providing the attributes you would desire from a modern camera. Fujifilm has responded to this market need by creating more expensive models such as the X100, XPro-1, X-E1, and the cheaper XF1. For the enthusiast that wants to not simply take fantastic pictures, but look fantastic at the same time, these cameras are perfect.
The Fujifilm XP series is a great place to look if you're in the market for a waterproof camera that won't break your budget. The XP170 is the highest-end waterproof camera the company makes, and it includes wireless, but you can now find good deals on the cheaper XP50 as well. This camera is perfect for any circumstance, offering a 5x optical zoom and waterproofing up to 16 feet. While more high-end cameras from different brands outperform it in image quality, it will get whatever job done you need from it for less money.
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