Fujifilm X10 Digital Camera Review$599.00
The Fujifilm X10 is an excellent camera. On paper and in practice, it checks off all the boxes that enthusiast and serious photographers look for in a high-end point-and-shoot: optical viewfinder, tons of buttons and dials and manual control, RAW capture, reliable auto mode, great image quality, solid build, and even a twist-barrel zoom and power switch—that last one is probably something that most of the target audience didn't even know that they wanted.
All that anybody could reasonably complain about is that it's not one of the other advanced shooters on the market. It isn't as small as the Canon S100, it doesn't have an articulating screen like the Canon G12, it doesn't have the Fuji X100's hybrid viewfinder, and it doesn't have the zoom range of the Nikon P7100.
But any reasonable person knows that no camera can be everything to everybody. The X10 is designed to be a versatile, high-quality compact, and it succeeds. It performed very well in our lab tests, among the highest we've seen from any fixed-lens camera.
No X10 review is complete without addressing the "white orb" problem: The X10 sometimes reproduces highlights as exaggerated white blobs. In one of our sample photos, for example, a car's headlights appear as perfectly round, over-sized circles with defined edges—very bizarre.
It's been the root of a lot of ire on various Fuji message boards around the web since the camera came out. Fuji promised that a firmware update would fix the problem, but it failed, and appears that this is a hardware-related problem.
We honestly didn't notice it during the course of our testing. It wasn't a factor in our lab tests, and we didn't notice it in our own sample photos until a user pointed it out. We sifted through about 200 other sample photos that we didn't use for the review, and could only find it cropping up in a few places, and probably only found those because we were looking for them.
It's a weird quirk, but we stand by our test scores, and don't think that it'll be a deal-breaker for most buyers. Recommended.