Background: I didn’t like always having to take my DSLR out if I wanted decent quality images. I always walk around with a camera and was looking for an alternative to my DSLR or having to resort to using my “not so good” iPhone. I tried just using a small DSLR body (D90) with a small fast 50mm, but even that was just to big. I thought why bother… I may as well just bring the big gun. – stephen berner
I tried a Canon G12, lots of folks I know have used them successfully and even though I am not a Canon guy per se, I thought I’d give it a go and got a G12. I hated it as a still camera, although I dig the video it took. I just couldn’t get it to do what I wanted it to do and decided that the zoom was half the problem. For a camera like that it’d be better with a prime lens, a fast prime. Bobby took the G12 and I am sure enjoys it, he’s bad/broken quite a few and this newest rendition of it is pretty good compared to it’s predecessors.
So I saw the Fuji x100 come out and I thought – almost. They almost nailed it, but the fact you can’t change up lenses if you want was a deal breaker. I saw that Fuji had their eye on the ball and were delivering a camera with the Fuji x100 that just plain worked great and took wonderful images.
Well the XPro1 came out and the preliminary reviews were bubbling, I put in my advance order – and then waited 3 months for the camera. I opted for the wide-angle 18mm lens as most of what I will do with this camera will be close up, in doors and in smaller places. I also wanted a small package and the 18 delivers on all those criteria. It is small and it is fast – f2.
So I got the camera and within minutes of putting it together I saw that it was indeed a superior piece of gear and worth keeping even though it’s priced higher than it need be. The images it takes are stunning and below you can get a feel for how I am llking it so far.
Now I know that this model will appeal to a lot of folks the same reason I thought it was slick, killer quality in a small light unobtrusive package… to which I respond – yep – that’s what it is. As I can afford other lenses, I will consider them, but the 18mm is just perfect for what I think I will use this unit for.
What I like, so far:
- knobs & dials for important functions fall easily to hand
- those same knobs & dials can get accidentally moved
- Lens (18mm F2) is tack sharp
- camera is solid and small
- feels good to the hand, quality construction
- no crappy flash
- EVT & OVF switching is cool and useful
- Killer low light crispiness
- Kooky high (an usable) ISO
- Rear LCD is good
- Best of what’s affordable & available
- Packaging is very snazzy
- Great for outdoor shooting
- Macro mode
- Great for deliberate shots
- Histogram on rear LCD
- Colors look really good
What I don’t like, so far:
- Battery life sucks
- Battery meter sucks
- Pricey – it cost $400 too much
- AF capability is mediocre compared to a DSLR
- Rear LCD scratches easily and doesn’t articulate
- Viewfinder doesn’t have an adjustable diopter
- Paint scratches and shows wear
- Battery SD card opening is on bottom (tripod unfriendly)
- Battery charger is one of those two piece deals with a detachable cord, big and goofy
- Battery card door isn’t spring loaded/doesn’t snap shut
- OVF is nearly useless for framing images
- Cant shoot anything moving, slow to focus
- Getting to macro mode is a PITA
- Not weather sealed
- No continual focus when you gun fast exposures
- I don’t care about video, I wish they’d leave it out of a camera like this
What I haven’t played with yet: video, film effect modes, panorama, etc.
I will check back once I have some more mileage under my belt….