I’ve been looking for a smaller camera to carry on vacation, camping, and bike trips and finally decided on the Fuji X10. Fuji has been doing incredible things with their mirrorless system for the past few years, quite a few prominent photographers have even permanently given up their DSLR systems for the portability and easy to use cameras and great lenses available for them. The cameras have a distinct style, both in design and in their photos, so I was eager to try it out in a setting I’m familiar with. I met up with Katie and we found one of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen to shoot a few quick portraits and put this little guy through it’s paces.
Things I like about the camera:
- Size – It’s small enough to fit in a pocket and lightweight enough to not notice even after carrying it all day
- Speed – It’s got a great autofocus speed and the lens is nice and fast (f/2 wide open, f/2.8 on the long end)
- Raw – The files from the x10 have a great texture to them. It’s very different from the Canon files I’m used to working with, but in a good way.
- Macro – It has a really great macro mode that is super sharp
- Solid – The body is made mostly of a nice sturdy metal that feels really great
Things I don’t like about the camera:
- Images are very noisy at 1600, 800 is as high as I would go for portraits
- No flash sync, at least with the Cowboy Studio triggers I tried
- Custom settings get wiped every time I change batteries
- Changing the autofocus area requires two hands
Overall, this is a great camera for everyday use when I don’t want to lug around big heavy cameras and lenses. I won’t be worried about it in my bag, and I’ll always have a very capable camera with me. It requires a different approach than shooting with DSLRs, but it provides great results that are easily comparable to the entry level bodies. Here are some of my favorite shots with it from our test shoot: