Fujifilm FinePix X100

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A surprise announcement from Fujifilm at the Photokina 2010 show became one of the most hotly-anticipated cameras of 2011. The FinePix X100's styling evokes traditional film rangefinder cameras, but at its heart it carries a 12-megapixel APS-C digital sensor. Omitting the zoom lens which most manufacturers thought obligatory, the Fuji has a fixed semi-wide lens of fast f/2.0 aperture and high quality.

Most unusual is the viewfinder system, which has both straight-through optical viewing and a switchable EVF. This can either overlay shooting information on the optical image, or switch to 100% electronic live view. The shutter speed and exposure override wheels are knurled metal; and an aperture setting ring around the lens barrel make handling similar to that of a traditional camera. Even the shutter release button is threaded for a standard mechanical cable release.

A limited edition black premium edition of the camera was announced at CES 2012[1] with a production of 100,000 units. Included in the package is a lens hood, filter, leather case, and presentation box with a numbered certificate.

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  1. Premium compact digital camera “FUJIFILM X100 BLACK Limited Edition” to be launched as a limited release of 10,000 units at Fujifilm Global News Releases

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