Fujifilm X10 – Made in Japan indeed!

It was just this weekend that I was in Pico de Loro thru the graces of my Aunt and I spent a lot of time there getting to know my tripod as well as some quality time with my Lumix. When office resumed Monday I found out that Gary and Ae bought a Fujifilm X10 camera!

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This compact wonder is truly beautiful to behold. From the front with the lens closed, its all black with a classic leather body coat. Here at the front all of the zoom controls and focusing options can be found.

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At the back is the LCD screen, a viewfinder, a navigation click wheel, more controls on both sides, dedicated ones, a control knob for when you’re in shooting position, and a very prominent Made in Japan label right next to the LED indicator.

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Up top we find the name (finally), popup flash, hotshoe, mode dial, exposure dial, function button, and of course the shutter button.

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I got to play with it a little bit and getting used to its dedicated control positioning does require a bit of patience. It has very wide aperture limits for both wide and tele at 2.0 and 2.8 considering its 4x optical zoom of 28-112mm, that should result in very nice bokeh effects across the entire lens spectrum; also worth mentioning is an incredibly high ISO settings which could possibly be set over 12800.

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The sensor on this powerhouse is 2/3rds of a full frame, considerably bigger than the micro 4/3 which is on my GF3. They bagged this at Henry’s for 23,500Php, certainly not bad for a very powerful and versatile compact with a bevy of manual controls. Here it is beside my very own, its a little bit longer but still very compact.

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I’ll probably be witness to some spectacular shots when they come back from their month long Bangkok exodus. Clearly a camera worth considering especially when staying away from full frame DSLRs. Here’s Gary with his new weapon:

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