Valhalla, N.Y. -
introduced Thursday another point-and-shoot targeted at advanced photographers -- the X10 features a new 2/3-inch 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor and 4x manual telephoto zoom.
The X10, which joins the
similarly developed X100 but with a smaller sensor than the APS-C sized imager
in the X100, incorporates a Fujinon F2.0 wide-angle to F2.8 4x manual telephoto
zoom lens (28-112mm) with a proprietary Super Electron Beam Coating (EBC) for
high edge to edge sharpness.
Shipping in the November at a price to be announced later, the X10 keeps the retro look of the X100 with a trim and refined blackout design that incorporates a traditional optical viewfinder supporting a 20-degree field of view.
The camera is said to be lightweight and made of die-cast magnesium alloy. It includes an upper control deck and mode dials.
The 4x manual zoom lens ring doubles as an on/off power switch, for fast start up.
The intelligent EXR CMOS sensor is said to automatically select the optimum shooting mode from a total of 99 different variations to capture every type of scene perfectly, even in the most difficult photography situations.
Shooting modes include the following:
â€¢ Signal to Noise (SN) offers high sensitivity and low noise image capture for night shooting or indoor situations with poor lighting.
â€¢ Dynamic Range (DR) delivers an increased dynamic range (up to 1600 percent) for rich gradations and detail in both shadows and highlights.
â€¢ High Resolution (HF) uses the 12 megapixel sensor to reproduce the fine detail.
The camera will shoot up to 7 frames per second at the full 12 megapixel resolution (L size), and 10 frames per second at the reduced resolution M size.
The camera boasts a shutter-release lag time of approximately 0.01 seconds.
A newly developed Optical Image Stabilization system reduces motion blur by maximizing sensor performance, and a 49-point matrix contrast auto focus system.
The X10's lens has macro shooting capability for shots as close as 1cm. The wide 7-blade aperture is said to generates a high quality soft-focus "bokeh" effect.
The camera includes a 2.8-inch 460,000 dot LCD screen, and will capture images in RAW format of JPEGs. In-camera RAW processing is provided along with SilkyPix RAW conversion software (supplied in the box).
Video is captured in up to Full HD 1080p resolution, and a manual pop-up flash is added with a range of up to 23 feet.
An electronic horizon leveling gauge ensures level horizons and architectural shots.
The camera also adds a Motion Panorama 360 degree shooting feature.
Fujifilm is also offering a number of optional accessory items for the X10 including a retro-style case (LC-X10), lens hood (LH-X10), and TTL Flashes - EF-20 (Guide Number:20) and EF-42 (Guide Number:42).