A Cure for the Monday’s: Fujifilm’s FinePix X100

It’s Monday. You wake up, shower, get dressed, and head out the door. You’re dreading the next five days as you stand in line waiting for your daily morning pick-me-up. The thought of your boss’ unpleasant stench breath makes your face cringe as you subconsciously take a step back into the guy behind you, who’s also in line waiting for his daily morning pick-me-up. “Sorry.”

You get to work, slide into your chair, open up your email, and then you see it—an RSS feed announcing the development of Fujifilm’s FinePix X100—a cure for the Monday’s.

From Fujifilm’s website:

The FinePix X100 is aimed at the professional photographer or keen enthusiast looking for exceptional quality pictures from a compact camera. It is designed to appeal to the millions of DSLR users who need a slim back-up camera for high quality in-fill shots when the use of a bigger SLR system is either inconvenient or impractical. Or, of course, it can be used as a professional’s only top-end camera, if size and versatility are the primary considerations.

With the goal of creating a camera with the “highest quality possible lens and sensor combination,” the X100 will be fitted with a 23mm f/2 Fujinon fixed lens (equivalent to 35mm), a 12.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS custom sensor, a ISO range of 200 to 6400, and a hybrid viewfinder that allows the operator to choose between an optical viewfinder mode, or an electronic viewfinder mode. Which, according to Fujifilm, gives the user “the best of both worlds.”

And with a rumored selling price somewhere between $1400 and $1750, the X100 is definitely causing me to second guess my unyielding desire to still purchase a Contax T3 or Nikon 35Ti for those tight situations or times when a smaller camera is more ideal than a giant SLR. Yes, some of us still shoot film.

But still, let’s hope that other companies follow Fujifilm’s lead and begin developing their own compact-sized, professional digital cameras with fix lenses—that can be changed out!

Now that’s a feature we would certainly all like to see built into the next generation of these cameras.

For more details and specs, check out Fujifilm’s announcement here.

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