Features & Controls
This X10's newly designed 4x manual zoom lens boasts an equivalent zoom range of 28 - 112mm, along with an impressive wide open aperture range of f/2.0 - f/2.8. This all glass lens is made up of 11 elements (with 3 aspherical glass molded lenses) in 9 groups, and also features ED lenses and Super EBC coating for sharp, aberration free images. Fuji claims the lens works in conjunction with the EXR processor to assure high resolution across the entire zoom range. The fast f/2.0-f/2.8 maximum aperture range not only increases the X10's low light abilities, but in conjunction with the 7-blade aperture diaphragm, it helps the camera produce very please bokeh effects. The zoom ring is not only manually operated, but it also acts as the power switch. You can see the Off position in the photo above, which also locks the lens in its most compact of forms.
On top of this powerful sensor and lens combination, Fuji has also incorporated a new optical image stabilization system into the X10. It uses true OIS, lens-shift technology by shifting 5 elements in the lens. This system is designed to help greatly reduce the effects of camera movement when shooting with the telephoto end of the zoom, or in low light situations where shutter speeds are slower.
On the front of the camera, just to the right of the lens is the AF mode switch. This is just within reach of your left hand when operating the zoom, and has options for AF-S (Single), AF-C (Continuous), and MF (Manual Focus). The X10 uses a TTL contrast detection AF system, and there is a built-in AF assist lamp to help the camera "see" in marginal lighting.
- Normal - Wide : Approx. 50 cm / 1.6 ft. to infinity; Telephoto : Approx. 80 cm / 2.6 ft. to infinity
- Macro - Wide : Approx. 10 cm - 3.0 m / 0.3 ft. - 9.8 ft.; Telephoto : Approx. 50 cm - 3.0 m / 1.6 ft. - 9.8 ft.
- Super Macro - Approx. 1.0 cm - 1.0 m / 0.4 in. - 3.3 ft
Here we have the X10's built-in, pop-up flash; and you can see the front lens of the optical viewfinder selector. The X10 employs a Super Intelligent TTL Flash, meaning the camera automatically adjusts for any sized object and any low-light situation for the best image quality possible. The camera will also accept an optional TTL flash units when more power is needed.
- Red-eye removal set to Off: Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
- Red-eye removal set to On: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.
Effective range at ISO AUTO (800) :
- Wide : Approx. 30 cm - 7.0 m / 0.9 ft. - 22.9 ft.
- Telephoto : Approx. 50 cm - 5.0 m / 1.6 ft. - 16.4 ft.
The X10 boasts an eye-level, zoom viewfinder that keeps the view in line with the focal length of the zoom lens. It offers 85% frame coverage, and a diopter adjustment of --3.5 - +1.5 m-1(dpt). Due to its off center position and 85% field of view, the image you see in the viewfinder will always look a bit different than the image you capture. Unlike past X-series cameras, the X10 does not offer the unique hybrid viewfinder like we saw on the X100.
On top of the camera you can see the flash hidden inside the body on the left, the hot shoe, mode dial, shutter release, Fn (Function) button, and the Exposure compensation dial. The Exposure compensation dial is handy, however we found it was very easy to bump or accidentally move the dial; as can be seen in the photo above, as the EV Comp is set to -1/3EV, which was not intentional.
The mode dial has positions for EXR Auto. Auto, Adv. (Advanced), SP (Scene Position), Movie, Custom 1 and 2, Manual, Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority, and Program AE.
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