Features & Controls (cont.)

The back of the X10 has an assortment of controls mounted round the OVF and LCD. The LCD screen itself is of high-quality, thanks to the 2.8-inch display offering a resolution of 460,000 pixels. While 2.8-inches may seem small to 2012 standards, the display's wide aspect gives you plenty of viewing area. I never had one thought while using the X10 that I wished the rear display was larger. While the default brightness settings (0) works well, and the camera does gain up and dial back the brightness when shooting in either dark or bright conditions; you still have 10 brightness adjustment settings available in the Setup menu.

Here we can see a closer look at the controls located on the rear of the camera. On the Left at the very top you can see the flash release and the diopter adjustment for the OVF. Along the left hand side of the LCD we have buttons for Playback, AE (Metering), AF (Focus point), and WB (White Balance). The AE and AF buttons also control the magnify options in Playback mode. On the right of the LCD you can see the rear control wheel, with the AEL/AFL (Auto Exposure / AutoFocus Lock) button. The rear control wheel's operation depends on what exposure mode you are using. In Manual mode it controls the aperture setting, and in playback it cycles through the available screen information options. When pressed inward during playback, it jumps to the highest magnification option for quick, critical inspection of an image.

Next is the 4-way controller, which has shortcut options for Drive/Delete (Up), Flash mode (Right), Self-timer mode (Down), and Macro focus (Left). Mounted around the 4-way is a second control wheel. The operation of this dial depends on the exposure mode you are suing. When shooting in Aperture or Shutter speed priority modes, both dials control the same setting. In Manual mode, this wheel control shutter speed. It can also help you navigate the menus more quickly. In the center of the 4-way you can see the Menu/OK button, which enters the main menu system on the X10, and accepts selections. At the bottom we have the DISP/BACK button, which controls screen content that is overlaid on the LCD and backs up one screen or exits the menu, as well as the RAW button for switching the image format from JPEG to RAW.


On the right hand side of the camera is a hidden compartment that houses the I/O ports. The door clips in place for a secure cover and is held in place by a rubber hinge. At the top is a combination I/O port which handles the USB interface for connecting to you computer or a direct print compatible printer, as well as handles the standard definition AV output (cables included). At the bottom is a Mini HDMI connector for outputting HD content to you computer or HDTV (cable not included).

On the bottom is a port door which hides the Li-ion battery pack and the memory card slot. This slot accepts SD, SDHC, and SDXC type cards, including newer high-speed UHS-1 cards. Here you can see the X10 with our SanDisk Extreme (Class 10) 4GB SDHC card.

Power is supplied by a FujiFilm NP-50, 3.6V 1000mAh, Li-ion battery pack. This unit is charged out of camera thanks to the supplied AC charger and power cord; which also allows you to keep one pack charged and ready while you're using another. Fuji claims that this battery pack will allow you to capture approx. 270 photos with the LCD On, or up to 640 photos with the LCD Off using the optical viewfinder. Fuji also offers an optional AC power adapter (AC-5VX) for those who require a constant power source; like in studio settings, etc.

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