I have owned various cameras, both film and digital point and shoots as well as professional quality Nikon DSLR's for both personal and business use. After years of struggling with all my DSLR gear, or else compromised performance I decided to give the X-10 a go for personal use. As it turns out the X-10 rendered outstanding image quality under numerous lighting conditions, responded quickly in those "spur of the moment" shots, and was very easy to carry around either in a bag, hand or even larger pocket. Absolutely no regrets from either myself nor my wife who less often uses a camera, we were both very pleased. We did bring along a high end waterproof on a recent 5-week trip to Europe and rarely used it as the X-10 was so easy and gave such beautiful images. Further, agreed that there are many great high end cameras out there, however I feel no need to chase the latest and greatest as I believe the X-10 will provide excellent service and reliability and will meet my needs for years to come.
I bought the camera as alternative when I didn't want to carry the full DSLR system. I was amazed at the incredible sharpness of the lens...it out performed my 16-45mm lens on my 14mp DSLR!
Easy access to features such as exposure compensation and manual focus (a bit too easy sometimes!) make this an excellent field camera. I shoot commercially both still and video and I have gotten used to carrying around the X-10 as my still camera when the job is primarily a video project. I have even found I have used the HD video for some b-camera shots with very salable results.
35 years of shooting with a heavy SLR have made me really appreciate my X10. I have had many fine shots with this camera and especially enjoy great hand held pictures in super low light conditions. The view finder is amazing and
I use it about 75% of the time just to remind me of my old SLR.
Good little tag-along camera with excellent lens. I also love the optical viewfinder. Nice little camera with a solid feel and many good and useful features. But controls sensitive to the touch. Light and easy to carry in the pocket or purse.Luckily I also still had some old cable releases, no problem to use for tripod and close-up work. However the manual must have been written by Nerds for Nerds. Who ever came up with the idea not to arrange the index alphabetically but by page numbers?? also why not use a standard filterthread? The available hood-filter attachment is totally useless, the filter if attached does not prevent dust from getting to the front element. Also the use of the optical viewfinder is seriously impaired.
I've had many pocket and SLR cameras and I have found the X10 to fit my needs. It's small enough that I never hesitate to bring it everywhere I go. As a testament to it's magnificent low light shooting capability, I've taken photos of a wild rabbit in my back yard at night, only lit by ambient motion lighting, through a window from a 2nd story window and the X10 allowed me to see the rabbit's eyes in clear detail. Couldn't do that with my SLR or any ultrazoom that I had. Thanks Fuji!
This is the first compact digital camera I have owner where I felt I lose little over a DSLR in terms of image quality and versatility.
The Fuji X10 visually reminds me of the older Leica rangefinders I always lusted over but could never afford or were not practical for my needs.
The lens is fast, sharp as a tack, and a pleasure to zoom with as it is a manual type zoom. Larger CMOS EXR Sensor design. All this adds up to impressive image quality from such a small package.
Optical viewfinder is a nice feature, that is how I am used to shooting and never liked composing and shooting from a screen.
Ability to have control over most functions is excellent.
I do wish that the auto bracketing of exposure had a greater range as this would be more useful for HDR. Menu system/controls could be a bit more intuitive but once you learn it, it is OK.
Metal body gives the impression ( hope I am right ) that this camera is very durable and will serve me well for many years, which is more than I can say about most products you buy these days.
All and all I love shooting with this camera when I don't want to lug my DSLR and it fits reasonably well into pants pockets
( no tight jeans, please) or a small case you can attach to your belt.
Other cameras I was considering had some features that made their product even more versatile but the X10 is so unique in design and execution that it feels "special" and not typical mass market.
This is one of only a few cameras I have owned that I love showing off to other friends who are into photography because it is so unique and truly a breakthrough design for a relatively small digital camera. Well done, Fuji!