First images of the Fujifilm X20 leaked online at Digicame.info, more specs (Hybrid AF) revealed.

From the low-res images we can see that the Fujifilm X20 closely matches the X10. Not much is known of its feature set, besides the Hybrid AF and the added body color option of course. Rumors include an updated sensor(x-trans), a higher resolution rear screen, AF speed improvements and a focus peaking feature.

Mike Johnston (The Online Photographer) finally, FINALLY, picks his camera of the year, shows that this year almost everybody agrees on which camera it should be.

No, we won't spoil it, coz we at Estiasis love Mike, and we want youto head over to TOP and read his award rant that circles mostly around American football:

""Best of" awards have always annoyed me because of a principle I'm highly aware of, yet which doesn't, to my knowledge, have a name. Namely: the closer to equal two things are, the less important it should be to rank them, but the more important it seems to be to humans to do so. So if two DACs (digital to analogue converters) are almost indistinguishable . . . read more

Photo rumors roundup of what to expect from Canon, Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, Nikon and Sony at CES 2013: Except for Fujifilms 'x' replacements, mostly point and shoot digicams as usual.

Fujifilm x20 and x200 as well as Nikon 1 J3 are expected at CES 2013

"Fujifilm will announce 5 new FinePix cameras: 3 super zooms, one rugged model and 0ne "regular" compact camera. The top of the line superzoom (pictured above) is rumored to have a very fast AF. I still do not have reliable information about a potential X10 or X100 replacement, but those two cameras are still a possibility.

Olympus will probably announce 6 new point and shoot cameras: 3 rugged models and 3 super zoom cameras (with 24x- . . . read more

Thom Hogan's Serious camera of the year award goes to the Olympus E-M5, Thom explains why it was hard to choose between the OM-D and the Fuji X-E1.

Olympus E-M5, voted as serious camera of the year by Thom Hogan.

This is a Sans Mirror award, so, fans of mirrors and smoke please look elsewhere. Thom's nominees include the Sony NEX-6, the Panasonic GH3, and the Fujifilm X-E1:

"The E-M5's image quality is good enough that it basically replaced my Nikon D7000 (DX DSLR) as my hike-deep-into-the-backcountry camera. Why? Because I gave up nothing terribly significant in the sensor, but lost weight and size while gaining some exceptional small lenses (Note to Nikon: please get off your butt and make some more, and better, DX . . . read more

Latest Capture one beta vs Lightroom on Fuji X-Trans raw conversion: Two steps forward and one step back.

A user at the Serious Compacts forum has posted raw conversion samples from the latest Capture one beta that is supposed to relieve Fujifilm owners of X-Trans cameras from SilkyPix hell. The results are encouraging, but not in all cases:

"This evening I installed Phase One Capture One 7.0.2 beta and ran some test with Fuji X-Trans RAW files in comparison with Adobe's Lightroom 4.2. The test was simple, I grabbed an existing RAF file, imported and exported it in LR4.2 and . . . read more

Fujifilm XF1 review at Digital Versus: Like its competitors, it's no match for the Sony RX100 in the expert compact market, but it's an original camera with plenty of character to help it stand out.

The XF1 lens is a nice surprise. At wide-angle, it does a respectable job.

"The most original thing about the XF1 is its mechanical zoom, as this isn't something you see often in a compact camera. Back at the beginning of 2012, the Fuji X10 was the only one on the market! But a mechanical zoom has several advantages. First of all, you can change focal length as quickly or as slowly as you like. Plus, you can line up shots in the frame with greater precision, as you can stop zooming exactly where you want to (not where the electronic motor thinks you want to). A mechanical zoom can also help save battery life. It's pretty hard to imagine a mechanical zoom on an ultra-compact camera, as the control ring needs to be pretty chunky to make it easy enough to use. This in turn pushes up a . . . read more

Resolution (And moire) comparison test between the Sony NEX-7, NEX-5R, Fuji X-E1, Panasonic G5 and Olympus E-M5 at Dslr-Check.

Test resolution Panasonic DMC-G5 versus OM-D NEX7 XE1 and NEX5R

Two things are amazing about this comparison: First, the amount of detail these small sensors can resolve nowadays. And second, how susceptible they have become to moire due to weak or absent antialiasing filter. There are full sized samples from each camera, a bit further down the page, one for a jpeg straight from the camera and another jpeg converted from Lightroom. Oh, there's another amazing thing, the amount of screw-ups Google translator can do on a simple page as this: . . . read more

Roger Cicala asks Santa to bring gifts to his favorite camera and lens manufacturers, notes that Sigma and Tamron have both been very nice kids this year.

"Nikon: I’m asking for a lot here, Santa, but ‘tis the season to help those in need.

First, if you could fit a quality control department in the sleigh that would be lovely.

Also, could you bring Nikon USA a reasonable Factory Service Center, too? If that’s not possible, then I’ll go ahead and ask you to bring them some customers in 2014 or so, because they’ll be needing new customers about then. And . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 review by Thom Hogan at Sans Mirror: If you're into Leica lenses, the X-E1 is like the X-Pro1: with the Fujifilm M-mount adapter and the built-in lens corrections, these X-Trans cameras are the best crop sensor Leica M-mount option out there

After Diglloyd, Thom Hogan is the second one of the 'heavy guns' reviewers to discover serious image quality issues on the X-E1. But Their opinion is contrasted by the myriad of others, some of which swear by this camera, and many of them have the images to back up their claim. So, who's right and who's wrong? Are Diglloyd and Hogan just nitpicking, or is their point of reference too far removed from the X-E1 league? Thom has been surrounded by High-end Nikons for decades, and Diglloyd, well, some dub him a Leica fanatic.

Ultimately it is up to one's individual eye and taste to decide what's really good and worthy. Also of note, the image quality issues refer mostly to RAW files, a known fact since most of the top players (Adobe, Apple, Acdsee, Phase one, DXO) in the image processing field have proper-or any support for Fuji's raw format: . . . read more

DP Review Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras roundup: Canon PowerShot G15 vs Canon PowerShot S110 vs Fujfilm X10 vs Fujifilm XF1 vs Nikon Coolpix P7700 vs Olympus XZ-2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Samsung EX2F vs Sony RX100

"If you're looking for a balance of size, image quality (even in low light) and direct control, we'd recommend taking a long hard look at the Sony Cyber-shot RX100, the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7. The Sony RX100's 20MP sensor gives it an advantage when it comes to resolution and the size of the sensor keeps it competitive in low light. There are some compromises to be made in terms of size and lens range but these models offer a compelling degree of versatility, especially if this will be your only camera. . . . read more

Pop Photo camera of the year: Canon 5D Mark III. Runner up(s): Nikon D800 and Sony SLT A-99. Honorably Mentions: Fujifilm X-pro1 and Olympus E-M5.

Since there's no entry in my lexicon for 'camera of the year methodology' will refrain from a rant flood, and pass you on to the article, as the Pop Photo editors explain the why and how of the whole thing:

"2012 proved a truly great year for cameras. In the wake of 2011’s devastating tsunami in Japan and flooding in Thailand, camera manufacturers released nearly two years’ worth of terrific models in 2012, all within a span of eight months.

But our Camera of the Year choice came down to just three real finalists—the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, the Nikon D800, . . . read more

Olympus OMD EM-5 vs Fujifilm X-E1 comparison review by Lindsay Dobson: You can't compare the incomparable, each camera is good on its own merit. Also: Many gorgeous images!

When speed is important, or RAW shooting, I grab my OMD.

"So how do I feel about my new cameras? Well I’m delighted with both of them, but for different reasons. I was more or less able to predict how the XE1 would perform based on my ownership and love for my existing X cameras and my familiarity with the brand. But the OMD was something of a revelation, I really didn’t expect a micro 4/3 camera to produce images which were often difficult to distinguish from those of the Fuji, even in low light.

There really is very little between them. Fuji grain is quite fine and the images are very smooth, but you really only . . . read more

The Gritty Monkey reviews the Fujifilm X-E1, pits it against the Sony NEX-7 and Olympus E-M5, ends up choosing the smelliest one.

"So why the Fuji X-E1 then?

- This might sound crazy to a lot of people, but one of the first reasons why I ended up choosing the X-E1 is because that camera just looks beautiful. It smells like photography, It’s like it’s calling you to take it with you and go shoot something! Whether ugly tools are as good as nice looking ones to craft beautiful art is a tough question, I’ll leave it up to you  All I know is that the form of this camera is almost inspiring.
- I love the dedicated dials to set the shutter speed and exposure compensation, and the aperture settings directly on
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Fujifilm X-E1 review at DPReview updated, iso noise charts and early impressions posted: Retaining the X-pro1 image quality in a compact and more responsive body can only end well.

"We've had our hands on a production X-E1 for a few weeks now, and our first impressions are that Fujifilm's promises aren't idle. Autofocus is quicker and more-responsive, and the 'feel' of manual focus has certainly been improved. We're not convinced it can yet match the very best of its mirrorless peers, but Fujifilm has made a step in the right direction, and that has to be applauded. Even more laudable is that fact that existing X-Pro1 owners got all the same benefits when firmware version 2.0 was made available. . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 with the Fujinon XF 18-55 mm 1:2.8-4 OIS lens reviewed at Digital Versus: Impeccable image quality and a fantastic zoom lens, but AF speed and interface needs improvements.

"It's no surprise to see that the X-E1 handles noise just like the X-Pro1, shooting impeccable-quality images up to 3200 ISO. Shots taken at 6400 ISO can still feasibly be used too. At 12800 ISO (only available in Jpeg mode), noise becomes a bit more visible, but an 8" x 12" print (20 x 30 cm) will still hold up well with a good level of detail in the shot. All in all, Fuji has done a great job here.
The good news is that the lens is incredibly good! In fact, for taking wide-angle photos, you're better off using the X-E1
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DSLR-Check (Japan) runs the Nikon D800E, Fuji X-E1, Nikon D3200, Sony NEX-6, and Olympus E-M5 through ISO noise tests with interesting results.

Clearly the D800E outresolves all others, at any iso sattings, even base iso. However, the interesting thing is how close all the other entries are to each other. This test appear to be in no way scientific, so take it with a grain of noise salt. Click on the chart to see it in full resolution. Here's what Google pransklate has to say:

"The fact that even with only (it almost single-focus) lens angle of view of the standard, personally, but there can be no choice as X mount status quo, because the problem is almost the only lens lineup this happens, fast I just want you to . . . read more

Fujifilm XF1 review at DPS: How do you turn this thing on? (A.K.A: how do you write a proper review?)

"After a swag of complex, interesting and somewhat challenging digicams passed over my review desk, I felt I deserved a holiday. So I fell upon this new, aluminium-bodied Fujifilm model as an example of what you can find out there: small, pocketable, easy to use, yet with a smallish zoom range … but with a very fast lens.

It’s easy to get blasé in this business and sometimes I don’t immerse myself deeply enough in the press guff that . . . read more

Gizmodo chooses the 10 most important cameras of the year, proves that apparently they slept through a great part of it.

Yes, we know. Choosing the top 10 in a hallmark year like the 2012 was, is not an easy task. But for heaven's sake, when some of the cameras (like the Sony RX1 and RX100) have been hailed by most reviewers and people in the know as truly outstanding, you ought to include at least one of them. And speaking of Sony, what's the deal with preferring the NEX-5R over the NEX-6? And why, oh why include a half-baked experiment like the Lytro light field crapmera?

It is a known fact that Gizmodo was hit with an outage lasting some 7-8 days following hurricane Sandy, but no cameras were released during those days. And Sandy can't explain why they chose to include digicams like the Canon S110, a minor update to previous year's not-so-hot S100. Other notable omissions: The Fujifilm E-X1 (and affordable and modern AF version of the X-Pro1), and Panasonic GH3. Anyway, criticism is easy, so let's keep it at that, and . . . read more

Diglloyd: Fujifilm X-E1 Has the Same Fractal-Like Artifacts as the X-Pro1, despite color and overall image quality being exceptionally pleasing.

The entire image suffers. Fabrics and similar suffer from severe problems

"I reported on problematic X-Pro1 artifacts back in September (and in my original review). This problem remains in the X-E1, and it is one of the few rare cases where the image quality must be rated as unacceptable and unusable. The cause and what is to blame do not matter, but the results do. The crop below is actual pixels— it has not been resized or altered after RAW conversion (in ACR). It has been sharpened, but that does not create the problem, it only makes it more obvious.

Observe that some types of detail are fairly normal looking (ruler marks, eyes, skin, lips), but that the hair and green woven . . . read more

Fujifilm Finepix X-F1 review at Photoxels: Highly recommended, despite some minor complaints.

FujiFilm XF1  brown, front.

"his pocketable camera boasts a clean design yet provides enough controls for the important functions. A Mode dial, 2 command dials and a manual zoom ring add to the tactile pleasure of using the XF1. There are lots of customizable buttons for setting up the camera to the way you like to shoot. The manual 4x FUJINON optical zoom (25-100mm equivalent 35mm format) lens has a bright F1.8 aperture at the wide-angle focal length and geatures optical image stabilization to reduce camera shake. . . . read more

Fujifilm Finepix X-E1 review at Cnet.asia: Excellent image quality that comes with a steep price, and also, some AF speed and accuracy issues.

Fujifilm X-E1 front right, black, flash raised.

"Users can expect the best noise-free images from ISO 100 all the way to 800. From ISO 1,600, some noise starts to creep into images but details remain intact. When you venture beyond ISO 3,200, quality is still pretty good although you'll notice a scattering of grain. ISO 12,800 was the tipping point for us. We were quite impressed by the X-E1's lowlight performance and we think that shutterbugs who enjoy shooting in ambient light such as dark interiors would enjoy using this camera. . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 Review at Digital Photography School: Another exceptional Fuji X-mount camera, too bad about the non-tilting rear screen.

Fujifilm X-E1 silver, top side.

"Movies in Full HD 1920×1080 can be shot. While the AF seems to function quite well in movie mode you can’t shoot stills mid video. An unexpected joy (for this film born and bred feller) is the aperture ring set into the lens: as you roll it around, it’s a joy (with the 18-55mm zoom anyway) to see the lens aperture shrink down to f22! How many digicams will allow you that pleasure!
As with some other models, the XE-1 can shoot high quality motion panorama stills, sized up to 5120×1440 pixels. It’s an
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Fujifilm Finepix X-E1 review at TrustedReviews:

Fujifilm X-E1 black, no lens, sensor exposed.

"While it might be tempting to think of the X-E1 as a stripped back X-Pro1, that does it something of a disservice in that the X-E1 is a great camera in its own right. Gifted with the same premium grade construction and finish, the X-E1 feels more refined and balanced than it’s more expensive sibling. While some may lament the removal of the hybrid viewfinder found in the X-Pro1, the truth is that the X-E1’s sharper, crisper EVF more than makes up for this, though the rear screen remains, at 2.8in and 460k-dots, somewhat underpowered for a camera of this price. Our only other issue is the . . . read more

Fujinon Super EBC XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens review at Photo Review

On the X-E1 body the review lens provides fast, quiet and smooth auto focusing, while also handling smoothly for manual focusing. It was possible to focus very accurately in manual mode, particularly with the viewfinder, although the monitor was also usable, despite its relatively low resolution. Subjective assessments of test shots showed them to be sharp across most of the frame. Image stabilization was reliable for up to three stops and able to be pushed a further stop (or more) if you're prepared to tolerate some misses.
Imatest showed it to be capable of matching – and at times exceeding – expectations for the X-E1's 16-megapixel sensor, with best performance between one and three f-stops smaller than the maximum aperture. The graph below shows the results of our Imatest tests at the four indicated focal lengths.
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Fujifilm finepix X-E1 review at What Digital Camera UK: "Α camera that looks the part, handles well and delivers images beyond what its price may suggest."

Fujifilm Finepix X-E1 black/silver front, no lens.

"Similar in size to the X100, and combined with a similar premium finish that won over so many fans to Fujifilm's retro-inspired compact, the X-E1 manages to feel more refined and balanced as soon as you pick it up compared to the rather chunky X-Pro1. And while it forgoes the smart Hybrid viewfinder of the X-Pro1, the payback is the sharper, crisper EVF in the X-E1 that more than makes up for this, though you could feel a little short-changed with the fairly underwhelming rear screen. . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 review at Ephotozine: Styling from the past with a modern feature set, but lenses are few and overpriced.

Fujifilm X-E1 black, front, no lens with visible sensor.

"The Fujifilm X-E1 is more compact than the X-Pro1, and also 100g lighter, but it is still quite a large camera, and feels extremely well built. Focus speed and responsiveness is good, and the camera takes excellent photos with extremely impressive noise performance, with a good 18-55mm kit lens with built in optical image stabilisation. Although the price is still quite high compared to the competitors with many of them available for less money with kit lens. The X-E1 is available for £729 body only, which is good value for money, however, each Fujinon lens available is around £425+ so the . . . read more

Fujifilm X-F1 review at the Tech Radar: small sleek and sexy.

"Images straight from the camera need little editing, with bright, but not overly vibrant, colours. There's lots of options to get creative, with film simulation modes and art filters. Unlike many other cameras, you can also shoot in raw format when shooting in these modes, leaving you with a clean image to work with should you choose to."

Fujifilm X-F1 review at Photoreview.com au: This little beauty almost hits the top score.

FujiFilm XF1  brown, rear side.

"We measured an average capture lag of 0.25 seconds, which reduced to less than 0.1 seconds with pre-focusing. It took 2.1 seconds, on average to process each JPEG file and 2.8 seconds for each RAF.RAW file and 3.1 seconds for each RAW+JPEG pair. Shot-to shot times averaged 1.1 seconds without flash and 3.5 seconds with. In the SH speed continuous shooting mode, the camera recorded 10 frames at 2816 x 2112 pixels in 1.1 seconds. The H speed setting recorded 10 full-resolution images in 2.5 seconds. The M speed setting recorded 10 frames in 2.7 seconds and the L speed setting . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 review at PhotographyBlog: Where did the noise go?

"The X-E1 delivers exactly the same excellent image quality as its big brother. Noise is noticeable only by its almost complete absence throughout the ISO range of 100-25,600, while the Dynamic Range function helps to boost contrast and detail. The new 18-55mm lens is also worthy of mention, with the fast maximum apertures . . . read more

Fujifilm Finepix X-F1 review by Ming Thein: Not for those that seek the best image quality in a compact camera.

"The overall impression one gets of the XF1 is a positive one. It has some endearing quirks – the mechanical zoom, for the most part – some less endearing ones (control idiocy and mode confusion) – but what really impresses are the quality of the JPEGs. And if you need something pocketable that delivers great results without too much effort – albeit without as high ultimate image quality potential as something that has a malleable raw file – then this is probably the camera for . . . read more

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