Last weekend, I had some of my friends come over and watched the first NFL games of the 2018-2019 season. It was nice having people bring their own food: wings, desserts, and drinks and enjoying the company with the games on.
We took a lot of photos together. My wife told me that she uploaded at least 300 images when she was trying to send the photos to the group. I wasn’t surprised because I recently purchased Fujifilm X100F Digital camera at Best Buy. Okay. That’s not true. I bought it but I am not 100% sure if I want to keep it. I want to play around with it at least one more week to make my final decision.
However, I want to share with you some of my thoughts on this camera so far. I am hoping that I will be able to see some of the pros and cons clearly as I write them down. Let me start with the product highlights.
The camera has the followings. You may not find them that great but these are the reasons why I bought it at the Best Buy store.
– 24.3 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III Sensor. (images are very detailed)
– Hybrid Optical and Electronic Viewfinder (easy access to the photos I took)
– Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps. (kids videos)
I don’t know much about these features but these are available in the camera as well.
– Parallax-Correct Electronic Rangefinder
– 3.0” 1.04m-Dot LCD Monitor
– X-Processor Pro Image processor
– 91-Point AF with 49 Phase-Detect Points
– Extended ISO 51200, Shooting to 8 fps
Like I mentioned there are many features I like about this camera. But seriously many cameras have same features these days. The main thing for me was the design how Fujifilm implemented in this series. The features are all modern, top-notch, and digital ones. But the design of the camera is very old school. It looks like an analog 35mm film camera. I will discuss about its unique film camera feature (which it has!) I will focus on the design first. The design is pretty remarkable. It feels just right. What I mean is that the camera feels like a sturdy camera. I get that people now these prefer having a compact camera and make things smaller and smaller. But I am not a big fan of it. Camera should feel like camera – sturdy, durable, and little bit ‘heavy’. Don’t get me wrong. This is not a heavy camera. It just feels rugged and feels like it can be dropped anywhere and it should be fine.
This one has a built-in Fujinon 23mm f/2 lens. This lens is a general wide-angle 35mm equivalent focal length. Like I mentioned, the camera takes very similar 35mm film style photos with the details. Thanks to the high-resolution MP, this camera has both of the film & digital features. The auto focus helps the camera to use the best light exposure. The simple point & shoot feature is so easy that anyone can use it without thinking too much about all different features to take great photos. The shutter is super quick. So far I haven’t had any issue of taking photos and none of the photos came out blurry. Going back to the film camera features, this camera specifically has a mode called, Film Simulation Mode(s). This is really cool. It mimic the look and feel of some of that old classic film types. A classic chrome mode delivers a solid soft tone with a deep color reproduction film images. It really looks like the old photos when I took in the 80s. I guess it can be a personal choice, but I like my photos bright and bring out that old traditional yellow, green, red/black, and white contrasts. My wife and I like printing the images that look classic and put them on our wall. This brings the images look more special.
The only down side is the cost. It’s super expensive. My wife’s jaw dropped when I showed her the receipt of this camera. She is not happy – let’s just put it that way. I can’t disagree though. It is very expensive for a camera. I guess I need to consider that as my factor to keep this camera.
Like I said, I want to give it a try one more week and make the decision. Hope I can come up with the decision sooner than later.
[Update will be provided later this month]