Photo Courtesy of FUJIFILM North America
Wow. This is a seriously cool camera. I made a promise to myself to post as little about gear (and more about pictures) as possible since my redesign but I just couldn’t help it. I have always loved the look and feel of rangefinders but have never been satisfied with the “enthusiast compact” digital cameras available. I think that feeling might change. Behold what appears to be the best combination of retro style and modern digital technology I have seen to date. I want one.
Here’s a quick rundown of the most important specs:
- 2/3″ 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor
- An f2.0 to f2.8 lens consisting of 11 glass elements in 9 groups, including 3 aspherical
- An all-metal lens barrel and smooth manual (YES PLEASE!) zoom ring
- Film Simulation Modes including Velvia, PROVIA, and ASTIA (Excited yet?! Wait, what’s film again?)
- 460K dot high contrast LCD screen
- A glass optical viewfinder with a wide 20° viewing angle (That’s right, OPTICAL)
- 0.8 seconds start up time using the on/off power switch built into the lens ring
- P, A, S and M shooting modes accessed through an external dial
- Quick shutter-release lag time of approximately 0.01 seconds
A few more press pictures after the jump.