Fujifilm FinePix X100 Features Retro Design, Hybrid Viewfinder

There was no shortage of new digital cameras to see at CES 2011. Fujifilm joined the party and offered up a pre-production demo of its upcoming FinePix X100. Scheduled for an official announcement on February 8th, this camera packs advanced features into a beautifully crafted aluminum chassis. Although its style evokes classic, the X100 introduces a new Hybrid Viewfinder with optical and digital modes.

hybrid viewfinder Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm describes the Hybrid Viewfinder as the first of its kind, providing a high-end "bright frame" optical viewfinder along with an information-rich digital overlay. When operating in this mode, the X100 displays a virtual brightline that adjusts automatically to compensate for parallax.

After shooting, the image is previewed directly in the viewfinder. One touch control also allows switching between digital and optical viewfinder screen modes. Of course the X100 also features a sharp 800x600 2.8 inch LCD display.

Even though the X100 is a light, compact camera, the model is designed to accommodate serious photography. A brand new 23mm f/2.0 Fujinon lens resides in the unit, with a built-in neutral density filter. A nine-bladed aperture makes for smooth bokeh in shallow depth of field, while an external flash can be synced up to 1/4000 shutter speed thanks to the high-speed leaf shutter.

Manual control dials are positioned for ease of use while shooting. Aperture, exposure and shutter speed settings can be seen before switching the camera on, just like film cameras from the past. We're looking forward to seeing more of the FinePix X100 in February, even though the MSRP might sting.

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