New addition to the camera family

My precious D90 was just turned in yesterday for repairs at the Nikon store in Ginza, and it will be out of commission for the next 3 weeks. 🙁

However, I can't be without a camera that long – not after initiating the 366 project which starts on January 1st! So, knowing that I would have to be without my D90 for a while, I splurged a bit on myself and ordered a Fuji X10 on the 23rd and it arrived on Christmas day 🙂

I haven't actually taken many photos with it yet, though when I stepped out yesterday to drop by the office and the Nikon service center, I snapped a few shots along the way. The X10 is remarkably full-featured, and certainly gives more control that your typical point-and-shoot. From my (very) brief use of it, what I like are:

– Fast F2.0 lens
– Great selection of manual options, from ISO, shutter speed, specific focus point, and more
– Easily accessible menu options
– Small form factor (too big for pants pocket, but will slip in a jacket)
– Super quiet – the shutter "click" is whisper silent

– Manual focus is quite crappy
– Battery life is not great (main reason I didn't take more photos yesterday)
– Even though menu items are easily accessible, they're not always necessarily intuitive

Overall, I'm pretty happy with it. I wanted a camera with NO interchangeable lenses – don't need it, since I already have a great DSLR. I also wanted something relatively small, that I could carry with me every day, to make it easier for me to stick to my 366 project. Finally I wanted something with decent macro capabilities since I don't have a macro lens for my D90. The X10 fulfilled all those requirements nicely.

My only main gripe so far is how quickly the battery drained – I'm used to my D90 being able to last a whole day (without video) or at least take a thousand shots or so, but the X10 barely got 200+ photos before the battery died.

As a result, I've bought a spare battery, and that should cover all my needs. I definitely need to familiarize myself a lot more with the menu layout and the camera features (my manual was in Japanese, so I've had to resort to reading the English PDF version online).

Below are a few shots, straight out of camera (aside from the shot of the X10 itself, which I cropped and brightened a bit).

In album X10 miscellaneous snapshots (10 photos)

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  • December 27, 2011 - 08:34 | Permalink

    I hear it's a great little camera. I'm sure you'll have lots of fun "playing" with it.

  • December 27, 2011 - 08:54 | Permalink

    I think this purchase was a great idea. I very good tool to have in the camera bag/pocket, especially given the 366 project.

  • December 27, 2011 - 09:24 | Permalink

    Merry Christmas to you indeed 😀 Looking forward to your pics with this little gadget!

  • December 27, 2011 - 10:47 | Permalink

    366 project idea: write a review of this camera!

  • December 27, 2011 - 12:18 | Permalink

    I already am +Thomas Paris 🙂

  • December 27, 2011 - 12:19 | Permalink

    +Jeff Austin , yes, I don't regret the purchase one bit – perhaps there are other/better point-and-shoots out there, but this should do quite well. What kind of information (beyond the pros/cons I've currently observed) are you looking for in a review?

  • December 27, 2011 - 12:20 | Permalink

    Thanks +Joanne Yu 🙂

  • December 27, 2011 - 14:02 | Permalink

    +Jeff M I guess anything you like. Some reviews can be quite technical while others being more about the reviewers experience with the camera. Being well versed in the former I always like to read the latter. My guess is that after using this camera for a while you will find things to share about it above and beyond the pros and cons you listed.

  • December 27, 2011 - 14:32 | Permalink

    Alright +Jeff Austin , I'll see what I can do 🙂
    Not really familiar with writing up reviews, but will see about a follow-up "opinion/thoughts" bit regarding my experience with the X10.

  • December 28, 2011 - 03:57 | Permalink

    Cool! I hope you enjoy your new toy tool! 🙂 I have been considering myself some options to carry with me at all times but haven't decided yet. I want something smaller than my dslr but the shutter lag of most of compact cameras just drive me nuts! ????

  • December 28, 2011 - 04:00 | Permalink

    I understand completely about the shutter lag +Edwin Zapata . The X10 is pretty good, but there is a very tiny lag nonetheless as it focuses. I'll have to play around a bit more to see if I can reduce that…

  • December 31, 2011 - 10:51 | Permalink

    +Jeff M Good luck with your X10! In these days something wrong with my D90, too. AF doesn't work or very slow… I've been waiting for D800!

  • December 31, 2011 - 10:56 | Permalink

    +Hidehiko Sakashita , me too!! (waiting for D800). I'm just hoping it won't be too expensive…

  • December 31, 2011 - 11:40 | Permalink

    In January?

  • December 31, 2011 - 13:11 | Permalink

    +Jeff Austin , supposedly new Nikon announcements in January, yes. But whether it's the D4 or the D800 (or both) I'm not sure.

  • December 31, 2011 - 13:19 | Permalink

    If its one then the other is not to far off.

  • December 31, 2011 - 17:20 | Permalink

    Are you looking to getting the D800 as well +Jeff Austin ?

  • December 31, 2011 - 19:21 | Permalink

    That all depends. I am quite happy now, but it is about time for a big development. So we will have to wait and see.

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