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hannahntilly

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Peter
I'm getting quite fond of the XF10 as a very portable, high-quality camera. I had to return it for dust spots on the sensor so we'll see if they reappear. However, for about £230, I think it's very good value.
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bartjeej

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I bought one of these in May this year, as my always with me / personal point of view camera that offers considerably better IQ than a smartphone (except for modern phones' excellent HDR modes). The X100 is just too big and heavy to always have with me (I don't always carry a bag, and no jacket for much of the year).

So far, mostly good.
Focusing in good to decent light is fast enough for most situations, although it can get quite horrid in low contrast / low light. User interface could be better, but the twin unmarked dials work a treat. It's small, light enough to hold with three fingers (and a wrist strap) for extended periods, and the lens doesn't telescope as much as the GR, which makes me more confident with keeping it in my pants pocket without toomuchfear of dust. On top of that, it was cheap as chips (275 euros refurbished with 3 year warranty).

The lens cap is a PITA though, and the focus point joystick is set too low for one handed shooting, and feels fiddly to begin with: a larger, more rubbery joystick/pad would be much better. Those are all the downsides though; initially I thought I needed more custom buttons, but for the simple snapshot photography I find myself doing with this camera, two custom buttons is exactly enough: one for snap focus and one for flash, should I ever need it.

Not to mention, the files are awesome. Excellent resolution, fine JPEGs have plenty of latitude for some mild processing in LR should I feel so inclined, but with some choice film sim settings, and the occasional tweak with the in camera raw editor, I've only felt the need to pull a handful of images through LR.

All of these are either Pro Neg Hi (first 5) or Pro Neg Std (last 4), with +1 or +2 shadows, -1 highlights, +1 color, and -4 NR. This way, tone curve, texture and (on Pro Neg Std) saturation are an almost exact match for Classic Chrome, but the colors are delightfully neutral, which I've come to really appreciate. I use this Pro Neg Std recipe for people shots and highly saturated scenes; Pro Neg Hi for scenes that could use a bit more drama while still feeling real.

Without the shadow, highlight and color adjustments, Pro Neg Std would lack bite for me; default Pro Neg Hi would take its place as my people shot profile, but for more punch, I'd need to switch to a profile with more color twists like Classic Chrome, or selective saturation boosts like Provia or Astia. Since the XF10 doesn't allow you to save multiple jpeg settings (like a muted and a boosted version of the same profile / film sim), I'm lucky to like the Pro Neg colors so much :)

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bartjeej

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Just thought of one other downside: DR expansion mode. It's useless. Wayyyyy slower to kick in on Auto than on my OG X100. I know some people complained about earlier models triggering it to soon, but I can barely get it to activate DR200 in the most atrociously contrasty scenes imaginable, and I think DR400 has been removed from Auto entirely. And when it does select DR200 or especially DR400 (the latter manually), it somehow warms up the white balance to make clear skies look like Shanghai smog. Disappointing, as I loved it on the X100.
 
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