On the joyful ravings of a good friend, I bought a Fuji X10 and spent the weekend shooting with it and evaluating it.
- I never saw any of the saturation blobs in my photographs that people seem to be so upset about. Just didn't find anything that created them, I guess.
- Overall, the picture quality was excellent but somehow lacking to my eye. Maybe I've gotten spoiled, but even my partner who isn't a photographer at all said, "They look nice. But they're flat, they don't seem to have the look that your other pictures do."
- I find several niggles with the control layout: confusing menus and options, buttons that don't fit my hands or where I expect to reach to use them, an overall feel of too many bits and buttons in too little space for my comfort.
- The manual zoom control and matched, zooming optical viewfinder are certainly very nice. And the viewfinder is pretty good quality. The focusing speed and shot to shot response is very good. Lots of fun imaging effects in it too.
- The 2/3" sensor is very good for providing lots of DoF, but that's also the negative side of the X10 for me: such a small sensor means too little focus zone control for my preferences.
In the end, I couldn't think of a reason why I'd prefer to carry the Fuji X10 instead of my Ricoh GXR other than the availability of a short zoom lens with matched optical finder. That was just not enough. It's a good camera, just not for me.
Back to the dealer it goes.