Fujifilm Unveils the FinePix X100: A Beautiful Rangefinder-Style Compact

Wow… Fujifilm just unveiled a new EVIL compact camera it’s going to be showing off at Photokina, and it look amazing. The camera is styled like a film rangefinder camera, with a leathery covering surrounding the body and a magnesium alloy top and base plate. Inside the camera is a 12.3 megapixel APS-C sensor that has an ISO range of 200 to 6400 and captures 720p video or stills at 5fps. There’s a 2.8 inch LCD on the back, and a new and innovative hybrid viewfinder that can toggle between electronic and optical modes. The lens is a fixed prime 23mm f/2 Fujinon.

Here’s a view of the back:

Check out the sleek metal dials on top:

The camera ships in early 2011. No word yet on price.

Fujifilm is a company that dropped the ball by letting other companies become the front runners in the camera industry when things went digital, but it looks like they’re doing a good job of getting back on track with this new camera. I bet this is the kind of camera a bazillion film-aficionados have been dreaming about for years.

What are your thoughts?

Update: Looks like this isn’t an EVIL camera with an interchangeable lens system. The lens is fixed to the body. Thanks Miles, for the correction!

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