"Good photos, but some serious flaws"2.5 starson by sv2011
Pros: -Excellent photo quality
-Only enthusiast compact that I know of that can close down to F11
-The best Auto mode on the market
-Very nice lens.
-Being able manually rotate lens
Cons: -Autofocus is seriously flawed. Doesn't work properly half the time.
-Image stabilization is subpar.
-Battery is very small
-White blobs showing in high contrast areas (though mine does not exhibit this.
-Serious lag time when powering up camera
Summary: The Fujifilm X10 is an interesting camera. To my eyes at least, there isn't another enthusiast compact that can match its photo quality. The camera feels very solid and well-made and uses some extremely nice glass. I like that you can manually rotate the lens, it's a nice touch.
It also has a very nice LCD on back. And the viewfinder is better than any of the other enthusiast compacts have. Although still subpar to a DSLR.
The menu system could be better, but it didn't find it so confusing or convoluted that it negatively affected my shooting experience.
To put it bluntly though, overall this camera really irritates the hell out of me when using it. The Autofocus does not work properly half the time. To the point where after a few shots, it start crapping out on almost every other shot (flashes red).
The image stabilization can really be flaky on the X10 as well. I am not sure why that is, but I see no excuse for it in a modern camera such as this.
Another thing that is extremely annoying, is that when using an SD card in the camera (I was using a Class 10 SanDisk card) for some reason the camera takes upwards to 8 seconds to "boot up" and be ready to shoot. Most camera take only a fraction of that time to power-up and be ready for use. This extremely annoying, because my instinct is to shut the camera off when not in use to preserve the life of the small battery. But you're pretty much SOL if you see something moving quickly (ie a deer) and want to get a shot of it. You totally miss the shot because the camera is still taking forever to get its act together.
It sounds to me like Fuji needs a comprehensive firmware update to fix these issues. You can get some absolutely stunning photos from the camera considering its sensor size. But if you are the impatient type and won't tolerate all the flaws that this camera has. I would wait to see if a forthcoming firmware update addresses a lot of the issues this camera before plunking down a rather high $600 for it. If your spending that kind of money anyway, I would consider a Micro 4/3rds camera as well.