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  1. Khürt L. Williams
    April 11, 2020 @ 2:50 am

    Sigh. Here we are again. If you truly believe that the general public is quite happy with the results from a smartphone then why do you keep on wishing that the camera manufacturers would make a better compact camera? It would be a product without a market as you’ve already admitted that consumers are quite happy with smartphones. You’ve already admitted that the smartphones will continue to improve.

    Perhaps Nikon and Canon and the others should understand this: with cellphone cameras getting better and better, and increasing restrictions on air travel, weight is becoming a determinant. There’s a whole generation now out there that _doesn’t_ use cameras at all, and prides itself on the quality of its cellphone photography.

    Exactly. So why would Nikon/Canon/Fuji/Sony et. al invest research dollars into creating a product when the target marks “prides itself on the quality of its cellphone photography”? If the device in the pocket of already meets the needs of the many, if the IQ expectations are being met, then why try to market a bulkier product that does less?

    Lightweight cameras like the Fuji X10 are not the future. No matter how much you want it to be. The market is already voting with their money.

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  2. runbei
    April 11, 2020 @ 2:50 am

    Gosh, Gautam, these are beautiful photos! Thank you very much. I’m a fan of the Wolfcrow YouTube channel and its highly intelligent, thoughtful and engaging high-end video topics by fellow Mumbai resident Sareesh Sudhakaran. But I digress – your photos are a revelation. I’ll be looking at the X10 series because I was forced to become a Fuji expatriate due to work (now Canon FF) and still love Fuji for lots of things. So, thank you again for opening our eyes. And again, beautiful work!

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  3. Robert Huntley
    May 1, 2020 @ 10:25 pm

    The X10 introduced me to the Fujifilm system, leading me to the XE-1, the XE-2 and now the XE-3. I later also owned the X30 for travel, which was a wonderful camera, all the small-size advantages of the X10 with a better viewfinder with the EVF. It’s too bad that Fujifilm has abandoned this line of cameras. Technology has indeed passed the X30. My XE-3 is a wonderful camera and the one I use the most. With the 27mm pancake lens, it is somewhat compact but not as pocketable as the X30 and not as versatile with the fixed-focal-length lens. So when I travel these days, I’ve had to go to the Sony R100 line for a photographic companion.

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  4. john
    July 11, 2020 @ 10:23 pm

    I enjoyed reading this article, thank you. I too have a Fuji x100 and bought one when they first came out. I have often wondered if I should change it for something more advanced with a bigger sensor. But I’m only a snapper. You take much better pictures than I do. The proof that the camera is still capable of excellent results are your photos. You just don’t need the latest technological marvel. And definitely the photos it produces are very good for what I need. I love the look and handling of the camera. It has two major “faults” perhaps – I would have liked a 24 mm wide angle and a neutral density filter. The other “fault”, unavoidable with such a small, in modern terms, sensor, is lack of bokeh in portraits. There is an early effort at artificial bokeh, long before smart phone thought of it, but its results can be very variable. But I’ve not seen any newer model camera that compares because having a fixed viewfinder for me is essential. The nearest camera I’ve seen to compare is the new Canon with pop up viewfinder and 24-120 lens and 1″ sensor. Now, if they’d left the design as it was with a fixed viewfinder but the newer entrails and lens, that might’ve been my next one.

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    • John
      July 11, 2020 @ 10:24 pm

      Sorry, should be obvious, meant x10 !!

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  5. Greg Trueman
    January 2, 2022 @ 12:12 am

    I too liked reading this article and the comments. I’ve had my X10 for 10 years now and am only a happy snapper. Although I looked at other models up to the X100V and all had technical advantages over the X10 I still preferred the X10. When I see something I want to get a picture of there is no complication, I’ve preset where I am and if I have to do a quick alteration it takes seconds.
    I guess the picture and the place and time I’m at is my prioity and not wanting to miss an opportunity when there to get my pic in.
    Or on the other hand at 70 I’m a little tired of change, especially when the change is more about increasing profits over competitors than than the relationship between the pic and the photographer.

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  6. Egoitz Segura
    February 14, 2022 @ 1:34 pm

    This post makes clear that the heart, the brain and the eye make the photo, and the camera only saves it.

    Anyone would like to take those pictures, and most of us would’nt get them even with the last 5000$ model.

    Congratulations.

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    • Gautam Patel
      February 14, 2022 @ 2:21 pm

      Thank you so much for these kind words.

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