I've been following the new Fuji updates to the X10 and X100. I have both of these cameras and they make a great travel combo. The updates seem quite sensible to me. I just installed the 2.0 firmware update to the X10 and I like the Q menu implementation (I think :-) ). I've only had a few minutes to use it but it is visually fast to locate a setting change.
The focus systems on these cameras has always been a bit frustrating to me, in the role I deploy them, it is workable. However, when I take them to the street, zone focusing seems the only reliable answer and somehow that just irks the geek in me. I've got years on a M6 so I'm familiar with the technique, but still ..... The combination of contrast and phase detection should be a welcome implementation. I read something about focus peaking and if that's on the X100s that too would satisfy critical focus point placement - likely best from a tripod however.
I'm pleased to see Fuji continue these products. Whenever I pick up the X100, it seems like I'm in for a serious bout of photography. Last week I grabbed it for some quick snaps of an ailing parent. It was an average indoor lighting situation, bad color temp blends, windows in the wrong place and uncooperative subjects. Three of eight snaps were in focus and I know how to use this camera. It can foil even the best of attempts. I'm so glad I have three good images. For me it's dangerous to vary my technique with the X100, it's not very forgiving and I've got to get my groove on when using it. I find it to be a heady camera. The new features on the X100s sound like they will address most of my irritants.
In our household, we pass the cameras around for photographs. Anyone else using the X100 is bound to get a so-so image. If I make some quick adjustments to put it in the most docile snap-shot mode, I'm invariably tripped up in resetting it. The in-camera settings memory just isn't adequate to store alternate settings/configurations. In my reading of the X100s specs, I didn't see an answer to that (major) nit (for me).
OTOH, the X10 is just fun to use and I'm always amazed of the feeling of elegance when I pick up this camera. Auto EXR is reliable for anyone in the family. I have very large hands and it still fits well and is my preferred snapshot camera for feel. The people that have purchased this camera on my recommendation seem pleased. They don't know any of the technical details behind EXR but I haven't heard any complaints about the camera (lens cap excepted). The VF improvements will be welcome and Fuji's ingenuity is evident in the described implementation.
I'm stubborn enough to keep the X100 as an on-going test of man vrs. machine. Some day I will win!! But both sound very inviting. For me also, it's up to the third party RAW converter wars to see if these come home with me.
Edited by RB, 08 January 2013 - 16:26 .