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it gives me a camera with a good sized sensor
on 2 April 2015
I got this because my FF Canon DSLR is not ideal for my holidays or street I can't get the quality or responsiveness I want from the smaller sensor compacts.
This is a reasonably cheap compromise, it gives me a camera with a good sized sensor, without having to completely switch system and make too big an investment. This dinky camera is ideal for getting the biggest X-trans sensor quality from a small package. With the 27mm lens it will (just) fit in a (large) pocket . The bundled lenses are reasonable and certainly better than the Canon equivalent. If I later decide to buy the best lenses I'll get the as close to the same quality as makes little difference to the much more expensive top of the range models. So all's good in a small package.
Until you get to the menus.
Fuji have tried to make it simple for new users by providing lots of options, but in the process have done the opposite. By trying to provide too many different auto modes to try to cover every eventuality they have instead made it too complicated. If you set one thing one way another wont work until you change it and you end up going back and forth through the menus just to get it to do pretty obvious things. and. what is the inclusion of an SP setting to duplicate the ...SP settings... about? (Im sure there is an explanation that is supposed to makes sense but it's just more overkill). Like most blokes I don't usually bother reading the manual so it tells you something about the complexity of the menu and button hierarchy that I have had to. I have been through the manual fully once and still can't get the flash to work (maybe it is just broken- I don't know yet)
My advice, especially if you are a newbie (which I am not), is forget about the following modes: SR+, Adv, and SP. they are superfluous, pointless and confusing and do nothing to improve ones photographic abilities. There is more than enough to cover every shooting situation with the other modes.
Canon just have not 'got' the small with large sensor camera concept but they have totally mastered writing menus, and are better at designating button functons. Fuji could really learn from Canon about menus and buttons, just as Canon could learn from Fuji about what makes a desirable top level compact.
Some other controls are sluggish and annoying to use e.g. the program shift wheel in Program mode, but what I wanted specifically from this camera was a above average sensor in a smaller than DSLR camera with good responsiveness: so it's not perfect, somethings just aren't responsive, or intuitive, or contribute in least to the photographic experience.
However, menu hell aside, and considering the cost, it gives an excellent sensor, focusses and shoots as fast as most others in a similar class and I am happy with my purchase. I considered many other cameras and they all have pros and cons but this camera was the best on balance for the money, for me.