Fujifilm FinePix X100 gives two viewfinders for the price of one

Fujifilm is taking it back to the old school with the deliciously retro-styled FinePix X100, while looking ahead with a viewfinder that's both optical and electronic. Cor!

Fujifilm is taking it back to the old school with the Fujifilm FinePix X100 -- a deliciously retro-styled 12.3-megapixel camera with a large APS-C CMOS sensor, unveiled at camera show Photokina today.

The most novel feature is a hybrid viewfinder, which allows you to switch between an optical and electronic view in one eyepiece with the clever use of a prism. The electronic view offers onscreen shooting information, whereas the optical view is clearer and isn't limited by the EVF's resolution. The eyepiece is shunted over to the left-hand side with a flash hotshoe at the top and a 2.8-inch LCD screen underneath.

The lens is a fixed-focal F2 Fujinon. The 23mm focal length is equivalent to 35mm on a 35mm camera.

The design has a lovely retro rangefinder look, right down to analogue dials for shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation. Faux-retro snappers are all the rage, from the Olympus Pen lens-swapping range to the Pentax Optio I-10 compact.

Other features include 720p high-definition video. Price is yet to be confirmed, but it's set to hit the shops in early 2011.

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