Fujifilm X10 Review

 
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Fujifilm X10 Performance


Timing and Performance

Slow power-up, though fair cycle times and good shutter lags. Zippy continuous modes.

Startup/Shutdown

Power on
to first shot

~2.2 seconds

Time it takes to turn on and capture a shot.

Shutdown

~1.0 second

How long it takes camera to turn off before you can remove the memory card.

Buffer clearing time
9 seconds after
16 6MP JPEGs*
Worst case buffer clearing time. -- This is the delay after a set of shots before you can remove the card.
6 seconds after
6 Large/Fine JPEGs*
6 seconds after
6 RAW files*
6 seconds after
8 RAW+ LF JPEG files*
*Note: Buffer clearing times measured with a SanDisk Extreme Pro 45MB/sec UHS-I SDHC card. Slower cards will produce correspondingly slower clearing times. Slow cards may also limit length of bursts in continuous mode. ISO sensitivity and noise reduction settings can also affect cycle times and burst mode performance.

Startup time was a little slow, though shutdown wasn't too bad. Buffer clearing will depend on image size and quality, as well as card speed. With Large Fine JPEGs, the Fujifilm X10's performance was fair, and RAW clearing times weren't too painful either, though buffers are quite shallow.


Shutter Response (Lag Time)
Full Autofocus,
Center AF
Wide-angle
0.334 second
Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, with the lens already at the proper focal distance setting.
Full Autofocus,
Center AF
Telephoto
0.305 second
Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, with the lens already at the proper focal distance setting.
Full Autofocus,
Center AF
Wide-angle, flash enabled
0.433 second
Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, with the lens already at the proper focal distance setting, Auto flash enabled.

Prefocused

0.023 second

Time to capture, after half-pressing and holding shutter button.

Full AF shutter lag was 0.334 second at full wide angle, and about 0.305 second at telephoto. Both times are pretty good. Enabling the flash increased lag to 0.433 second at wide angle, which isn't bad. The X10's prefocused shutter lag time was very good at 0.023 second.

To minimize the effect of different lens' focusing speed, we test AF-active shutter lag with the lens already set to the correct focal distance.


Cycle Time (shot to shot)

Single Shot mode
LF JPEG

1.07 seconds

Time per shot, averaged over 20 shots, 3 seconds to clear*.

Single Shot mode
RAW

1.21 seconds

Time per shot, averaged over 7 shots, 5 seconds to clear*.

Single Shot mode
RAW + LF JPEG
1.19 seconds

Time per shot, averaged over 4 shots, 6 seconds to clear*.

Early shutter
penalty?

Yes

Some cameras don't snap another shot if you release and press the shutter too quickly in Single Shot mode, making "No" the preferred answer.

Continuous Super-High Mode
6MP JPEG

0.10 second (9.55 frames per second);
16 frames total;
9 seconds to clear*

Time per shot, averaged over buffer length of 16 shots, then slows to an average of 0.53s or 1.90 fps with buffer full.

Continuous High Mode
LF JPEG

0.15 second (6.58 frames per second);
6 frames total;
6 seconds to clear*

Time per shot, averaged over buffer length of 6 frames, then slows to 0.51s or 1.96 fps with buffer full.

Continuous Medium Mode
RAW

0.20 second (5.00 frames per second);
6 frames total;
6 seconds to clear*

Time per shot, averaged over buffer length of 6 frames, then slows to 1.26s or 0.80 fps with buffer full.

Continuous Medium Mode
RAW+
LF JPEG

0.20 second (4.90 frames per second);
6 frames total;
8 seconds to clear*

Time per shot, averaged over buffer length of 6 frames, then slows to 1.31s or 0.76 fps with buffer full.

Flash Recycling

6.1 seconds

Flash at maximum output.

*Note: Buffer clearing times measured with a SanDisk Extreme Pro 45MB/sec UHS-I SDHC card. Slower cards will produce correspondingly slower clearing times. Slow cards may also limit length of bursts in continuous mode. ISO sensitivity and noise reduction settings can also affect cycle times and burst mode performance.

Single-shot cycle times are fair, ranging from 1.07 seconds for Large Fine JPEGs to 1.21 seconds for RAW files.

Continuous Super High mode at 6MP resolution was very fast, at about 9.55 frames-per-second, with good results in Continuous High modes as well, at about 6.58 frames-per-second for Large Fine JPEGs. When shooting RAW files, Continuous Medium is the fastest rate available, which managed 4.9 to 5 frames per second. Buffer depths were pretty shallow at 6 frames for full resolution shots at the highest rates.

Flash recycle was slow, taking an average of 6.1 seconds after a full power discharge.


Download Speed

Windows Computer, USB 2.0

9,468 KBytes/sec

Typical Values:
Less than 600=USB 1.1;
600-769=USB 2.0 Low;
Above 770=USB 2.0 High

Download speeds via USB 2.0 were fairly fast. (Note that this test was performed with a SanDisk Extreme Pro 45MB/sec UHS-I SDHC: Slower cards would likely show slower transfer times.)

Bottom line: the Fuji X10's performance was a mixed bagged. Startup time was slow, while single-shot cycle times were mediocre. Autofocus speeds were good, though, and continuous modes were very good for JPEGs, though buffer depths were quite limited.

Battery

Battery Life
Lower than average battery life for a lithium-ion-powered compact camera.

Operating Mode Battery Life
Still Capture,
(CIPA standard)
270 shots

The Fujifilm X10 uses a custom rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack for power, and comes with both a single battery and charger. Battery life is below average, so we recommend getting a second battery for your X10 if you plan any extended outings.

The table above shows the number of shots the camera is capable of (on a fully-charged rechargeable battery), based on CIPA battery-life and/or manufacturer standard test conditions.

(Interested readers can find an English translation of the CIPA DC-002 standards document here. (180K PDF document))

 

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