Hybrid Optical – Video Viewfinder


FUJIFILM Corporation introduced the new FinePix X100 at Photokina 2010, a high-end digital compact camera with an APS-C CMOS sensor, Fujinon 23mm f/2.0 fixed focal length lens and an interesting new Hybrid Viewfinder. It should be available in early 2011.

The Hybrid Viewfinder on the FinePix X100 combines a rangefinder-type “bright frame” optical viewfinder, and an electronic viewfinder. By using a prism for the 1,440,000 dot LCD panel image on the viewing screen in the reverse-Galilean optical finder, the Hybrid Viewfinder can show both the shooting frame and a variety of shooting data. It can also be used as a high-quality electronic viewfinder to compose or playback shots. You can instantly switch between optical and electronic viewfinder images with simple “one touch” control.

While the outstretched arm is becoming the standard salute for most point and shoot rear LCD panel cameras, having the finder as close as possible to the eye is preferred by many. The new Hybrid Viewfinder on the FinePix X100 could be the shape of things to come in both the still and motion picture worlds.

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