Most of us are already aware of the spectacular fashion in which the forthcoming Fuji X100 "stole" this year's Photokina—definitely the surprise hit of the show. (And Fuji were as surprised as anyone.)
Fuji is obviously preparing the introduction carefully now that it knows to expect heavier demand. A new website offers more solid detail and a lot of tasty morsels of information. The meat of the site can be found under "What's New" —> "Your Questions Answered," thereafter by clicking through to the successive screens with the "Next Category" tabs.
Amongst other things, the answers mention that the camera will come with a hood; an all-black model is under consideration but not currently planned; and shutter lag will be on the order of 100 milliseconds. (Good news, considering that shutter lag is the downfall of many a fixed-lens camera—cf. the Leica M6 at 19 ms (or 16, depending on your source), a pro film SLR at 60 ms, mid-level amateur film SLRs at 150 to 250 ms., and current Nikon DSLRs at 65 to 120 ms.)
(Thanks to numerous readers, and to Thom Hogan for the Nikon DSLR shutter lag numbers)
UPDATE: Fuji actually says 10 ms shutter lag, not 100 ms. I think my error was due half to innumeracy, from which I do suffer, but half to incredulity: I flat don't believe a 10 ms shutter lag figure for an autofocus camera. Possibly with the AF turned off, or prefocused. Still seems like the Fuji website got that one wrong, especially considering the shutter lag on cameras like the Olympus E-PL1. We'll see. —MJ
P.S. By the way, I object to the recent expansion of the coined term "innumerate"—from the 1988 book by John Allen Paulos, meaning someone who isn't good at manipulating numbers—to include "someone who is unfamiliar with the methods of science." I'm bad at arithmetic, but fully versed in the principles of the scientific method. Those two parts of the now-common "definition" of innumeracy don't necessarily always arise or exist together, in my opinion. "Innumeracy" should continue to mean "unfamiliar with mathematical concepts and methods; unable to use mathematics," and not get all uppity. We don't need just another synonym for ig'nant.
UPDATE #2: An early indication of the camera's price and release date have been revealed, according to Photo Rumors.
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Featured [partial] Comment by chris: "For those puzzled by the choice of fixed lens—I've said it before but I will say it again, 'cause I'd like it to come true: for a camera in approximately this niche, I'd actually rather buy a second camera with a different focal-length fixed lens and have total redundancy, than buy just another lens. The potential advantages of the fixed lens design are considerable—from better alignment, sealed/dustless operation (especially with no moving shutter...), to specific sensor-lens optimizations, unconstrained by generic flange distance, for size and performance, and even cost savings (it definitely costs money to design and add the mounts to all those bodies and lenses; I'd rather pay 10+10 for two complete cameras with quality fixed lenses, than 7+6 for one camera and one lens, then another 6 for a second lens, etc., that doesn't keep working if the body dies...)."
(See the rest of chris's and Ctein's comments in the Comments Section. —Ed.)
Featured [partial] Comment by Ctein: "One caution of some import: my previous experience with Fuji RAW conversion software is that it sucks. From what I've heard from others, this is not uncommon with camera-maker-supplied conversion software. I'm not saying Fuji is worse, on average, that anyone else. But it is bad. Until folks can see RAW conversions done through something like Adobe Camera RAW, do not assume that the image quality that you're seeing in the sample photographs is indicative of what the camera is capable of. Maybe it will be. Maybe Fuji has written a new converter that doesn't seriously screw up the tone or color rendition or the portrayed exposure range. Dunno. But they haven't in the past, and I wouldn't make any assumptions. So, don't jump to any conclusions until you can see third-party conversions."