I have several e-friends and e-acquaintances who have recently purchased or otherwise acquired a Fujifilm X10, and I've been receiving regular updates about their experiences that are excited, breathless—even giddy. Okay, I'm not sure any of them would approve of such adolescent adjectives. (One such friend is Eolake, who's been writing about the X10 on his blog...so you can be the judge.)
People seem to be loving the X10 so far.
But what, no love for the Pentax Q? Seems to me the Pentax would even be more fun, with its interchangeable "toy" lenses, some of which are so cheap as to be close to free—including the one I'd want. (Eighty bucks? When was the last time you paid eighty bucks for a new lens?) But I haven't heard a word yet from anybody who's playing with a Q. Good words or bad.
So...all the love for the X-10 and none for the Q? What's up with that? Just wonderin'.
P.S. I also wonder if the day isn't coming, in the not-so-close but also not-so-distant future, when small sensors will have all the pixels, all the DR, and all the high-ISO performance any but the most diehard amongst us needs. Or even wants.
ADDENDUM: After seeing this post, another friend called me on the phone to tell me all about how much he loves his month-old X10.
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Featured Comment by Nikhil Ramkarran: "Photographers being satisfied with the performance of their camera sensor? Surely you jest!"
Featured Comment by jim r: "Re your P.S.: I've been quite surprised that the dense but pocket-size Fuji F550EXR is meeting nearly all my needs. The EXR/DR mode means I am shooting 8 MP, and I'm quite satisfied with that. ISO 1250/1600 are excellent for a 1/2.0" sensor. And I have raw when I need it; it's been quite helpful for the more difficult lighting situations. Smaller-sensor cams are alive and well."
Featured Comment by Mike Plews: "Re your P.S.: My Canon S95 is about 80% of the way there right now."
Featured Comment by JohnMFlores: "The Q is a descendant and spiritual successor of the Auto 110 and heading towards a similar fate—compromised in the wrong direction and thus unloved but for a rabid few."
Featured Comment by Bruce: "I work part-time in a large camera shop down under. We have had the Q in stock now for a couple of months. We have sold one. The boss has put a $50 spiv on the camera. I thought I'd try it out so I could honestly tell my clients the truth. It's not bad at all!! Excellent A4 pix, and OK for A3—a fun but slightly expensive camera like no other. Very sharp lenses.Talking point camera."
Mike replies: Bruce, you're not going to charge me AU$50 for that comment, are you?
Featured Comment by Barry Reid: "For the last year or so I've been using a combination of an Olympus 35DC and a Contax 159MM with a few Zeiss lenses as my lightweight, fun photography kit, but forced unemployment has made me realise that film is a luxury I can, perhaps, do without. So, I'm thinking about selling off the Zeiss glass and buying a digital carry around.
"I've a soft spot for Pentax in general, as I started with an MX 20-odd years ago. I'm also in the market for a small ILC [interchangeable-lens camera —Ed.] but having been to the big city a few days back and spent some time in camera stores, I just can't love the Q though as it's ugly and seems so cheaply built.
"I did, however buy a dirty and slightly tatty old MX + 50/1.7 for a mere £20, a few weeks back. It cleaned up nicely, the meter works and the cloth shutter still sounds as sweet as mine did 20 years ago. I can't really see that being possible with the Q. Anyhow, once I've replaced the mirror foam and seals I will put a roll through it for old times' sake.
"Oh yes, I should add that, for me, the only small camera that really impressed was the Fuji X100."
Featured Comment by Dale Doram: "I have the Q plus the X10 and the Canon G11. For me small cameras fulfill an ecological niche, each with certain strengths. The Q is so small and light that you can carry it around your neck ready for a picture taking opportunity. I bought the Q so I could do super macros and super telephotos with a Q to K adapter. It offers a 5X FOV which makes my 70–200mm ƒ/2.8 into a 350–1000mm. That is neat."
Featured Comment by Goff: "I gave my wife a Nikon V1. She loves it and would not think of X's or Q's."
Featured Comment by joe: "No love for the Q? Look at the following review from YouTube; the guy's almost ready to marry it. Actually, a nice review."
Featured Comment by Eolake Stobblehouse: "(Thanks for the link, dude.) 'Giddy,' huh? Okay, I can live with that. :-) The Fuji X10's certainly one of the most positive surprises I have had in years, maybe even going back to the Konica Big Mini, a super-compact camera with a great lens. And like I say in the post, somehow it makes me want to take it out for action. That's also been a while, despite the embarrassment of riches we have enjoyed for years with cameras."