Other special features include Pro Low-light and Pro Focus modes which combine multiple shots into a single image to achieve their effects. The former uses discrete exposures to reduce noise and improve imaging performance in dimly lit situations, while the latter combines differently focused exposures to create an artificially shallow depth-of-field effect. Automatic panoramas can be created by slowly sweeping the camera in an arc of up to 360 degrees and allowing the X10 to process multiple captures into a single image.
Swift to start up with 7fps shooting to boot
Fast internal processing allows continuous shooting at up to 7fps. The camera is always very quick and responsive, including initial start-up, exhibiting no obvious shutter-lag. The only noticeable delays occur when the camera is performing complex image processing functions, such as combining multiple shots into a single image.
You also get sophisticated in-camera image processing options which can emulate different types of film or create effects, such as black and white images with colour tints. You can also post-process RAW images into JPEG format.
Reviewing your images is an equally high-tech experience. The X10 will offer to create ‘photobooks’ for you by searching for particular types of image content and grouping them together. So you could automatically have it collect up all your group shots or macros. If you’re pre-programmed it with your friends’ faces, you can also have it automatically search for pictures of a particular person.
Smaller than you might think
If there’s one major criticism of the X10 it would have to be that it is perhaps simply too complicated. While it undoubtedly contains many very useful features with genuine image-improving results, there are sometimes overlaps in function creating different ways of achieving the same thing: Which should you use to shoot a candlelit scene? Pro Low-light mode or EXR Hi-ISO Low-Noise mode? The sheer number of functions available, which can often be used in combination with each other, can leave you confused as to just how your photo will turn out or what adjustments to make to tweak it according to your preference.
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The LX5 lets the camera preselect which pixels to ignore.
With the X10, you can crop whatever shape you like from all the pixels.
However, a better question might be, why aren't all sensors 1:1? (preferably circular). Then we wouldn't ever need to turn cameras through 90 degrees.
Great sounding camera
Clearly not a snap-shooter camera, but a tool for someone who doesn't want to use an SLR.
However. If only they'd put a bigger sensor in it would seem so much more worthwhile. Yes it would have been even bulkier, but I doubt that will affect target market much.
What I wish is that somebody would cotton on that the sort of person who buys a camera at this level doesn't need a zillion modes, heavy in-camera processing (they'll already have a favourite package) and all the rest. Instead that they'd make a camera in which image quality was paramount, with a small number of modes (the classic 4) to make handling effortless, logically places dials and buttons (like this seems to have) fast & sharp 5X optical zoom and an excellent anti-shake system.
I might wait around until this becomes 'last years model' to try to get one at 1/2 price. Jacket because I'm putting my wallet back again.
Object of beauty? Stylish? I might find myself in a minority given preceding comments but that has to be the most ugly looking camera I've seen in the last year. I know that beauty is entirely subjective but radical examples like this just serve to remind me how different we as human beings can be.
To potential downvoters, don't downvote me just because you think this is a beautiful looking camera because that would be to ignore everything I've just said.