And what if the replacement of the Fujifilm X100 (which would certainly be the X200) would get a X-Trans sensor, a sensor optimized to allow the absence of optical low-pass filter and organized with a color complex matrix, more efficient than the basic Bayer pattern to fight against any moiré ? You sign on, right ?
At Photokina 2010, Fujilm surprised his little world with the announcement of the X100, a compact camera featuring an APS-C sensor and a high-quality prime lens, a fast lens. It immediately became an iconic camera and unbridled passions, helping Fujifilm to regain the favor of passionate photographers. The X100 was the first camera of the new Fujifilm X-series, then followed by the X10 and X-S1 bridge camera equipped with a 2/3 ” sensor and then the X-Pro1, X-E1, two interchangeable lens premium compact cameras with a major innovation : its sensor, an APS-C CMOS sensor of 16 megapixels. But this X-Trans sensor is special and well thought out: it has no optical low-pass filter, usually generating blur to prevent the arrival of moiré. The sensor is organized with a distribution of color pixels in a pattern more complex than Bayer only 4 squares per unit, against 36 here.
So we had the X100 and its 12-megapixel sensor of a conventional design and the Pro1-X and X-E1 with their X-Trans sensor an I feel that Fujifilm will blend these two segments together in 2013. We could have hoped for a replacement of the X100 at the Photokina 2012, but it did not show up. We can expect an announcement at CES 2013 which takes place from 8 to 11 January 2013, as noticed by Fujirumors.com whoch have spotted an extract from F11 magazine entirely dedicated to Fuji fans which published an article by Tony Bridge, a partner photographer Fujifilm, in which he reminds us how few photography software may process the X-Trans sensor RAW files, a sensor that equips the X-Pro1 X-E1, and the camera replacing the X100, expected early next year, he writes. This statement (or confirmation?) is quite mounth watering for those who like the X100 and appreciate the image quality of the X-Trans sensor. At the CES 2013, we should be able to discover the X200, the X100’s logical successor, and its X-Trans sensor for a significantly improved image quality over the X100.
Sounds good to me.
JAN 2013 UPDATE : and the winner is… the Fujifilm X100S, not the X200. The X100S is now official and comes with an X-trans sensor as expected. Want to know more about the Fujifilm X100S.