The concept raised a vivid discussion on FujiRumors, and today I’d like to continue the chat.
In fact, FR-reader Ricardo sent me his own concepts of what he calls the “Fujifilm X-PAN10“, along with some of this thoughts.
Here is his idea:
I never really understood why Fujifilm abandoned the X10/X20/X30 camera line instead of upgrading it to a 1″ sensor, such a camera would be a dream come true to me but I’m guessing they might be worried about those cameras cannibalizing the APS-C line.
It came to my mind a different approach to a new camera that continues the “smaller-sensor-with-zoom” line that could both not sacrifice sales on other Fuji camera models and also be completely different from any other camera on the market: a digital homage to the panoramic film camera Fujifilm TX-1.
The idea would be to use two 1″ sensors side-by-side to create a panoramic 6:2 image. Of course the lens and body would have to be bigger than the ones on the X10/X20/X30 cameras, but maybe not that much.
Here are some mock-ups
Making this camera with 1″ sensors would have the advantages of smaller size, cheaper cost and faster processing.
I can imagine some specs:
- a couple of 18 or 20 megapixel sensors (or even lower resolution);
- “normal” bayer and not x-trans for faster processing;
- the X-E3 EVF but with a crop to visualize the panoramic format;
- 5 to 6 fps (lower speed due to the extra processing, but still enough for some action);
- a short 28-60mm equiv. zoom with constant 2.8 max aperture (not faster to not get too big and constant to be able to have an aperture ring);
- optical stabilization;
- ISO front dial (for usability and as a homage to the original film camera);
- not sure how video could be captured with 2 sensors, but it would sure be amazing to have video on that ultra panoramic format
- 600 to 700 Eur/USD price.
I think the Fuji / Hasselblad panoramic film cameras are still such a cult cameras today that this concept could have commercial success, I would sure buy one.
So what do you think? Would you buy such a camera? Would you add or remove something to this design? Would it have commercial success or is it too niche-oriented?
Please share some thoughts.
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