I would have been surprised if this award had gone to another camera this time around. People are saying nice things about this Fuji model. I am pleased for the company as I have developed a lot of respect for their products over the years. Here is the official detail:
Fujifilm FinePix X100 wins Advanced Compact Camera EISA Award
The Fujifilm FinePix X100 has been named European Advanced Compact Camera of the Year at the prestigious EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) 2011-2012 Awards.
Originally founded in 1982 EISA is a unique association of 50 influential audio, video and photo magazines drawn from 20 European Countries who collectively recognize the year’s exceptional imaging and sound products.
In the official citation, the EISA judging panel concludes “The Fujifilm FinePix X100 advanced compact camera introduces an innovative new hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder, and is a very high-quality camera designed to be portable and always ready. The camera is ruggedly built, has a very sharp 23mm F2.0 moderate wide angle lens that offers selective focus, and its APS-C CMOS sensor offers high image quality even under low-light conditions. As a near-silent camera with excellent manual and automatic shooting modes, the FinePix X100 stands out as a serious alternative to a compact system camera or a travel camera for the enthusiast and professional photographer.”
Commenting on the EISA Award, Adrian Clarke, Director of Fujifilm’s Digital Products said: ‘We are delighted to have won the prestigious EISA award. It’s fantastic that the professional world should officially recognize our belief that the FinePix X100 is a truly outstanding product ‘.