Fujifilm has been taunting camera reviewers with this retro-style compact camera for months now, but the £999 beauty is finally ready to greet its public. The X100 is a fully manual 12.3Mp digital camera built from magnesium-alloy and with an APS-C (digital SLR-sized) sensor crammed into its frame.

What will particularly interest precision photographers is that Fujifilm has managed to pull off the feat of being both a straight-through-the-lens optical viewfinder and a clever electronic one. You get all the manual settings information you need but can also minutely adjust onscreen details so you can get a better view of what's in front of your eyes. A 2.7-inch LCD is also included. This has a 1.44Mp resolution. The 35mm fixed lens supports 25 multi-focus points.

As with Leica's traditionally-built manual control digital cameras, Fuji allows the X100's dual processor to step in only when required, allowing the user to adjust and check on the effects of their settings adjustments for the rest of the time. Among the apparent few concessions to modernity is a built-in flash.

The Fuji FinePix X100 compact camera is onsale now for £999.