The Fujifilm X-A10 is the selfie cam of your dreams (or nightmares)

The Fujifilm X-A10 is the selfie cam of your dreams (or nightmares)

Because who says selfies are just a smartphone thing?

Like it or not, selfies are here to stay. So unless you want to be confirmed as the out-of-touch oldie you always swore you'd never be, you'd better get on board. And you know what the best way to stick it to those those kids would be? Taking selfies that are so special that they'll be left flabbergasted by your artistic and technical genius. Yeah, that'll show 'em.

The X-A10 is in many ways just a very nice, very compact Fuji compact system camera. It slots in at the bottom of Fuji's range, but don't call it an also-ran. It has a 16.3MP APS-C sensor, native ISO range of 200-6400 and 49-zone autofocus. It also features six of Fuji's luscious film simulation modes, including the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Vivid and our spooky favourite, Classic Chrome. Plus there's full HD video recording, Wi-Fi for smartphone-connected remote shots and image downloads, and the really handy electronic shutter - which lets it shoot at up to shutter speeds of 1/32,000. And being a Fuji cam, it looks the business too - sharply retro without being too try-hard, and enviably small and light.

The X-A10 is so selfie-tastic it should probably come with a stupid stick that's only usable in front of Areas Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has a swivelling flip-screen thing that turns fully 180-degrees, for starters. Lots of cameras do that, but most can't then slide out further so that the camera body doesn't get in the way of your ugly mug. The grip is designed to be equally comfortable when held from either side, and there's a special command dial on the front which can be used to take the picture in selfie-mode, so that you don't have to reach awkwardly for the usual button.

When you flip the screen round the X-A10 will automatically activate the eye-detection mode, which is a nice touch, and there are three innovative self-timer options: Smile Detection will shoot when - you guessed it - the subject smiles, Buddy Timer snaps away when there are two people in the frame together and there's a Group Timer option that does the same when there's more of you. There's even a skin-smoothing Portrait Enhancer mode. 

The X-A10 promises to be another nice addition to the growing Fuji range, and at £499 it's not horribly expensive either - the announcement's only been made in the UK so we're waiting on local pricing. 

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