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Fujifilm X100F Expert Review

Fujifilm X100F Expert Review - Read our full review of the Fujifilm X100F, the latest serious compact from Fujifilm, with a 24 megapixel APS-C sensor, and classic styling and controls.

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Fujifilm X100F Silver Black (2)

The Fujifilm X100F is the latest fixed lens premium compact to join Fujifilm's popular line-up of retro-inspired compacts. Inside the X100F you'll find a 24.3Mp APS-C CMOS sensor and new features include an ISO dial built into the shutter speed dial (like the X-Pro2) and a focus joystick which allows you to change the focus point without taking your eye off the viewfinder. The number of focusing points has been increased from 49 to 91 and the phase detection AF area has also increased in size. The 100F is actually the 4th generation of the X100, updating the X100T, and in the evolved version you'll also find the hybrid viewfinder that can switch between optical and electronic views. 

Fujifilm X100F Features

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Start up times sit around 0.5 seconds while the camera has a shooting interval of 0.2 seconds. Vloggers can capture video footage at 6 frame rates and as we've seen before, film simulations can be applied to footage captured. Manual exposure can also be set during movie shooting and the aperture, shutter speed and ISO can be altered so users have more control over exposure when capturing video. 

 The Fujifilm X100F oozes style and words such as 'vintage' and 'retro' spring instantly to mind.

As for the overall look of the camera, as you'd expect, it just looks cool. It oozes style and words such as 'vintage' and 'retro' definitely spring to mind. Hipsters will love it, particularly those who are fans of grainy street photography and Fujifilm fans won't be disappointed either. The two-tone silver and black looks particularly reminiscent of 70s cameras such as the Olympus TRIP. To others, the rangefinder styling and layout will make the camera appear to be a mini-Leica.

Those who want a little bit of flexibility when it comes to focal lengths can purchase optional wide- and teleconverters, and there are digital teleconverters built-in to the camera which takes the normal 35mm equivalent view to, 50mm and 70mm equivalent focal lengths. The lens is the same 23mm f/2 (35mm equivalent to 35mm) as found in the previous versions of the camera. The camera is capable of shooting on subjects as close as 10cm. There are a number of drive modes, which is what you use to switch between singles shooting, continuous shooting, video modes and the digital filters available.

The focus point can be quickly set using the new joystick controller. The camera benefits from the new ACROS monochrome film mode, and you have a choice of different colour filters. The 24 megapixel APS-C X-Trans III CMOS sensor is the same sensor that is featured in the X-T2, X-T20 and X-Pro 2, resulting in high levels of detail, and low levels of noise. 

Wi-Fi is built-in letting you remotely control the camera, as well as transfer images to your smartphone or PC. There is a full-HD video mode, that can record at up to 60fps. The lack of optical image stabilisation may be disappointing, however the bright f/2.0 aperture partly makes up for this shortcoming.

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Key Features

  • 24.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans III CMOS sensor (with no low-pass filter)
  • 23mm f/2 lens (35mm equivalent)
  • X-Processor Pro Image Processor
  • Hybrid Viewfinder (Optical, 2.36m dot Electronic)
  • Advanced AF performance
  • One-handed operation
  • FullHD video recording at 60fps with AF (max 14min)
  • Newly developed conversion lenses with auto-detection
  • 3inch 1040K dot screen
  • ISO100 up to ISO51200
  • Focus lever
  • Built-in ND filter
  • 8fps continuous shooting
  • Wi-Fi built-in
  • Available in black or silver/black

Fujifilm X100F Handling

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Each new version of the X100 has seen an improvement in the camera's design and handling, and the handling of the X100F has been improved again, with a new front control wheel, as well as a new joy-stick, which falls naturally to your thumb, letting you quickly change the focus point. The front and rear control wheels / dials can be pushed in, as well as customised.

The build quality of the camera is excellent, with metal top and bottom plates. The memory card slot is found underneath the camera where you'll also find the battery, which has been changed since the X100T. The camera feels good in your hand, although the texture of the camera means it's likely you'll want to use the provided strap or a handstrap when holding the camera. It is provided with a metal lens cap, and the camera fits quite easily into jacket pockets, although if you add a case, then the camera can feel quite bulky.

The ISO speed dial is part of the shutter speed dial, and to change this you lift up the ring around the shutter speed dial. The speed setting can be viewed through a small window. This can at times feel quite fiddly, and I would have preferred the shutter speed dial to be stiffer to turn. The exposure compensation dial is stiffer, although can still be accidentally turned when taking the camera out of a bag. It's also possible to accidentally set the focus mode on the left hand side of the camera, and wonder why you can't focus the camera anymore.

You can set the focus point with the joystick on the back of the camera, and the 91 focus points cover a wide area of the screen. 

The hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder gives you a number of different viewing modes:

  • Optical with overlay - the framing guide lines change as your focus changes, letting you know what is in the shot. 
  • Hybrid / Overlay - push the front lever to the left, and you get an electronic view in the corner of the frame
  • Electronic - push the front lever to the right to switch between optical and a fully electronic view

The rear screen is bright and clear, and the view in both the screen and the EVF match each other well. 

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The menu system features a new design, that makes it easier to use and find options (although there are a lot of them), and you can customise the My Menu with your favourite options and settings to give quicker access. The Q button brings up a control panel on the rear screen.

For those used to using a tilting screen, unfortunately, the X100F doesn’t feature one, but viewing angles are good so you can still see the screen when shooting overhead or low-down.

Wi-Fi features - The camera has built-in Wi-Fi, which lets you transfer images to your smartphone or tablet, as well as remotely shoot with the camera. You can add GPS data to images using Geotagging, transfer images to a PC (autosaving images), as well as transfer images to an Instax printer, such as the Instax Share SP-2.

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Battery life - Battery life is rated at 270 shots when using the EVF or 390 shots when using the optical viewfinder. This is lower than the previous camera, but the actual battery life will depend on how much you use Wi-Fi, continuous shooting etc. A spare battery is recommended.



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Comments


themak 3 962 Scotland
10 Mar 2017 5:41PM

Quote: Exposure is reliable, although you may find the camera produces images with high levels of contrast, and shadows are quite dark at times.

That's good, isn't it? Assuming you've taken shots of contrasty scenes.

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josa 5 25 Czech Republic
11 Mar 2017 8:16PM
@themak-the EXR sensor as excellent it is, has a limited DR...shadows are black with little or no detail. That's my observation...
themak 3 962 Scotland
11 Mar 2017 10:52PM
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From the (underexposed) Porsche shot above. How much more detail do you need? - I don't think anyone would want to recover that much.
josa 5 25 Czech Republic
12 Mar 2017 2:31PM
I am talking generally here. Yes, the original picture is much darker. If you want to lift blacks on almost every picture,..
themak 3 962 Scotland
12 Mar 2017 3:45PM
I wouldn't - I prefer the original. You said there was little to no detail in the darks. Clearly there's plenty - if you want it.
josa 5 25 Czech Republic
13 Mar 2017 7:56AM
OK, you won!
15 Mar 2017 11:31AM
And nobody see that «waterpaint» in fine details =)

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