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Fujifilm X100V Review

We review the new Fujifilm X100V - Fujifilm's latest serious compact camera, designed to answer all the complaints made about previous models, does this camera solve the problems? Find out here.


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The Fujifilm X100V was introduced during a live X-Summit event in London, and is Fujifilm's update to the "serious compact" X100 series of cameras. The X100V introduces a completely new lens, and although it's still a 23mm f/2.0 lens, the optical elements in the lens are completely new, giving improved macro performance as well as taking the image quality to the next level. The design of the camera has been improved as well, with a more angular design, as well as a tilting rear screen.

Fujifilm X100V Features

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The Fujifilm X100V is the 5th version of the X100 series, with the X100 series famous for being a premium compact camera, with classic styling and an optical viewfinder.

The X100V benefits from the latest 26mp APS-C CMOS sensor, the same X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor as found in the Fujifilm X-T3, X-T4, X-T30, and X-Pro3. The camera also features the same quad-core X-Processor 4 image processor, and the camera now offers up to 30fps continuous shooting (cropped).

The camera has a new design, with top and bottom plates milled from individual pieces of aluminium, and finished with a satin coating, giving the camera a new, more serious look, as well as a more premium finish.

There's also a weather-sealed option, in that the camera is weather-sealed, as long as you buy the optional AR-X100 adapter ring and PRF-49 protection filter. This adds weather sealing to the front of the camera so that the lens is protected from the elements. The rest of the camera is weather-sealed, however, they were unable to fully weather seal the lens, due to moving parts - the front of the lens moves in and out when focusing.

Fujifilm has redeveloped the 23mm f/2.0 lens for better resolution, lower distortion, as well as improved close-focus performance. The close focus distance is 10cm, but the lens has been improved to give much better image quality. The camera is still compatible with the WCL/TCL (wide and teleconverter) adapters, turning the 35mm equivalent lens into a 28mm or 50mm equivalent.

 

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Auto Focus has been improved, with a new focusing algorithm, which lets the camera focus in low-light down to -5EV. The camera also benefits from phase-detection built-in to the sensor, as well as face and eye detection AF. A focus limiter function has been added so you can set the distance for when you know where your subject will be.

The X100V retains the analogue controls, and external dials, so that you can directly control the aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed, even when the camera is switched off.

The hybrid viewfinder has been improved... with a higher resolution 3.69million OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF)... there is also the 0.52x optical viewfinder with overlay available showing the framing. There's also an electronic range finder (ERF) option that lets you have the optical view, with an electronic overlay in the bottom right corner.

A tilting screen has been added but, at first glance, you wouldn't even notice this as the screen is so flush with the camera body. However, the 3inch screen does indeed tilt up and down. It's also a touch-screen so you can use it to set the focus point when needed, and has an improved resolution of 1.62million dots.

Here's a quick comparison table showing the differences between the X100V and previous models, the X100, X100S, X100T, X100F, and X100V.

X100 (2011) X100S (2013) X100T (2014) X100F (2017) X100V (2020)
12mp CMOS 16mp X-Trans II 16mp X-Trans II 24mp X-Trans III 26mp X-Trans IV
- BSI CMOS
ISO100 - 12800 ISO100 - 25600 ISO100 - 51200 ISO100 - 51200 ISO80 - 51200
2.8inch (460K) 2.8inch (460K) 3inch (1040K) 3inch (1040K) 3inch tilting touch (1.62m)
1.44m dot EVF 2.36m dot EVF 2.36m dot EVF
- ERF added
- split focus added
2.36m dot EVF 3.69m dot EVF
5fps 6fps 6fps 8fps 30fps
HD 720p video FullHD video FullHD video FullHD video 4K video
    Wi-Fi added   Bluetooth added
USB-C added
300 shots 330 shots 330 shots 390 shots (OVF) 420 shots (OVF)
405g 405g 440g 469g 478g

 

There are 17 digital film simulations, including the new "Classic Negative" that is designed to give the look of an old 70s style photograph, and of course, there are all the classic Fujifilm films including Provia, Velvia, Acros (monochrome), ETERNA, and others. You can add a grain effect, to give the image the look of natural film. In-camera raw editing is included making it easy to quickly correct any problems with an image after you've taken it, such as exposure, or white balance.

4K video recording is now possible, with 30fps possible. You can also record FullHD video at 120fps. There's also the possibility of 10-bit 4:2:2 output using the HDMI output from the camera.

The camera has built-in Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth has been added for low-power image transfer. USB Type-C has been added, and this can be used for charging the battery, as well as image transfer.

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Key Features

  • 26.1mp X-Trans IV BSI CMOS APS-C sensor
  • 23mm f/2.0 - f/16 lens, 35mm equivalent
  • Internal 4-stop ND filter
  • 3inch 1.62m dot tilting touch-screen
  • Switchable Hybrid OVF / EVF
  • OVF: 0.52x magnification, 95% coverage, with frame lines
  • EVF: 3.69m dot OLED, 0.66x magnification, sRGB 97%
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF (Contrast / Phase detection), 91AF points
  • Up to 30fps continuous shooting (electronic shutter, cropped)
  • 11fps continuous shooting (mechanical shutter)
  • Weather-sealed, with optional kit
  • CINE-4K 30, 25, 24fps video recording, up to 10min
  • FullHD video recording up to 15min, FullHD at 120fps up to 6min
  • ISO160 - ISO12800, Extended ISO80 (Low) to ISO51200
  • 10cm macro focus
  • 2.5mm microphone/shutter release socket
  • Available in black/silver or all-black

Fujifilm X100V Handling

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At first glance, the camera looks fairly similar to the previous version(s) of this camera, with aluminium top and bottom plates. However, it also looks more angular, and serious, with a style that looks a little bit like a Leica. The manufacturing process for the aluminium top and bottom plates has been updated, which improves the feel, and the camera certainly feels solid in the hand. The “leather” effect grip gives a good textured area to hold on to and is slightly soft to enhance grip. There's also an improved rear grip, although, for ultimate safety, we'd recommend a hand strap or use of the provided neck strap.

The ISO dial has been updated to make it easier to adjust the ISO speed. The lens barrel has also been updated, which makes the camera slightly more comfortable to hold. The aperture control ring around the lens is exactly where you'd expect it to be, and this makes it easy to change the setting when needed, or alternatively you can leave this on A for Auto. The same goes for the shutter speed dial.

The camera feels very well made and certainly looks like a premium camera, with classic styling, and the optical/electronic viewfinder in the corner.

With an optional AR-X100 adapter ring and PRF-49 protection filter, the camera now offers weather resistance. Something that will be a welcome addition to those that want to shoot in all weather conditions.

The camera offers auto-focus that is sensitive down to -5EV. The AF system covers a wide area of the frame. Face and eye detection focus has been improved, and the joystick on the back can be used to change the focus point, or you can quickly use the touch-screen to set it. Due to the lens design, the front of the lens moves during focus, and whilst focus speeds are quite good, they aren't as fast as some cameras. Focus bracketing is available, as well as focus range selection.

 

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The tilting touch-screen tilts up, and down, and will be a very welcome addition to those street shooters who want to “shoot from the hip”. You can use the touch-screen to set the focus point, as well as change settings. The screen is very thin and doesn't stick out from the back of the camera, keeping the rear of the camera slim and stylish looking. Colour reproduction and viewing angles are very good, making it an enjoyable screen to use.

The menus are clearly laid out, and the "MyMenu" section is where you can keep all your favourite settings for quicker access.

 

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The X100V offers an improved hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, which you can switch between. The OVF gives a 0.52x magnification, and it's an enjoyable experience to use the optical viewfinder, as it can reduce eye strain. The OVF gives a framing outline so that you know what is and isn't in the shot. You can switch to the electronic viewfinder which is a 3.69m dot OLED electronic viewfinder, giving a clear and sharp view of the scene. There’s also an electronic rangefinder function which will display a small EVF in the bottom right corner of the optical viewfinder. With a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, the experience is good, with a very clear view seen, with good colour reproduction. There is dioptre correction available, and the rubber surround looks like it's designed to last the test of time, as it isn't very soft. It's also not very deep when compared to some cameras.

 

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Battery life - The camera benefits from USB Type-C allowing you to charge the battery while it’s in the camera, or alternatively power the camera over USB. Battery life is good at 350 shots when using the EVF, or up to 420 shots when using the OVF (normal mode).


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