Basic Specifications
Full model name: Fujifilm X100V
Resolution: 26.10 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
(23.5mm x 15.6mm)
Lens: Non-Zoom
(35mm eq.)
Viewfinder: Hybrid / LCD
Native ISO: 160 - 12,800
Extended ISO: 80 - 51,200
Shutter: 1/32000 - 900 sec
Max Aperture: 2.0
Dimensions: 5.0 x 2.9 x 2.1 in.
(128 x 75 x 53 mm)
Weight: 16.9 oz (478 g)
includes batteries
Availability: 02/2020
Manufacturer: Fujifilm
Full specs: Fujifilm X100V specifications
26.10
Megapixels
Non-Zoom APS-C
size sensor
image of Fujifilm X100V
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Fuji X100V Review -- First Impressions

by Dave Pardue and William Brawley
Posted: 02/04/2020

For enthusiast photographers who crave the combination of sleek and portable in a retro-styled, old-school package that's loaded with terrific image quality, the Fujifilm X100 series has stood at the top of the podium since the initial launch of the line almost nine years ago. And yet, while the line was initially laden with some fairly major quirks and drawbacks in areas such as autofocus, the fourth model (X100F) saw the line coming truly into its own and addressing all previous setbacks, becoming one of the best overall cameras we've ever shot with at IR for versatility combined with the overall cool-factor.

And now just two years later the line continues with the X100V. Now, if you're perplexed by the naming conventions, we understand it to follow thus: X100 (first); X100S ("S" for second); X100T ("T" for third); X100F ("F" for fourth); and now X100V ("V" for roman numeral five since "F" was, well, already taken). Given the enormous popularity of the line, we're certainly not going to find fault with the quirky naming convention. In fact, if anything, it just adds to the interesting allure of the overall line!

And as popular as this line has been for street shooters needing a "primary" imaging tool, you just wouldn't believe how many people we talk to who shoot with "Brand X" but who *also* have an X100 series camera tucked in their bag as a "do almost anything" kind of back-up, or as the camera they grab for travel, or whatever else. It's just that cool... that versatile... and that good!

But... we're getting ahead of ourselves here, as this is about the latest model that we've yet to even see for ourselves, so here goes with the reported upgrades to the line itself in this fifth iteration.

Fujifilm X100V: What's New?

• Weather Resistance

Let's start with the biggest news here... weather resistance! Yes, this model finally has Fuji's robust weather resistance, which makes shooting on those drizzly days in London or Manhattan (or Boise for that matter) sound a lot more appealing.

But there's a catch. Albeit a minor one.

It doesn't sound like a deal-breaker to us, but you'll need to attach the optional AR-X100 adapter ring and use a protective filter on the lens itself to achieve the full weather resistance package. It seems that rugged camera body itself is nicely sealed, but the lens needs a little shoring up with a filter to truly keep out dust and moisture. As we said, this doesn't seem like much of a deal-breaker, as you gain some additional shooting versatility with the filter adapter, not to mention added lens protection.

And then, finally, you'll get weather resistance on an X100-series camera!

• New sensor, new processor & an updated 23mm prime lens

Fujifilm has wisely kept a good thing going by retaining the 23mm (35mm eq.) f/2 fixed lens, but they've redesigned the lens itself to provide additional image quality upgrades in a few key areas. The first reported upgrade is higher resolution potential, which should certainly help make the most out of the newer, higher-res 26MP X-Trans CMOS 4 chip inside and the latest X-Processor 4 (the same imaging pipeline as found in the X-T3 and X-Pro3, for example).

Additionally, the lens is reported to offer lower distortion to previous X100-series lenses.

And last but not least, the newly-designed lens is said to offer improved close-focusing performance. It's not yet clear if the new 23mm f/2 lens can focus closer than prior models, or if perhaps the image quality performance at close-focus distances has been improved, but we'll find out and report back here soon. On previous X100 models, the 23mm f/2 lens was noted for excellent image quality in most situations, but it was notorious for being very soft when shot wide open at close-up distances. We're eager to see if this has been improved on this updated version.

Of course, the lens is also designed with the wide-angle and telephoto teleconverters in mind as well, so anyone already owning these will be able to port them over to this model just fine. We've found the teleconverters to really shine on this line, especially the TCL-X100 (also now with Mark II versions of each). And the on-board ND (neutral density) filter now sports a 4-stop reduction, up from 3-stops on the X100F, which is handy for remaining at f/2 on those brighter days.

We'll naturally be checking out these characteristics in the lab and our comprehensive Field Testing once a sample arrives at our headquarters, so stay tuned for more to come as we begin to put this model through its paces!

• Newly designed, two-way tilting LCD

Sitting flush against the rear of the X100V is a new two-way tilting touchscreen LCD, which is a nice usability upgrade over previous models' LCD screens, as they offered neither touch functionality nor any articulation. The rear screen on the X100V has a simple two-way tilting design, allowing for easier shooting from low or high angles. It is, however, not like the new X-Pro3, with an obscured rear screen in its "closed position" -- you can still use the screen when placed flush against the camera. Also, the screen does not offer a portrait-orientation tilting position like that of the X-T3.

Specs-wise, the rear screen on the X100V is a 3-inch LCD touch panel that offers a higher-resolution display than the previous model at 1062K dots (up from 1036K-dot dots of the X100F).

• Classic hybrid viewfinder, expanded

One of the neatest and most classic features in the X100 line dating back to the original model has been the old-school "hybrid" viewfinder that offers the best of both worlds: electronic and optical viewfinding experiences at the flick of a toggle-switch. Varying photographic situations may call for one or the other in order to achieve the best composition or exposure, and the X100 is one of the few digital cameras to maximize the experience of offering both. The optical viewfinder (OVF) offers .52x magnification and allows a classic optical experience, while the 3.69M dot OLED electronic viewfinder delivers a more modern representation of the image as it will appear post-capture.

You can even opt to choose both worlds at the same time, as an ERF (Electronic Rangefinder) function can be engaged which displays a small version of the EVF in the lower right corner of the OVF, furthering your ability to fine-tune composition and exposure simultaneously. EVF, OVF, ERF... just take your pick at the flick of a switch!

• Expanded video capabilities including 4K!

While the X100 line has not historically been what a photographer might think to grab when trying to record video, the line has steadily been beefing up its video chops. The X100V now at last offers 4K, both UHD and DCI Cinema 4K, recording at up to 30fps, bringing it on par with modern video standards for stills cameras. It also offers 120p capture at 1080 (FHD) resolution, which provides the ability for effective slow motion video.

In addition, the X100V can record 10-bit 4:2:2 externally via the HDMI port, which adds some flexibility for high-end creators using this model, especially when combined with their video-centric "Eterna" Film Simulation. This model is not a video powerhouse like the Fuji X-H1, but it is certainly keeping in stride with other enthusiast cameras in similar price ranges in keeping up-to-speed on the latest and greatest in its class.

So there's a brief look at the newer highlights to the line. Now let's dive into more of the overall details!

Image Quality

As mentioned, the Fuji X100V sports an all-new imaging pipeline for this line, bringing over the 26MP X-Trans CMOS 4 APS-C-sized sensor and fast X-Processor 4 chip seen in the X-T3, X-Pro3 and X-T30. Alongside updated image resolution, the X100V sports a new native ISO range of 160-12800, with expanded ISOs down to ISO 80 and up to 25,600 and 51,200. The shutter mechanism gets a bit of an upgrade, too, offering long exposure times down to 900sec (15 minutes). The same faster speeds remain as on the predecessor, with the mechanically shutter topping out at 1/4000s and the electronic shutter offering a faster 1/32000s. And of course, the X100V offers the full selection of popular Fujifilm Film Simulations, including Acros and Eterna.

As with the previous model, the X100V captures stills in RAW and JPEG formats. RAW files are 14-bits and can be recorded in either lossless compressed or uncompressed varieties.

Autofocus & Performance

Much like the predecessor, the X100V uses a hybrid autofocus system, incorporating both contrast-detection and on-sensor phase-detect pixels. With the new 26MP sensor, the X100V offers a similar overall AF system to the X-T3. Using the smallest AF point size, the user-selectable number of AF points jumps from 325 in the X100F to 425 in this new model. The 425-point number relates to the smallest AF point size provided, but by default, you'll instead have a choice of 117 AF points in a 13 x 9 array. Low-light focusing is also improved, with a the AF system rated down to -5EV. Also, thanks to the new image processor and updated AF algorithm, the X100V's face and eye detection focusing performance is said to be improved and more precise.

Continuous shooting is also improved, offering up to 11fps compared to the 8fps of the predecessor. At this fastest burst rate, the X100V is stated to capture 38 frames with JPEG mode or 17 frames with either lossless compressed or uncompressed RAW format. Dropping the burst rate down to 8fps increases the buffer capacity, with 76 JPEG images, though the RAW buffer only increases to 18 frames, according to Fujifilm's specs. Decreasing the continuous shooting rate further will increase buffer capacity, with the two slowest burst rates of 4fps and 3fps having practically unlimited buffer capacity with JPEG images.

Like the X-T3, there's a 1.25x Crop mode that lets you increase the burst rate significantly up to 30fps using the electronic shutter. (There are also 20fps, 10fps, and 8fps options in the 1.25x crop mode.)

Battery, Storage & Connectivity

Like its predecessor, the Fuji X100V uses SD storage media, but there's still only a single card slot, unlike the X-Pro3 or X-T3. The X100V's SD card slot remains only UHS-I compatible.

In addition to built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, the X100V now also offers Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy to help quick pair devices and maintain low-power connectivity for easier media transfers and sharing. Further, remote shooting is also possible with the FUJIFILM Camera Remote smartphone app.

The camera features a micro-HDMI (Type D) connector and also offers an updated USB port: a USB Type C connector with faster USB3.1 Gen1 speeds. While there's no headphone jack on the camera, the X100V does offer an external microphone jack, though it remains the less-common 2.5mm size rather than 3.5mm. The camera also keeps the hotshoe on the top for flash, mics or other accessories.

For power, the X100V uses the same larger NP-W126S rechargeable lithium-ion battery as the predecessor and other recent Fujifilm X-Series cameras. According to Fujifilm's specs, the X100V, in Normal mode, is rated for 350 shots per charge with the EVF, or 420 shots/charge with the optical viewfinder.

Pricing & Availability

The Fujifilm X100V will be available in both black and silver and is expected to go on sale in late February 2020 with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $1,399.95 USD and $1,799.99 CAD.

Stay tune for much more from IR as soon as we receive a sample into our lab!

 

 

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