Fujifilm x100v: An In-Depth Camera Review in 2024

April 30, 2024
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Heads up—this review of the Fujifilm X100V might tempt you to open your wallet…

The X100V has become a coveted item, with some fans waiting over six months to get their hands on one. But what’s behind all this excitement? What makes this camera stand out from the rest? Is it as great as everyone claims? Is it worth the lengthy wait?

Our team at Looxcie is thoroughly impressed with this charming, retro-inspired APS-C camera.

TechRadar has dubbed it “the compact camera that makes sense in a smartphone world,” and we wholeheartedly agree.

Fujifilm X100V Overview

This compact powerhouse is a game-changer for both photography enthusiasts and professionals. The Fujifilm X100V features a robust 26.1-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 APS-C sensor paired with a reliable X-Processor 4, making it ideal for everything from stunning landscapes to spontaneous street photography. The X100V has a high-quality, fixed 23mm f/2 lens, perfect for capturing sharp, vivid images. Plus, it’s built to withstand the elements with its weather-resistant design.

Not only does it take outstanding photos, but the X100V also excels in video with 4K recording capabilities. Its hybrid viewfinder and super responsive autofocus system add to its versatility and ease of use.

However, with all its popularity, it’s become a rare find. You might see it listed on eBay for nearly double its MSRP, but it is almost always sold out. Here’s why it’s garnered such acclaim.

So, is it worth the hype? Given its exceptional features and performance, many would say absolutely— if you can find one!

Construction, Handling, and Controls

Build Quality

The Fujifilm X100V is more than just good-looking; it’s built to last. Despite its compact size, it feels robust and solid in the hand, thanks to its aluminum top and bottom plates and a textured satin finish on the front. From my experience, the camera shows no signs of wear even after extensive use, which is consistent with the durability I’ve come to expect from Fuji cameras.

The X100V has a small ridge for a grip, which can be uncomfortable on long shooting days. To alleviate this, I use the Peak Design leash to let the camera hang from my wrist, reducing the strain on my hand. While additional accessories like hot shoe thumb grips and side grips are available, the standard build suits me just fine.

Weather Sealing

Underneath its stylish exterior, the X100V is equipped with weather sealing, making it a reliable companion for all kinds of environments—mountain trails, thunderstorms, dusty deserts, or cold climates. 

The 23mm f/2 lens also features weather sealing but needs a filter to be completely weatherproof. Impressively, I’ve noticed no dust or specks in the viewfinder or on the filter, a testament to its solid construction since I can’t open the camera for cleaning.

Handling and Controls

The X100V’s design puts all essential controls within easy reach of my right hand. The shutter button, equipped with a screw mount for attachments like a soft shutter button or remote release, provides a satisfying click thanks to the leaf shutter. Right behind it is the exposure compensation dial, which can be manually adjusted or set to ‘C’ for controlling exposure compensation up to ±5.0EV in 1/3EV steps through a scroll wheel dial.

On the left side, you’ll find the shutter speed and ISO dials, designed to stay in place even when pulling the camera in and out of a bag. Pull and scroll the dial to adjust ISO, offering an extended range from ISO 80 to 51200. While I prefer to keep my ISO settings up to 3200 for cleaner images, some may find acceptable results even at ISO 6400.

The X100V can shoot up to 11 frames per second in continuous shooting mode, though its AF-C might not fully keep up with this speed. It also supports several bracketing options, including exposure, ISO, film simulation, and WB, accessible via the Drive menu button.

The Fujifilm X100V might not be a traditional workhorse camera due to its ergonomic design, which isn’t optimized for professional shoots. However, using this camera is a genuine pleasure. The tactile satisfaction of twisting dials and pressing buttons and the ability to switch between manual and automatic modes make it an appealing choice for photography enthusiasts.

The X100V combines the best of both worlds—classic controls with modern features—in a design that will surely catch the eye.

Focus Performance

The original Fujifilm X100 set a new standard with its compact size, APS-C sensor, and hybrid viewfinder—all packaged in a retro-styled body. While its image quality was outstanding, the autofocus (AF) performance was notably poor.

Over the years, each subsequent model saw incremental AF speed and reliability improvements. The X100S made slight improvements but was still slow; the X100F was better but often hunted for focus.

Now, the X100V represents a significant step forward. Thanks to its quad-core X-Processor 4, the camera offers improved AF capabilities, including effective face and eye detection that functions well even in low light (down to -5EV). While it won’t be setting any records for autofocus speed, it’s reliable enough for most photography needs and a considerable upgrade over the X100F.

Yes, it still struggles in dim lighting, and the AF speed could be quicker, but it performs well enough for most situations. The face and eye detection are reliable, allowing the camera to make accurate focusing decisions during people’s shots. For more controlled compositions, the new joystick for adjusting the AF point improved significantly over the previous d-pad.

Overall, the Fujifilm X100V is the first in its series that won’t disappoint you regarding focus performance. Aside from very low-light conditions, where the lens may still hunt a bit, it’s quick enough for most uses.

Image Quality

Fujifilm cameras are renowned for their exceptional JPEGs straight out of the camera, and the X100V is no exception. It features a 26.1 MP X-Trans CMOS 4 APS-C sensor and a redesigned f/2 23mm lens that bring it on par with Fuji’s flagship models in terms of image quality.

This camera effectively manages moiré and false color thanks to a unique color filter array, eliminating the need for an optical low pass filter. For those who prefer shooting in RAW, the X100V offers impressive dynamic range, the best you can expect from an APS-C sensor, though not quite matching the capabilities of modern full-frame cameras.

If you’ve used earlier models of the X100 series, you might recall that shooting wide-open at f/2 wasn’t very sharp. However, with the X100V, images at f/2 are now sharper and more contrasty, even in macro mode close-ups. The upgrade from 24MP in the X100F to 26MP in the X100V also enhances the detail captured by the lens.

Overall, the X100V significantly improves image quality over its predecessors and stands out among APS-C cameras. The ability to apply attractive film simulations right in the camera is a bonus, allowing you to enjoy shooting in JPEG without needing post-processing.

Ports, Battery, and Connectivity

The X100V offers a limited selection of ports, which meets the needs of most photographers, though videographers might desire more.

On the right side, under a flap, you’ll find a 2.5mm Sub-Mini, HDMI D (Micro), and USB Type-C (USB 3.0) ports.

Size and Weight

One of the X100V’s greatest features is its compact size and lightweight. Weighing just 1.05 lbs (478g) with the battery and SD card, it’s exceptionally light for a camera with such robust performance and features. Its dimensions are 5.04 x 2.94 x 2.1 inches, making it incredibly portable and easy to carry around, whether going for a walk or packing for a trip.

Overall Performance

The Fujifilm X100V shows noticeable improvements in speed and responsiveness compared to its predecessor, the X100F. The camera boots up incredibly fast and is ready to shoot in just milliseconds, which makes it an excellent choice for street photography or any scenario where timing is critical to capture fleeting moments.

Touch Screen and User Interface

Adding a new touchscreen enhances the X100V’s usability, making it fun and practical for taking candid shots with a simple tap. Navigating through photos during playback is generally smooth, although sometimes images may stick to your finger, requiring a second swipe to move past them.

Buffer and Shooting Speed

In terms of storage and speed, the X100V handles quite well for a compact camera. It has a buffer capacity of 38 JPEGs and 17 lossless RAW files when shooting at its maximum speed of 11 frames per second (FPS) with the mechanical shutter. I find that shooting at a lower rate of 6FPS offers better performance, allowing you to shoot up to 220 JPEGs or 21 compressed RAWs (or 18 uncompressed).

Switching to the electronic shutter ramps up the speed to an impressive 20 FPS, although the buffer fills up after capturing 32 JPEGs or 17 RAW files. It’s worth noting that UHS-I card speeds limit the buffer performance, so you won’t benefit from using faster UHS-II cards.

Use in Fast-Paced Situations

While the X100V isn’t designed for sports photography, it can still capture fast-moving subjects when needed, thanks to its robust autofocus system. The autofocus is a significant upgrade from the X100F, offering dramatic improvements that make it feel like a completely different camera compared to older models in the X100 series.

The Fujifilm X100V is not just a step up from its predecessors in design and basic features; it also excels in performance, making it a versatile camera for everyday use and a reliable tool for capturing high-quality images quickly and efficiently.

Should You Get the Fujifilm X100V?

I’ve never personally owned an X100V or any other model from the X100 series, but I’ve had extensive experience using them through work.

Previously, my main reservations about purchasing one were its lack of weather sealing and only having a single card slot. The latest model, the X100V, has addressed the weather sealing issue, but the single card slot still gives me pause, especially when photographing something as critical as a wedding.

Despite these concerns, I must admit that using the X100V is one of my most enjoyable photography experiences ever. It’s an incredibly satisfying camera to shoot with, which explains the worldwide hype and why it’s often backordered.

The X100V is nearly perfect. I’m hopeful its successor will be more readily available and perhaps include dual card slots or internal memory similar to the Leica M11, making it even more appealing.

So, should you get one? Absolutely. No matter what camera you currently use, the Fujifilm X100V is a top choice for anyone looking for a quality companion camera. It combines performance, usability, and enjoyment like few other cameras do.


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