Fujifilm X100F Review

March 17, 2017 | Amy Davies | |
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Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 24 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 8Mb.

As we’ve come to expect from Fujifilm cameras, JPEG images directly from the X100F are beautiful. The colour rendition from the “standard” film simulation displays a nice level of saturation and detail, but switching to different film simulation modes is a great idea to match the subject. Everybody will likely have their own favourites, but I personally really enjoy the classic chrome simulation, while the new ACROS simulation is lovely for pleasing monochrome images.

Exposures are generally well-exposed when using the general “photometry” setting, with the exposure compensation dial only desperately needed in scenes with particularly high contrast.

Images are extremely detailed, with the overall impression of detail at normal printing and web sizes being very impressive. Examining at 100% reveals lots of fine detail across the frame, especially at the lower sensitivities (up to around ISO 800). From ISO 1600, the impression of detail is still fantastic at normal printing sizes, but you can start to see some parts of the image becoming a little painterly and smudgy when examining at 100%. It’s a similar story at ISO 3200, where the overall impression is fantastic - but examine closely and some areas have lost detail. Both ISO 6400 and ISO 12800 are more than useable at prints up to around A4 size, while the expansion setting of 25600 is there if you need it. The second expansion setting of ISO 51200 could be useful in some extreme circumstances, but it’s best to avoid it if at all possible. Considering the lens offers a maximum aperture of f/2, it’s likely to be the case that you seldom need such a high ISO speed.

The automatic white balance system copes very well to produce accurate colours under a range of different lighting conditions, without erring towards yellowish or warm tones.

When it comes to noise, it is very well controlled throughout the sensitivity range, but you can see just how much noise reduction is applied by checking corresponding raw files with the JPEGs. While generally the result is quite natural looking, if you do need to claw back some missing detail, you can work with the raw file.

Noise

There are 9 ISO settings available on the Fujifilm X100F for JPEGs and RAW files. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting for both JPEG and RAW files.

JPEG RAW

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

 
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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

 
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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

 
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ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

 
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Focal Range

The Fujifilm X100F's 23mm fixed lens provides a focal length of 35mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

35mm

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Macro

The Fujifilm X100F offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 10cms away from the camera. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case the X100F' lens cap). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro

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Flash

The flash settings on the Fujifilm X100F are Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash and Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (35mm)

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Flash On - Wide Angle (35mm)

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And here are some portrait shots.

Flash Off

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Flash On

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Night

The Fujifilm X100F's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds in the Manual mode, and there's a Bulb mode which allows exposures up to 60 minutes long, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 200.

Night

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Film Simulation

The Fujifilm X100F offers different film simulation modes to help replicate the look of your favourite film stock from the past.

Provia / Standard

Velvia / Vivid

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Astia / Soft

Classic Chrome

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Pro Neg. Hi

Pro Neg. Std

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B&W

Monochrome + Yellow Filter

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Monochrome + Red Filter

Monochrome + Green Filter

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Sepia

Acros

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Acros + Green Filter

Acros + Red Filter

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Acros + Yellow Filter

 
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Advanced Filters

The Fujifilm X100F offers different filter effects which can be previewed on the LCD screen.

Toy Camera

Miniature

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Pop Color

High-Key

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Low-Key

Dynamic Tone

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Soft Focus

Partial Color (Green)

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