Fujifilm X100V Review

March 12, 2020 | Mark Goldstein |

Fujifilm X100V News

The Fujifilm X100V is a new premium compact camera with a 26 megapixel APS-C sensor and a fixed 23mm F2.0 lens.

Other key improvements offered by the X100V include a new tilting rear touchscreen LCD monitor, updated Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder, weather-proofing, the latest generation X-TransTM CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4, and 10-bit, 4:2:2 4K video up to 30fps and 1080p up to 120fps.

The Fuji X100V will be available from 27th February in Silver and Black, priced at £1299 in the UK.

Fujifilm Press Release

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) is pleased to announce the launch of its FUJIFILM X100V (X100V), the latest model in a long line of iconic, portable and stylist X100 premium compact digital cameras. 

The fifth iteration in Fujifilm’s X100 Series, the X100V is a significant upgrade over previous models and features a newly designed 23mm F2 lens, improvements to its Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder, weather resistance*, and a new tilting rear LCD monitor among a host of other updates. Using the latest generation X-TransTM CMOS 4** sensor and X-Processor 4, the X100V provides all creatives from professionals to everyday image makers with an easy to use, fully capable, and sophisticated tool that provides incredible image quality when shooting both stills and video.

Key features and improvements of X100V include: 

A design first approach for an image first mind

The X100V’s timeless body has top and bottom plates milled from single pieces of aluminum, which results in a refined and classic camera body with clean edges. Finished with a beautiful, alumite satin coating, slight enhancements have also been made to the camera’s grip, ISO dial, and lens barrel to make it much more comfortable to hold and operate. Weather resistance appears for the first time in the X100 Series when the optional AR-X100 adapter ring and the PRF-49 protection filter are attached to the X100V’s brand new lens. Additionally, a new two-way tilting LCD touchscreen seamless sits at the back of the camera and adds another first for the series as it provides intuitive touch controls, unlocking even more possibilities for image-makers to see, frame, and create images.

A new lens to make the most out of any image

The X100V features a new 23mmF2.0 lens to ensure that every detail from its X-TransTM CMOS 4 Sensor is resolved beautifully. Enhanced for better resolution, lower distortion, this lens is a significant step up from the ones used in past X100 Series cameras, but still maintains the same overall size and compatibility with legacy WCL/TCL conversion lens, while retaining its internal 4-Stop ND filter.

At the heart of the X100V is the state-of-the-art X-TransTM CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 combination. The exceptional 26.1MP sensor uses a back-illuminated design to maximize quality and dynamic range, while its unique color filter array controls moiré and false color without the need for an optical low pass filter. Such outstanding imaging capability is complemented by the quad-core X-Processor 4. This powerful CPU not only ensures images are quickly and smoothly processed, but thanks to a new algorithm, boosts AF performance at the luminance of -5EV.

See the world differently

The X100V’s vastly improved hybrid viewfinder enables photographers to quickly and easily choose between the 0.52x magnification optical viewfinder (OVF) or the 3.69M dot OLED electronic viewfinder.  Offering 95% frame coverage, the OVF provides parallax-correcting frame lines to provide an uninterrupted view of the world as it is, while the camera’s EVF delivers a real-time representation of the image as it is being made. The Electronic Range Finder (ERF) function can also be selected to display a small EVF at the bottom right corner of the OVF, which gives image-makers another tool as they frame and make their images.

More than just a still camera

The X100V offers the ability to record 4K video up to 30 frames per second or capture 120 frames per second at 1080p to create super slow motion effects. Filmmakers needing extreme colour fidelity can record 10-bit, 4:2:2 colour externally via the HDMI port and leverage Fujifilm’s advanced colour reproduction technology, to apply Film Simulations, like ETERNA, to their video footage. Additionally, image makers can also incorporate numerous shooting functions, such as “monochromatic Colour” and “Colour Chrome Effect” to extend their creative visions directly to the footage being recorded.

Optional accessories

Photographers can use the wide conversion lens (WCL-X100 II) or tele-conversion lens (TCL-X100 II) to extend the X100V’s fixed 23mm focal length to a 28mm equivalent (0.8x) or 50mm (1.4x) equivalent lens on a 35mm format system.  A weather resistance kit is available to make the camera fully weather resistant.

An optional premium genuine-leather case (LC-X100V) is available for the X100V to complement its classic design, while giving complete access to the camera’s battery and memory card when it is in place.

Pricing and availability

The X100V will be available in Silver and Black priced at £1299.

Silver will be available from 27th February, Black from 12th March 

Accessories

X100V Black Case £79.99

X100V Weather Resistance kit (includes Adaptor Ring and Filter to make the X100V weather resistant) £99.99

In the UK, the Weather Resistance kit will be sold at half price, £49.50 when purchased at the same time as the camera.

*With the combined use of the AR-X100 Adapter ring and the PRF-49 protection filter

**X-TransTM is FUJIFILM Corporation’s trademark or registered trademark. The sensor has a unique non-periodic filter array to reduce the appearance of moire patterns and false colors without the use of an optical low-pass filter.

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