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Fujifilm X100V review: The most capable fixed-lens compact camera, ever: Digital Photography Review

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Introduction

All product photography by Dan Bracaglia

The X100V is Fujifilm’s fifth X100-series camera since the original model debuted almost a full decade ago. Through each successive iteration, Fujifilm has made its large-sensor, prime-lens compact camera more and more capable, and this latest model (officially pronounced Ex One Hundred Vee) takes the core bits of Fujifilm’s high-end interchangeable-lens X-Pro3 and slips them into a much smaller package.

This means you get the company’s latest 26MP X-Trans APS-C sensor and processor combo, the promise of much-improved autofocus and the best video feature set we’ve seen on a prime-lens compact camera. But it doesn’t stop there: the lens has been redesigned, the ergonomics refined, the viewfinder revisited, and a whole lot more.

Key specifications:

  • 26MP X-Trans sensor
  • Redesigned lens (still a 23mm F2 pancake, compatible with previous converters)
  • Built-in 4-stop ND filter
  • Tilting 1.62M-dot touchscreen LCD panel
  • Updated 3.69M-dot OLED EVF, redesigned OVF optics
  • Up to 4K/30p with Eterna film sim and F-Log internal capture (8-bit only)
  • 2.5mm mic port, headphones through USB-C with adapter
  • Weather-sealed, when filter adapter and filter are used
  • Single SD card slot
  • CIPA rated to 350 shots using the EVF, 420 using the OVF
Processed from Raw.
ISO 320 | 1/320 sec | F5.6
Photo by Barney Britton

The X100-series has always been a favorite among the DPReview staff, and for some good reasons; these cameras produce wonderful images, they’re beautifully designed and are engaging to use. For those that have been eyeing some or other version of X100 over the years but never taken the plunge, this latest model is arguably the one to get. But for owners of previous X100 models, should the V tempt you to upgrade? Let’s find out.

The X100V is expected to be available in late February 2020 at a suggested retail price of $1399, £1299 (inc VAT), €1500 (inc VAT) or $1799 CAD.


What’s new and how it compares

The X100V comes with some significant changes, but still follows the basic formula its predecessors have followed for the last decade.

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Body, controls and handling

Out with the 4-way controller, in with the touchscreen. This and more have the potential to change the way you take control over the X100V.

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First impressions

If Reviews Editor Carey Rose had the previous X100F, he’s not sure he’d upgrade – but he’s not sure he’d not upgrade, either.

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Image and lens quality

The X100V has a familiar sensor with good performance and we take a close look at the new Color Chrome feature and the redesigned lens.

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Autofocus

The X100V gets pretty much all of the same autofocus features as the X-Pro3, making it very capable for a camera of its type.

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Video

In terms of video, there’s really no better-specced fixed-lens, large-sensor option on the market today.

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Conclusion

The X100V is (predictably) the best X100 yet, and frankly, leads its market segment in terms of overall capability.

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Sample galleries

Our pre-production camera gallery started out with a dark, gray January, and our full-production gallery ends with quarantine. But we did get some nice photos here and there.

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