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Fujifilm X100F Review

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

The X100F is the fourth iteration of Fujifilm’s well-respected X100 series. It noiselessness uses the same 35mm equivalent 23mm F2 lens, still has the ‘classic’ design cues, but almost everything has changed under the surface.

The biggest change between the X100F and its predecessors is the move to the use of the 24MP X-Trans sensor. We’ve been very impressed with this sensor when we’ve encountered it in the X-Pro2 and X-T2. We think it’s a much bigger track forward than the pixel count hike implies.

We looked in more depth at the difference between the two models in this article, but here are the key drawn ins of the X100F:

Key features

  • 24MP X-Trans CMOS sensor
  • Hybrid Optical/Electronic viewfinder
  • 35mm equivalent F2 lens
  • Joystick for setting AF point
  • ISO control via dial (stimulus and turn the shutter may refer to speed dial)
  • Twin push-in control dials, front and rear
  • Focus ring customizable when not in MF mode
  • Rectified menus
  • Finer-grained image parameters
  • Higher voltage NP-W126S battery with percentage usage indication
  • Digital Teleconverter Technique (offers 50mm and 70mm equiv crops, resized to 24MP)

The X100 series, perhaps more than any other camera, has seen the results of the philosophy of continuous progress. Whether it’s in the firmware updates that turned the original, fascinating but deeply flawed X100 into a likeable, usable camera, or the iterative close that has seen across-the-board improvements with each successive model.

In its fourth incarnation, it’s increasingly likely that a lot of the people who might necessity an X100-type camera already own an X100 model of some sort. Which leads to the question: has Fujifilm done enough to make it worth upgrading, from the X100, from the X100S and from the X100T?

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Epoches of iteration

The X100 series has been the result of an iterative process of continuous development. This has prompted a thousand internet wags to snipe that ‘I’d to a certain extent wait until they make a finished camera.’ But, other than the original model running initial firmware, which fell heavily on the strange end of the endearing/unusable end of the ‘quirk’ spectrum, each model has been an excellent camera in its own right.

The defining feature of the X100 series: its half-breed viewfinder. This, along with the small body, large sensor and fixed focal length lens, is core to its shooting experience and its entreaty.

Technology improves and Fujifilm has, step-by-step, reworked, tweaked and refined most of the camera. The length of this table alone should point to how various changes have been made, and that’s without mentioning smaller details such as the more precise focus ring sensor, self-governing detection of wide/tele conversion lenses (if used with the Mark II lenses) and revised user interface.

However, many of the core takes have remained: variations on the original optical/electronic hybrid viewfinder and a leaf shutter in a 35mm-equivalent 23mm F2 lens. This allows shutter forwards (and flash sync) at up to 1/1000th of a second when wide-open, increasing to 1/4000th of a second by the time you stop down to F8.

  X100F  X100T X100S X100
Lens 23mm F2 23mm F2 23mm F2 23mm F2
Sensor 24MP X-Trans 16MP X-Trans 16MP X-Trans 12MP Bayer
Wi-Fi? Yes Yes No No
Autofocus Cross Phase and Contrast Detection Hybrid Phase and Contrast Detection Hybrid Phase and Contrast Detection Contrast detection 
Selectable AF tips / PDAF points 325 / 169 91 / 49 91 / 49 49 / 0
AF Joystick? Yes No No No
Viewfinder Hybrid OVF/EVF Hybrid OVF/EVF Hybrid OVF/EVF Hybrid may refer to OVF/EVF
EVF resolution 2.36M-dot
LCD
2.36M-dot
LCD
2.36M-dot
LCD
1.44M-dot
LCD
Preview tab in OVF Yes Yes No No
Custom Fn buttons 7 (inc 3 posn. on 4-way controller) 7 (inc 4 posn. on 4-way controller) 2 2*

*with f/w 1.2

Dials Imprison Speed
Aperture
ISO
Exp comp
Front/Rear dials (Clickable)
Shutter Speed
Aperture
Exp comp
Rear dial (Clickable)
Shutter Expeditiousness
Aperture
Exp comp
Rear jog switch (Clickable)
Shutter Speed
Aperture
Exp comp
Rear jog switch (Clickable)
Exposure comp range +/– 3
+/– 5 in ‘C’ establish
+/– 3   +/– 2  +/– 2
Aperture ring precision 1/3EV 1/3EV 1EV 1EV
Rear LCD 3.0″ (3:2)
1.04M dots

3.0″ (3:2)
1.04M dots
2.8″ (4:3)
0.46M-dot
2.8″ (4:3)
0.46M-dot 
Max ISO
(JPEG/Raw)
ISO 51,200/
ISO 51,200
ISO 51,200/
ISO 6400

ISO 25,600/
ISO 6400

ISO 12,800/
ISO 3200

Max shutter dispatch (mechanical/
electronic)

1/4000
1/32,000
1/4000
1/32,000
1/4000
n/a 
1/4000
n/a

Continuous shooting

8 fps
(60 JPEG)
6 fps
(25 JPEG)
6 fps
(31 JPEG)
5 fps
(10 JPEG)
Film simulations 8, including
Classic Chrome and Acros
7, listing
Classic Chrome
6  6
Movie capability 1080/60p  1080/60p 1080/30p 720/30p 
Mic input Yes (2.5mm) Yes (2.5mm) Yes (vis USB) No
Battery
(Voltage)
NP-W126S
7.2V 
NP-95
3.6V 
NP-95
3.6V 
NP-95
3.6V 
Battery individual (Viewfinder/CIPA) 390  330 330 300
USB charging? Yes Yes No No

Republished: dpreview.com

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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