Coming along as the fifth version of the X100 Series, tried and tested features such as the 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor have been lifted straight from the Fujifilm X-Pro3 and the X-T3, while new features include the rather handy tilting rear touchscreen and the new and improved 23mm lens, which we will come onto in a minute.
The sensor has a working sensitivity range of ISO160 to 12800, which can be expanded to 80-51200. An improvement over the X100F, having a base ISO 200 coming from a 24.3MP sensor. Continuous shooting has also been increased up to 11FPS, but what about that lovely body design, we hear you say...
X100V Camera Design
It makes sense for Fuji to carry on its principles of producing a retro-styled camera body design, packed with the latest digital features. This doesn't just appeal to older photographer types or those who prefer an old school design. This marriage of the old and the new simply keeps the best bits of what we liked from the film days, wrapped around brand-new workings.
The top and bottom plates of the X100V have been milled from single bits of aluminium, wrapped around a squared off body shape and satin coating for the extra retro look. Weatherproofing has also been integrated when using the optional AR-X100 adapter ring and the PRF-49 protection filter.
The newly integrated, two-way tilting touchscreen LCD now provides the same functionalities that can be found on other cameras, featuring touch AF points and access to all the camera's functionality. The tilting screen is also going to come in very handy when using video mode for an ideal viewing angle and for those extreme high and low shots which look great for stills.
A New and Improved Lens
When the rumour mill was in full flow about the X100V, a possible f/1.4 aperture was being predicted. However, the Fuji 23mm f/2 lens has been used, now with much better optics to achieve sharper images across the frame, with lower distortion levels and far better resolution. The optics now comprise of 8 elements arranged in 6 groups, with 2 aspherical elements to reduce any effects of ghosting and flaring. A nine-blade aperture has also been included, with an aperture range of f/2-f/16. Perfect for a wide variety of applications, while the f/2 is wide enough for most low light situations.
The lens is also the same size, while still having the very useful four stop, built-in ND filter and backwards compatibility with WCL/TCL conversion lens.
The back illuminated, 26.1-megapixel sensor has a unique colour filter array, which can reduce moiré without needing an optical lowpass filter, rendering the images from the lens sharper than ever. The X-Processor 4 has also been upgraded with a new algorithm, which now increases AF performance with -5EV.
All the refinements performed on this lens have culminated in faster and sharper optics, which can be applied to many different shooting scenarios.
The wide-angle nature of the lens means it will be perfect for landscape photography, now overall sharpness has been improved across the frame. Plus, the added resolution to capture ever more refined portrait images and achieve creamy backgrounds blur with the f/2 aperture. Linked up with the compact size of the camera body, the whole package can easily fit into your pocket, which is perfect for travel or street photography.
A faster processor, tried and tested sensor and new lens all result in a more efficient AF system. Single AF, Continuous AF and manual focus are an easy switch while working, which also incorporates Hybrid AF, TTL contrast AF and TTL phase detection AF for phase detection to -5.0EV. As expected, there's a wide variety of AF modes which include single point AF, wide and tracking AF, along with automatic scene recognition.
This is where things get fancy. The camera has the option of choosing between the 0.52x magnification optical viewfinder (OVF) or the efficient 3.69M dot OLED electronic viewfinder. Selection between the two can be done with the old school looking lever on the front of the camera.
The OVF provides a 95% coverage of the frame, while the EVF provides real-time feedback of common camera settings. Plus, the Electronic RangeFinder (ERF) function can show a small display of the EVF in the bottom right corner as another way of viewing the scene.
A modern-day camera just wouldn't be the same without the ability to shoot 4K video. This time around there's 4K at 30FPS, with the ability to capture 1080P footage at 120FPS for slow motion video. Video facilities have also been added with 10-bit, 4:2:2 recording, which can be done externally via the HDMI port, along with the ability to add a bunch of film simulations, just like old Fuji film stock, which can also be applied to still images.
Battery life has also been given a boost, with an expected 350 frames when using the EVF and 420 images when the optical viewfinder is used.
If you're someone who wants to perform the complete workflow in camera, then there's plenty of inbuilt film simulations to produce a final look. 17 modes are available in total, which originate from well-known Fuji film stock, such as PROVIA/Standard, Velvia/Vivid, Sepia, ACROS to monochromatic colour. There are also still specific modes, which include Toy camera, Miniature, Pop color, High-key and Dynamic tone, amongst others.
Photo & Video Hybrid
This compact mirrorless camera is a fantastic culmination of stills and video technology, perfect for those who need an all-round solution including being an excellent beginner camera. The user can quickly and easily swap between both video and stills modes, with quick access to functionality to achieve the best of both worlds. This means that the X100V is a great solution for general all-round shooting, street photography, travel, landscapes and portraits. We believe this will appeal to the enthusiast and semi professional photographer as well as being a compact solution for the professional who wants to travel light with a second body.
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By Park Cameras on 04/02/2020
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