Over three years in the past, I examined the Fuji X100F and was launched to the jokes of carrying a succesful level and shot. At present's agenda is the fifth installment within the Fujifilm X100 line of cameras: the Fuji X100V.
Once more, I used to be requested to do that good little machine. I haven't had a lot time with it just like the final model, so it's extra like an "preliminary impressions" article. Admittedly, I’ve been utilizing its predecessor for a couple of years, and though there are definitely welcome modifications, it nonetheless retains that X100 soul.
You may have now seen the pictures from the digicam itself by way of a press launch, different articles and even Fujifilm's personal web site. I assumed it was pointless / redundant to incorporate photos from the precise digicam. I additionally received't have an MTF chart or technically focused charts. I'm speaking concerning the upgrades that I discovered helpful on the X100F in addition to a couple of photos that I took with the digicam. You already know, issues based mostly on the precise use of the digicam. That is from a sensible, not a technical perspective.
At first, let's get to the very first thing that the majority caught the attention of individuals the second they noticed the brand new X100V: the flip display screen.
I liked that this little beast added a rocking display screen to its ergonomic arsenal. Since I grew to become so used to with the ability to use one with all the opposite cameras I movie with, I really feel just like the X100V is catching up with this contemporary photographic tools. It really works the identical as every other Fujifilm flip display screen, however not like the X-H1 or GFX 50S with which I photograph, there is no such thing as a button to launch its lock. This enables very pure use of the display screen as turning it over requires solely a small pull.
My solely actual want right here is that it’s a three-way tilting display screen somewhat than two. Having it unfolded for vertical use can be good, however definitely not essential. As for the contact display screen, this isn’t a function that I take advantage of too usually in any of my cameras. Though I see the potential usefulness in a contact display screen, I believe the expertise is even higher when utilizing the extra tactile choices.
The time that was given to me with the X100V occurred simply when Mom Nature was considering of dumping a mountain of snow on the prime of Idaho. Once I heard rumors that it had a brand new lens, I assumed to myself, "Might Fujifilm have used the brand new lens design to incorporate some climate resistance?" Seems sure! Nevertheless, with a slight snag… with the intention to benefit from the climate resistance, you’ll need to make use of the optionally available AR-X100 adapter ring and the PRF-49 safety filter.
It was a superb addition to the earlier mannequin as I used to be ready to make use of it whereas capturing within the snow and don't fear when my son dropped snowballs on my head from the bridge at above … I additionally respect the truth that they made it an optionally available addition. as a result of not everybody will want climate resistance, however some may. Whereas many may complain that they may have made the digicam weatherproof, this protecting layer as an add-on possible retains the design thinner and prices decrease for many who don't no want for this function.
My solely criticism right here is that my lens cap now not works with the protecting filter hooked up. Though it’s a small worth to pay for such an vital performance.
Together with the earlier two details, there have been additionally some smaller modifications that are very welcome.
Minor enhancements to the digicam physique
The battery / SD card door… my X100F began to get a bit caught on this particular space. I’ve to continuously play with the door to open it in order that I can recharge a battery or entry the SD card. It was a slight ache because it happens with some frequency. The X100V, nonetheless, did slightly transforming on this explicit door. They added a extra sturdy lever which appears fairly able to being subjected to fixed abuse.
One other change: the ISO dial doesn’t require you to continuously apply upward stress when you rotate it. Second, just like the newer Fujifilm cameras, you may flip off the mechanical ISO dial for the entrance dial and cycle by means of all of the totally different ISO values with out trying away from the viewfinder.
This additionally applies to the shutter pace.
If you realize the layouts of the X100 cameras, you've in all probability seen that the D-pad has disappeared and the play button has been moved, which my muscle reminiscence didn't respect. Though I’m positive that I’ll shortly adapt to the brand new format. The Q button was additionally positioned in a location the place stray thumbs may be much less prone to press it.
I miss the d-pad loads, nevertheless it releases all of the anxiousness of by chance urgent one thing like a menu button.
Picture high quality
I primarily shot with the earlier era of Fujifilm XF cameras and their 50x GFX cameras, so the sensor discovered of their newest XF cameras was a minor thriller to me. That stated, I liked taking footage with the X100V and located the JPEG recordsdata to be a pleasure to work with.
Cropping nearer to the picture above.
I haven't skilled RAW modifying with this but, however I didn't thoughts since I favored working with the pictures I obtained from the digicam. I’ve used the modifying choices contained in the digicam greater than ever earlier than, however this was primarily on account of limiting myself to working with JPEG recordsdata as soon as recordsdata out of the digicam.
The image high quality is incredible, and on par with the most recent Fujifilm XF choices. There’s an apparent enchancment within the sharpness and management of chromatic aberration from the brand new lens, however the rendering remains to be near that of its predecessors.
There was one space within the X100F's function set that offered sure challenges … autofocus. Though it was a superb system, its autofocus was slightly slower. I’ll assume that that is largely because of the earlier design of the lens.
With the X100V, you get an extremely succesful machine that may meet all of your autofocus requests. Monitoring has been improved significantly. Steady focusing is now not a setting that I keep away from. Face detection vastly simplifies acquiring relaxed photos. I felt just like the X100V was displaying a noticeable enchancment over my X-H1.
Video is one space the place earlier X100 fashions didn't precisely excel. They have been caught with low decision recording, not the perfect film sims, no F-Log capabilities, and the video was extra like an afterthought. This time, nonetheless, video has been added to the checklist of capabilities for this digicam.
I felt much more snug with this digicam than the X100F and I knew I may change my settings like I’d on the X-H1. Quick recording as much as 120P, 4k decision, F-Log and Eterna movie simulation supply many fascinating video choices for infrequent use or much more. Though there is no such thing as a IBIS, it might not take a big gimbal to get good stabilization for the instances when you really want it.
Once more, the inclusion of such a function would definitely add extra quantity to the digicam and thus eradicate the idea of level and shoot.
Basically, I discovered the digicam to be a superb level and shot that gave a whole lot of management, glorious picture high quality and nice to photograph. This digicam will likely be taken with me on many journeys to the longer term.
Seize the lifetime of our household and I can nonetheless use it as an awesome software for purchasers. Resulting from its small design, it permits low profile capturing with glorious outcomes. I’m impressed with the route taken by Fujifilm on the X100 vary and I discover that every improved space has been extremely properly thought out.
Nice! However ought to I purchase one?
I get this query loads. It is available in many alternative varieties, however it’s a theme repeated on the earth of cameras: “which digicam ought to I get?” On the finish, it’s best to ask your self a sequence of questions and perhaps even give the digicam a attempt by renting it or by going to your native digicam retailer. The questions you may ask your self are:
Would you / do you want a devoted digicam on your travels (as distant as they’re)?
Do you just like the idea of being largely restricted in your business focal size choice for an much more compact system?
Would you like the contact expertise that solely a digicam can supply?
Would you like a digicam that may produce higher picture high quality than a telephone?
Are you searching for the precise accent to go along with this new scarf you bought for Christmas / Hanukkah / Kwanzaa / Festivus / and so forth?
In the event you answered sure to any of them, the X100V is a strong possibility. When you’ve got a earlier X100 mannequin, your questions ought to heart in your desperation for options like climate resistance, higher video efficiency, vastly improved autofocus, and anything you may consider which may persuade your accomplice to mean you can indulge your GAS.
I believe the upgrades are substantial even from the X100F, however solely you (and maybe your negotiation expertise along with your partner) could make this determination.
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