Fujifilm X100V initial review: The most capable fixed-lens compact camera, ever
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 they didn't stop there: the lens has been redesigned, the ergonomics refined, the viewfinder revisited, and a whole lot more.
- 26MP X-Trans sensor
- Redesigned lens (but still a 23mm F2 pancake)
- Built-in 4-stop ND filter, compatible with previous lens converters
- 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
The X100-series has always been a favorite among the DPReview staff, and for some good reasons; these cameras produce wonderful images, are 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.
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.
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.
It's a dark, gray, wet January in Seattle, but we did try to take advantage of a couple of sunny days to see what our pre-production X100V can do.
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