Editor's note – Firmware version 2.0 has enabled the use of the built-in ND filter during video recording. This was not possible with earlier firmware at the time of publication. The review has been updated accordingly.

While we don't think it will be many folks' first choice for serious video work, the X100V is remarkably well-specced and captures some really nice footage.

Key takeaways:

  • Class-leading video quality and feature set
  • Lack of stabilization limits its range of shooting scenarios
  • Good video autofocus performance

The X100V is by far the most capable of the series for video, and indeed, in its market segment. We're not sure how many people will be using the X100V as a primary video camera, but it is nice to see that Fujifilm is essentially carrying over high-end features from its flagship interchangeable lens models to the X100V.

Let's first take a look at its video quality.

Video quality

Detail capture is exceptional in 4K, turning in essentially identical results to Fujifilm's very-good X-T30. The Leica Q2 isn't reading out all of the pixels on its high-resolution sensor and then downscaling, so it's losing some detail, and of course, Ricoh's GR III doesn't support 4K at all. Switching to Full HD, we again see very strong performance indeed.

Overall though, considering the compactness of the camera body which necessarily complicates things like heat dissipation, this is impressive. Keep in mind that, likely because of heat concerns, video capture on the X100V is limited to 10-minute clips in 4K and 15-minute clips in Full HD.

Video features and handling

Our resident video expert Jordan Drake shares some thoughts on the X100V as a video camera in the above clip, but if you're not into watching video, here's the summary.

Because of the lack of stabilization, the not-very-wide lens and tilt-only screen, the X100V is not going to be a great vlogging camera, surprise, surprise. But what is surprising is how well it functions for a non-vlog video shooter, though there are some caveats.

You can record Log footage in 4K internally, though it's limited to 8-bit 4:2:0 files. Hook it up to an external recorder though and you get access to 10-bit 4:2:2 output. Not too shabby. If you want a more ready-to-edit look straight out of the camera, there's always the Eterna film profile which we like quite a bit.

Like some other Fujifilm models, the USB-C port can be adapted to use as a headphone jack

There's a 2.5mm microphone jack, which isn't as useful as a 3.5mm jack but it's better than nothing, and the USB-C port can be adapted to use as a headphone port for monitoring your audio. The internal mics are serviceable, but will pick up focusing noise from the lens if you leave AF enabled.

Speaking of autofocus, as you can see from the above video, autofocus generally works well throughout (the entire video is shot with AF enabled). It's not flawless, but again, is much better than we would have expected from previous X100 models.

Sure, you can use the X100V with an external recorder to get even better footage, but let's be honest. It looks a bit silly.
Screengrab courtesy Jordan Drake

Starting in firmware version 2.0, the X100V now lets you use the built-in ND filter during video capture. This i incredibly handy to help maintain the longer shutter speeds preferred by many videographers, and suddenly makes the X100V a much more credible run-and-gun video capture tool, provided you've got a stabilization solution such as a small gimbal.

It's hard not to be impressed with everything Fujifilm has crammed into the X100V regarding video.