Fujifilm FinePix X100 In-Depth Review
The X100's menu system is divided into three main sections - Shooting, Set-up, and Playback - and will probably look quite familiar to owners of Fujifilm compacts. Sadly this isn't really a good thing - the menus are somewhat illogically-organised, which is unfortunate because they provide the only access to a number of extremely useful functions (such as Auto ISO and flash exposure compensation).
When you press the 'Menu' button the camera initially enters the top level tab (either Shooting or Playback), regardless of whether you accessed the Set-Up menu more recently. In each of these menus the camera jumps to the most-recently accessed item, or the top item if you've just turned the camera on. As far as the camera is concerned, pressing the 'Fn' button counts as entering the menu, so if you use it to change the ISO (for example) then the camera will jump straight to ISO next time you enter the menu.
The shooting menu plays host to most of the camera's photographic settings. The ordering of the options is far from ideal, though; for example the ND filter setting is on page 2, and flash exposure compensation buried right down on on page 3. We're not convinced many photographers change image size and quality more frequently than they'll want to access either of these.
|Option||Values / Actions||Notes|
|Self Timer|| Off
|Self-timer cancels after each shot|
|ISO|| L (100)
|Auto ISO is also available, but is configured and enabled/disabled in the Set-up menu
L(100) and H (12800) are unavailable and greyed-out when shooting raw.
|Image size|| L 3:2
| - 4288 x 2848 (12M)
- 4288 x 2416 (10M)
- 3072 x 2048 (6M)
- 3072 x 1728 (5M)
- 2176 x 1448 (3M)
- 1920 x 1080 (2M)
|Image Quality|| Fine
Fine + RAW
Normal + RAW
|ISO bracketing, film simulation bracketing and DR bracketing drive modes will override this menu, and prevent the camera from recording RAW files.
RAW is always 3:2 aspect ratio.
|Dynamic Range|| Auto
|DR200 provides one stop additional highlight range with a minimum ISO of 400; DR400 provides two stops additional highlight range with a minimum ISO of 800|
|Film Simulation|| Provia / Standard
Velvia / Vivid
Astia / Soft
Monochrome + Yellow filter
Monochrome + Red filter
Monochrome + Green filter
|Mimics the looks of various Fujichrome slide films, or black and white films shot using monochromatic filters|
|ND Filter|| Off
|Engages the ND filter, which reduces the light reaching the sensor by 3 stops|
|WB Shift|| Set
|+/- 9 steps each red/cyan and blue/yellow|
|Adjusts color saturation|
|Adjusts JPEG sharpening level|
|Highlight tone|| Hard
|Controls the contrast specifically in the highlight region (above middle grey)|
|Shadow tone|| Hard
|Controls the contrast specifically in the shadow region (below middle grey)|
|Noise reduction|| High
|AF Mode|| Multi
| - Auto selects AF point
- Manually select AF point
|| + 2/3
|Flash exposure compensation|
|Select Custom Setting|| Custom 1
|Recall saved custom settings|
|Edit/Save Custom Setting|| Custom 1
Save current settings
(same options as above)
(same options as above)
|Saves custom parameter sets for future recall.
The same range of options is available for all 3 custom sets.
You can save current camera settings into a Custom set, and modify each parameter from within this menu at any time.
|Disp. Custom Setting|| OVF
AF distance indicator
Aperture / S-speed / ISO
Image size / quality
EVF / LCD
(same options as above)
|Allows configuration of the information that will be shown in the viewfinder in detailed display mode.
The OVF and EVF/LCD displays can be independently configured; each has the same set of options
The Set-up menu mainly contains the X100's 'set-once and forget' options. Oddly, though, it's also home to Auto ISO, which you'll find at the bottom of page 3: Fuji apparently deems it lower priority than choosing which of the three available fake shutter sounds you prefer. Firmware 1.1 adds, right at the bottom, a very useful function for dealing with AF point parallax issues - we recommend enabling it.
|Option||Values / Actions||Notes|
|Set date / time and display format|
|Time Difference|| Home
|Sets time zone difference when away on a trip|
|Lang||(Choose language)||Choice of 34 languages|
|Silent Mode|| On
|Turns on and off the flash, all operational sounds, and the AF illuminator|
|Resets camera to default settings|
|Formats SD card or internal memory|
|Image Disp|| Continuous
|Sets the length of time for review image to be displayed after shooting.|
|Frame No|| Continuous
|Defines file-naming convention on changing/reformatting SD card.|
|Operation Vol|| Level 3
|Volume control for operational sounds (AF confirm, self-timer and menu operation beeps)|
|Shutter volume|| Level 3
|Volume control for pre-recorded shutter release sounds (actual shutter is practically silent); see also below.|
|Shutter sound|| Sound 1
|- 'leaf shutter' sound
- 'focal plane shutter' sound
- 'SLR mirror + shutter' sound
|Playback volume|| Level 1-10||Volume level for movie playback|
|LCD Brightness|| 11 levels, -5 to +5|
|Auto Power Off|| 5 min
|OVF power save mode|| On
|Live histogram is not displayed, and AF time is increased.|
|Quick start mode|| On
|Reduces time taken for camera to turn on from 2.2 sec to 0.7 sec.|
|Fn Button|| Preview depth of field
Select custom setting
|Select one of these functions for quick access from the top-plate Fn button.
This sub-menu can be accessed quickly by pressing and holding the 'Fn' button for 2 seconds.
|ISO Auto Control||ISO Auto control
Min shutter speed
|When ISO Auto Control is enabled, the sensitivity value set in the ISO menu (or via the Fn button when enabled) is used as the minimum.
Auto ISO works in manual mode, but does not honor the exposure compensation setting.
|Red Eye removal|| On
|Enables pre-flash for red-eye reduction|
|AF Illuminator|| On
|AE/AF-Lock Mode|| AE and AF when pressing
AE and AF on/off switch
|AF-Lock button will activate autofocus even in manual focus mode.|
|AE/AF-Lock Button|| AE lock only
AF lock only
|Select whether AEL button controls autoexposure, autofocus or both.|
|Focus check|| On
|Displays magnified view in EVF/LCD when rear thumb lever is clicked in.|
|Focus ring|| Clockwise
|Defines operational direction of focus-by-wire manual focus ring|
|Focus scale units|| Meters
|Select units for focus distance/DOF scale shown in the viewfinder.|
|Framing guideline|| Grid 9
| - displays 'rule of thirds' grid
- displays '6 x 4' grid
- displays guidelines for 16:9 shooting
|Color space|| sRGB
|Select colour space of output JPEGs.|
|Long exposure NR|| On
|Uses dark frame subtraction to reduce noise in long exposures.|
|Save Org Image|| On
|Retains original image when removing red-eye in JPEG processing.|
|Autorotate PB|| On
|Autorotates portrait format images during playback.|
|Background Color|| Blue
|Changes color scheme of menus.|
|Guidance Display|| On
|Choose whether to display tool tips|
|Corrected AF frame|| On
|Allows display of parallax-corrected AF point|
The X100's playback menu reflects Fujifilm's focus on consumer compacts - you can make photobooks in-camera or mark movies for upload to YouTube, for example. To be perfectly honest we doubt the average X100 owner will spend a great deal of time in here at all. The most interesting and useful item - in-camera raw conversion - is more easily accessible via the dedicated 'RAW' button.
|Option||Values / Actions||Notes|
|Photobook assist||(Enters Photobook Assist sub-menu)||Allows you to select images and build photobooks|
|Image search|| • By date
• By face
• By favorites
• By type of data
• By upload mark
|Erase|| • Back
• Selected frames
• All frames
|Mark for upload to|| YouTube
|Slide show|| Normal, face detect
Fade-in, face detect
|Raw conversion||(Enters raw conversion mode)||See 'Playback displays'|
|Red-eye removal|| Select frame for processing|
|Crop|| Select frame for cropping|
|Image rotate|| Select image for rotation|
|Copy|| Internal memory to SD card
SD card to internal memory
|Print order (DPOF)|| With date
|Disp aspect|| 4:3
|For displaying images with the camera connected to a TV|
|New Forest pony by Dutch Newchurch|
from Equines in 2018
|Leader of the pack by Wu Jiaqiu|
from My Best Photo of the Week
|Czech Crown by Tobik|
from Coins - Macro only
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