Fujifilm X100F: Best X100 model yet by a country mile
Dpreview has published a comprehensive review of Fuji’s latest X100 model, the Fujifilm X100F and its worth a read.
The orginal X100 was a unique camera in its time, offering a fixed prime lens, an APS-C Trans X sensor and clever electric-Optical viewfinder but it was flawed in a number of areas so Fuji not only improved the orginal model via firmware updates but also introduced the X100S and X100T models.
Well the X100F takes all the very best aspects of the X100 concept and adds both a new 24mp sensor (same as in the X-Pro 2 and X-T2) and incoporates tweaks to ergonomics (via button layout), the result promises to be the best X100 model yet and an excellent camera in its own right, so what did Dpreview think?
“The X100 series started life as a great concept with wonderful styling that lots of people loved, despite of its manifold quirks. Each subsequent model has been a little bit better, but not always enough to make them essential upgrades for existing owners.
The X100F changes that. The image quality takes a huge leap forward, as do the ergonomics, thanks to the addition of the AF joystick. But most significantly, the speed of operation, including that of the lens, has been noticeably improved. We think it’s enough to change the way you feel about the camera.
So, while we didn’t feel the X100T was enough of a step forwards to justify a Gold award, we have no such qualms about the X100F. On balance, we think this is the ‘rush out and buy one’ product that we’ve always hoped the X100 series would be.
The X100F’s combination of image quality, usability and styling make it the best in the series yet. It’s still a niche camera, but this latest version’s limitations stem primarily from its design, rather than its implementation. A true photographers’ camera”.
I have tested and reviewed the three previous X100 models, loved most aspects of them them but also been frustrated by others.
The X100F is the first X100 model I’d have absolutely no qualms buying with my own money, its easily the best X100 model yet and represents a genuine value for money upgrade for X100 and X100S owners. It will be a bit harder for X100T owners to justify an upgrade but I have no doubt whatsoever that many will purchase the X00F, its a cracking camera.
The X100F is one of the very few modern cameras that is able to blend old school photography with state of the art digital technology.
Its not quite perfect, the touch screen still isn’t articulated (doh) nor is it a touch screen and AF is till a bit unresponsive comapred to some of the opposition but if you seek a 35mm (equivilent) fixed lens compact (ish) camera with an EVF/Viewfinder that produces superb image quality and looks the business, the Fuji X100F is the camera for you. As a street, reportage camera its top class and even people who shoot urban city scapes and landscape will be delighted with the X100F.
Mark Baynham (March 2017)