Fujifilm X100F Full Review

Preview posted 01/18/2017 by Michael Palmer
Review posted 03/29/2017 by Kyle Schurman

With a 23mm F2 fixed lens (35mm equivalent) and a 24.3-megapixel APS-C size X-Trans CMOS III image sensor, the first thing you'll notice about the Fujifilm X100F is its retro stylings. The X100F is simple and elegant. But, it's also functional with a built-in ISO / Shutter Speed dial as well as a joystick Focus Lever located near the 3.0" LCD screen. It's a camera designed to be used quickly and easily in manual mode without having to take your eye away from the Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder (it allows you to choose between optical and electronic viewfinders)

Surprisingly, Fujifilm opted to limit video recording to Full HD 1080/60p, which is a shame, but at least there are some fun film simulations modes -- including the newest iteration, ACROS, which Fujifilm says "offers smooth gradation, deep blacks and beautiful textures to create stunning monochrome images" -- as well as an output for a stereo microphone.

X100F_Silver_Top.jpgThe X100F also boasts an Intelligent Hybrid AF system, which switches between phase and contrast detection based on scenes, with 40% AF points than previous models (now with 91). There are six AF modes in total -- three each for AF-S (stationary subjects) and AF-C (moving subjects) -- including Single Point mode, Zone mode and Wide/Tracking mode. The X100F is a quick camera to boot; startup time is 0.5 seconds, the shooting interval is 0.2 seconds, the shutter release time lag is 0.01 seconds, and it'll AutoFocus as quickly as 0.08 seconds.

If a fixed lens 35mm (equivalent) camera seems daunting, Fujifilm will also be launching two optional lens converters -- a 0.8x wide angle converter, producing a 23mm equivalent focal length, plus a 1.4x teleconverter, producing a 50mm equivalent focal length. Pick those up and you've got a fun, compact kit for a day of shooting.

Overall, if you're a rangefinder fan looking for a still-photo focused camera for landscapes, street shooting, or portraits, the Fujifilm X100F should be on your short list. We can't wait to get one in hand for a full review.
X100F_Silver_Back.jpgKey Features

  • 24.3MP APS-C size X-Trans CMOS III sensor
  • 23mm FUJINON lens (35mm equivalent)
    • F2 max aperture
    • 35mm equivalent
    • ND filter (3 stops)
  • 3.0" 1.04M-dot LCD display
  • Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder (OVF / EVF)
  • Full 1080/60p HD Video
    • with or without Film Simulations
    • Output for Stereo Microphone
  • 0.08 second Intelligent Hybrid AF
  • 0.5 second fast start-up time
  • 0.01 second shutter time lag
  • 0.2 second shooting interval
  • 'ACROS' film simulation mode
  • Focus Peaking
  • Digital Split Image
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF
  • 6 AF Modes (3 for AF-S, 3 for AF-C)
    • Single Point
    • Zone
    • Wide/Tracking
  • Digital Teleconverter
    • 50mm & 70mm options
  • Advanced Filters
    • Pop Color
    • Toy Camera
    • Miniature
    • Dynamic Tone
    • Partial Color
    • Soft Focus
    • High Key
    • Low Key
  • Interval Timer Shooting
    • 1 second - 24 hours
    • up to 999 frames
  • Wi-FI
    • Free FUJIFILM Camera Remote app
    • Wireless Communication
    • INSTAX Share Printer compatible (INSTAX Share App)

Optional Accessories

  • Leather Case (LC-X100F)
  • 0.8x Wide Conversion Lens (WCL-X100 II)
  • 1.4x Tele-Conversion Lens (TCL-X100 II)

What's in the box?

  • Fujifilm X100F 24.3MP Digital Camera
  • NP-W126S Li-Ion Battery
  • BC-W126 Battery Charger
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • Metal Strap Clip
  • Protective Cover
  • Clip Attaching Tool
  • USB Cable
  • Owner's Manual
  • Fujifilm 1 Year Limited Warranty

X100F_Black_Top.jpgPricing & Availability

The Fujifilm X100F Digital Camera is available -- in black or silver -- for a $1,299.95 MSRP.



Quick Take
  • Outstanding image quality in all types of scenes
  • Minimal noise in photos shot at high native ISO settings
  • Prime f/2 lens produces very sharp detail in images
  • 91-point AF mode is upgrade over X100F's predecessor
  • Full manual control modes, including manual focus, available
  • New image processor provides impressive performance speeds
  • Can record in continuous shot mode at up to 8 fps
  • Hybrid Viewfinder design is great for giving the camera flexibility
  • LCD screen is sharp and bright
  • Film Simulation modes are cool, including new Acros mode
  • Q menu button is great for changing settings quickly
  • Nice retro design makes this model look great
  • Camera's operational aspects are a little quirky; it takes some practice to use this model efficiently
  • Lack of a mode dial may confuse some photographers at first
  • Combination shutter speed/ISO dial is odd, but it's functional once you get the hang of it
  • Prime lens is sharp and fast, but has no zoom capability
  • Camera has a chunky design
  • LCD screen has no tilt or touch capability
  • Price tag is very high
  • No dedicated movie recording button
  • No 4K video resolution option
  • Flash unit is embedded in the front of the camera, rather than a popup flash
  • Menu structure is extensive; will take some practice to use efficiently
Bottom Line
The Fujifilm X100F is a camera that has some design oddities, along with a really high price. But for the right photographer, its high-quality images and sharp f/2 prime lens is going to give you images that you can't easily duplicate with other cameras. It's especially good at portrait photos and low light photos. But with a four-figure price tag, the X100F is only going to appeal to a limited number of advanced photographers. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

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