20 Jan Fujifilm X100F
Source: Fujifilm Insider
Hi Patrice, we’re planning to launch the X100F in 2017; we’re looking for pictures and photographers. Interested?” A few days later a prototype of the forthcoming camera was sitting proudly on my desk and it would become my new best matte for several months.
It certainly makes sense to stress a few things at this stage.. The camera I work with is a prototype and its firmware isn’t final; still a beta version. Therefore this article is not an in-depth technical review. All the potential features aren’t implemented yet and I couldn’t open nor develop the RAF. All the pictures below are out of the camera JPG files edited in Adobe Photoshop CC. I don’t get paid by Fujifilm to write or speak about the X100F which Fujifilm France kindly offered me to test for several months. Like yourselves they discover and read this article for the first time today.
At first sight it is difficult to differentiate the new camera from its predecessor. However you’ll only need to spend a few minutes with the X100F to face the facts: one more time Fujifilm listened to their customers. Since the very first X100 came to the market the camera maker isn’t trying to revolutionize an amazing and successful recipe. Instead each body iteration gets its share of tweaks and fine tuning. This time again Fujifilm met the challenge with the X100F. Almost all the new features which came with the X-Pro2 are on board:
- a new 24 megapixels X-Trans CMOS III sensor,
- the EVF of the hybrid finder benefits from an increased refresh rate,
- ACROS film simulation,
- the autofocus is punchier (especially in dark environments),
- the design and user interface is in line with the latest X Series cameras,
- a new joystick and a function button on the OVF/EVF lever,
- like on the X70 there is a control ring on lens,
- the X100F features an integrated ISO/Shutter dial,
- a front wheel,
- a 3″ LCD screen,
- Exposure compensation of plus or minus 5 EV with “C” setting
- Continuous shooting (up to 8 frames / sec)
- a new (and larger) battery
Thanks to all these new additions Fujifilm managed to make the X100F even more user friendly and easier to use. To be honest once my own parameters are set I really browse in the menus. Even the useful Q menu is less of a necessity since I can control almost everything with the body. Any misses? Well yes. I’d like to be able to rename my personal settings into something else than C1, C2, … and I would have liked some form of weather sealing. Beyond these two details Fujifilm is getting close to perfection and I wouldn’t want to walk in their engineers’ shoes. Working on the next X100 should be a challenge.
Fujifilm X100F posted on Fujifilm Insider on .