Fujifilm X100F Review

Hey what’s up everyone. My name is Selena and for the past six weeks I’ve been traveling around Japan and taking photos mostly with the Fujifilm x100f. Let me tell you, first and foremost it has delivered, so this is kind of I guess an immediate recommendation for this camera. Generally in my reviews, I want to recommend good products and good cameras and don’t want to put negativity on my review, so if this is a camera you’re interested in, then hopefully this review will give you some insight into what it’s like shooting with it.

Alright so first and foremost why did I buy the Fujifilm X100f. The main reasons are I’ve been looking to kind of simplify my shooting setup for a long time because yeah, when you’re traveling, one of the key things you need to be aware of is just the weight and size of your equipment. So by having a much smaller camera, it means that generally you’re carrying less. Another thing is the gear that you shoot with doesn’t necessarily make you a better photographer.However when you shoot with a camera that really inspires you, that makes you really enjoy taking photos and makes you want to go out and shoot with that camera, then you generally go out more and if you’re going out more you shoot better and you just improve your photography. So there is merit in having a camera that you feel comfortable with and that you’re one with. Certain cameras the specs may be amazing but yet usability might not match what you want. So as I said I’ve been looking for something that’s kind of small, discreet and perfect to travel. Now this is obviously tiny, this is great but let’s talk about the specs of this camera.

So you can actually get this in either silver or black and the sensor on this is a 24 megapixel aps-c. That’s actually the same sensor that’s used in an XT2 and X Pro 2 and then the image quality is fantastic through this. The lens on this is a 23mm f/2. The aperture goes all the way up to f-16. Now this is a fixed lens system a lot of people do ask, can you change the lens or anything. You can get some adapters and can get a wide angle or a telephoto adapter. Now convert it down to I think an 18 mm or up to the equivalent of a 35 mm. So this camera can either be a fully automatic or a fully manual setup. So you have control dials on the body itself for your exposure composition, your ISO, your shutter speed and your aperture on the actual lens ring. I generally tend to shoot in aperture priority when I’m doing street stuff which is where I’d set my aperture and leave the shutter to auto and my ISO to auto and that makes it fast for me to shoot with. The exposure metering is pretty accurate, is pretty quick and that is, you know a great setup for street use. Now one of the key features with the X 100 series and this is also the same with the X Pro 2 – and I think a couple of other Fujifilm cameras is this OVF EVF. I guess hybrid viewfinder so if we turn it on and I just looked through the viewfinder using this little switch at the front, I can switch from optical to electronic viewfinder. This is just an interesting setup because not many cameras have the ability to switch between the two and of course depending on your preference you may want to go for one or the other. I personally shoot I think about 99% of the time with the electronic viewfinder.

So what do I love about this camera ? Okay so first and foremost I’ve already mentioned it’s the size and weight. It is so portable but the quality is incredible in 24 megapixels. So if I do want to print stuff or if I want to crop things then I’m not limited by that previous 16 megapixel on the X100. Now another thing is the camera is incredibly fast to set up and start up. That time is just impeccably fast. Now due to the size and construction of the camera, the actual shutter mechanism is incredibly quiet it’s so so quiet but you can also go to an electronic shutter if you want a complete silence shutter. I’ve already mentioned that the picture quality has blown me away. It’s been so sharp and just such a high quality. What is really really surprised me is the low-light performance. So the ISO on this goes up to 12800 as standard. You can extend it to 25600 and 51200 if you want to go for those extended ISO ranges. Now I have shot some stuff at 12800 whilst I was out and about taking some street shots and they come out really great. Now yes you do sometimes get some noise in the shots but sometimes that little bit of grittiness and graininess actually helps with the texture of the photo and just kind of pulls you know a bit more, I guess personality into the images. Now I’m not trying to inspire using noise as a way to generate style in the photos but what I mean is it just doesn’t detract from the image if it does introduce noise. Now some people have also mentioned that sometimes you get this weird past early, almost like paint effect with the noise reduction in the camera. Now if you do happen to notice that on your camera, drop down your noise reduction to minus four or whatever the lower setting is and you will continue to get those sharp images at high ISOs in low-light.

This kind of does look like the little brother to the X Pro 2 – it’s like the smaller form factor, very similar styling, same usability, pretty much the same button layout almost I think and it’s just so kind of friendly to use. It’s not intimidating if you’re taking shots of people, say you’re traveling. Again people may look at it and think like oh it’s just a tourist, is just taking photos of you know, whatever, not realizing that the quality is actually really really high and compare it to say a DSLR and people might think like well this is a big camera they’ve kind of a bit taken back by it. I feel that you would get more natural shots using a smaller street-style camera like this. What I love from the larger cameras that they’ve brought into this is the focus lever so you can actually use this little joystick on the back to select your focus points. Nice and fast, the autofocus is incredibly fast anyway. Again I’ve heard from previous owners of other X100 cameras but it wasn’t that great. This one definitely works very fast and I’ve not had any issue whilst using it. So that’s kind of like a rundown of a lot of the things that have really struck me as positive with this camera.

Now let’s go through some of the things I kind of deem negative. One of the first things I’ll point out is some of the physical design aspects of this camera. Now I believe this is the same on the XT10, also the same on the XT20 and that is the position of the tripod mount next to the battery door, not in the center. I just don’t understand why wouldn’t you put the tripod mount in line with the lens. Also it means that if you put a plate on the bottom of the camera you can’t open the battery door. So if you are like using tripods or other things you can’t chop and change your battery halfway through without taking your plate on and off, which defeats the object of having a quick release plate for certain things. So that means a bit of a design oversight and I’m not really sure why it’s like that. But you know, it is what it is and can’t really do too much about it. Now you can actually get a little bottom grip. It’s like a little bottom plate with a separate battery door hold, a little tripod mount in there as well that’s in the center and it extends your grip slightly but this is a big but, it costs 85 squiddly diddly dude. Like I’m not going to pay 85 quid for a plate to go on the bottom of the camera. There may be some third-party ones you can look at but official Fujifilm one, come on that’s not right.

Now further hardware things that I’ve kind of noticed with the camera, I was a tiny bit disappointed it didn’t actually come with the lens hood and that’s not to say that you can’t get one, and again you can get third-party ones or you can get the official Fujifilm ones. Now the official one is very nice. It’s a nice metal lens hood that just kind of sticks out over the lens, but again it’s expensive, it’s expensive for a lens hood and to me it’s something that should come with the cameras if I’m really honest. Now I was also disappointed that the screen isn’t a flip-out screen. I was really hoping that for this version they were going to introduce the flip up screen similar to what they have on the XT2 and XT 20 and such. When you’re shooting streets, sometimes you do just want to kind of like have it down low, just really want to like shoot from the hip sometimes and having that flip up screen does make it a lot easier. It’s not a big deal. It doesn’t really faze me that it’s not there but having used cameras that do have it, I realize that’s not a gimmick, it’s something that’s actually incredibly useful and more manufacturers need to include them.

Now what could be either a minor point or a major point, something that’s missing from this camera but it also could be related to the cost of the camera, so there’s no weather sealing. I would have really loved to have seen this completely weather resistant, like a user in the rain or something like that. Because there have been times when I’m out on the street, especially in Tokyo which is beautiful in the rain, so many colorful umbrellas and everything glows and reflect, and I’d love to be shooting with this, but when it’s raining, I just don’t feel confident using it. Now the final slight negative that I want to mention about this camera is to do with the aperture ring. So you’ll see on the front, we’ve got two little grips on the side to make it easy to spin. As you spin the ring around, sometimes I kind of wish there was a third grip on the bottom, just to make it a little bit easier and give you an extra area where you can grip the ring and change the aperture. Again it’s minor but I’d like to see in a future version. As I’ve said before, I have thoroughly enjoyed using this camera. I’ve only been using it for a few weeks but I would recommend it to so many different types of photographer, whether you’re a complete beginner or If you are a pro photographer and you just want like a a small easy-to-use or easy to carry around camera, then no matter what, like if you really want to experiment with settings and learning photography, you can just do anything. So final thought on this camera, I just love it so much. It’s so great to see how this X100 series has developed itself over the last seven years from when it first launched. I’m incredibly happy that I’ve now jumped into this and I’ve got my own one to play around with.

I’m shooting with it so much and I just think the pictures from it are just incredible to use. Now I’m not being paid to say this, I’ve not been sent anything from Fujifilm. Obviously in the past I have worked with them on using the cameras but I’m so invested in their system now, I just really really love it. If there’s anything that I can pass on to you is that you should definitely go and test this camera. Really consider it if you are looking to get a smaller or travel size or if you want to get into photography, something like that. Do not discount this camera for being a small camera with a single fixed lens. It is a beast, it’s such a great camera. Alright so I’m going to end out this review here. Thanks for reading, make sure you leave your comments if you haven’t done so already. My name is Selena and I will catch you in the next one. See you later. Bye.

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