The X100V is Fujifilm's fifth X100-series camera since the original model debuted almost a full decade ago. There are some cameras you can’t fail to be impressed by for their charm and good looks. A close up view of the X100V’s hard-wearing aluminium top plate. AP’s Michael Topham gets hands on with the new Fujifilm X100V outside Fujifilm’s House of Photography store in London. The extra 2MP won’t have much real-world impact, although we did notice improved dynamic range and color accuracy in the new sensor when testing it on other camera models. Helpfully, the X100V has its own 4-stop ND filter built-in too, which goes one better than the 3-stop ND filter offered on the X100F. An optional premium leather case (LC-X100V) will also be available for the X100V, which has been designed to compliment the classic design, whilst providing access to the camera’s battery and memory card compartment. The X100V’s autofocus has been improved too. Videographers and vloggers are better off sticking to the X-T3 since you’ll need to plug external gear into the X100V’s HDMI port to get the most from its video mode. Both require Fujifilm’s Camera Remote app to be installed on iOS and Android mobile devices. The X100V shares the same charm and elegance with its predecessors, however there are quite a few differences that aren’t immediately obvious. Its premium build quality is immediately obvious when you pick it up and it’s neither too big or heavy that it feels cumbersome or a burden to carry on days out. For the first time, the camera’s body is weather resistant. A collection of creativity-oriented lenses, which complement the X-Trans CMOS sensor perfectly and eliminate the low-pass filter for ultimate sharpness. I fired off a few shots with the X100V in New York recently, but will need more time with the camera to see if the revamped lens really makes a difference and can avoid softness when shooting wide open. Users who’d like to adjust the sensitivity on the fly also have the option to set the ISO dial to its ‘C’ setting and use the front dial, which has always been my preferred way of working when needing to setup and shoot quickly. The X100V has a cleaner, crisper finish to the edge of its body compared to its predecessors. At the top of the camera, adjusting the ISO is much easier; you just lift up the outer ring of the dial, select the setting you want, and press it back down to lock in your ISO. It’s not possible to navigate the main menu via the touchscreen. Those who enjoy recording video can shoot 4K footage at 30p/25p/24p with a bit rate of 200Mbps for up to ten minutes. The X100V now shares the same 26.1-megapixel X-Trans IV CMOS APS-C sensor as the X-T3, X-T30, and X-Pro3. Shooting stamina is upped to 350 frames using the EVF, or 420 shots using the optical viewfinder. Hot on the heels of its latest entry-level mirrorless release, the X-T200, Fujifilm has unveiled its fifth model in its iconic and stylish X100 series. Yalding Does the fifth member in the series still appeal and justify its four-figure price tag? The 2.5mm mic input at the side is located above the USB Type C port. Experimenting with the tone curve using the highlight tone and shadow tone options that you’ll come across in the Q menu or main menu lets us to maximise the dynamic range in JPEG images without affecting raw files. Compared to the X100F’s optical viewfinder, which offered 92% coverage and a 0.5x magnification, the X100V’s has increased to 95% coverage and 0.52x magnification. To get a better understanding of how the X100V’s lens performs, I conducted several side-by-side tests with an X100F that was kindly loaned to us from MPB.com who specialise in buying and selling second-hand cameras. Yalding Hill As usual, the X100V maintains the retro, rangefinder aesthetic and host of dials and manual controls for which Fujifilm is known. The X100V's fixed 23mm f/2 ASPH II lens and APS-C sensor do the same thing as a LEICA 35mm f/2 SUMMICRON-M ASPH does on the LEICA M10, and shot in the X100V's square crop mode, the 23mm lens has the same picture shape and angle as a 6 × 6cm … By designing the screen unit incredibly thinly, users get the benefit of a tilt screen with no additional bulk – indeed you wouldn’t really know it’s a tilt screen if it wasn’t for the cut-out at the bottom corner of the body that makes it easier to pull out. Fstoppers' Long-Term Review of the Fujifilm X100V Mirrorless Camera. Increasing the highlight tone to a positive value brightens the highlights and decreasing it to -1 or -2 retains detail in brighter areas. The switch directly below the ISO dial at the front of the body is used to switch between the optical and electronic viewfinder when the camera is raised to your eye. Approximately 33 Fine JPEGs were recorded at 30fps before the camera showed signs of slowing. The other change at the rear is the absence of a four-way controller. The 23mm fixed focal length (equivalent to 35mm) and aperture range (f/2 to f/16) is the same and it upholds a minimum focusing distance of 10cm. The auto power off function can be set between 15secs and 5 minutes and by setting this up you can preserve battery life, plus it saves you using the on/off switch quite as often. Its engineers kept the form factor the same, so owners of older models can use the same filters and add-on lenses. At the side, the X100V is equipped with a 2.5mm mic input, USB Type C port and HDMI (Type D) micro connector. The iconic design hasn’t changed a great deal, yet Fujifilm has continued to find ways to improve it by listening carefully to those who use it day in, day out. Fujifilm has a good thing going with its X100-series. Detail dips below 3,000l/ph when the sensitivity is pushed beyond ISO 6400. Fujifilm X100V vs Fujifilm X100F Lens Specs Comparison Fujifilm X100V and Fujifilm X100F features 35 mm F2.0 Prime lenses so they have the same focal reach and light collecting ability. That said, the lens does continue to exhibit veiling flare in instances when you shoot directly towards the sun. It’s still as fun to use as ever, though, and I’m a big fan of Fujifilm’s newest software enhancements. First and foremost, let’s get to the first thing that catches most people’s eyes by the time they’ve seen the new X100V: the flip screen. Thanks to the 26.1 MP X-Trans CMOS 4 APS-C sensor and newly designed f/2 23mm lens, the image quality out of the Fujifilm X100V is up there with Fuji’s flagship models. Just like the X100F, the X100V produces impressive corner-to-corner sharpness with minimal distortion and chromatic aberration. The Granary, Downs Court They each have a large image sensor and a 23 mm lens (35 mm equivalent angle of view in full frame format). (What’s Fujifilm going to call the next one?). The detail resolved at ISO 12,800 (2,900l/ph) remains high and the sensor even manages to resolve 2,400l/ph when shooting in the expanded ISO 51,200 setting. It has a special thing going for it in the way it inspires you to venture out and take pictures, which I put down to how easy it is to carry and the great images it creates straight off the bat. The weather resistance kit includes an AR-X100 (left) and PRF-49 protective filter (right). The finish to the X100V’s top plate is crisper and the edges are sharper than previous versions. As well as being able to acquire focus in light levels as low as -5EV, users get to choose from 117 AF points arranged in a 9×13 formation across the frame, or increase this to a 425-point layout (17×25 grid) for more precise positioning. Rather than inheriting the same lens from the X100F, Fujifilm has reconfigured it. Then there’s the autofocus system, which is snappier in operation and covers a wider area of the frame. When you go back to using the Standard/Provia mode after using some of the rich film simulation modes colours can appear a little dull and lacking in vibrancy. Just like Fujifilm’s latest mirrorless cameras, face and eye detection makes critical focusing a breeze when shooting portraits, with a yellow square inside the green face detection box revealing which eye it’s locked onto. To conclude, the X100V is a gorgeous little camera that’s as satisfying to look at as it is to shoot with. The X100V’s viewfinder is claimed to be better sealed against dust and moisture. In its optical mode the finder provides parallax-corrected frame lines, detailed exposure information and other icons revealing battery status, film simulation and image quality settings around the outside of the frame. Both cameras have a wide angle coverage of 35mm and have the same max aperture of f2.00 at this focal length. They’ve advanced it to the nth degree and created a better tool for photographers who like the simplicity that comes with working with a fixed lens compact and others who’d like a beautifully designed camera that conveniently fits a jacket pocket, which can be pulled out in a moments notice to capture truly stunning images. While the finest image quality is achieved by shooting in Raw, the quality of JPEGs straight out of the camera is astonishingly impressive. It’s rather similar to the arrangement you’ll find on Fujifilm’s X-Pro3 in that the outer portion of the dial is lifted to adjust the ISO value, but it’s also vastly improved in the way it doesn’t have to be lifted and rotated simultaneously. Like its predecessors, the X100V features a hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth feature too, enabling wireless transfer and wireless remote control. Print. It’s only when you select ISO 1600 that you start to notice noise appearing under close inspection. Any wide and tele converters that worked with the X100F will fit on the X100V without issue. The start-up time of the camera is rated at 0.5secs, which is slightly slower than the X-Pro3, but not something I found to be a deal-breaker. With regard to its build quality, the top and bottom plates are now manufactured from single pieces of aluminium, resulting in a much cleaner and crisper finish around the edge of the body than previous versions. Top of the list of new and improved features are a redesigned 23mm F2.0 fixed lens, a two-way tilting screen and advanced weather resistance – things we’re told Fujifilm has received many requests for from existing X100 users. The new Classic Negative simulation has quickly become a favourite of many X-Photographers and produces a vintage film vibe with increased saturation and more contrast than you get using Classic Chrome. Link to my review. The removal of the four-way buttons at the rear is my only real criticism, which I’d like to have seen preserved like they are on Fujifilm’s X-T3 and X-T4.