The new Fujifilm X100F is here and brings with it a number of big upgrades from its predecessor. The Fujifilm X100 series of cameras have always been targeted at street and documentary photographers. They’re fantastic cameras that are both pretty and low profile in design. If you were to equate it to anything in the film world, it would be the Hexar AF. Since it’s inception, the camera has received a number of upgrades in image quality, autofocus, to the viewfinder, and in minor ways to the design.
Let’s take a look at some of the new things that make this camera so exciting.
One of the most exciting things for street photographers will be the addition of the Acros setting. This is a simulation of the company’s very famous black and white film. So when you shoot your JPEGs, you’ll be able to get them to look like Fujifilm Acros pretty easily. When you bring the images into Lightroom, you’ll be able to apply the profile with ease.
Acros is available to only a few cameras at the moment, so it’s pretty amazing if you have it.
24.3 MP X Trans Sensor
At the heart of the Fujifilm X100F is the new 24.3MP X Trans APS-C sensor. This is the same sensor in the X Pro 2 and the X-T2. It’s very capable even at higher ISO settings. We’ve printed images shot at ISO 6400 and above at 13×18 with very little issues overall. Is there noise? Only in certain areas.
Granted, you’re getting locked into this single 23mm f2 lens; but that isn’t so bad overall. It’s a good lens.
The New Joystick
The back of the Fujifilm X100F has a new joystick designed mostly for navigating the autofocus points in a faster way, but also for going through settings. This is absolutely one of the most exciting things about the camera. It makes picking your focusing point when shooting so much easier overall.
If you’re a photojournalist or a documentary photographer looking to make your shooting workflow easier, then this is the one feature you’re going to really love.
Fujifilm hasn’t really been renowned for its video capabilities. But we can surely admit that they’ve been trying! The Fujifilm X100F has a load of different movie shooting modes and if you’re combining it with the Acros or Provia setting, you’ll be delivering beautiful color rendition (or lack of it.) This feature is surely more for the creative photographer looking to do something a bit different from everyone else.
Specifically there are a number of new upgrades that the viewfinder is a big part of. There are 325 Af points with up to 40% of the imaging area being covered in phase detection points. Like its predecessors there are interesting ways to make the OVF and the EVF work.
According to Fujifilm:
The FUJIFILM X100F uses an Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder that combines the features of an Optical Viewfinder (OVF) with an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) for enhanced performance and convenience. While in Electronic Rangefinder mode, users can now change the magnification, shown as EVF in the optical viewfinder, for greater accuracy when checking focus. The small EVF window can display 100% field of view as well as 2.5x and 6x magnifications, and the EVF frame rate has been increased to 60 frames per second.
To provide users with perfect framing and focus while using the Manual Focus mode, the Real Time Parallax Correction function is applied to the focus area in addition to the guide frame. Photographers can also now check exposure and white balance in the EVF window, making it the ultimate viewfinder while providing all the benefits of the EVF while shooting through the OVF.
That’s pretty cool if you’re using the manual focusing option.