Yesterday, two hours, me, Matt Hart (Fuji X Photographer), two representatives from Fuji and a black X100F!
An initial presentation by Fuji, then an hour or so on the streets of a grey overcast day in Liverpool followed by a wrap up discussion.
The X100F is the fourth generation camera in the X100 series, a small compact APS-C sensor camera with a fixed 23mm lens. This model has the latest Fuji X-Trans Sensor (24MP), faster processor a menu system inherited from the X-T2, that all important joystick focus point adjustment and the Advanced Hydrid Viewfinder. X-T2 and X-Pro2 shooters will immediately feel at home with the camera, and those coming from previous generation X100 cameras will be amazed at the AF speed. It locks onto focus fast, and this was a pre-production camera without the production release firmware in it.
In operation the camera is fast and silent (aided by the leaf shutter), though like all Fuji X cameras really needs a fast SD card to get the best out of it. The Image Quality looked very similar to my X-T2 (hardly a surprise!) with strong punchy colours (traditional Fuji) and nice ACROS monos (a new film simulation for the X100 series).
The images looked as least as sharp than the original X100, in fact I think they are probably sharper (but I've always thought the X-Trans 3 was sharper than previous Fuji sensors), but its not as sharp especially at F2 as the XF23mm F1.4 at F2, but it wasn't as soft in the corners as I expected, so all good there
Compared with an X-T2+23mmF1.4 it's a very light package, but is noticeably more solid and robust than the original X100. This is probably partly due to the fact that it now has the W126 battery format, as in the interchangeable lens X series cameras.
- AF Speed
- Hybrid Viewfinder
- Joystick Focus as X-T2
- Battery same as interchangeable X cameras
- Lightweight, compact package
- With that leaf shutter, its virtually silent.
- I didn't like the ISO dial (It's a personal thing!), but you can assign ISO to a function button as before
- The X-T2+XF23mm exists (and I have them!)
Would I buy one?
If I was in the market for a small compact fixed lens camera with amazing Image Quality and great User Handling, then yes, but for me the X-T2 + XF23mmF1.4 is the better combination. I've been spoilt by this lens, and although the package is not as small and light as the X100F, the better Image Quality swings it for me.
That said, the X100F is a great camera and if I owned a previous generation X100 series camera as my main camera then I would have no hesitation is upgrading, the faster speed, joystick and higher resolution sensor are worth the entry fee alone.
My X100F Images
All of these images are JPGs out of the camera, Lightroom doesn't support the X100F yet (unless you edit the EXIF to make it look like the images came from an X-T2). Click on images to expand.