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Fujifilm X100F Review

It's not just a camera, it's practically a work of art

Our Verdict

The X100F is beautiful to use, although the too-easily-clicked rear control dial annoys. We’d hoped the 23mm f/2 lens would be a little crisper wide open and the autofocus could be a bit snappier. But the image quality is superb, the hybrid viewfinder is terrific and the shutter speed and aperture dials inspire you to engage more with these settings.

For

  • Traditional dials and controls
  • Excellent X-Trans sensor
  • Hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder

Against

  • Autofocus feels a tad tardy
  • Lens somewhat soft at f/2
  • Premium price

The X100F is the latest in Fujifilm’s X100 premium fixed-lens camera line. Its selling points are its traditional exposure controls, including a lens aperture ring with f-stop settings and a shutter speed dial on the top of the camera. You lift and turn this dial to change the ISO setting.

The X100F uses Fujifilm’s new 24-megapixel APS-C X-Trans sensor, eight megapixels up on the previous model; a faster X-Processor Pro image engine; and the company’s latest hybrid phase-detection/contrast autofocus system, as seen on the X-T2 and X-T20.

Build and handling

The X100F has a unique hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder. You switch from the EVF to the OVF via a lever on the front of the camera. The crisp, bright view reminds you of how effective direct vision viewfinders can be. 

The optical framing is less accurate, but you can see things just outside the  frame, which can help with composition and timing. There’s no lag, and no blackout as you shoot.

The lens aperture and shutter speed controls are simple, effective and refreshing, although the clickable thumbwheel on the back is hard to turn without accidentally pressing it and cancelling the adjustment you were trying to make.

Performance and verdict

The image quality is excellent, as are Fujifilm’s Film Simulation modes – including the new Acros black-and-white mode. Fujifilm’s dynamic range expansion modes are effective too, especially for retaining delicate highlight detail.

Fujifilm's film simulation modes give the X100F's images real depth and intensity.

The combination of great low-light quality and a fast f/2.0 lens means the X100F copes easily with dim interiors like this.

The 23mm f/2 lens is a little less impressive. It’s sharp and largely aberration-free at regular aperture settings, but the test shots we took at f/2 look slightly hazy. The autofocus isn’t especially fast, either. The lens seems to be the issue, with a relatively slow and noisy AF actuator.

Despite its foibles, the X100F is a beautiful camera to use, particularly for those who used traditional film cameras before digital took over. It is expensive, and you can get more for your money elsewhere – but no other camera (except the Fujifilm X-Pro2) gives you the same shooting experience as this.