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Fujifilm X100V is here! Fifth generation of retro compact gets major refresh

Fujifilm X100V
(Image credit: Fujifilm)

Fujifilm has unveiled its fifth generation of its iconic luxury compact. The Fujifilm X100V continues the dynasty with a raft of improved features, but the fundamental attraction of this retro-styled camera is the same – ten years since the first X100 camera was launched at Photokina 2010. 

Designed for travel and street photography, the Fujifilm X100V has a fixed wide-angle lens, and a hybrid eyelevel viewfinder, that recreates the look and feel of classic rangefinders – but with all the control and mod cons of a modern digital camera. With milled aluminum top and base plates, and a manual dials, create a traditional finish to this distinguished family of cameras. 

• Read more: Fujifilm X100V review

Continuing on from the Fujifilm X100F, the X100V features the following key improvements:

• a newly designed higher-resolution 23mm f/2 lens
• improvements to the image quality of its Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder,
• the option to make the camera weather resistant,
• a new higher-resolution 26 megapixel backside illuminated sensor,
• improved ergonomics, particularly with the functionality of the ISO dial
• and (perhaps most importantly of all) the addition of a tilting mechanism to the rear LCD panel. 

The X100V was unveiled at the X Summit 2020 in London at the newly-opened Fujifilm House of Photography.

The X100V's much improved hybrid viewfinder enables photographers to quickly and easily choose between the 0.52x magnification optical viewfinder (OVF) or the 3.69M dot OLED electronic viewfinder.  Offering 95% frame coverage, the OVF provides parallax-correcting frame lines to provide an uninterrupted view of the world as it is, while the camera’s EVF delivers a real-time representation of the image as it is being made. The Electronic Range Finder (ERF) function can also be selected to display a small EVF at the bottom right corner of the OVF, which gives image-makers another tool as they frame and make their images.

The rear LCD screen can now tilt up through overr 90° - which will be useful for shooting from the waist. Fujifilm has managed to add this without adding noticeably to the bulk of the camera (Image credit: Digital Camera World)

The X100V offers the ability to record 4K video up to 30 frames per second or capture 120 frames per second at 1080p to create super slow motion effects. Filmmakers needing professional color fidelity can record 10-bit, 4:2:2 color externally via the HDMI port. The camera offers an Eterna film simulation mode for low-contrast capture, designed for capturing maximum video detail ahead of grading. 

Although the 23mm lens is fixed (giving an effective focal length of 35mm on the APS-C sensor), Fujifilm do provide two screw in lens adaptors to give your some scope to change the angle of view.   The 0.8x wide conversion lens (WCL-X100 II) or 1.4x tele-conversion lens (TCL-X100 II) to extend the X100V’s fixed lens to a 28mm or 50mm (1.4x) equivalent lens. The lenses are available in black or silver (like the camera) and retail for around $350/ £275 a piece. 

A new optional extra for the camera is the Weather Resistance kit - a combination of an AR-X100 adapter ring which allows you to fit the PRF-49 protection filter to the front of the lens; this makes this the first of the X100 family to offer any degree of rain protection. The additional filter assembly makes the camera slightly thicker, to seal the moving parts of the lens, and is therefore not offered as standard. 

The X100V will be available in black or silver (Image credit: Fujifilm)

Fujifilm X100V specifications

Resolution 26.1 millions pixels

Image sensor 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS 4 with primary color filter.

Storage  1x SD UHS-1 memory card slot

Lens Fixed Fujinon 23mm f/2 

Lens configuration
8 elements in 6 groups (includes 2 aspherical elements)

Built-in ND filter
Yes (4 stops)

Aperture
f/2 – f/16 in 1/3EV steps 

Diaphragm 9 blades 

Focus Range
Approx. 10cm (3.9in)  to infinity

ISO range
ISO160-12800 (extendable to ISO80-51,200)

Exposure control
TTL 256-zone metering, Multi / Spot / Average/ Center Weighted

Exposure mode
P (Program AE) / A (Aperture Priority AE) / S (Shutter Speed Priority AE) / M (Manual Exposure)

Exposure Compensation
+-5.0EV (Movie: +-2.0EV)

Shutter type
Lens shutter

Shutter speed

Mechanical Shutter:
P mode: 4sec. to 1/4000sec
A mode: 30sec. to 1/4000sec, S/M mode: 15min. to 1/4000sec Bulb mode: up to 60min.

Electronic Shutter:
P mode: 4sec. to 1/32000sec
A mode: 30sec. to 1/32000sec, S/M mode: 15min. to 1/32000sec Bulb mode: 1sec. Fixed

Mechanical+Electronic Shutter:
P mode: 4sec. to 1/32000sec
A mode: 30sec. to 1/32000sec, S/M mode: 15min. to 1/32000sec Bulb mode: up to 60min.

Continuous shooting
Approx. 11fps (JPEG: 38 frames, Lossless compression RAW: 17 frames, Uncompressed RAW: 17 frames)
Approx. 8.0fps (JPEG: 76 frames, Lossless compression RAW: 18 frames, Uncompressed RAW: 18 frames)
Approx. 6.0fps (JPEG: 220 frames, Lossless compression RAW: 21 frames, Uncompressed RAW: 18 frames)
Approx. 5.0fps (JPEG: 458 frames, Lossless compression RAW: 24 frames, Uncompressed RAW: 19 frames)
Approx. 4.0fps (JPEG: endless, Lossless compression RAW: 28 frames, Uncompressed RAW: 20 frames)
Approx. 3.0fps (JPEG: endless, Lossless compression RAW: 34 frames, Uncompressed RAW: 21 frames)
Approx. 30fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop] (JPEG: 29 frames, Lossless compression RAW: 17 frames, Uncompressed RAW: 17 frames)
Approx. 20fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop ] (JPEG: 79 frames, Lossless compression RAW: 17 frames, Uncompressed RAW: 17 frames)
Approx. 20fps [Only electronic shutter] (JPEG: 32 frames, Lossless compression RAW: 17 frames, Uncompressed RAW: 17 frames)
Approx. 10fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop] (JPEG: 153 frames, Lossless compression RAW: 18 frames, Uncompressed RAW: 18 frames)
Approx. 10fps [Only electronic shutter] (JPEG: 81 frames, Lossless compression RAW: 18 frames, Uncompressed RAW: 18 frames)
Approx. 8.0fps [Only electronic shutter, 1.25 x Crop] (JPEG: 90 frames, Lossless compression RAW: 18 frames, Uncompressed RAW: 18 frames)

Movie recording

DCI 4K (4096×2160)] 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p, 200Mbps/100Mbps, up to approx. 10mins
4K (3840×2160)] 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p, 200Mbps/100Mbps, up to approx. 10min
Full HD (2048×1080)] 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p, 200Mbps/100Mbps/50Mbps, up to approx. 15min.
Full HD (1920×1080)] 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p, 200Mbps/100Mbps/50Mbps, up to approx. 15min.
Full HD (1920×1080) High speed rec.] 120p/100p,  200Mbps(recording), up to approx. 6min.

Optical viewfinder
Reverse Galilean viewfinder with electronic bright frame display. Approx 92% coverage. Magnification approx x0.52x

EVF
0.5 inch approx. 3.69 millions dots OLED Color Viewfinder (4:3)
Coverage 100%

LCD Monitor
3.0 inch, aspect ratio 3:2approx.1.62 millions dots tilting touch screen color LCD monitor(approx. 100% coverage) File Format

Battery Life
For Still Images: Approx. 350 / 420 frames (EVF / OVF Normal Mode)
For movies: approx 45min in 4K

Dimensions
74.8 x 128.0 x 53.3mm (H x W x D)

Weight
Approx. 478g (including battery and SD memory card), 428g (excluding battery and SD memory card)

(Image credit: Fujifilm)

Price and availability

The Fujifilm X100V will retail for $1,399 / £1299, with the silver version appearing in stores first from 27 February, and the black version appearing two weeks later on 12 March.

The Weather Resistance Kit for the X100V will retail at £99.99. This will be half price in the UK, if bought at the same time as the camera. The custom black luxury leather LC-X100V case will sell for $79.99/£79.

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