Fujifilm X100VI review: don’t mess with a winner

Fujifilm’s latest premium compact might look the same as its predecessor, but packs some stealth upgrades inside

Fujifilm X100VI camera held up to a person's face
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Fujifilm X100VI might look the same as ever, but it is hard to fault that when the design is as stunning and well-constructed as this camera. The X100VI is still a joy to use with its hybrid viewfinder and manual dials offering more tactile photography. Inside thankfully there are a few more reasons to upgrade – a new 40MP sensor, new processor and IBIS boost the X100VI’s stills and video, and the initial samples I have shot are excellent. A downside – the price of the X100VI is the highest yet, making this a tough decision when you can get better tech for less, but without the iconic design.

Pros

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    Beautiful retro design and excellent build quality

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    In-body image stabilization

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    Much improved video quality

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    Big 40MP stills

Cons

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    Premium price

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    6K video has a crop

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    Adapter ring an additional purchase

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    Battery life is still poor

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The sudden overnight popularity of the X100V took everyone in the camera world a little by surprise, but I think none more so than Fujifilm, which has spent the time since scrambling to get enough copies in the hands of all the people who want one. 

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Sensor40.2MP X-Trans CMOS 5 HR Sensor
ProcessorX-Processor 5
LensFixed Fujinon 23mm F/2.0 II (35mm equiv)
Viewfinder3.69M-dot OLED EVF / OVF Hybrid
Screen3.0-in 1.62M-dot 2-way tilt touch LCD
Burst speed11fps (manual shutter), 20fps (electronic shutter)
Image stabilizationIn-body stabilization only, 6.0 stops
Video6.2K30p, 4K60p, HD240p, 4:2:2 10-bit, F-Log, F-Log2
MemorySingle UHS-1 SD slot
Weather resistantWith optional AR-100 Adapter)
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FeaturesAn updated sensor, processor and now IBIS – one of the most feature packed compact camera on the market ★★★★★
DesignIt might look the same as ever – but that means it is still a beautiful and well built camera★★★★★
PerformancePerformance improvements bring focusing, and image and video quality up to Fujifilm's best standard★★★★★
ValueThis classic design certainly comes at a premium – there are similar spec'd but bigger options for less★★★★
Ricoh GR III

If you are not that fussed about the classic styling or the rangefinder-style viewfinder, then the <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/ricoh-gr-iii-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">Ricoh GR III is a compact APS-C camera that has won a following for its great image quality as well as its portability – it is much cheaper than the Fujifilm too, although isn’t nearly as technically advanced with many limitations like max 1080p video.

Leica Q3

The <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/leica-q3-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">Leica Q3 is probably the closest you can get to the X100VI, although it lacks the same classic look of the Fujifilm. But the Leica Q3 does manage to fit in a huge 60MP full-frame sensor, which made for some stunning images when I tested it. The major downside, it costs $5,995 which is well over three times the price of the X100VI.

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