Andy Westlake examines the fourth generation of Fujifilm's classic fixed-lens rangefinder-style compact

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Fujifilm X100F

Features:
Build/Handling:
Metering:
Autofocus:
AWB Colour:
Dynamic Range:
Image quality:
LCD viewfinder:

Pros:

  • + Traditional control dials are quick and engaging to use
  • + Superb JPEG colour rendition and excellent raw image quality
  • + Unique hybrid viewfinder gives a useful choice of viewing options
  • + Stunning rangefinder-style design

Cons:

  • - ISO dial can be awkward to use with the camera to your eye
  • - Lens is a bit prone to flare
  • - Filter thread and hood adapter is a pricey optional extra

Product:

Fujifilm X100F review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£1,249.00

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Fuji X100F review: Performance

 

With its unobtrusive silent shutter, the X100F is ideal for candid photography

In use, the X100F is fast and responsive, with all of the controls responding instantly to inputs. Overall, the camera behaves exactly as well as you would 
hope, given its £1,249 price tag.

Image quality is very good indeed, with the 24-million-pixel sensor providing lots of detail at low ISO settings, and giving entirely usable images at sensitivities up to ISO 6400 at least. At higher settings there is, naturally, a lot of noise and significant detail loss. But switch 
to the black & white Acros mode, which Fujifilm says uses entirely different processing to the standard monochrome, and the noise takes on a very attractive character. Indeed, in Acros, I was quite happy to shoot as high as ISO 25,600.

Fujifilm’s Acros mode gives stunning black & white images

Metering tends to be accurate, and with a live histogram available in the viewfinder, and accurate exposure preview using the EVF 
or LCD, it’s easy to ensure your exposures look right before even pressing the shutter by applying a touch of exposure compensation whenever necessary. Likewise, auto white balance gets things right more often than not.

However, it’s the colour processing that really makes Fujifilm’s JPEGs stand out. All of the film-simulation modes have their uses; my favourite for everyday use is Astia, but Classic Chrome provides a lovely muted colour palette, and for black & white, shooting Acros gives absolutely stunning results. For many users, this kind of JPEG quality can make raw post-processing practically obsolete. 
If the camera gets things wrong first time around, you can also make a lot of corrections using 
the in-camera raw converter.

Shooting raw provides a lot of scope for pulling up shadow detail in post-processing

It still makes sense to shoot raw files, of course, in case you want to do more extensive processing. For example, the sensor’s impressive dynamic range means there’s a lot of scope for pulling extra shadow detail out of low ISO shots, allowing you to expose to protect highlights then extract shadow detail in post-processing. The built-in dynamic-range-expansion modes allow you to do this in-camera to a degree, but raw processing gives more control. Alternatively, processing raw can help extract the finest possible detail from your files, and allow you to strike the optimal balance between noise reduction and detail at high ISO. Fortunately, both Fujifilm’s Raw File Converter EX and Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom do a good job of matching the in-camera film-simulation modes, so you don’t have to give up that lovely colour reproduction, as was the case with older models.

  1. 1. Fuji X100F review
  2. 2. Fuji X100F review: Features
  3. 3. Fuji X100F review: Build and design
  4. 4. Fuji X100F review: Autofocus
  5. 5. Fuji X100F review: Performance
  6. 6. Fuji X100F review: Image quality
  7. 7. Fuji X100F review: Our Verdict
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