I first became addicted to use custom settings on my old Canon 5D Mark II.  On the Mode Dial was the option to choose C1, C2 or C3 which were customisable pre-sets if you like.  It became extremely useful when working as I could easily switch between settings for low light, fast moving subjects etc.  And so the Fuji X100S Custom Settings are almost as useful.

The X100 had the option to store Custom Settings too and this was modified and enhanced a little for the release of the X100S.

This is based on the Fujifilm X100S but the same principles and settings can be used for the X100 too.

How to save the custom settings on the X100 and X100s

This is actually not quite as obvious as it would first seem.

The trick is to not click “Menu/OK” on “Save Current Settings” button once you have set up your custom settings.  This will actually loose the settings.  The manual does point this out and states that you must navigate to the “Save Custom Settings” option then press the left-direction key to confirm the settings.  I find it a little cumbersome to be honest.

The correct procedure is:

  • Menu / Camera 3
  • Edit/Save custom setting
  • Pick your custom setting number
  • Configure your settings
  • Do NOT press “Save Current Settings”
  • Press the Disp/Back Button
  • You will then be prompted to Save your custom settings.

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Available X100S Custom Settings

If you are a pure RAW shooter, a majority of the custom settings will not be relevant and unless you find the Q button or the rocker switch too awkward for changing ISO you probably won’t ever use the custom settings.

That said, as someone who shoots a lot of JPG on my X100S I use the custom settings a lot, and you can configure using:

  • ISO
  • Dynamic Range
  • Film Simulation
  • White Balance
  • Colour
  • Sharpness
  • Highlight Tone
  • Shadow Tone
  • Noise Reduction

It would be great if the Custom Settings could save the whole menu configuration in the future.  I think that would make the feature even more useful than it currently is.

My Fuji X100S Custom Settings

Custom Setting #1 – this setting is mostly used in good strong light.  It’s also my only colour configured Custom Setting.  I like the Pro Neg. Hi film emulation.  You will see that I have the Noise Reduction set to -1 in each setting.  This is because I think the in camera noise reduction is a little harsh on the JPGs it produces at higher ISO and so I like to bring that down a notch.

  • ISO – 200
  • Dynamic Range – 100%
  • Film Simulation- Pro Neg. Hi
  • White Balance – Auto
  • Colour – 0
  • Sharpness – +1
  • Highlight Tone – 0
  • Shadow Tone – 0
  • Noise Reduction – -1

Custom Setting #2 – this is the setting I use for most indoor shooting.  In fact, it’s probably the custom setting that gets used the most when I use the camera at weddings.

  • ISO – 3200
  • Dynamic Range – Auto
  • Film Simulation- Black and White + R Filter
  • White Balance – Auto
  • Colour – 0
  • Sharpness – 0
  • Highlight Tone – 0
  • Shadow Tone – 0
  • Noise Reduction – -1

Custom Setting #3 – this is my “go to” setting.  I find this configuration covers almost all shooting scenarios for me.  I’m nearly always shooting people so I need a quickish shutter speed and the feature I love above all on the X100 and X100S that the X-Pro1 doesn’t have is the minimum shutter speed option.

  • ISO – Auto (Default 200ISO, Max 3200 ISO, Min Shutter 1/125)
  • Dynamic Range – Auto
  • Film Simulation- Black and White + R Filter
  • White Balance – Auto
  • Colour – 0
  • Sharpness – +1
  • Highlight Tone – 0
  • Shadow Tone – 0
  • Noise Reduction – -1