And so to the Fujifilm X100F Review:

I’m really pleased to be penning this Fujifilm X100F Review because back in 2011, I was fortuitous enough to be one of the first people to receive and shoot a wedding with the then very embryonic Fuji Finepix (as it was known) X100 camera.

I remember it very well, as I had a wedding to shoot the same afternoon that I received the camera from WEX.  I took the camera to the wedding and shot some candid work during the reception with it.  The rest of day preferring to use my DSLR system.

The original X100F

I think it’s fair to say that the Fuji X100 most definitely revolutionised the way I approached my business and the way I shoot weddings.  It’s also true to say that the original Fuji Finepix X100 was initially frustrating and languid but given time, and a couple of firmware updates, it became a mainstay of my camera bag as it did for many wedding, street and documentary photographers across the world.

This Fujifilm X100F Review, as with all my reviews, will focus very little on the technicalities of the camera, rather, I’m going to talk about how I’ve used it, why I’ve used it, what I liked, what I didn’t and how I see the camera in comparison to the previous incarnations of the X100.

Although it may sound cliché, I do have a love of the X100 range.  It was the first camera I bought, and I even wrote a book about the Fujifilm X100S.  I’ve shot many weddings using just a pair of X100T’s.  The X100 range and the X-Pro range of cameras are the ones I feel most aligned to as a Documentary and Street photographer.

Before I knew about the X100F, and with all the talk at Photokina revolving the around the GFX, I was anxious that Fujifilm would not forget its APS-C roots, and I asked several of the product managers directly if they would still be investing time & development in the APS-C Systems and the answer, each time, was a resounding ‘yes – we have plenty more in store for the APS-C systems’.

Fujifilm X100F Review: So what does it look like?

Like this…..Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm X100F ~ Front view: Retaining the classic looks of the X100 line.
Fujifilm X100FFujifilm X100F ~ Rear view: Better control layout, joystick, and ergonomically easier to use.
Fujifilm X100FFujifilm X100F ~ Top view: Shutter Speed, ISO, and five stop exposure compensation.

A Brief History of the Fuji X100F

I believe around fifty photographers were handed prototypes back in October 2016.  I’ve worked hard on this project, but it is worth noting that the camera is still a prototype.

All the images I am showing here are from a prototype camera. I have edited them to my taste but where possible & relevant I will give a direct link to the original out of camera JPEG in the meta descriptions of the images.

To that end, I did not take it to many weddings during the early firmware cycles preferring to test the camera out on the streets or with personal assignments.

I will obviously dig much deeper, but for those of you who are looking for small and compact but professional camera – I think you are going to really love what the Fujifilm X100F will offer.

Fujifilm X100F ReviewFujifilm X100F Review:  WCL 1/250th at f/4.0, ISO400 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Acros+YE)

Fujifilm X100F SamplesFujifilm X100F Review: 1/125th at f/2.8, ISO640 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Classic Chrome)

What the F?

I’ve said on this website before that I’m not particularly interested in what a camera looks like.  When the X-Pro1 came along, I thought – that’s great – it’s a little black box that takes pictures.  And I loved that.  And I also loved the small footprint of the X100, X100S and X100T.

But one tiny detail hit me straight away when I received my Fuji X100F and that was the removal of the logo from the front of the camera…..just like the X-Pro2 and the original X100!  It’s a tiny detail, but I love it.  It makes the camera that little more discreet, that little less obvious and I think Fujifilm should be applauded for having the gumption to remove all the branding from the front of the camera again.

I talk a little more about using the X100F in my work during this short video that I shot before Christmas for Fujifilm.

Fujifilm X100F Review: What’s New?

Well, I guess those of you that already shoot with an X-Pro2 will no doubt have been expecting an “X-Pro2 in a smaller box”.  And to a certain extent, that’s true.  Of course, the X100F is a fixed lens camera and is very different to the X-Pro2.

Those of you, however, who are X100, X100S, X100T only users will be blown away by the new camera.  I think the step up to the X100F from the X100T is huge and far greater than the step from the X100S to the X100T was.

There are many places you can read the full technical details of the X100F, but for brevity, the table below outlines the core differences between the X100T and the new Fuji X100F:

Fujifilm X100F Fujifilm X100T
Pixels 24.3 million 15.3 million
Sensor X-Trans III X-Trans II
Pixel Dimensions (large) 6000 x 4000 4896 x 3264
Standard ISO Output 200 - 12,800 200 - 6,400
Exposure Control Multi, Spot, Average, Centre Multi, Spot, Average
Exposure Compensation 5 Stops 3 Stops
Af Frame Selection Single, Zone, Wide / Tracking Single & Continuous
Film Simulations 15 including Acros 11
Batteries NP-W126S NP-95
Dimensions 126.5mm (W) x 74.8mm (H) x 52.4mm (D) / 4.98in. (W) x 2.95in. (H) x 2.06in. (D) (Minimum Depth : 32.0mm / 1.26 in.) 126.5mm (W) x 74.4mm (H) x 52.4mm (D) / 5.0 in. (W) x 2.9in. (H) x 2.1in. (D) (Minimum Depth : 31.0mm / 1.2 in.)
Weight 419g 400g
Digital Tele-Converter Yes --
Control Ring Yes --
Physical ISO Dial Yes --

There are a few very important standout features that I will explore further, but needless to say, the Fujifilm X100F is faster, more feature rich and produces better quality images than any of the cameras that came before it.

X-Trans III Sensor

The X-Trans III sensor makes a welcome debut in the X100F.  It is of course, present in the X-Pro2 and the X-T2.

The sensor is a 24.3 megapixels APS-C sensor.  It is definitely the best sensor to date that Fuji have produced and I actually wondered if they could get this sensor working in an X100 style camera.

Well, they clearly have and with the X-Processor Pro high-speed image processing engine, the camera produces beautiful images with great noise control and AF performance.

23mm F2 Lens

A note about the Fuji X100F Lens:  As far as I can tell, the lens in the X100F is the same as the one in the X100T.  This is a 23m, (35mm full frame equivalent) f2 fixed lens.  Now, would I have liked a new f1.4 lens?

Yes.  Perhaps.

But……

I have always been more than happy with the lens in the X100T and the cameras before it.  In fact, I would go as far as saying I love the way this lens renders and I’m kind of glad, deep down, that it hasn’t changed.  This is a camera that is going to be used by Street Photographers and storytelling photographers.  The camera is perfectly sharp at F2 for me and I’ve never once found myself worrying about this.  The camera is not really designed for close-ups of flowers and so whilst Fuji could have updated the lens, my personal opinion is that they didn’t need to.

With a larger sensor, I did expect the camera to struggle at the faster apertures with sharpness.  However, I can genuinely say that I’m not noticing any difference in the sharpness of images at f2 on the X100F compared to the X100T. 

Lens & Dynamic Range

Fujifilm X100F F2 SampleFujifilm X100F Review: 1/210th at f/2, ISO200 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Very Early Prototype)

As you can see from the image above, which was one of the first images I took with the early prototype, the lens holds up at F2, even across the new 24.3-megapixel sensor.

Across the whole aperture range, the sensor has an amazing dynamic range and whether you shoot RAW or JPEG, you will get amazing colour depth and tonal range.Fujifilm X100FFujifilm X100F Review: 1/2,000th at f/6.4, ISO400 (Built-in ND Filter applied)

The image above was shot during sunset on the banks of the river Thames.  The X100 range of cameras has always had a really nifty built-in ND filter.

This means I can meter against pretty bright sections of the scene and use the 3-stop ND filter to block out some of the overpowering light.

Built in ND Filter

The built in ND filter is a feature that is only available in the X100F across the whole of the X-Series (due to the fact that its a fixed lens).

Fujifilm X100FFujifilm X100F Review: 1/2,200th at f/6.4, ISO400 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Classic Chrome)

Fujifilm X100F ReviewFujifilm X100F Review: 1/125th at f/4, ISO400 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Velvia)

Fuji X100F ReviewFujifilm X100F Review: 1/125th at f/11, ISO320 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Classic Chrome)

I think the image above gives you a great idea of how close you can get when shooting with a small camera like the Fujifilm X100F.  In this instance, the camera is to my eye very quickly and the image is taken.

If you watch the promotional video above, you’ll see that I spend a lot of time shooting with one hand.

Of course, if you need to shoot at a very slow shutter speed, then one handed shooting is not advisable, but I find having a camera as light as the X100F enables me to be very casual about the way I’m shooting on the streets or at weddings.  It really is a case of blending into the environment.

I really love just shooting people being people and I find the closer I can get, without any interference with the moment, the more engaging the images are.

Fujifilm X100F New YorkFujifilm X100F Review: 1/500th at f/8, ISO800

Higher ISO Support

I always thought the original X100 was just OK when it came to higher ISO support.  The X100S was better, but not particularly groundbreaking.  I thought the X100T at higher ISO levels was excellent.

Primarily I shoot with available light, and rarely resort to flash and so I often find myself shooting at 3,200 and above.

Upto 51,200 ISO (12,800 Standard)

The great news for Fuji X100F shooters is that the sensor now allows us to shoot at 12,800 ISO as standard.  This is a stop more than the 6,400 of the X100T and the noise reduction algorithm in the camera is greatly improved.

The Fuji X100F even allows you to shoot in RAW at extended ISO up to 51,200.

For those who use AUTOISO a lot, as I do, you’ll be pleased to note the minimum shutter speed is now 1/500th of a second compared to 1/125th in the X100T.

Fujifilm X100F High ISOFujifilm X100F Review: 1/250th at f/4, ISO4,000 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Velvia)

X100F ReviewFujifilm X100F Review: 1/250th at f/4, ISO5,000 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Velvia)

As you can see from the above image, shot at ISO5,000 the old issue that was prevalent with the original X100 and X100S of waxy skin tones has, to my eye, totally disappeared.

This is due in part to the new sensor and the greater control over noise reduction that we have in the menus.  You can set the Noise Reduction in camera to -4, as opposed to -2 previously if you wish.  This is in effect telling the camera to apply no noise reduction to JPEG images in-camera.  For the two images above, NR was set to -2.

Fuji X100F High ISO SupportFujifilm X100F Review: with WCL 1/160th at f/2, ISO12,8000 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Acros + R)

There is a huge difference in the sensitivity of the sensor between the X100T and the X100F.  The ability to shoot at ISO’s such as 12,800 (above), really open the camera up for me.

Previously, I would struggle shooting at those elevated ISO’s.  When you consider this is a 24+ megapixel camera, I think the noise control in both RAW and JPEG files is pretty incredible.

Remember, the untouched JPEGs from the camera are linked in the EXIF data at the bottom of the images.

Compressed RAW Files

For the first time in the X100 series, we now have the option to shoot compressed RAW.  This is, essentially, a lossless compression which has no bearing on image quality but will reduce the size of your RAW files by approximately 50%.

At first glance, it seems a no-brainer to use this setting, and I even asked Fuji once why was it not set to compressed as the default.  The answer is simply that not all RAW conversion tools support compressed RAW.  I have two RAW conversion tools, Lightroom and Capture One.  Lightroom supports compressed RAW, whereas Capture One doesn’t (at the time of writing).

Digital Tele-Converter & New Control Ring

I first saw the Control Ring and Digital Tele-Converter in the X70.  I use the X70 a lot, and I have to say I don’t really use the control ring, nor the digital teleconverter that much at all.

I wouldn’t be particularly disappointed personally if these features were not included in the X100F, but at the same time, I know photographers such as Patrick LaRoque who use them regularly.

Diigital Teleconverter

Firstly, the Digital Teleconverter will only work for JPEG files.  If your new X100F is set to RAW or RAW+JPEG, then you won’t be able to use the digital teleconverter at all.

The teleconverter acts almost like a zoom feature, though I understand the camera is doing more than simply cropping in.

The resolution & quality of a fully zoomed image is the same as an un-zoomed image.  This isn’t quite the same as simply cropping in using Photoshop after, where the image resolving will be compromised.

So, to that end, I think it’s a useful feature for those that require it.  For me, I won’t use it often but its good to know its there.

I don’t have the specifications of the camera but I’m guessing the zoom levels are something like 35mm, 50mm and 70mm in full frame equivalent.

You can get an example of this range with the images below:

Fuji X100F Digital Tele ConverterFujifilm X100F Review: 1/640th at f/5.6, ISO400

Fuji X100F Digital Tele ConverterFujifilm X100F Review: 1/640th at f/5.6, ISO400

Fuji X100F Digital Tele ConverterFujifilm X100F Review: 1/500th at f/5.6, ISO400

Control Ring

You control the digital teleconverter by rotating the control ring on the front of the camera.

This control ring now allows us very quick access to a few of the more common functions that we might want to move between:

Fuji X100F Control Ring

You can choose to use the control ring for the teleconverter, film simulation, white balance or leave it at its standard setting.

I think it’s great that Fuji gave us the ability to use the tactile controls to keep as many settings at our fingertips as possible.

However, much like the Digital Teleconverter on the X70, I never really used the control ring for this purpose either.  As I said, I think some people will really love this, whereas, for me, I’ll probably use it infrequently.

Other New Physical Features of the Fuji X100F

I think as you will see throughout this Fujifilm X100F Review, by and large, the footprint and look and feel of the camera remain true to the classic design.

There are some subtle, but very important changes, however, that have made it onto the X100F.

Tactile ISO Dial

One of the difficulties many people had when using the X100, 100S and 100T was the lack of any tactile way of adjusting the ISO easily.

Fuji has addressed this in a couple of ways with the X100F.

Firstly, they have introduced the same lift-and-turn ISO adjuster on the shutter speed dial itself.  You can see this on the top shot of the camera at the beginning of this Fuji X100F Review.

I really like this way of working and have zero issue with it and its implementation.  However, I do use Auto-ISO a lot and I’m not moving my ISO manually too often.

For those that do change ISO a lot, I know some will find this type of interface a little cumbersome and some may find it very frustrating.

I think Fuji realised with the X-Pro2 that whilst this is a design paradigm that solves a problem, it isn’t perfect for everyone and to that end, they have allowed us to use the front control dial to adjust ISO if we wish.

There is a menu option, called ISO DIAL SETTING (A), which allows us to set the front control dial as our ISO adjuster.  This is a very welcome addition to the camera and something I’ve lobbied Fuji to introduce since the X-Pro2.

Five Stop Exposure Compensation

Another much-requested feature is the ability to have five stops of exposure compensation.

To implement this, you need to put the exposure compensation on the “C” marker.

You then use the front command dial to adjust the exposure compensation.

But wait!  I hear you cry…..what if you want to use the front command dial to adjust ISO as mentioned above.

Well, Fuji has a neat solution to allow us to use the front command dial for both ISO and Exposure Compensation.

You simply press the command dial to toggle between ISO and Exposure Compensation.

Fujifilm X100F Exposure CompensationFujifilm X100F Review: Using the front command dial toggles between ISO and Exposure Compensation

NP-W126S Battery

It is a little thing, but very important.  The new Fuji X100F shares the same battery as the XT-2 and X-Pro2 etc.  The rather romantically named NP-W126S battery is included in the box and if you are lucky enough to have an X-Pro2 or XT-2 then you can use the same charger and batteries.

Updated Button Configuration

As you can see from the shot of the back of the camera above the button layout has been completely redesigned and I think it’s a much easier camera to operate because of this.

Notable changes include;

  • A joystick for focus point adjustment.
  • All buttons removed from the left-hand side of the LCD
  • Q button shifted to the top right
  • Drive button now part of the selector buttons.
New Q Button Position

One thing you will notice is the new position of the Q button.

Initially, this caused me some issues while shooting with the X100F as I shoot exclusively with a back button focusing technique.

For me, the AEL/AFL button is too far across and the perfect place for me to rest my thumb and shoot is where the Q button is.

As I write this, the Q button isn’t one of the fn configuration buttons and I am using the rear command dial as my AFL button.

This is OK, but I really hope in due course that Fuji can change the Q button on the X100F so it is a function button.  As it stands, I press the Q button inadvertently too often.

Similarly, I’d like to see the erase button either removed completely or set as an assignable function button. I think I’ve deleted images in camera maybe 100 times over the last six years.

New Menu System

The X100F has had its menu system comprehensively updated and you will find it more logically laid out and easier to navigate than the X100T.

I’ve recorded a very simple menu walkthrough which will show you the entire range of menu options in the X100F.

In addition to features I talk about in this Fujifilm X100F Review, you will notice when reviewing the menus; pixel mapping, better face detection and better flash functions:

Copyright Embedding

The beady-eyed ones amongst you will have noticed in the menu video above that there is now the option to record author and copyright data.

This is something myself and many others have been requesting and hopefully, will make its way via firmware into other Fuji X-Series cameras.

Serial Number in EXIF

This may seem totally inconsequential, but something I noticed when testing the X100F was the fact that the camera serial number is parsed through EXIF.

Now it could be this is just for the prototypes, so don’t blame me if it’s not in the production cameras.

Because we still can’t set the time in the cameras to the nearest second, those of us that shoot events with multiple cameras have to go through some hoops to sync the clocks of the cameras in post production.  You can see more about this in my Shooting Weddings with a Fuji blog post.

Having the serial number in the EXIF will greatly help in this exercise and I hope that this will come to all Fuji X-Series cameras in firmware soon.
Fujifilm X100F Exif

No Flip Screen & Weather Sealing

I have to say I was not at all surprised that there was no flip screen in this the X100F.  Personally, I’m grateful for that.  I understand the technicalities are difficult for a start for a camera with an Optical Viewfinder.  Additionally, a flip screen is likely to add bulk and weight to a camera that really is designed to be a lightweight, go anywhere camera.

I love using the flip screen on my X70, but that’s because it has no viewfinder at all.  It’s very rare that I’ll even use the tilt screen on my XT-2.

Whilst I understand some people would like to see a tilt screen in this camera, I think that it is worth remembering that the camera is all about minimalism and functionality.  I’m personally not interested in touch screens and tilt screens – I just want a tactile, ranger-finder style camera that is sleek, easy to operate and creates great images.

That said, having a tilt screen is very much a subjective view of course.  I hate it when purists say things like “real photographers don’t use tilt screens” etc.  It’s nothing to do with that ~ for me, it is just about actually needing one and the risk of it affecting the size of the camera etc.  I don’t want one, but you may…..each of our opinions are valid

Let me tell you, though, on a couple of days during my trip to New York it belted down with rain.  I couldn’t have got my X100F wetter if I’d dropped it in a bucket of water.  And it’s still fine.

I’ve never had any camera fail on my because of weather.  None of my older DSLRs, nor any of my Fuji’s since.  Not even my iPhone.

Fuji X100F Weather SealingFujifilm X100F Review: (soaked) 1/140th at f/4, ISO400 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Classic Chrome)

That said, it is a peace-of-mind thing and I know that the X100F is a camera that many travellers and journalists will take to much more rugged and climatically challenging locations than I will.  A weather sealed option may be something that people are looking for when choosing a small camera to take away with them on long trips.

When considering that, it’s worth remembering that the X100F is a fixed lens system.  There is no likely chance of sand, grit or water getting in through the lens mechanism.  Whilst having a camera that is technically “weather sealed” would, of course, be a good thing, I genuinely don’t worry about using my X100F in pretty torrid weather.

Fuji X100F Weather SealingFujifilm X100F Review: (getting soaked again) 1/1,600th at f/5.6, ISO400

Acros Film Simulation

The Acros film simulation is a sensor specific addition to the film simulations found in the Fujifilm X100F.

And I love it.

I mean, proper love it.

When the Acros film simulation was first shown to me I knew straight away that pretty much all my black and white imagery would be shot with it as soon as it was in the cameras.

It’s subjective, and a matter of taste of course, but I love punchy and contrasty blacks and I love monochromatic images that have perceived depth to them.

To that end, when I’m shooting Acros, I will often choose the Red filter (you have a choice of Red, Green and Yellow) to add even more contrast to the highlight areas.

Gorgeous Black & White’s

For those that shoot JPEG, and love black and white, Acros is a real benefit to the X100 system.

I shoot almost all my personal work in Acros and as you’ll see a little later, the X100F is the camera I consider my photographer’s camera and one which will come with me everywhere.

Fuji X100F AcrossFujifilm X100F Review: Acros Film Simulation makes it to the X100F

Fujifilm X100F AcrosFujifilm X100F Review: 1/125th at f/2.5, ISO400 Acros + R

Fuji X100FFujifilm X100F Review: with WCL 1/1,000th at f/8, ISO800 Acros + Ye

Fuji X100F AcrosFujifilm X100F Review: 1/550th at f/2.2, ISO400  (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Acros+R)

Fujifilm X100F ReviewFujifilm X100F Review: 1/500th at f/2, ISO6,400 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Acros+R)

Fujifilm X100F ReviewFujifilm X100F Review: 1/500th at f/2, ISO1,000

Fujifilm X100F ReviewFujifilm X100F Review: 1/500th at f/2, ISO1,600

Incidentally, the last four images were taken at The Tate Modern in London where “professional” photography is prohibited.  There were plenty of people shooting with their phones and smaller cameras of all descriptions.  I managed to fit into the category of tourist perfectly well with my Fuji X100F.

Remember that where possible I’ve added a link to the out of camera JPEG into the EXIF description.  Please remember at all times that this is a prototype camera though and even as I write this, a week before the official announcement, I know Fuji are preparing to send me another firmware update.

Fujifilm X100F Review: Autofocus System

For those that own an X-Pro2 or an X-T2, you’ll be well aware of the autofocus capabilities of the X-Trans III sensor.

Basic response specifications have been enhanced to the extreme in the X100F. A start-up time of approx. 0.5 seconds, shooting interval of 0.2 seconds (so I’m told – in real terms, its much, much faster).

The number of focusing points has been dramatically expanded from 49 in previous models to 91 (up to 325 points). Approx. 40% of the imaging area (center area containing 49 focusing points) is covered with phase detection AF pixels to form a fast and precise phase detection AF area that can be used in a variety of scenes.

Well, whilst the X100F also has the X-Trans III sensor, it is limited to a certain extent by the 23mm lens that is attached.

Here is what I’ve observed:

  • Single Point AF is much quicker and more accurate than with the X100T.
  • Continuous focus is dramatically improved over the X100T.  It is not at the same level however as say the X-T2 when it comes to tracking and frames per second shooting.
  • Low light AF is greatly improved over the X100T too, despite the lens being the same.

Focus Tracking and High Speed Shooting

When it comes to high-speed shooting, the X100F clearly is not designed to be a sports camera and it simply won’t compete with something like the X-T2 but it’s a great improvement over the X100T.

In the ‘drive’ menu, it shows SH (8fps), H (5fps), M (4fps), L (3fps).

As a comparison, the X100T has a maximum of 6fps.

I have tried catching my crazy whippet a few times using continuous focus and high-speed burst with a reasonable amount of success.  However, I do still think this camera, as its aimed at street and documentary type photographers, will spend most of its time in single or manual focus modes.

The Single Point / Zone and Wide Tracking AF options have made it to the X100F and these can be useful for those who want to shoot relatively fast moving subjects with a better degree of accuracy.

Fuji X100F Focus TrackingFujifilm X100F Review:  adds new focus tracking options

Fuji X100F Continuous ShootingFujifilm X100F Review: 1/600th at f/2, ISO200 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Provia)

There is little point in showing all the images here, but I was comfortably catching 8 continuous tracked frames of my little boy on his scooter.  Around 6 or 7 were always in focus.  He’s not Barry Sheene of course but he can scoot pretty mean.

Fuji X100F ReviewFujifilm X100F Review: 1/340th at f/2.8, ISO200 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Acros + R)

Remember: The images in this post are tweaked by me. Where possible, I have linked to the original Out of Camera JPEG under the image. Please also be aware that these images are all from a prototype camera.

Fujifilm X100F ReviewFujifilm X100F Review: 1/280th at f/5.6, ISO400 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Classic Chrome)

You can see me chasing this picture in the promotional video earlier in this post.  I actually have about five frames, all pretty much sharp, of the bird in flight across the steps of St. Martin in the Field’s church.  There was nothing serendipitous about this picture.

Fuji X100 Focus SpeedFujifilm X100F Review: 1/125th at f/5, ISO400 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Velvia)

The image above was shot with the new Zone focus tracking configuration.  The Fuji X100F now gives you a much greater degree of accuracy when you are trying to track moving subjects.

In general, I think one of the biggest elements of change between the X100T and the X100F is the auto-focus and continuous tracking.  For such a small camera, with such a large sensor I think it’s pretty remarkable what it can do now.

Fujifilm X100F Review:  Viewfinders

One of the reasons I’m so attached to all my X100 cameras is the amazing viewfinders.  The Optical and Electronic Viewfinders have been a mainstay since the original X100.

From the X100T onwards, we are totally spoilt with effectively three viewfinders:

Electronic Viewfinder

Fujifilm X100F Electronic ViewfinderFujifilm X100F Review: Electronic Viewfinder

The Electronic Viewfinder offers a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) approach to shooting.

Essentially, the view you see in the viewfinder or LCD is how the final image will look.  This is possibly the number one reason why people have moved from DSLRs to the Fujifilm system.

The ability to see exposure issues and correct them in real time cannot be underestimated, especially for people who have to work very quickly in challenging conditions (such as weddings!).

The Electronic Viewfinder is fully customisable too and you can switch on and off features such as the level guideline, histogram, white balance etc.

You can see the Focus Peak Highlighting in action in the above shot too,  The top of the mug has red highlighting which is indicating exactly where the in focus are is.

Optical Viewfinder

Fujifilm X100F Optical ViewfinderFujifilm X100F Review: Optical Viewfinder (note, this illustration does not show the image I’m shooting)

The optical viewfinder (OVF) is a little more like the traditional DSLR viewfinder, in that you will not see exposure accuracy in the viewfinder.

However, there are a few benefits of using the Optical Viewfinder over the Electronic.  You have bright frame lines in the OVF which will allow you to see beyond the capture area.  This is invaluable if you want to watch scenes unfold before you press the shutter.  For example, you may be waiting for a person to walk into the frame before shooting.  With the OVF, you will see outside of the frame allowing you to do this very easily.

Additionally, in low light especially, I find the optical viewfinder essential.  I always have the histogram displayed in the OVF and it is an incredibly quick way of shooting.

Hybrid Viewfinder

Fujifilm X100F Hybrid ViewfinderFujifilm X100F Review: Hybrid Viewfinder (note, this illustration does not show the image I’m shooting)

And the best of both worlds?  The Hybrid Viewfinder (HVF).  You have the speed and benefit of the OVF, but a little window in the bottom right that will show an exposure preview of the image you are shooting.

You can also have a magnified view of the evf in the hybrid viewfinder, allowing for enhanced accuracy when checking focus.

I find this very useful when shooting fully manual, as I need to ensure all my exposure attributes are good.

Fujifilm X100F Review:  Leaf Shutter

The Fujifilm X100F (and of course its predecessors) is one of a very few that has a leaf shutter installed.

Now, I’m not a big user of flash at all.  I much prefer natural or available light so you will likely get much better examples of the leaf shutter in operation on the X100F from other reviews.

However, it is worth knowing that a leaf shutter is essentially different to a standard focal plane shutter because it can synchronise with flash at very high shutter speeds.

This is great when shooting in bright sunlight and you want to be able to use that ambient light by using an extremely fast shutter speed.

Fujifilm X100F Leaf ShutterFujifilm X100F Review: X100T 1/1,000th at f/5.6, ISO200

Fujifilm X100F Leaf ShutterFujifilm X100F Review: X100T 1/800th at f/5.6, ISO500

Unfortunately, we haven’t had any real sunny days in the UK since the 17th century so I’ve had to use a couple of shots I took whilst on holiday in Spain last year to illustrate the leaf shutter and flash.

These were taken on the Fuji X100T but the principle remains the same.  Most focal plane shutter cameras only allow a sync speed up to 1/250th maximum.  The leaf shutter really opens up a whole world of creative options for those that want to use flash, especially in the day time.

Fujifilm X100F Review: The Photographers Camera

When I moved across to the X-Series some six years or so ago, one thing that hit me straight away was how much fun it was to shoot with small, tactile cameras.

This remains the case now.  Even though professionally I’m using the X-Pro2’s, the X100F has already become my photographers’ camera.  It’s the camera that comes with me everywhere; it’s the camera I shoot almost all my personal family photos on and it’s the camera that I enjoy using the absolute most out of the X-Series.

I still use my X70 of course, but that’s a more considered choice when I’m shooting.  The X100F is the simplest camera to pick up and go shooting.  Quite simply, I love using my X100F.

The Fuji X100F is an unthreatening, little black box that empowers me to have fun, enjoy shooting & love photography.

Family & Personal Photography

Photography for me, personally, is so important.  I see part of my role as a dad to be the curator of my children’s memories.  Each year, I have a large book printed with our family photographs.  It’s so important to me now.  I emphasis now because I genuinely have so few images of my young family from my DSLR days.  I just didn’t get it out.

Now, my daughter has my X30 and between us, we snap away at almost anything that makes us smile and you know what….it is such a lovely and cathartic feeling to actually do something we both enjoy.

Fujifilm X100F Review ImagesFujifilm X100F Review: 1/420th at f/5.6, ISO400 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Acros + R)

Fuji X100F ReviewFujifilm X100F Review: 1/850th at f/2.8, ISO400 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Monochrome+ R)

Fuji X100F PicturesFujifilm X100F Review: 1/1250th at f/2, ISO2,000 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Acros + G)

Fuji X100F Best ReviewFujifilm X100F Review: 1/1500th at f/2, ISO800 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Acros + R)

As I’ve mentioned, really, having a camera like the Fuji X100F with you at all times will release an ability to shoot the everyday stuff that passes us by so often.  It’s images like the ones above that my family and I will cherish forever.

This adventure with documenting my own family life started with the original X100 and its still going on.  I have a lot to thank my own curiosity of life for, but also I do fully believe that without moving away from my DSLR system I simply wouldn’t have the compunction to shoot these elements of everyday life.

Wedding Photography

As you may know, my main income is from being a wedding photographer.  The way I shoot my weddings is the same as the way I shoot my family pictures and my street photography; candidly.

All the images you see here in this Fujifilm X100F Review, and indeed all the images on this whole site and all the images on my wedding photography site are all natural, candid images.  There is no direction at all.

That obviously presents a certain challenge, but it’s the way I like to see images ~ as real moments, captured.

Because weddings are such important events, I tend not to shoot with the prototype camera much at them for obvious reasons.

That said, on the occasion that I did shoot briefly at weddings, the images have been great.

Before the X-Pro2 came along, I shot a lot of my wedding work on the X100S or X100T.  I really do love the immediacy of such a small camera and it really does allow me to get right into the action and shoot the wedding from the inside out.

Totally downsizing equipment when shooting a wedding is very liberating and being able to shoot with one hand, in amongst the guests, for example, is simply something I can’t do with a larger camera.  

The X100F will definitely be accompanying me to weddings once the product is launched.  It won’t replace my X-Pro2’s of course but will become part of my equipment on the day.

Fujifilm X100F for WeddingsFujifilm X100F Review: 1/1250th at f/2, ISO800 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Classic Chrome)

It’s really great being able to just blend in completely unobtrusively, and I think really only the Fujifilm X100F gives me that complete package in that respect.

The above image is F2 at ISO800 so any questions about the sharpness of the lens at anything other than extremely close up are muted I think.

Fuji X100F Kevin MullinsFujifilm X100F Review: 1/1250th at f/2, ISO400 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Classic Chrome)

Shooting with the Fuji X100F, although professionally, is just like being another guest at a wedding.  It is perhaps the perfect camera for those who want to shoot fly-on-the-wall documentary photography.

Fujifilm X100F for WeddingsFujifilm X100F Review: 1/250th at f/2, ISO1,000 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Classic Chrome)

Look how easy it is to just become part of the scene.  For the image above, I shot with one hand ~ quickly moving into the area, raising the camera, back button focus using the command dial and click.  Then I can move away from the scene just as quickly as I arrived and let the natural event continue without really anybody noticing a picture was taken.

Fuji X100F for WeddingsFujifilm X100F Review: with WCL 1/150th at f/2, ISO400

Popping on the Wide Conversion Lens brings the focal length down to 19mm which gives a wider view of the scene without any perceived image degradation.  I really recommend anybody who is going to shoot at weddings with the Fuji X100F invests in the Wide Conversion Lens.

Fujifilm X100F Wedding PhotographyFujifilm X100F Review: with WCL 1/140th at f/2.5, ISO400

The last two images above I think really illustrate the power of using such a discreet camera as an X100F in these kinds of situations.  Whether it’s weddings, parties or you just have a curiosity of photographing everyday events, the X100F is the type of camera that I think will fit the bill for you.

Street Photography

I don’t have any statistical facts about the usage of the Fuji X100 cameras, but I would hazard a guess that Street Photographers make up a sizable chunk of the people who shoot with it.

I don’t class myself as a professional Street Photographer, but I do love to shoot it and I enjoy spending time with my camera out and about.

There is that point again……enjoy…..that’s what it all comes down to.  Some people will make money from street photography (some of my favourites right now are Matt StuartClaude le GallChris Hunt and Raymond Depardon) but by and large, we shoot Street Photography because we love it and we have that curiosity again…a curiosity to document the everyday events.

Street Photography with Fujifilm X100FFujifilm X100F Review: with WCL 1/250th at f/5.6, ISO400 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Acros + Ye)

Fujfilm X100F ReviewFujifilm X100F Review: with WCL 1/1,000th at f/8, ISO400 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Acros + Ye)

Both of the images above were shot using the Wide Conversion Lens.  I mentioned it earlier in this review, but it is really worth getting as it adds a whole new dynamic to what you can shoot with your X00F.

I really love to get in close, or, rather, allow the hustle and bustle of the street to get close to me.  In order to do that, I will often shoot with a zone focusing technique. One of the things I think Fuji could really do to help street photographers is to include a distance scale on the lens.  I’d hoped that with the X100F we would finally get a physical distance scale (there is one in the viewfinder of course), but sadly not this time.

Fuji X100F ReviewFujifilm X100F Review: with WCL 1/1,000th at f/8, ISO1000 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Acros + Ye)

Fujifilm X100F Street PhotographyFujifilm X100F Review: 1/150th at f/4, ISO200 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Velvia)

Shooting from the hip, without raising the camera to my eye is a way I love to shoot.  Coupled with the zone focusing, it really does allow me to get in closer and shoot scenes I just won’t be able to with larger cameras.

I purposefully chose the black Fuji X100F when I was given the choice in October.  I believe the black camera is more descreet than the silver one and that helps me a little.

Fujifilm X100F ReviewFujifilm X100F Review: 1/250th at f/8, ISO500 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Classic Chrome)

Fujifilm X100F ReviewFujifilm X100F Review: with TCL 1/140th at f/4, ISO400 (Out of Camera Fuji X100F Sample Image Classic Chrome)

The image above was the first I shot on my trip to New York with the Fuji X100F and the Tele Conversion Lens attached.

Contrary to the WCL which I’ve mentioned throughout this Fujifilm X100F Review, the TCL gives a narrower focal length (around 33mm), which gives an added depth of field to the image.

I find the TCL to be excellent, but not as sharp across the focal range as the WCL is.  However, as you can see in this image (via the original JPEG), it perfectly acceptable and again, adds another dimension to shooting with the X100F.

Fujifilm X100F Review: Final Thoughts

DISCLAIMER: My relationship with Fujifilm is symbiotic. I am lucky enough now to have been selected as a tester of several of their cameras during the pre-production stage. I use the word ‘tester’ here, not ‘reviewer’ intentionally. Since October, I’ve been fully testing the Fujifilm X100F.  I’ve spent many days shooting with it, filling in feedback, communicating with the R&D team, bug testing etc. Without the photographic testers, it’s possible some of the issues we identified may not have been ironed out. I have spent at least 150 hours that I would consider ‘work’ on the project.

If you look at the economics of it, I’d be better off flippin’ burgers at McDonalds. However, I have always had a genuine passion for the X-Series of cameras and wherever possible, I will help the system grow organically…..and because of that, I am very proud to be an official Fuji X-Photographer.  I’m not obliged by Fujifilm to write this, nor to be positive in any way.  As I have said many times, the most important people in my business are my clients.  I use the best tools that allow me to deliver the best service for my clients.

The X100F is not without its quirks.  The Q button, for example, is something I am going to hope a firmware update resolves (it just needs to be a fn button).  It would be good to be able to sync settings across wifi or a .dat file, shoot JPEG+RAW when bracketing but these are minor things.

Fujifilm has squeezed as much of the X-Pro2’s performance into the aesthetically beautiful little box of the X100F.  It is a camera with character, its a camera with quality and possibly above all, its a photographers’ camera.  This is a camera I want to use and look forward to picking up.

For me, this is the most comprehensive update the X100 range.

Fuji X100F ReviewFujifilm X100F Review: 1/1,100th at f/5.6, ISO400

So, as the sun rises on this day of big announcements from Fujifilm, for me, the Fujifilm X100F is the zenith, I suppose.

A Street & Social Documentary camera that has a superb sensor, and much improved Auto Focus and focus tracking.  It creates beautiful images, including the gorgeous Acros film simulations.  It’s a small, sleek camera and for me, it epitomises everything that the X-DNA stands for.  I know how proud Fujifilm are of the X100 series, and they should remain proud still of the X100F.

Back in 2011, the original X100 was a classic.  Now, in 2017, the X100F builds on that legacy….

Preorder the Fujifilm X100F

If you want to pre-order the X100F in the UK, you can do so via Warehouse Express.  You might also be interested in the Tele Conversion Lens or the Wide Conversion Lens.

Additionally, my friends at Castle Cameras are offering a Fuji X100F preorder service too.

Want to get your hands on an X100F and spend a day with me shooting in London?

If you do, then Fujifilm UK are offering six experience days (half day sessions) with me, and the X100F in the next couple of weeks.

The following link will be live at 7 am on the 19th February 2017.

To be in with a chance of securing your spot, and being one of the first people in the UK to try ou the X100F, check out this X100F Experience Day page over at Fuji UK.

Fujifilm X100F Review: Further Reading

If you want to read more reviews of the X100F today, then please take a look at some of my friends who have also had the camera during the testing period:

And finally….

I currently have three available workshops myself.

I am running a Wedding Photojournalism Workshop in London next month.

A Street Photography Workshop in London – I will have the new Fuji X100F with me then.

I’m running two photography workshops in Lausanne, Switzerland in conjunction with Fujifilm Switzerland in May.

Those on my Birmingham Street Photography Workshop today will be the very first people in the UK to get their hands on an X100F.

Please feel free to comment below.  I’ll do my best to reply to all comments.  Feel free also to share this on Social Media.

Happy Snapping ~ 2017 is going to be an exciting time for Fuji photographers.

  • Nice writeup and images. Very comprehensice. Thanks for that.
    As I alreay own an X-PRO2 and an X-T2, I find the desire for the X100F to be mainly GAS. Sure the smaller size and lens shutter are nice, but when I compare the X-PRO2 with a 27mm lens or the 23mm f2, then I think the interchangable lens option is preferable. If I didn’t already have my existing kit than the X100F would be an immediate order.

    • Thanks. It’s only Gas for those that see it that way. A vast majority of people won’t own the XP2 as well and whilst I agree there is an overlap with xp2 and short lens, I reckon 95% + of people interested in this camera won’t have an XP2 and won’t be interested in it. The X100F is smaller and more compact. It serves a different purpose in my mind.

      For those that have an X100T the 100F is a MASSIVE upgrade.

      • I agree with you 100%
        I was merely voicing my own thoughts as they applied to my circumstances. Thanks for the review.
        BTW, I still reckon that the X100F is a great travel camera, when wanting compact 35mm lens (equivalent). Reminds me of my old Nikon 35Ti.

        • 🙂

          • Hi Kevin

            Couldn’t find the comment box so I’m writing here.
            I only photograph on film and for a while I’ve been planning to get a digital camera. Your review really encouraged me to get the x100f.
            I have a question tho, do you know if I’ll run into problems would printing bigger than A4?

            Thank you.

          • Hi, Kasia – I’ve had images printed at over three metres wide. You’ll be fine 🙂

  • Amazing set of images and write up. I currently shoot weddings, street and musicians in a documentary style and use 2 monster cameras. I currently use the Nikon d4s and Nikon d4. Amazing machines but def not discreet. You have convinced me to get an x100F. Thank you!

  • Excellent and comprehensive review as usual, Kevin. Thank you. I’ve used all the X100 series since the first. The original and the S frustrated me hugely – more quirk than tool – but I really bonded with the T as a documentary and travel camera so I have been eagerly awaiting the F. Different things are important to different people, of course, and like you I neither need nor want a tilt (or touch) screen in the X100 range. Weather-resistance would have been nice, but is, as you rightly say, non-essential. I’ll use the X-Pro2 the next time there’s a monsoon in leafy Surrey.

    For me, the larger battery, bringing the F in line with the X-Pro is a boon – one less charger to carry. You don’t refer to it in your text but is it still possible with the larger battery to charge via USB? This is a big thing for me to keep the weight down when travelling and I wish it was a feature of the X-Pro2; it would be a shame if it has been lost in the process..

    Reading your review I suppose the one standout disappointment for me is the inability you refer to, to shoot raw with the digital converter. I have both the WCL & TCL but the latter is bulky and tends, for me at least, to both unbalance the handling and make a disceet camera stand out more. I know it has to be so, but I had really hoped the digital teleconverter would be fully usable with raw+JPG files. Ricoh manage it with the GR, so it is possible…

    That said, I’m first in the queue for the X100F at my local London Camera Exchange and very much looking forward to being able to write about it myself. Thank you again.

    • Hi Bill – that’s a great point re the USB charging….. I’m not sure of the answer. There is a USB port and it comes with a USB cable so I *presume* so. I’ll double check for you.

      • Thanks Kevin, much appreciated. It’s a big thing for me since realistically 80% of what I shoot is when travelling, and the less I have to lug the better. The X100T was great for me for just that reason. I also got into the habit of carrying a small powerbank and topping up when I stop for a coffee. I just wish they would enable the same feature on the X-Pro2.

  • WoW man, thanks for this extended article !
    Close to everything we need to know is described here.

  • Roberto

    Bellissimo test, grande Kevin!!

  • Kevin big, beautiful text … as always !!!

  • Roman

    Great Review! Can’t wait for having my own… Thanks for sharing and greetings from Cologne

    • Thanks Roman & I loved my time in Cologne last year.

  • What a great and comprehensive write up. I think it is now worth upgrading from my X100S. I presume the new battery lasts longer and the camera warns you when it is running low rather than falling off a cliff?

    • Thanks William. I think the battery is rated at something like 300 shots – though I’ve been getting much more than that. I haven’t had a power out yet 😉

  • Ken

    Great write-up, Kevin, as usual. Thanks for that.
    Dunno if it’s just me but in most of the images the extended blacks seem over the top and did nothing for me except sucking the life (or living daylight) out of your subjects. Nothing against blocked shadows and no offense meant, Kevin – I truly enjoyed almost everything I’ve seen from you so far but to me this new style would rather fit a funeral than a wedding. YMMV.

    • Hi Ken – thanks for the comment. The monos have not been processed any differently to my other stuff. Check the SOOC jpegs where available also.

  • Oh,that has put a Cat among the Pigeons! Great images and nicley put together!

  • Frank W.

    Thx for your clear explanation!
    I just ordered a Arca Swiss compatibel handgrip for my X100T.
    I saw the standard grip is bigger than previous models? So they won’t fit anymore just like my loved Gariz XS-CHX100M case?

    • The grip is only a tiny bit different – I’d be surprised if it didn’t fit……but I can’t test for you I’m afraid. I hope it does fit.

  • Andrew Billington

    Thanks very much for this in-depth review Kevin. I feel it might have to make it’s way into my bag. I can almost see me photographing whole weddings just on this camera (I think I’ll have e a crack at it anyway!). I’ll have to see if I can get to London to try one out…

  • Brilliant review as ever Kevin. Thanks. But in reality I wish I hadn’t read it, as I was orignally put off by the price but now I’m figthing the urge not to replace my stolen x100s.

  • Yuda

    Great review. Really got a feeling for the camera and all it’s features, but, hey, keep your politics to yourself, please.

    • Politics? I don’t understand.

      • You’re not the only one… I’ve just skimmed back through your whole article and I can’t see anything that could be remotely construed as “political”

      • Ron Stewart

        Yuda is likely taking offense at the photo of the man holding the sign in front of Trump Tower. The U.S. presidential election left many an exposed nerve, and that photo touched one of his.

        I don’t agree with his sentiments, but I thought I could explain them. I think the entire review, and all of your photos, are great (as usual).

        • Yes, you are probably correct Ron. Thanks for the kind words also.

    • sgoldswo

      If you are referencing the anti-trump protester, taking a photo of a protest doesn’t amount to supporting the protest. In fact it’s the essence of documentary photography, what this camera was designed for. I take photos of protests I support, those I oppose and those I don’t even understand. Try it, you might learn something.

      Kevin, great summary.

  • Bob Morgans

    Great review which I loved reading.

    Thanks for doing it.

    One thing, under ND filter the sentence doesn’t make sense as you will know, the X100T also has it.

    • Ah yes, Bob – I see what you mean. What I mean in that sentance is that its only the X100F out of the current X-Series range that has an ND filter. You are right of course, the X100, S & T also have one. Good spot.

  • Lloyd

    Took me a while to read but this was a great write-up. Today I was waffling between the X-Pro2 and the X100T. I’ve been infatuated with the X-Series, particularly the X100 series since the original and I wanted to make it my first camera. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any proper way to purchase it. And the same thing happened with every subsequent revision.

    Now, my finances are (mostly) in order and I believe you’ve convinced me to hop on at this point. I literally only heard about the F because it was mentioned in a comment in my research of the T and this was an hour after the official announcement! I wholeheartedly thank you Kevin Mullins!

  • John Canavan

    Great review Kevin i enjoy your reviews as they are not gushy and you don’t waste words and fill with waffle.
    I love the fact that you reference Barry Sheen as a speed indicator i thought i was the only one old enough to remember him ha ha , more power to you Kevin and don’t be driving too fast in your car as people may think you are Stirling Moss.!
    Cheers hope you have a great year.

    • Ha ha – thanks John…… I’ll put the foot to the pedal on my Kia 🙂

  • Thanks for a fantastic review, I enjoyed reading every word.

    I am the proud owner of an Olympus OMD E-M1 Mark II and I love it, but having my photographic roots in the film days I have been admiring the Fuji control dials on their bodies for some time but for me the negatives on the X100 range were ones I personally didn’t want to live with. Other than image stabilization which is great for hand holding low light shots, everything I disliked has now been improved. For “street” I often use the small Sony RX100 III, which only has a 1″ sensor but gives amazing results for it’s compact size.

    The X100F looks a winner in my eyes and I have now pre-ordered and it will replace the Sony.

    Would have loved to attend your London workshop, but it appears to be full.

    Again thanks for such a comprehensive down to earth review.

    • Hi Mike – I’m sure you will love the X100F when it arrives. I have friends who also have the RX100 and it is a good camera too.

  • Kevin, Thank you for sharing yet another great post. As a Fujifilm fan myself (obviously still using the T) I’m trying to introduce a new website that will cover everything about the new Fujifilm X100F at http://www.X100F.com . I’ve just linked to your review here (from under the In-depth Reviews section). I’d love to include some of your X100F sample photos too (credited to you, of course). Would that be OK?

    • Hi Maayan – sure, go ahead. The site looks great.

  • Olivier Filhol

    Thanks a lot for this review.
    On my X100S, distance scale is really not accurate. Did you see any improvement with the X100F ?
    Olivier

    • I always found the scale on the 100T reliable and so far, the F is as well. The S was a little erratic I agre.

  • Thanks for posting this wonderful and very interesting review Kevin. Please don’t ever become a trainee at McDonalds!! Having recently got an XT2 after initially falling in love with my first Fuji camera, the X100s I am now champing at the bit to raise funds to get the f. It really does seem to fulfil so many aspects of what I want in taking pictures.

    You are a legend Kevin!

    Ashley Chaplin (www.ashleychaplin.co.uk)

    • lol – thanks Ashley…..but I could honestly earn more per hour flippin’ burgers 🙂

  • Gareth

    Thanks for the great review Kevin,

    I’m curious about your comments on the (lack of) flip screen and how that applies to how you shoot. All of your commentary about the way you work – candidly and keeping a low profile/unobstrusive presence suggests that the ability to compose & shoot from low angles would be helpful (and a flip screen would therefore have use). Indeed, some of your shots in the review must be from waist/chest level. This suggests that you literally ‘point and shoot’ (and are very experienced at getting this right) from below eye level or that you always use the viewfinder (which you see a lot on the video) – which makes you more obvious as a photographer – which seems a bit contradictory to your aim for not drawing attention to yourself. I really love your shots, just curious as to how you do it.

    Thanks again for all your great work for the Fuji community.

    Gareth

    • Hi Gareth – it really depends on what I’m trying to shoot. When I’m shooting from the hip I’ll use zone focusing.

      I have no need for a tilt screen on this camera – it just doesn’t make technical sense with an OVF etc. There are of course other options in the X-Series that have titlt screens though.

  • Nick Strugnell

    Kevin
    Great insight into the new camera. I shoot X-T2 and wondered whether you think the X100 series is a supplementary body to the X-T2, more of a third body option, 56mm on one body, 16mm on the other and the X100 in the middle around your neck? I know lots use just the X100 but in my line of work (Press/PR/Corporate) indeed flexibility?

    • Hi Nick – yes, I think that’s a great combination. I use the 23, X100 with WCL and the 56 in my wedding work.

  • Thanks for the great review. I worship my X100T and have been waiting patiently for this camera to come out. It will be a huge part of my wedding arsenal now and not just for travel.

  • Brian

    I know you said you won’t be using the digital zoom feature, but it’s the feature I’m most interested in! Why? Well, I want to do portraits of my kids but I don’t want all the extra weight (lenses) and just need a “good enough” result. Is there any way you could to a test of the digital zoom? Also, how is the video? Is the video as terrible at the last models?

    Thanks! Great review!

    • Hi Brian – there are some images in the post of from the digital zoom & yes, I can see how the zoom can be really beneficial like that. I haven’t tried the video yet, but I expect it to be similar to the video in the X-Pro2 which is OK for me, but professioanls will likey look at the X-T2 for 4k video.

  • Thanks Kevin, this is a very nice review with impressively shot images. I currently own a X100 and I still love it. To me, It’s the perfect companion for shooting while traveling, beside my iPhone.

    After reading your review, I’m now really thinking to replace my “old” X100. I assume it’s really a big step up…

    Especially love the new ISO dial coming with the shutter ring. I love having real dials. That’s what really attracted me on the X-T1/2.

    • Thanks Sebasitian and yes, the X100F is a huge update from the original X100.

  • hello ,im from Brazil , André enthusiast and amateur…But I’ve been shooting for almost 40 years….Love fuji, i ve a xt 1 with several lenses…Needless to say that im in love with 100 f , and soon as possible i will get one…Congtras on your review and for your amazing work ….i Would love to be one of the lucky guy to shoot with you in london,,,,
    Warm Regards From Brazil

    Andre

  • Red

    Great insight, I sold my original x100 anticipating the September release, so I’m chuffed it’s now here, and glad I waited rather than getting an X100t.

    Only decision now is Black or Silver, I do like the classic look, but I get the discretion of the black…is it prone to scratching?

    Red

    Ps…politics, nothing I’ve read, though might he mean the Trump tower placard guy? Pure documentary street shot to me!

    • Thanks! I do like the Silver – it looks great and probably less likely to show blemishes I guess.

      Yes, you are probably right re the Trump picture and it honestly didn’t cross my mind. I thought it was a funny placard and how obvious it was (to him) that I was a tourist 🙂

  • Great images. Obvs. Is it comfortable and secure to hold one handed for long? Thanks for the insights.

    • Hi David – it’s ok for me to hold it with one hand. I don’t even have it on a strap.

  • Hi Kevin, what an interesting and informative review.
    I use Lumix M43 kit, which I enjoy, but I have to say the colours and mono tones in your images from this new Fuji are beautiful and compelling. I’ll be taking a look at this camera at The Photography Show for sure.

    • Thanks Andrew – I’ll be doing stuff at the Photography Show too so maybe see you there.

  • Darren

    Hi Kevin, amazing write up and even more awesome photos! Would you mind sharing with us your in-camera settings? The SOOC shots look totally different to what I get out of my XT10 with either 23mm F1.4 or 35mm F2. Yours look really really smooth and film like where as mine just don’t come out like that, they come out really contrasty. Is there that much of a difference between X-Trans CMOS III vs II, would you say?

    • Hi Darren – these were all with different in camera settings as I was testing. I’ll try and do a blog post with a more defined workflow using the X100F soon.

  • This was an amazing review for an amazing camera. Good Job! I am loving my x100T and I can’t imagine there is going to be a better camera than that.

  • Bjarke Rasmussen

    I need another camera like I need another hole in my head, but I am so getting one of these after reading this review and seeing these smashing photos!

    Thanks for the fantastic write-up.

  • Great review Kevin, loads of useful information in there and really good to read up on this camera as I’ll be keen to upgrade from the X100T.

    Keep up the always great work,

    -Col

  • lovely, lovely pics, hat’s off!

  • Great stuff as usual, Kevin. I do feel a little bit like a traitor as I recently purchased an Olympus EM 10 Mk 2 and a couple of nice lenses (one being the Zuiko 45mm f1.8). I do own a used original x100 with firmware updates added which, until reading this, I was considering selling for a bit of extra cash. I earn less than burger flipping money too ( a lot less) so have to be prudent with purchases to feed my photographic passion. What was it to be then? A brand new x100T – or something else? The Olympus came out at around the same price with maybe a little more options – as in extra lenses.

    To be fair, I do love it. The 45mm lens is a gem and the creamy bokeh it provides on portraits is stunning. However, I really am loathe to part with my x100. Some of the shots I have taken with it are so lovely they’re like paintings. It has been at times, I admit, like going into battle using it (especially in low light), but maybe that’s because I’ve just not practised enough. I did buy your book on the x100S which I will certainly read again. It could be a long day before I can afford this newest incarnation, so would you recommend me looking for a used x100T or just mastering the x100? I am maybe thinking of crashing the next available family gathering with the fuji in hand and seeing what happens.

    Thanks so much too for linking your ‘out of camera’ files. The point of comparison spoke volumes to me, as I go for a very similar look on my own stuff. Everybody praises my black and white work, and that’s largely down to imitating your kind of framing and look in post processing. I do hope you see this as admiration rather than plagiarism – as I do always mention your name. Unfortunately, most of my friends know as much about photography as I do about flipping burgers!

    Many thanks

    Kev Barton
    HULL (City of Culture)

    • Thanks Kev – yes, the X100T doesn’t become a worse camera just because there is a new one out. It’s as good as it was last Wednesday……

  • Well written review and great images! I liked the detailed comparison you did with the x100t. Now i got GAS! 😂

  • Great review again Kevin and much appreciated. I bought the original X100 and still use it daily but this is the upgrade that I have been waiting for. Your images and details of both pros and cons answer the questions I would have had to stumble through on my own. Keep up the great work.

  • adam

    mr mullins.

    please, enough of those wonderful shots of the tate modern.

    you’re making me homesick.

    will you be in vegas for the WPPI conference and expo next month?

    • Hi Adam – the Tate is such a brutally beutiful building & that’s before going into any of the exhibitions.

      Sadly I won’t be at WPPI. There was talk or me doing a talk on wedding photojournalism but in the end the session was rejected. Maybe another time.

  • I owned the original x100 for a month or so but was so frustrated with the AF that I sold it and havent purchased any fuji since.. This one though.. Thoigh the x-t20 looks appealing too.. would like to hear your thoughts on that camera too.

    • Hi Julian. I haven’t seen the XT20 so can’t really comment. I think I’ll buy one though as I want a second 4K camera to go with my X-T2.

  • Andreas

    Great review! Thanks a lot for your time and effort. I love the look of your photos, with the “crushed” shadows (oh, and thanks for parallel verticals! …Most people shoot their cityscapes with converging verticals, which, in my view, totally kills the quality of the photo. Unless it is used very deliberately as an effect)

    My question regarding the F is this: what is the effect of combining the (new) TCL with the digital (crop) zoom? Will the camera recognize the additional tele, so that the new focal lengths become respectively 70mm and 100mm?

    • Thanks Andreas. My understanding is (and I’ve only heard this second hand, not directly from Fuji) that with the new Mark II version of the TCL you can effectively stack it with the digital tele-converter. Making around a 90mm reach.

      • Dragos

        Hi Kevin, thank you for the detailed review of the X100F. One quick question: do you happen to know whether the digital tele-converter can be stacked with the first version of the TCL as well? Have a fantastic year!

        • Thanks & Yes, it can be stacked. The total length would then be 100mm approx.

  • Thanks Kevin for the uniquely detailed review. I’m curious if they’ve added “Preview Exp in Manual Mode” to either the Q Menu or as a possible Fn button? This missing X100T feature (it’s buried deep in the settings menus) has been a long-standing annoyance of mine… I like to shoot manually, but need to easily turn on/off exposure preview when using a strobe. I’m hopeful, since the XPro2 fixed it.

  • Wonderfully comprehensive review that helps illustrate the reasons for getting the camera. I have gone from the X100 to the Leica M8 to the M9 to the Fuji Xpro2 to selling the Xpro2 as all my work makes more sense to my Canon system but of course each day I miss the walking around camera and I was going to jump on a well priced X100t but thanks to reviews like this I can see the X100F is well worth the extra $. Thanks for all your efforts I once tried writing a review for the Xpro2 and found out how easy it is to post the photos but the actual words . . . cheers, Jared

    • Thanks Jared – and yes, the review takes time but hopefully it helps people make an informed choice. Cheers

  • Fernando Salema Casimiro

    I’ve got an X-Pro2 and 35mm f2 lens. I really want the 23mm f2 lens but this X100F just messed my mind. Having an X-Pro2 is a dream to me. I love the camera. But since the X100F was presented i’m thinking if the smaller factor could mean that i can bring the camera with me much more times than with the X-Pro2. On the other hand i’m afraid that i might miss the lens choice. I’m obviously an amateur and can’t afford having both cameras.

    What’s your personal opinion on this given that you’ve got X-Pro2 and now X100F.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Fernando – to be totally honest, the X-Pro2 is such a good camera as well. I probably wouldn’t swap it out if you are happy with it. Thanks for stopping by. Kevin

    • Just wanted to jump in on this one. The biggest difference for me between the X-Pro2 with the 23mm f2 (which I have) and the X100 (in any incarnation, which I have had, and am now waiting for the 100F) is that the latter has the leaf shutter. This has a huge influence on the ability to use flash at all shutter speeds. If that is important or relevant to you I think it is more significant than the form factor.

  • adam

    have you tried the tcl and icl conversion lenses on the x100f?

    i’d love to know what focal lengths are offered when either is attached and the digital zoom is used.

    • Yup. The TCL + The DTC together equates to around 100mm.

  • Apologies if this has been answered before but I recently sold my X100s as I just could not live with the focussing.
    Loved the camera but was sick of getting shots with the backgrounds in focus and subject not.
    Read your focus tips but it just missed so much compared to other small compacts from canon and Nikon where literally I didn’t have to think about it.
    I returned to my D700 and a 1.4 lens and thought I could go back to lugging it about but miss the palm size and looking at/holding/touching/having an X100….
    What is the AF like compared to the X100s Kevin?

    • The AF is a lot better than the S, but to be totally honest with you, I didn’t have too many issues focusing with the S either. I shot several full weddings on just X100S’s just fine.

  • Chief, beautiful pictures you attached here.
    I own X100 since 2011 and only recently it developed the stains on the sensor – unfortunately the place I am now (Africa) I cannot service it.
    Probably I will go for the upgrade then from original X100 to X100F – I believe that will be the huge upgrade.

    Btw., can you share any RAF file here?
    It would be nice to see what really the sensor can do.
    Thank you

    • Thanks! I can’t share RAF files as the camera I have is a preproduction. Sorry.

  • Thanks for a great review.I am a sharpness guy and from most of the testing out online this lens looks soft wide open at f2.You provided lots of samples at f2.8 f4 f5.6 f11 and on. It gave me a chance to see where the sharpness is.
    Since I am a Leica guy I have considered the M10 for my bag of lenses, but really wanted something I could get in a big pocket with what I think is the seller on the X100F, the leaf shutter.I assume you were using an off camera flash.If so, does your camera flash still fire? I think the only downside for me was the black and whites were a little heavy.Were these with no adjustment in camera? My taste would probably go for backing off contrast in camera to get some detail. Again just my preference. Really excellent review covering lots of info!

    • Hi Steve – as mentioned several times in the post, where possible, I’ve linked the SOOC JPEG. The images that are displayed in the post are edited to my taste. There are also several images shot at F2 in the post – I think it’s perfectly sharp for the type of camera this is aimed at (reportage, street etc). it’s not the kind of camera macro photographers are likely to want (or need). Thanks, Kevin

  • Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for the awesome and useful review. The images are awesome too, as usual! I so totally don’t need this camera, but I ordered one anyway because I’ve always wanted the X100 series, this would replace my X-T1 🙂

  • Andrew

    Hi Kevin – is the screen the same dimensions as the T? I would like to have a screen protector waiting for the new piece of shiny shiny that I have on order…

    • Hi Andrew – yes, I think so….I haven’t seen anything to the contrary.

  • Erik

    Hi Kevin,

    now I’m sold. WANT to have that X100f. Unfortunately it looks like I won’t get it in time for my South Africa trip… Too bad… 😉 Did think seriously about getting an X100t but after your review I really should wait.

    Greetings
    Erik

  • Marc Silver

    Hi Kevin,

    You mentioned that the X100F has a larger sensor, but isn’t the actual physical size of the crop sensor exactly the same as the X100T, but the X100F just has more pixels?

    Also, I love my macro photography, but you mentioned that this camera is not for anyone interested in doing flower macro photography. Why is that? Are the images not sharp enough?

    Thanks for any reply,

    Marc

    • Yup, its not a bigger sensor of course, but bigger pixel depth. Images are plenty sharp enough, but I would imagine dedicated macro shooters would be using more versatile lenses.

  • Steven Song

    Hi Kevin,

    thanks for the great review. I just pre-ordered the X100F to replace my X100T. But unfortunately, after unboxing the camera today, I found the Focus Switch button does not work at all. It does not matter whether it’s on S or M, it can only work in AF-C mode. I never encountered this on my X100T. Is there any new function on F that can lock the focus mode like this? I am asking the retailer to return the camera already.

    • Not sure what that can be. What happens when the camera is in S mode? Of M mode? Can you not rotate the manual
      Focus dial?

      • Steven Song

        I can only shoot in Continuous Focus mode, and can’t change to Single Focus or Manual Focus…

        • So you can’t physically move the slider on the side of the camera to S or M?

          • Steven Song

            i can physically move the focus mode selector, but it does not change the focus mode of the camera.

          • In the drive menu, you aren’t in Adv Filter are you?

      • Steven Song

        I can rotate the Focus Mode Selector, but it does not change between modes, and the camera only works in continuous focus mode.

  • John

    Hi Kevin,

    as always thanks for your excellent article. I want to be able to document my wee daughter growing up much like you do with your family. thanks for the inspiration that regard as well as giving me pictures of my secret love, London. I own an XT-1 with the 23mm 1.4, 35mm 2.0 and 56 1.2 lenses; I love the idea of the x100 series but actually contemplate investing in an x-t20 as a second body to use the lenses on instead (cheaper, same sensor, maybe more versatile). what do you reckon? pros/cons? cheers, John

    • Thanks John – and yes, the XT20 of course will give you more versatility. If I had an XT20 for a family camera (I haven’t bought an XT20) then I would likely leave it with one lens permanently attached (probably the 18mm f2) so it’s always ready to shoot.

      • John

        Dear Kevin,

        I am still unsure which second camera to get. A friend of mine has now asked me to document a few of his social gatherings. So time presses a wee bit. The budget option would be to just grab an x-t10 body used. But I like the idea of the xtrans iii 24mp sensor (do you reckon the improvements are significant enough over the 16mp version to invest in the new camera lines?). So, after reading and enjoying your review for the fourth time I want the x100f more and more but fear that my beloved 23mm 1.4 lens will become redundant.

        any further thoughts? your input and time are highly appreciated.

        cheers, j.

        • There is quite a difference between the two sensors, but, saying that – just because there is a new sensor, doesn’t make the old one bad all of a sudden. At the end of the day, it would come down to budget I guess. I’ve shot plenty on the XT10 and I still take it out now.

          • John

            Dear Kevin,

            thank you so much for the lightning fast reply. Budget doesn’t have to be an issue. I can fork out the cash but I am a value for money guy. I have worked through quite a few reviews of the new sensor, but am still confused. Yes, more detail and possibility of cropping but hw often to I go blow up the picture to 3feet? Some say there’ll be more noise at high iso as the individual pixels are smaller. I like having the best spe s for money as long as the performance gain is worth the extra cash. I am now t enough of a tech guy to properly judge with regards to sensors. I like available light photography and don’t use flash often. I prefer people over macros.

            Is an x-t20 or an x100f better for the less photography skilled wife to get her bearings? all around versatility for kids/events?

            Yet again, thank you so much for sharing your insights and taking the time. will try my best to book a course with you next time I visit London.

            Looking forward to your thoughts.

            all the best,

            john

          • Hi John – sorry for the delay in replying to this. I think I’d probably aim for the T20 in this case. Pop the kit lens or a medium zoom on their and I think your wife will be up and running very quickly. Additionally, it’s got greater video controls should she ever require that too.

  • Darrell Jones

    Hi. I’m looking to try more street photography but at the moment have an entry level DSLR. Would the Fuji be ideal for me to take the next step up?

    Thanks
    Darrell

    • Hi Darrell,

      Whilst I use Fuji, it doesn’t mean they are the only option. I have people on my workshops who shoot with Fujis, Sony’s, DSLRs and even iPhones – they all make good pictures.

      I personally think smaller and more discreet is better for Street Photography, but some DSLRs these days can be very small and if they have a short prime lens too then even better.

      Enjoy your shooting…..

      Kevin

  • Hi, great review! One question though, i’ve read in various forums and reviews that x100f still suffers from waxy looking hi iso skin tones even if nr is dialed down to -4, is this true? Can you confrim otherwise, it is the main reason why i’m still keeping my x100 till now.

    • Loads of SOOC images in this review for you to check against. I’m shooting weddings with the X100F and I’ve yet to think “ooh, waxy” so in my mind, its fine.

  • tom

    Your edited photos all have a certain ‘look’ to them, and are much more effective than the SOOC. Would you like to share your PP methods?
    thanks

    • They are JPEG’s but mostly just warmed up a bit using split toning Tom.

      Thanks

      Kevin

  • Ben

    Any chance you can provide a screenshot (or a description) of what sort of post processing you did on the two images linked below? I love the final result and I’m kind of shocked at the difference between the original OOC image (at least for the first one).

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6403099/Static/X100F/fujifilm-x100f-weather-sealing.jpg

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6403099/Static/X100F/fuji-x100f-weather-sealing.jpg

    Sorry if this is a ridiculous request! Thanks for the great images and review!

    Ben

    • These will have come from classic chrome. I’ll have crushed the blacks (a lot in the umbrella shot).

  • Had it confirmed by Fujifilm USA via Tokyo that the 100F is intentionally designed to park the lens on sleep. This is a deal breaker for those who consistently use Hyperfocus or Zone Focus techniques. [Digital Teleconverter also resets on sleep] My workaround is to turn Power Management OFF, use OVF to save battery, and carry extra batteries. This is a disappointing oversight by Fuji, on an otherwise stellar camera, that I attribute to having full time close focus due the removal of the so called Macro button. Who would have thought a rangefinder style camera would ever be used with street techniques? [heavy sarcasm] Additionally, the location of the Q button is an ergonomic mistake that I’ve corrected by a cardboard shim and gaffers tape. No camera is perfect, but for those using the above techniques, the 100F is a perfect miss…

    • I don’t think it’s a deal breaker tbh – I use HFD and Zone Focusing all the time and I just reset it…. it hasn’t impacted my shooting at all.. I agree though, I would rather I didn’t have to do that.

  • Steve Hocking

    Kevin, Great review and images thank you. You inspired me to trade in some kit and buy one. I now have the delight of learning a new camera and am reading and re-reading your comments and tips with great care. Whilst I would love to do one of your courses I (selfishly) urge you to find a way to publish the guide book you have discussed before. You manage to deliver stunning images and text too, a fantastic combo!

  • Mario Elia

    I was waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat! Believe it or not I’m migrating for the first time from a Contax T2 to a digital camera, I should be in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. The menus…what the heck! Ahh, but the Acros, now that’s something to behold, hard to get my head around how they’ve created such a thing digitally. Thank you for your tutorial, it’s helped me sleep a little better. Could this little camera be the 8th wonder?

    Mario

  • Guido

    Great review and pictures!

    I have an xt2 with the fujicron trilogy (23, 35 , 50). I´m thinking on getting an x100f and get rid of the 23 f2, or get an xpro 2 to use with these lenses and keep the xt2 for video and eventually other lenses.
    What do you think?

    Thanks in advance
    Guido

  • Dan

    Great review, thank you very much! My question -does anyone else have a hard time seeing the exposure meter over on the left in IVF? Especially out in the daylight?

  • Hi Mr.Kevin
    Good work! been watching your Fuji review, and reading all your x100F review, image samples….. if I buy X100F it will be my biggest challenge with only one lens…. I was a canon shooter (600d + 50mm f1.4) since 2013, mainly I shoot pro bono pre weddings with only 50mm. honestly, if I buy X-T20 + with only 1 lens (23mm f1.4 or 35mm f2) < the same price with x100F here where I live.
    that's why I'm confused If I buy X100F well I have to live up with that lens ^^
    can you give me something to just keep my eye on x100f and won't regret buying it …

    • Hi Ruben,

      The best thing about the X100F in my opinion is the simplicity and the fun…..

  • Eva

    Great review! Best X100F I’ve read! I went through almost all the prototype X100F reviews and really love yours!

    Since I’m new to the Fuji world, the acros settings sounds amazing. I see that for many of the photos you posted here have one that has a film effect on them as you pointed out for each one. and there are also original photos.

    How could I get both original and the one with filter from the camera? Is there any special setting I need to set to? My assumption was that once you get the filter, you won’t be able to see the original photos anymore. Thank you!

    • Hi, Eva,

      The best way is to shoot RAW + JPEG.

      Thanks

      Kevin