The Fujifilm X100V – Initial Thoughts

I can say without any exaggeration that I am a huge fan of the Fujifilm X100 series – and I have been from day one. Maybe this camera even kept me in photography…

Nevertheless, when I read the first reasonably reliable rumours about the new Fujifilm X100V, I actually thought: no, I’ll skip it this time. A bit like with the X100T (the only one in the X100 series I’ve never owned), it didn’t seem like it was really worth the upgrade. In fact, when it became clear that a flip-up display was coming, I was sure I would just give the new one a cold shoulder…

Oh, man, I cannot express enough how wrong I was about that. Fortunately, this attitude only lasted until I saw the first real images of the X100V. Before its official announcement in London, I pre-ordered one from my photo dealer.

Tadaaaa… there it is. I proudly present: The most beautiful camera in the world!

Yeah, yeah… I know… it doesn’t matter what a camera looks like. It’s just a tool, not a piece of jewellery. Bla bla bla bla… unfortunately, that’s not true. At least not for me. I like beautiful things. I like good design. And I also like good ergonomics. And with the X100V, smart simplicity meets aesthetics. Period.

Actually, no reason to continue writing. But for someone who a) writes a blog and b) loves this camera, this is of course not a real option. However, I will not really write much more here and now. I just got the camera today and I want to at least take the chance to take pictures with it for at least a few days. But since I know the X100 series inside out, it won’t be about the question if, but how good this camera really is.

So, here are only my very first impressions:

  1. This camera is even more beautiful than in the pictures.
  2. The haptic overall impression is sensational – feels really extremely high-quality!
  3. Technology-wise it is largely identical with the Fujifilm X-Pro3 – more than good enough.
  4. The lens update was absolutely successful – even with open aperture in the close-up range it’s great!
  5. The viewfinder is fantastic, and I have absolutely no problems with switching between OVF and EVF. (Hallelujah!)
  6. The flip-up display is so cool and discreet – it’s awesome!
  7. It really has the potential for this “one camera – one lens” thing.
  8. Did I actually mention how beautiful the X100V is? 🙂

Stay tuned, a more detailed review will follow in a few days. Until then, as always:

There is always light somewhere – go out and shoot!

6 Comments

  • Congrats on your new acquisition, Peter! It is truly beautiful. Happy shooting!

  • Hi Diego, thanks a lot! And don’t get me wrong, the camera is not only beautiful. I think I can already say it’s amazing… Evolution works! 😉

    Cheers,
    Peter

  • Having got the X-Pro3 so recently I think I’d rather not know how good this one is… 🙂 Include the X-T4 in that group too! 😀

  • I think I’ll skip the X-T4 and stay with the X-H1. I rarely use these X-T and X-H type cameras, so this wouldn’t make much sense for me…

  • Hi Peter,
    thx for your initial thoughts. I own the X100F and love it…(besides the XP3 and other Fuji stuff) I thought I could skip the V, but now I am really curious… Waiting for more to come

    Norbert

  • Hi Norbert, I was in the same dilemma, mainly because the F is a damn good camera. Since I often use the X100 and the X-Pro together, I wanted to have the same sensor. But the sum of the useful improvements is also impressive… The range is now roughly from very good (F) to almost perfect (V). Just my 2 cents…

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