Fujifilm X100

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The Fujifilm X100 series of digital cameras, the FinePix X100, X100S and X100T, are large sensor compact cameras with a 23 mm fixed prime lens (35 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV) in 35 mm full frame format). All three cameras have received generally positive reviews.

Fujifilm FinePix X100[edit]

Fujifilm FinePix X100
Fujifilm X100 001.jpg
Maker Fujifilm
Type Fixed lens digital camera
Image sensor type CMOS with primary colour filter
Image sensor size 23.6 mm × 15.8 mm (APS-C)
Maximum resolution 12.3 megapixels
Recording medium SD, SDHC, SDXC
Lens 23 mm f/2
Focus contrast detection
Exposure TTL 256-zones metering
Flash Built in
Viewfinder Hybrid (OVF and EVF)
Rear LCD monitor 2.8-inch 460k dots fixed LCD
Battery NP-95 type
Dimensions 126.5 (W) × 74.4 (H) × 53.9 (D) mm
Weight 445 g (0.981 lb) (including battery and memory card)
Made in Japan

The Fujifilm FinePix X100 was initially shown at the photokina show in September 2010 and was subsequently introduced in February 2011.[1] It was the first model in Fujifilm's X-Series of cameras and has since been joined by the X10, X20, X-S1, X-Pro1 and X-E1. It is superseded by the Fujifilm X100S.[2]

Key features[edit]

  • 12.3 MP, APS-C sized CMOS sensor
  • Hybrid optical/electric viewfinder
  • 23 mm (35 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV) in 35 mm full frame format) fixed prime lens
  • Classic styling

Innovation[edit]

The FinePix X100 was the first camera to show a number of new technologies developed by Fujifilm. These include a hybrid viewfinder which allows the user to choose between a conventional optical viewfinder with an electronic overlay, or an electronic viewfinder.[3] The combination of APS-C sized CMOS sensor, EXR processor and 23mm (35 mm equivalent) fast aperture lens was also a first.[4]

Reception[edit]

The X100 received generally favourable reviews and a number of awards. These include Innovative Camera of the Year from Ephotozine[5] and Best Premium Camera in the 2011 TIPA awards.[6] In most cases, the prizes were awarded for the combination of technology and picture quality, but the X100 has also received plaudits for its design outside the photography market, coming top of Stuff magazine's Cool List for 2011[7] and in October 2012 receiving Good Design Award from Good Design Award (Japan).[8] Digital Photography Review gave it a score of 75% and a silver award, noting that it "combines excellent image quality, solid build and a superb viewfinder with somewhat sluggish and quirky operation", adding that "It's been much improved by multiple firmware updates since its initial incarnation, and despite its flaws, is now a very likeable camera indeed.".[9]

Issues[edit]

Some X100 cameras have reportedly suffered from 'sticky aperture disease' where the aperture blades lock up, leading to overexposure.[10][11] Fujifilm has acknowledged this issue and will fix it under warranty.

On initial release the X100 was widely reported to have various issues.[12] Many, but not all, of these issues were fixed[13] through a series of firmware updates[14] made available by Fujifilm.

Fujifilm X100S[edit]

Fujifilm X100S
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Maker Fujifilm
Type Fixed lens digital camera
Image sensor type CMOS with primary colour filter
Image sensor size 23.6 mm × 15.8 mm (APS-C)
Maximum resolution 16.3 megapixels
Recording medium SD, SDHC, SDXC
Lens 23 mm f/2
Focus contrast detection / phase detection
Viewfinder Hybrid (OVF and EVF)
Dimensions 126.5 (W) × 74.4 (H) × 53.9 (D) mm
Weight 445 g (0.981 lb) (including battery and memory card)
Made in Japan

The Fujifilm X100S[15] is the successor to the Fujifilm FinePix X100. Announced in January 2013,[16] it is a model similar to the X100 yet addressing some of the issues that the X100 had, and resembles it superficially, but with internal changes. It has been compared with the Leica M series.[17]

It was replaced in September 2014 with the Fujifilm X100T.

Differences from the X100[18][edit]

  • 16.3 MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor instead of 12.3 MP
  • Redesign of menus
  • Quick Menu (Q) button
  • Uses X-Trans color filter pattern (taken from the X-E1 and X-Pro1), instead of Bayer pattern
  • No optical low pass filter (OLPF), to give sharper images[19]
  • Phase detection within the X-Trans CMOS II sensor increasing autofocus speed to 0.08 s in good light
  • The faster the focus ring is rotated, the quicker the focus is adjusted
  • Focus mode switch options have been reorganised such that the most commonly used functions (Autofocus Single and Manual Focus) surround the least used function (Autofocus Continuous) for more efficient operation
  • Hybrid viewfinder switch has been altered in shape to allow for easier one-handed operation
  • Autofocus point selection has been altered to allow one button default access[20]

Reception[edit]

The X100S received generally positive reviews:

  • Digital Photography Review gave it a score of 81% and a gold award, describing it as a "hugely likable, very capable camera with some useful tricks up its sleeve".[21]
  • Photography Life gave it 4.6 stars out of 5, describing it as "an amazing camera".[22]

Fujifilm X100T[edit]

Fujifilm X100T
Maker Fujifilm
Image sensor type CMOS
Image sensor size 23.6 x 15.8 mm (APS-C type)
Maximum resolution 4896 x 3264 (16 megapixels)
Image processor EXR Processor II
Recording medium SD, SDHC or SDXC memory card
Lens 23mm (35 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV) in 35 mm full frame format)
F-numbers f/2.0 at the widest
Shutter speeds 1/32000 s to 30 s
ASA/ISO range 100-51200
Focus areas 49 focus points
Continuous shooting 6 frames per second
Viewfinder magnification 0.5
Frame coverage 92%
Custom WB Yes
Rear LCD monitor 3 inches with 1,040,000 dots
Dimensions 127 x 74 x 52 mm (5 x 2.91 x 2.05 inches)
Weight 440 g including battery

The Fujifilm X100T was announced by Fujifilm on September 10, 2014. It is the successor to the X100S.[23] It is aesthetically very similar to the X100S, and shares many of its core specifications (including its lens and sensor), but features numerous iterative refinements and enhancements.[24]

Differences from the X100S[18][edit]

  • Advanced hybrid viewfinder, with electronic rangefinder
  • Real-time parallax correction in optical viewfinder
  • ±3EV exposure compensation
  • optional electronic shutter (allowing silent operation and a shutter speed of 1/32000 of a second)
  • 3.0-inch, 1040K-dot LCD screen
  • "Classic Chrome" film simulation mode

Reception[edit]

The X100T has received generally positive reviews:

  • Digital Photography Review gave it a score of 81%, criticising its autofocus and video capabilities but noting "there's currently nothing to touch it in terms of the size/price/image quality balance it offers and the style with which it does so".[24]
  • Pocket-Lint.com gave it 4 stars out of 5, describing it as "a special little camera"[25]

Accessories[edit]

Due to their similarities the different X100 cameras accept many of the same accessories.

Conversion lenses[edit]

  • Wide Conversion Lens WCL-X100 - gives 28 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV)
  • Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100 - gives 50 mm equivalent angle of view

Flashguns[edit]

  • Fujifilm EF-20
  • Fujifilm EF-X20
  • Fujifilm EF-42

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fujifilm announces commercial release of FinePix X100 : dpreview.com
  2. ^ Westlake, Andy (January 2013). "Fujifilm X100S First Look". DPReview. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  3. ^ X100 hybrid viewfinder : Overview
  4. ^ X100 APS-C sensor : Overview
  5. ^ Ephotozine's Best Cameras of the Year 2011
  6. ^ XXI TIPA Awards 2011
  7. ^ Stuff Cool List 2011
  8. ^ Good Design Awards 2012
  9. ^ Westlake, Andy. "Fujifilm FinePix X100 In-Depth Review". www.dpreview.com. Digital Photography Review. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Sticky Aperture Blade Issue
  11. ^ Fuji X Series forum discussion
  12. ^ Eastland, Jonathan (2011). "Modern retro". British Journal of Photography (Incisive Financial Publishing Limited) 158 (7788): 68–71. The sad fact is, at least in my opinion, that apart from its sumptuous image quality, operationally the X100 only does what it says on the tin in AF mode for subjects normally requiring a measured approach. ... Unfortunately, for relatively fast-moving subjects, or where the camera is used to grab candid frames in a hurry, the system returns a fairly hit-and-miss sharply focused average. 
  13. ^ Britton, Barney (10 January 2013). "Hands-on with Fujifilm's X100S". Digital Photography Review. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Firmware for FinePix X100". Fujifilm. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Fujifilm X100S - Specifications | X Series | Digital Cameras". Fujifilm USA. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  16. ^ Westlake, Andy (January 2013). "Fujifilm X100S First Look". DPReview. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "Strobist: In-Depth: The New Fujifilm X100s". Strobist.blogspot.com. 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  18. ^ a b "A comparison between the X100T and X100S". www.fujivsfuji.com. Fuji vs Fuji. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  19. ^ "FUJIFILM X100S - Feature: APS-C 16M X-Trans CMOS II Sensor & EXR Processor II | X Series | Digital Cameras". Fujifilm USA. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  20. ^ Zack Arias's review of the X100S
  21. ^ Britton, Barney; Westlake, Andy. "Fujifilm X100S Review". www.dpreview.com. Digital Photography Review. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  22. ^ Mansurov, Nasim. "Fuji X100S Review". www.photographylife.com. Photography Life. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  23. ^ http://www.dpreview.com/products/fujifilm/compacts/fujifilm_x100t/specifications
  24. ^ a b Butler, Richard. "Fujifilm X100T Review". www.dpreview.com. Digital Photography Review. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  25. ^ Lowe, Mike. "Fujifilm X100T review: Naughty but niche". www.pocket-lint.com. Pocket Lint. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 

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