Fourth Gen X100 Steps Up To 24.3 MP And More
Although most attention is on Fujifilm’s launching of the GFX mirrorless digital medium format camera system, it isn’t neglecting the camera which started the brand’s current revival in high-end cameras. The X100F is the fourth generation iteration of the original X100 which was unveiled at the 2010 Photokina and went on sale early the following year. It’s subsequently been followed by the X100S (2013) and X100T (2015) which have both introduced updates and refinements.
The X100F is more of a major upgrade as it has a new sensor and processor, an improved AF system and quite a number of significant ergonomic changes. An important new feature is the facility to automatically recognise when the wide-angle and telephoto converter lenses – themselves updated to incorporate electronic connections – are attached, adjusting the in-camera distortion correction accordingly.
The X100F has the same 24.3 megapixels (effective) ‘X-Trans CMOS III’ ‘APS-C’ sensor as the X-Pro2 and X-T2, mated with the ‘X-Processor Pro’ highspeed imaging engine which improves the start-up time (0.05 seconds), shutter release lag (0.01 seconds) and AF response time (0.08 seconds). The continuous shooting speed increases to 8.0 fps over a much longer burst of either 60 JPEGs or 25 compressed RAW frames. The X100F also inherits the joystick-type control for focus point selection from these models, and from the X-Pro2, the lift-and-turn ISO selector within the shutter speed plus the ‘C’ setting on the exposure compensation dial which extends the range to +/-5.0 EV. There’s now a front input wheel to complement the rear control, making operations such as manual exposure control much more convenient. The sensitivity range is equivalent to ISO 200 to 12,800 with expansions to ISO 100 and 51,200.
The hybrid phase/contrast-detection AF system steps up to 325 points and now has the same ‘Zone AF’ modes (encompassing up to 91 active points) as the higher-end X Mount cameras. The hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder remains as before, but now allows the electronic rangefinder (ERF) element to be magnified at either 2.5x or 6.0x to further assist with focusing when using the OVF. The EVF’s refresh rate has been increased to 60 fps. ‘Real Time Parallax Correction’ automatically shifts the image frame and focusing area in both the EVF and OVF. Also bringing the fixed-lens premium camera into line with its interchangeable lens cousins is the addition of the ACROS B&W modes to the ‘Film Simulation’ presets and the ‘Grain Effect’ processing function.
The basic magnesium alloy bodyshell remains unchanged as does the Fujinon Super EBC 23mm f2.0 lens (equivalent to 35mm) and fixed 1.04 megadots resolution, 7.62 cm LCD monitor panel. A single memory card slots supports the SD format, but still only at the UHS-I speed rate. However, there’s a new battery – the NP-W126S higher-capacity pack as is used in the X-Pro2 and X-T2 – which Fujifilm claims gives up to 390 shots when using the OVF or 270 with the EVF. There’s the choice of silver and black body finishes and the X100F sells in Australia for $1999.
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