Re­fin­ing the com­pact rangefinder

FUJIFILM X100F

HWM (Malaysia) - - APERTURE / TEST - by Mar­cus Wong

The X100F is FUJIFILM’s lat­est ver­sion of their line of pre­mium com­pact cam­eras. It gets the lat­est 24.3MP X-Trans III CMOS sen­sor from their top-end X-Pro 2 and X-T2 cam­eras, as well as the high­per­for­mance X Pro­ces­sor Pro imag­ing en­gine, mak­ing it much more ca­pa­ble than the X100T it re­places.

For ex­am­ple, where the X100T had a top con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing speed of 6fps for a pal­try max­i­mum of 25 frames, the X100F now goes up to 8fps for up to 60 frames. It also gains 325 se­lectable aut­o­fo­cus points in sin­gle aut­o­fo­cus mode, and the AF-lever we first saw on the X-Pro2. This makes it eas­ier for you to shift aut­o­fo­cus points, nav­i­gate the menus, and change the size of the fo­cus group (by press­ing in).

Perhaps ow­ing to the fact that the X100F now uses the same bat­ter­ies as the X-T2 (the NP-W126S), it is now slightly taller than its pre­de­ces­sor, mea­sur­ing 126.5 x 74.8 x 52.4 mm as op­posed to126.5 x 74.4 x 52.4 mm of the X100T. The grip is also slightly deeper, but the dif­fer­ence is so lit­tle you would hardly no­tice it.

More ob­vi­ous changes would be in the shift of but­tons and the changes in the con­trol di­als at the top of the cam­era. All the but­tons on the back of the X100F have been shifted to the right of the rear LCD, with the AEL/AFL but­ton and the View mode but­ton shifted to the top of the body. These re­place the Drive mode but­ton, which has been per­ma­nently as­signed to the top but­ton of the four-way con­troller.

You still get a to­tal of seven cus­tom keys that you can as­sign func­tions to, and FUJIFILM’s ex­cel­lent Q-menu is still there so gen­eral ac­ces­si­bil­ity of func­tions re­mains very good. We also like the fact that the X100F gains the same top di­als as the X-Pro 2, with the ISO dial in­te­grated into the shut­ter se­lec­tor dial, mak­ing it in­stantly ac­ces­si­ble.

Some­thing new though, is the ad­di­tion of a 'C' po­si­tion on the Ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion dial, let­ting you dial in ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion through the front dial. Op­er­at­ing through this fash­ion lets you get up to ±5, rather than the ±3 stops you would get through the dial.

Phys­i­cal dif­fer­ences aside, one thing that def­i­nitely stands out with the X100F (apart from the greater res­o­lu­tion count) is how much more re­spon­sive the cam­era is. No doubt thanks to the new pro­ces­sor, the cam­era is fairly fast and re­spon­sive, to the point where we’d say users com­ing

from en­try-level DSLRs prob­a­bly wouldn’t feel the dif­fer­ence.

Aut­o­fo­cus is snappy and re­spon­sive, and while it doesn’t gain the im­proved AF-C sys­tem from the X-T2 and X-T20, we cer­tainly didn’t have any is­sues track­ing slower mov­ing ve­hi­cles or an­i­mals. It uses the same 23mm F/2 lens as in pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions, which has a very nice min­i­mum work­ing dis­tance of just 10cm, which means you can even use the X100F for close-ups of flow­ers or in­sects.

Im­ages taken with the lens wide open seems to pro­duce slightly soft im­ages, but stop­ping down to f/4 and beyond gives you plenty of de­tail. As you can see from the im­age of the but­ter­fly, the cam­era cer­tainly does take good ad­van­tage of the new 24.3MP sen­sor.

The com­bi­na­tion of X Pro­ces­sor Pro and X-Trans CMOS III also means that the X100F gets im­proved ISO per­for­mance, with the base ISO set­tings now go­ing all the way up to ISO 12,800, with ISO 25,600 and ISO 51,200 avail­able as boost set­tings. Im­ages taken at ISO 25,600 re­main very us­able in our opin­ion, so it does seem that FUJIFILM has once again put ILC-level –per­for­mance into a pre­mium com­pact cam­era body.

The one caveat here is price. At US$1,299, the X100F costs a fair bit more than its pre­de­ces­sor. And while the dig­i­tal tele­con­verter func­tion works well, the same money could get you an ILC with a lens com­bi­na­tion that of­fers more flex­i­bil­ity.

Im­ages at ISO 25,600 re­main us­able.

Plenty of de­tail to be had from the 24.2MP sen­sor.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.