Fourth Gen X100 Steps Up To 24.3 MP And More

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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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