The Fujifilm X100 series is so iconic that it is on our list of the most exciting cameras of the decade, and now its fifth iteration, the Fujifilm X100V, is approaching the launch, at least according to the latest rumors.
Fans love these APS-C, compact rangefinder style for its retro simplicity, image quality and the way the fixed focal length can force you to think more creatively about your photography, instead of spending every waking minute obsessing With the next lens to buy.
The Fujifilm X100V has many improvements to make the series: we expect 4K video, which is missing in the current X100F, better autofocus and an even better lens. But will we get these updates? This is what we currently know, based on filtered information and rumors.
Fujifilm X100V: release date and price
- The Fujifilm X100V is expected to be announced in early February
- Rumor has it that it is priced higher than the X100F at launch
The Fujifilm X100V is expected to arrive in early February 2020. That is three years after the Fujifilm X100F, and the longest gap between the series models to date, if only for six months, there was a gap of two and a half years between Fujifilm X100T and today's X100F.
Our best evidence for this prediction is Fujifilm's registration of two new products at the Chinese telecommunications agency, MIIT, which lists products that use standards such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. These entries were published on January 8, and although they list the new hardware as & # 39; FF190004 & # 39; and & # 39; FF190005 & # 39; Instead of X100V, we believe that one of them is the new member of the X100 family.
Without a doubt, it is time for us to have a new model. And Fujifilm seems to have changed his name system to classical Roman numerals for this fifth generation. The previous & # 39; S & # 39 ;, & # 39; T & # 39; and & # 39; F & # 39; They may have looked like random selections of the alphabet, but they actually meant & # 39; second & # 39 ;, & # 39; third & # 39; and & # 39; room & # 39 ;.
The Fujifilm X100V will cost $ 1,500 (which becomes around £ 1,150 / AU $ 2,170), according to Fuji's generally reliable rumors, which would be a significant jump from the launch price of $ 1,299 / £ 1,249 / AU $ 1,900 of the X100F. It is unlikely that UK buyers can get the camera significantly below the same dollar figure, particularly with the possibility of further weakening of the currency.
Fujifilm X100V: what sensor will it have?
- We expect the X100V to have the same 26.1MP sensor as the X-Pro3
- It is also expected to have the same focus system as that camera
- It is still unclear whether or not the X100V will match the ISO range of the X-Pro3
No details of the X100V sensor have been leaked, but we are pretty sure that the camera will use the same 26.1MP chip as the Fujifilm X-Pro3 and the Fujifilm X-T3. This is a prestigious X-Trans 4 sensor of APS-C size.
Fujifilm adopts this generational approach for its cameras, using the same central hardware in all ranges, excluding the lowest cost A series.
This also tells us more or less what approach system to expect. The 26.1MP sensor has & # 39; focus pixels & # 39 ;, an implementation of the phase detection autofocus on the sensor.
The Fujifilm X100V is likely to have 425 focus points, such as the X-Pro3 and X-T3. These cover 99% of the sensor, and Fuji improved Face and Eye detection when this approach standard was introduced.
Fujifilm does not necessarily promise exactly the same focus performance as those cameras. Certain aspects, such as the low light approach, can be adjusted with firmware and, of course, vary according to the maximum aperture of the lens, although now the company has some experience with this hardware, performance is likely to be similar; The X-T3 can focus on –3EV, for example, which is very solid.
However, we will be interested to see if Fujifilm adheres to the same ISO range as the X-Pro3. The native ISO of that camera starts at a relatively high ISO 160. The common ISO 100 reference standard is only accessible when an extended ISO & # 39; & # 39; setting is used (together with ISO 100). However, since the X-Pro3 is still relatively new, we would be surprised if Fujifilm alters this for the X100V.
Fujifilm X100V: will it have a new lens?
- Rumors suggest that you will have a new version of the 35mm lens of the X100F
- But it is unlikely that the X100V has an aperture f / 1.4, instead it adheres to f / 2
The design of the X100 series cameras has been quite consistent since the X100 was introduced in 2011, and we don't think that will change dramatically. The clean and retro look, the convenience of the small and fixed lens and the ability to place the camera in a larger coat pocket are crucial to its appeal.
Some rumors of Fuji's rumors suggest that the Fujifilm X100V will have a new lens, but that does not mean that it is actually so different from the optics in the X100F. It is unlikely that we will see a focal length distance of 23 mm (35 mm equivalent), and we would be surprised if the maximum aperture exceeds the current f / 2.
So what could change? It is known that X100 cameras are a bit soft when shot wide at f / 2. If an optical update could improve this, it would be one of the most important image quality improvements Fujifilm could make.
There seems to be little chance of reaching the level of sharpness of the bright Fujinon 23mm f / 1.4 lens used by the X-series cameras of interchangeable lenses, but it would be better to take a step or two closer to that kind of performance.
Fujifilm X100V: viewfinder and screen
- Rumors suggest that the X100V will not have the & # 39; hidden LCD screen & # 39; that is seen in the X-Pro3
- However, you probably have an updated viewfinder with an improved resolution
- The design of the X100V will probably not be large enough to accommodate image stabilization in the body (IBIS) or weather sealing
Fujifilm's mirrorless cameras may seem a bit conservative at times. The company has locked itself in very successful formulas with the X-T3 and X-T30 families, so why would it want to change things?
However, the Fujifilm X-Pro3 changed things recently. It has a rear screen & # 39; hidden & # 39; unusual that encourages him to shoot in a more traditional way, without constantly checking the screen. At first, it seems that the camera does not have a traditional screen, only a small color E ink screen that shows the type of virtual film.
Its full 3-inch LCD screen is below this panel. He rotates it and the design suggests that you should use the viewfinder, unless you shoot above or below head height, or from an awkward angle. Will the X100V also have this unusual display style that satisfies the purist?
Early rumors suggest that it will not, and that we could actually get a more comfortable screen than the X100F. All X100 cameras to date have used fixed screens, without tilt or touch.
Another possible addition is weather sealing. The Fujifilm X100F has no official resistance to water, and can suffer if it is taken out in the rain, which can cause the sensor to start to behave badly or the viewfinder fogs up. The high price of this series means that it probably deserves water resistance, but seals tend to add significant volume to the camera as well, which is naturally a problem in a relatively pocket-sized model with an emphasis on style.
The same problem makes us assume that the Fujifilm X100V will not have the optical image stabilization in the body that is rumored to be presented in the Fujifilm X-T4; there is not enough space to implement it in an X100 size shell, much as we would like to see it added.
However, we can get an updated viewer. The X100 family uses a hybrid viewfinder that combines a rangefinder-style optical view with an EVF. This allows you to see the exact captured area and, for example, check the enlarged portions for the captured exposure and the white balance during shooting.
It is unlikely that this style will change, but the resolution of the EVF may. Fujifilm increased the resolution of the X-Pro3 to 3.69 million points (1280 x 960 pixels), and this would represent a significant improvement over the EVF of 2.36 million points of the X100F. There are no leaks or rumors that suggest this will happen specifically, but it is certainly possible given the increase in cost.
Fujifilm X100V: video features
- We expect the X100V to increase its video resolution from 1080p to 4K
- But its video performance is more likely to match the X-Pro3 than the X-T3
Video is one of the main reasons why the Fujifilm X100F needs to be replaced. Its superior capture resolution is 1080p, instead of 4K.
The Fujifilm X-T3 currently offers the best video capture of Fuji APS-C cameras, with 60 fps 4K and 10-bit capture. But it seems more likely that the X100V matches the Fujifilm X-Pro3, with a maximum of 30 fps at a resolution of 4K.
The camera will be less versatile than the X-T3, and although it can certainly produce some nice-looking images, the video is unlikely to become a main focus on the Fujifilm X100V.
Fujifilm X100V rumors: early verdict
Undoubtedly, the Fujifilm X100 series should be updated, and it seems likely that the X100V will arrive soon: the only real question marks are about the exact features it will bring.
Since all the appeal of the X100 family is its size and convenience, it seems unlikely that body image stabilization (IBIS) reaches the X100V. The latest rumors also suggest that it will continue to have a 35mm f / 2 lens, but with improved optics.
The most likely new features include 4K video, the 26.1MP sensor seen in X-Pro3 and an improved viewfinder. Whether the X100V includes protection against the weather or other new features, such as a better battery life, we will have to wait until February to find out.
We will bring you all the official news, but in the meantime we will update this page with the latest leaks and rumors, so be sure to check out the latest news about the Fujifilm X100V.