I love portraits. Portraits fascinate me more than anything else. That was the main reason why I entered photography – to make beautiful portraits. This is what Fujifilm lets me do, and that is what I love about the Fujifilm X100 camera.
A few weeks ago, Fujifilm introduced Fujifilm X100 V to the camera market, but I could not write about it. This was my first assignment for Fujifilm, and I was very excited to do this.
I am not paid to make these posts, nor do I have any connection with Fujifilm. I write only of what I find around their products, and I only write things I feel strongly about. If I say something nice, I love the product, and if I say something terrible, I do not like that product.
As you can imagine, this was an exciting project for me. I own a company where I do a lot of retouching, and I was going for this particular task, and it seemed like an excellent opportunity to reach my hands on the new ‘baby’ of the Fujifilm X100 series.
Fujifilm’s package included an X100V camera, 15 mm lens, 25 mm lens, hood, camera case, and – essential – ‘download software.’
That was by far the best part. I was so excited that my brand-new Fujifilm X100V was not coming with a standard box of software disks, but instead with some fancy, password-protected software from where I could download my firmware from! Even though many people complained about Google Drive, I would pay $1,000 for the ability to download software instead of sending me a bunch of disks in the mail! How cool is that?
Unlike its predecessor X100T, the Fujifilm X100V sports a new design and more functions. There are also changes in firmware, but not that much, which is a great ‘plus’ for a photographer.
I think Fujifilm X100V is way better than X100T, and I have nothing wrong to say about it. Of course, there are things which can be improved, but to those same people, I would say – what about this and this, missing for me? What if you, and I, and 1300 other people ask for the same feature and will then put it on the technical list? You will get the element together with other people. So why jump at the conclusion immediately and be the first to cry?
The ‘core’ of Fujifilm X100V is a 24.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans III CMOS sensor, which is simply incredible. When you combine that with F2.0, a super fast and very silent lens, you know you are in front of the future in photography. Fujifilm has not disappointed the millions of photography lovers around the world once again, as the X100 camera was previously known.
As much as I don’t like attaching stuff, Fujifilm provides a lens hood – a good thing because F2.0 means an intense light behind it in a smaller room, especially with X100V and 35 mm fixed lens. All lenses provide Fujifilm X100V with a stabilization system (which equals a big plus for me).
The x-modes are a game-changer. Now you can easily compare image control with x-taking, just like David Bailey and Vivian Maier, back in the day. You might ask what X-mode is precise. Simple – it is shutter speed, and you can take my photos precisely as if I was there to capture the very same picture with my Fujifilm X100V.
Wrist detection saves a lot of energy for your camera, as it has only to follow your body without you worrying about moving from the spot.
Fujifilm X100V can also be optimized more easily with the help of the split-screen function, where you can switch any position of the camera on the left side and all that you have recorded on the right-hand side.
The viewfinder is very bright and detailed, and it does not matter which of the X100 series, earlier or later, you will view it – Fujifilm has made it and perfected it to perfection.
The buttons and dials are great, and all work smoothly, just as they should.
A priority Fujifilm for me. I am concerned primarily about taking photos of people, which is why I bought this camera.
I love the X-Trans sensor, and it is the exact reason why I love Fujifilm X-E1 so much. It has a very shallow depth of field, and with a fixed lens – it acts perfectly. All the lenses are excellent, and it does not matter whether you are a beginner or a very experienced photographer. I would take all X-series instead of the 50 mm of the Nikon and 85 mm of the Canon if someone told me to.
Yes, Fujifilm X100V almost looks like it was made in 1975, and there is nothing in it that will impress a contemporary designer. But take a closer look at it. The body is well-built, just as it should be, but it is very light, and you do not have to lug around extra weight. The fewer weights, the more accessible work for your arms, and I have big hands.
X100V is perfect. It falls nicely, and it is something your camera kid will be happy with, and they might not want to share it!
The lens is designed from aircraft-grade magnesium alloy, never inherits from cheap plastic, which is touched up (yet more affordable) plastic body and TSC.
Fujifilm X100V feels excellent in your hands, no matter whether you are holding it for 10 minutes or 10 hours, all your hands, elbow, and shoulder will understand this – it feels good.
The white balance white, in my opinion, should be left on color. With the light of so many scenes, you would be able to easily control the settings manually, without depending on auto mode, which is still questionable, in my opinion, though.
On auto mode, you can set your aperture or shutter speed higher or lower, as much as you want. You can also create your own way and switch it quickly with an 8-way joystick.
This is what I love most about Fujifilm cameras – memory cards. Why is it so important? It can live with no battery at all and continue shooting flawlessly. And do not be afraid of recording during the ride or on the bumpy ride.
You can easily connect with an Android phone or iPhone (which was very useful) via a WiFi connection. In this way, you can bring a RAW image of any size into your smartphone or tablet and edit it right away. Even though you may not immediately have facilities for editing it, you can still retouch it. For me, it counted.