Grinding and Overheating: Are Problems Emerging for the Fujifilm X100V?

This year, Fujifilm has released two exceptionally good APS-C cameras. In my view, these are the best crop sensor cameras currently on the market. As more and more people get their hands on these cameras, problems relating to overheating seem to be surfacing with the Fujifilm X100V. 

In a recent video from Denae & Andrew, they discuss and demonstrate how the Fujifilm X100V can potentially overheat. This camera continues with the smaller form factor of APS-C cameras, yet now offers a lot more in terms of features. The upgraded sensor, autofocus, and video features are brilliant; however, the camera doesn't seem to be managing them very well. The video demonstrates how after prolonged use, the camera can get a little hot to the touch. This is especially a problem if you're filming with it.

Companies like Sony have in the past provided firmware updates to combat these problems for their cameras. Hopefully, Fujifilm can also provide a firmware update to fix this problem. In the meantime, however, the video does offer some solutions to help prevent the camera from overheating. 

Personally, I don't think this is a major problem. The main reason I think this is is because most people don't really use these types of cameras for long sessions of filming. If this were a problem on the X-T4, then one could argue its significance; however, as far as I'm aware, this is not the case. 

Check out the full video to see what can cause the X100V to overheat and how to prevent this too. 

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I got my black X100V yesterday and it appeared to me clearly there was a heating issue I never knew with any previous models I owned. I tried to disconnect Bluetooth but it didn’t seem to change anything. I am curious if anyone finds a setting to solve the problem. Please Fujifilm do something about it with a firmware update !

Usman Dawood's picture

Does the warning sign appear when taking pictures or is it for video?

Steve Solomon's picture

Excellent test, sir! Warm at the handgrip? Heck, here in Colorado, I'd call that a "Feature"! :-)

Usman Dawood No warning yet, just feels hot and uncomfortable in the hand.

Just got my black X100v yesterday too. It does getting warmer (on the thumb rest) after some time for only shooting but it seems to be still acceptable. But if you use it for filming, the temperature will go up very quickly after about 2 minutes. I do not see any warning yet after filming for about 4 mins.

I turn off the camera and took off the battery and found the temperature on the battery is fine. But somewhere on the circuit board inside the thumb rest is very warm. Consider it is where the SD card is located, this should affect the SD card if the temperature is too high.

By the way, some people said it is because the slower speed of the SD card used. I don't think it has anything to do with the SD card speed. I'm using a SanDisk ExtremePRO microSDXC UHS-I(V30)(A2). Read/Write is 170Mb/90Mb per second. I believe this is one of the best and fastest UHS-I in market..

I heard Fujifilm is working on a firmware fix and hopefully, it will release soon.

I had an xt2 that got SUPER hot in my bag. The worst part was that it was using a fuji stock battery and the camera was in the OFF position. Has that happened to any one else with a fuji camera?

That is problematic! It's not possible to "getting hot" when it's turned OFF. You should ask Fujifilm for a check.

I was wondering haha. I'll give them a call and see what i can find out! Thanks!

Hi, Thanks for the video, I recently got an x100v, but I noticed problem If I'm shooting macro, every time switch between preview and shooting, the lens did a full movement from macro to infinity then goes back to macro where last time your focus is. In manual macro mode the worst case is about 3 seconds for the lens to resume, but if shooting distance is longer, the wait is shorter, I didn't recall this on older machines or X-T series.