A Look at the Fun and Capable Fujifilm X100V Mirrorless Camera

Most modern cameras have ergonomic considerations built into them but are primarily designed to get results without getting in your way. However, the Fujifilm X100V mirrorless camera marries capabilities with an inspiring and fun to use design, making it quite the desirable and unique option. This great video review takes a look at the X100V and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice. 

Coming to you from James Popsys, this excellent video review takes a look at the Fujifilm X100V. I have always loved the X100 series. The first few models were quirky and fun cameras that made the series quite popular, but in recent iterations, the line has really come into its own with professional-level capabilities, though it has kept its signature design that endeared it to many users in the first place. The X100V, the fifth entry in the series, offers fantastic autofocus performance, an excellent lens, Fuji's popular film simulations, and much more. It is the kind of camera that makes you happy to head out for a walk just to shoot for fun. Check out the video above for Popsys' full thoughts on the camera. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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I've had this camera now for about a year. I don't use it as much as I thought I would. But, When I do, I really enjoy using it. It forces me to use a 35mm focal length, of which I have used very little. I'm primarily a Nikon guy, But when I'm out in small towns and cities I take it and use it for background shots, and some cityscapes. It produces some very nice videos, but it has a flaw when shooting 4K videos that I just hate! It overheats pretty quickly! Like, within 6 minutes! That seems excessive to me. If your into classic range-finder looks, and video is not that important to you, then you will like this camera. There are a lot of accessories to pimp it out!

Images coming from the X100v look almost as good as the ones from my X-T3. Especially in saturation, tone and contrast. Being super compact is greatly appreciated too. However it's so limited in use with a fixed 35mm focal length. I wish they would have a wide angle version with a 12mm, 16mm or 20mm lens.

Thinking of selling my new 23 1.4 WR to only have the x100v for that FL. The lens is technically better in every way except size, but there's something about the disarming nature of the x100v that lets you get much more interesting documentary style photos with out the posing and also without you giving off the "I'm taking photos now with my big camera" vibe.

The AF should be better for a fixed pancake, and it's really not as compact as many say (but maybe they come from FF DSLR), and getting rid of the d-pad was a mistake. Those are the only negatives, really.

For those looking for a wider option, there's always the x70. Excellent lens, ridiculously compact, even if it was feeling it's age already when it was released in 2016.

1. if you want to play cool-guy-with-a-leica-m2, the 23mm (34.5 equiv) is perfect. after all, most leica pros made their bones on a 35mm
2. that lens is as sharp as anyting under 2gs (just lens) from f3.5 to f11
3. pictures of "the gang" always look better when their face shadows are opened up with a fill-in flash. The leaf shutter and the built-in mini-flash makes it about as natural as eating lunch.

and it not only "looks like a camera", but it looks like a "small camera" - one that you brought along to take the pictures you want, not the ones you're getting paid to take.

And if you take your photography seriously, there's no better way to achieve a "look" for a group of pictures than to use one of the film simulations; and for those who shoot b&w, there's built-in simulation of green (skin tone) red (cloud enhancement) and yellow filters - either when shooting to jpg or while modifying the raw in camera - or out

I have owned a X100 camera since launch and love it. It's such a versatile camera and the V offers lens improvement. The mobile connectivity makes it a joy to use when travelling.