Fujifilm X100S Review (2022)

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Published Jul 29, 2013 | Barney Britton, Andrew Westlake

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When Fujifilm announced its FinePix X100 retro-styled compact at Photokina 2010, it instantly captured the imagination of serious photographers. With its fixed 23mm F2 lens and SLR-sized APS-C sensor, it offered outstanding image quality, while its 'traditional' dial-based handling and innovative optical/electronic 'hybrid' viewfinder gave a shooting experience reminiscent of rangefinder cameras. On launch its firmware was riddled with frustrating bugs and quirks, but a series of updates transformed it into a serious photographic tool. Certain flaws remained, apparently too deeply embedded into the hardware to be fixable, but despite this, it counts as something of a cult classic.

The X100S sees Fujifilm revisiting the concept, but while the external design is essentially unchanged, it's a very different camera inside. It uses a 16.3MP X-Trans CMOS sensor similar to that seen in the interchangeable lens X-Pro1 and X-E1 models, but now with on-chip phase detection promising much-improved autofocus speed. This is supported by a new processor, the 'EXR Processor II', which includes a new 'Lens Modulation Optimizer' function. According to Fujifilm this 'overcomes' lens aberrations such as diffraction and peripheral aberrations, and should give improved image quality at the largest and smallest apertures. The electronic viewfinder has been upgraded to a higher-resolution 2.35M dot display (from 1.44M dot); however this isn't the OLED unit used in the X-E1, but an LCD instead.

Two additional manual focus aids are available when using the EVF or LCD - a focus 'peaking' display that outlines in-focus elements, and an all-new 'Digital Split Image focusing' display that uses phase detection data from the sensor, and is designed to offer a similar experience to manual focus film cameras. In addition, the movement sensor on the manual focus ring has been upgraded to detect movement with greater precision - which Fujifilm says will make it more responsive.

The user interface gains all the improvements Fujifilm has made in its X-series cameras over the past few years, including an onscreen 'Q' menu to access major settings, and a much-improved tabbed menu system.

Fujifilm X100S key features

  • Fujifilm-designed 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • On-sensor phase detection autofocus
  • Novel color filter array designed to avoid color moiré, no optical low-pass filter
  • EXR Processor II image processor
  • Hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder with 2.35M dot LCD
  • Dedicated dials for shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation
  • Fixed 23mm F2 lens (same as X100)
  • Improved manual focus system (more responsive focus ring, focus peaking and split-image displays)
  • 2.8" 460k dot rear LCD
  • On-screen 'Q' control panel and tabbed menu system
  • Full HD 1080 60p/30p movie recording, (H.264 MOV - 36Mbps bitrate)
  • Socket for electronic remote release/stereo microphone

Aside from these headline features, Fujifilm is promising a whole host of smaller tweaks and improvements covering every aspect of the camera's design and operation - no fewer than 70 in total. Many of these address bugs and quirks highlighted by users and reviewers, demonstrating once again Fujifilm's laudable desire to listen to feedback and learn from it. Some controls have been subtly tweaked, movie mode is much improved, and small but important operability issues have been addressed.

Side-by-side with the Fujifilm X20

Here's the X100S side-by-side with the X20 that Fujifilm announced at the same time (we reviewed it earlier this year). The two cameras are very different beasts, of course, but share a lot of common features, and the family resemblance is obvious.

Here's the X100S alongside the co-announced X20 zoom compact. Both cameras feature X-Trans CMOS sensors with on-chip phase detection AF, optical viewfinders with detailed information overlays, and lots of external controls. Their on-screen user interfaces and menu systems are very similar too. The big difference is that the X20's fast (F2-2.8) 28-112mm equivalent zoom is coupled to a much smaller, 2/3"-type sensor.

Compared to Sony Cyber-shot RX1R

The X100S's most natural peer (forgetting the massive price difference) is Sony's RX1R, which offers a full-frame 24MP CMOS sensor and a similar 35mm (equivalent) F2 lens as the X100S.

The X100S is slightly taller and wider, but on the plus side, it has a better-defined grip, and of course that unique Fujifilm built-in hybrid viewfinder. Given that the RX1R is packing a full-frame sensor inside it though, the Cyber-shot is impressively compact.
From behind, its the X100S's viewfinder that represents the main difference between the two cameras. The rear control cluster on both models is pretty standard, but the RX1R does have a larger display (which partly makes up for the lack of a finder).
From the top, it is very obvious just how big the RX1R's lens is compared to the almost pancake design of the Fujifilm's 23mm F2. Both cameras have manual aperture rings, and external exposure compensation dials, but the X100S also offers a manual shutter speed dial. The RX1R features an exposure mode dial, in the same position.

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FAQs

When did Fujifilm X100S come out? ›

January 2013

Is Fuji X100S mirrorless? ›

Luckily, I found the solution for me and it's called the Fujifilm X100s (B&H). It's a beautiful retro-styled, fixed-lens (35mm), APS-C sensor, mirrorless camera.

Does the X100S have film simulation? ›

The Fujifilm X100S has several Film Simulation modes. These attempt to capture some of the brilliance of various kinds of film. The X100S' Film Simulation modes are much better than the crappy ones in all previous Fuji cameras.

What sensor does the X100S have? ›

X100S Summary

The Fuji X100S rangefinder-style camera takes a leap forward with its new 16.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor that helps it deliver stellar images with low noise, high dynamic range, good color and improved resolution.

Where are Fuji cameras made? ›

FUJIFILM Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc., located in Greenwood, South Carolina established in 1988. The company's complex encompasses over 500 acres, represents a $1.8 billion investment and employs about 500 associates.

Why are Fuji X100V out of stock? ›

Spotting the best Fujifilm X100V deals can be difficult, and that's where we can help. With the pandemic and resulting electronic chip shortages causing havoc in the global camera industry, retailers are struggling to stock enough of some of the most popular camera models.

Does Fujifilm X100S have WiFi? ›

The X100s does not have WiFi but it does support Eye Fi memory cards for easy wireless transfer of images to your computer. It works well, but it is definitely more convenient to have WiFi built into the camera.

How many megapixels is the Fujifilm X100? ›

Featuring an APS-C CMOS sensor (12.3 megapixel), a Fujinon 23mm Single Focal Length Fixed F2 lens, a 2.8-inch LCD with 460K pixel, and the world's first Hybrid Viewfinder, the FinePix X100 captures exceptionally high quality images.

Is X100 fixed-lens? ›

The FujiFilm X100 series of fixed-lens rangefinder-style cameras are loved by many and for good reason.

Does Fujifilm X100S have classic chrome? ›

The X100, X100S, X-E1 and X-Pro1 all lack Classic Chrome.

Does Fuji xt1 have classic chrome? ›

Now a sixth choice has been added to Film Simulation, which gives a unique luster and depth to photos; Classic Chrome.

Does Fuji X100 have zoom? ›

(Pocket-lint) - For years Fujifilm has been making the finest fixed-lens cameras in its X100 series. These street photography cameras are certainly specialist - given the retro styling, unusual viewfinder, and lack of zoom - but there's nothing else that can compete in this class.

How do I check firmware on X100S? ›

The firmware update Ver.
...
Notes
  1. In case of Windows (Internet Explorer / FireFox / Google Chrome), hold down the “Control” key and “F5” key.
  2. In case of Mac (Safari / Google Chrome), hold down the “Command” key and “R” key.
  3. In case of Mac (FireFox), hold down the “Command”, “Shift” and “R” keys at same time.
27 Aug 2015

Where is Fujifilm X100V made? ›

Fuji X100V: MADE IN JAPAN.

Who owns Fujifilm? ›

Fujifilm

Why is it called Fujifilm? ›

It is said that the name "Fuji" (富士) was chosen by Asano Shūichi because of Mt. Fuji (富士山), situated not far from Mt. Hakone, but was already registered by a third party, to which the rights were bought for ¥8,000, an important sum at the time.

Are any Fuji cameras made in Japan? ›

I currently own the Fuji xt1, xt2, x100f, x100v made in Japan and the xt20. By far, my x100f has gotten the most use. love all of the camera's however the xt 20 has fogging in the Lcd and the rim around lcd cracked. I know Fuji and others say because of quality control cameras made in Japan and elsewhere are the same.

Why is the X100V so popular? ›

TechRadar Verdict. The perfect compact camera for the smartphone age, the X100V is a great street photography sidekick that takes the series to new heights. Its tilting screen brings some welcome versatility, while the new sensor, autofocus system and viewfinder make it a fun, engaging travel camera.

Why are Fuji cameras backordered? ›

Supply chain disruption and electronic component shortages have caused Fujifilm to announce shipping delays to its Fujifilm X-S10 as well as up to nine Fujinon X Series lenses.

Is adorama trustworthy? ›

Overview. Adorama has a consumer rating of 3.86 stars from 476 reviews indicating that most customers are generally satisfied with their purchases. Consumers satisfied with Adorama most frequently mention next day, great prices and camera bag. Adorama ranks 7th among Photography Equipment sites.

How do I connect my Fujifilm camera to my phone? ›

If you are using an Android device, launch FUJIFILM Camera Remote Control before connecting.
  1. Launch the FUJIFILM Camera Remote app. ...
  2. Tap Connect.
  3. Press the button to which WIRELESS COMMUNICATION has been assigned or select WIRELESS COMMUNICATION in the camera menus. ...
  4. Wait until the connection is established.

How do I get pictures off my Fujifilm camera? ›

Downloading Pictures
  1. Select pictures for download. Tap pictures to select or deselect. Selected pictures are indicated by check marks. ...
  2. After selecting all the desired pictures, tap Import. The selected pictures will be downloaded to the smartphone. ...
  3. Tap Done to close the browser window.

When did Fujifilm X100V come out? ›

Fujifilm X100 Series Comparison (X100, X100S, X100T, X100F and X100V)
SpecificationFuji X100Fuji X100V
Announcement Date02/08/201102/04/2020
Sensor TypeCMOSX-Trans BSI CMOS IV
Low Pass FilterYesNo
Sensor Resolution12.3 MP26.1 MP
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When did Fujifilm X100F come out? ›

Fujifilm has announced its latest premium compact camera, introducing the 24.3-megapixel Fuji X100F – price tag £1,249 – with a release date set for 16 February 2017. The fourth generation of the company's popular X100 line of retro fixed-lens cameras, the Fuji X100F follows the X100T, X100S and original X100.

Can you change lens on Fujifilm X100V? ›

You can't change lenses on this camera, but you can use Fujifilm's optional WCL-X100 II wide conversion lens to get a 28mm equivalent focal length, or the TCL-X100 II tele-conversion lens for 50mm equivalent.

Is Fuji X100V a mirrorless camera? ›

Fujifilm X100V 26.1 MP Mirrorless Camera with Fixed 23mmF2 Lens (APS-C X-Trans CMOS 4 Sensor, X-Processor 4, Hybrid Viewfinder, LCD Tilt Touchscreen, Face/Eye Detection AF, Film Simulations) - Black.

Can you change lenses on Fuji X100F? ›

There are two new lens converters available for the X100F. They'll also work on the previous models. The big advantage of using the new lens converters with the X100F is that they now are able to notify the camera when they are screwed on.

How do I get classic chrome? ›

On your computer, open Chrome. Settings. Under "Appearance," click Reset to default. You'll see the classic Google Chrome theme again.

Which Fujifilm simulation is best? ›

Without further ado, here are my favorite Fujifilm film simulations, plus my favorite Film Simulation Recipes for each!
  • #1 Acros. Motel – Panguitch, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodak Tri-X 400” ...
  • #2 Classic Negative. ...
  • #3 Classic Chrome. ...
  • #4 Eterna. ...
  • #5 Monochrome. ...
  • #6 Eterna Bleach Bypass. ...
  • #7 PRO Neg. ...
  • #8 Velvia.
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Is Fujifilm film simulation good? ›

Fujifilm is widely considered the king of film simulations and for good reason. Anyone who has owned a Fuji camera over the past decade appreciates the variety of excellent film recipes that can be created in camera and no doubt has their own go-to simulations they love to use.

Does Fujifilm simulation affect raw? ›

In-Camera Raw Processing: You may add the true FUJIFILM film simulations to your raw images, in the camera, by using the camera's built-in raw processor. Once you finish processing and adding the simulation, the camera will save a separate JPEG file on your memory card and keep the raw image.

Does the xt1 have film simulation? ›

Saturation. The Fuji X-T1 produces images with fairly bright, pleasing color using the standard film simulation (Provia) at default settings. The camera pushes most colors by a small amount, dark red and dark green by a moderate amount, but undersaturates aqua and cyan by just a bit.

How do I check firmware on x100s? ›

The firmware update Ver.
...
Notes
  1. In case of Windows (Internet Explorer / FireFox / Google Chrome), hold down the “Control” key and “F5” key.
  2. In case of Mac (Safari / Google Chrome), hold down the “Command” key and “R” key.
  3. In case of Mac (FireFox), hold down the “Command”, “Shift” and “R” keys at same time.
27 Aug 2015

How many megapixels is the FujiFilm X100? ›

Featuring an APS-C CMOS sensor (12.3 megapixel), a Fujinon 23mm Single Focal Length Fixed F2 lens, a 2.8-inch LCD with 460K pixel, and the world's first Hybrid Viewfinder, the FinePix X100 captures exceptionally high quality images.

Is X100 fixed-lens? ›

The FujiFilm X100 series of fixed-lens rangefinder-style cameras are loved by many and for good reason.

Does Fuji X100 have zoom? ›

(Pocket-lint) - For years Fujifilm has been making the finest fixed-lens cameras in its X100 series. These street photography cameras are certainly specialist - given the retro styling, unusual viewfinder, and lack of zoom - but there's nothing else that can compete in this class.

Does X100S have classic chrome? ›

The X100, X100S, X-E1 and X-Pro1 all lack Classic Chrome.

How do I update my Fujifilm camera firmware? ›

Turn the camera on while pressing “DISP/BACK” button to show the display in the right (current version is 1.00). Then, press the “MENU/OK” button. Press the [OK] button. Follow the screen below to update the firmware.

How do I update my Fujifilm lens firmware? ›

  1. Put the formatted memory card to a card reader slot of your PC.
  2. Download the firmware (compressed file) for the lens.
  3. Decompress the firmware (zip format). ...
  4. Open the created folder and copy the two firmware (XFUP0029. ...
  5. Take the card from the card reader slot after the copy is completed and put it to the camera.

Where is the Fujifilm X100V made? ›

Quality specifications top. Fuji X100V: MADE IN JAPAN.

When did the Fujifilm X100V come out? ›

02/04/2020

When did Fujifilm X100F come out? ›

Fujifilm has announced its latest premium compact camera, introducing the 24.3-megapixel Fuji X100F – price tag £1,249 – with a release date set for 16 February 2017. The fourth generation of the company's popular X100 line of retro fixed-lens cameras, the Fuji X100F follows the X100T, X100S and original X100.

Can you change lens on Fujifilm X100V? ›

You can't change lenses on this camera, but you can use Fujifilm's optional WCL-X100 II wide conversion lens to get a 28mm equivalent focal length, or the TCL-X100 II tele-conversion lens for 50mm equivalent.

Is Fuji X100V a mirrorless camera? ›

Fujifilm X100V 26.1 MP Mirrorless Camera with Fixed 23mmF2 Lens (APS-C X-Trans CMOS 4 Sensor, X-Processor 4, Hybrid Viewfinder, LCD Tilt Touchscreen, Face/Eye Detection AF, Film Simulations) - Black.

Can you change lenses on Fuji X100F? ›

There are two new lens converters available for the X100F. They'll also work on the previous models. The big advantage of using the new lens converters with the X100F is that they now are able to notify the camera when they are screwed on.

Is the X100V limiting? ›

There is no zooming out; there is no zooming in. You cannot put on a wide-angle lens; you cannot put on a telephoto lens. Yes, there are two adapters, but they do not extend the X100V's range substantially. Some photographers will tell you that this constraint is limiting.

Can you zoom on x100f? ›

No. You won't be able to shoot raw. "It's worth mentioning here that the Digital Zoom feature won't work in RAW, so you have to set the camera to JPEG only or the focus ring does nothing. Another point would be that when the camera is set to Manual Focus Mode, the focus ring obviously won't be used for Digital Zoom.

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