The Fujifilm X100V is a premium point-and-shoot with an APS-C sensor and the fifth iteration of Fujifilm's X100 series of compact cameras, beloved by street photographers and enthusiasts everywhere. Upgrading the lens from its predecessor but keeping its classic 35mm full-frame equivalent focal length, Fujifilm has kept true to all the things that work about this formula: a relatively compact body with a retro rangefinder design, dedicated exposure dials for hands-on control, and the pièce de résistance—a hybrid viewfinder that lets you toggle between an optical viewfinder for easier framing and an electronic viewfinder for real-time exposure adjustments.
The Fujifilm X100V is good for travel photography. While it's pretty big for a point-and-shoot, its compact fixed-lens design is still much smaller than most interchangeable-lens cameras and makes it easy to travel with. Out-of-the-box image quality is excellent, and the camera performs well in low light thanks to good high ISO performance and a wide-aperture lens. The lens has a built-in ND filter, meaning you can use a wider aperture or slower shutter speed on brighter days. Its fixed 35mm-equivalent focal length forces you to move around to properly compose your shots, which some people may prefer, though it isn't as versatile as a fixed zoom lens for farther-away subjects. Unfortunately, the camera isn't the most comfortable due to its small handgrip. It isn't fully weather-sealed unless you purchase separate sealing accessories for its lens.
The Fujifilm X100V is great for landscape photography. Out-of-the-box image quality is amazing, with fantastic noise handling capability and great dynamic range to capture more detail in high-contrast landscapes. The camera also feels solidly built and is partially weather-sealed, though you need to purchase extra accessories to get full weather-sealing. The built-in ND filter on the lens gives you a bit of extra leeway in widening aperture or slowing down shutter speed in bright environments. Unfortunately, the camera isn't especially comfortable, but its compact and lightweight design make it easy to take on hikes or to remote shooting locations.
The Fujifilm X100V is pretty good for sports and wildlife photography, though this isn't its intended use. While it has a reasonably fast burst rate, and its autofocus system is decent overall, it can struggle to keep faster subjects in focus. Its fixed focal-length prime lens isn't well-suited to shooting far-away subjects like players on a field or skittish wildlife. It can also be a little uncomfortable to use for extended periods due to its small handgrip. On the upside, though it doesn't have the largest image buffer, it can clear it pretty quickly, so you can fire off extended bursts without long interruptions.
The Fujifilm X100V is okay for sit-down style vlogs, but it isn't intended for video work. While its screen tilts, it can't flip or rotate to face you. It also doesn't have any stabilization feature, so video can turn out shaky depending on how steady your hands are. It can also easily overheat and shut down while recording 4k video. On the plus side, it's lightweight and compact, making it easy to carry around, with or without a gimbal. Video quality is also impressive, particularly in well-lit environments, and it has a reasonably effective autofocus system.
The Fujifilm X100V is decent for studio video, though it's mainly geared toward photography, not video. Video quality in 4k and 1080p is great, with sharply rendered details and colors that pop. It supports Log recording to capture a wider dynamic range in video, and on top of F-Log, there's a wide selection of film simulation profiles if you prefer to set the look of your videos in-camera. It has a wide complement of inputs and outputs, including a microphone jack, an HDMI output for using an external recorder, but sadly no headphone jack. The camera also overheats and shuts down very easily when recording video. But so long as you stick to short takes and are careful about the camera's temperature, it can still be a decent choice for capturing B-roll or miscellaneous footage.
The Fujifilm X100V isn't designed for action video. It isn't meant to be attached to a chest or helmet rig and isn't rugged or waterproof. It's also incapable of recording at more than 30 fps in 4k or 60 fps in 1080p, though it does include a high-speed recording mode in 1080p for slow-motion capture.
The Fujifilm X100V comes in two color variants: 'Black' and 'Silver'. We tested the 'Black' variant. You can see our unit's label here. We expect the other color variant to perform similarly.
Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant, and we'll update our review.
The Fujifilm X100V is a premium compact camera. With its prime lens and dedicated exposure dials, it's geared more toward enthusiast photographers who want an all-in-one camera to take on the go, or for street photos. What sets it apart from similar cameras like the RICOH GR III is its hybrid viewfinder, giving you the option to shoot with an optical viewfinder for more precise framing or an electronic viewfinder to see adjustments to exposure, white balance, and focus in real-time.
The Fujifilm X100V is better overall than the Leica D-Lux 7. Both cameras have sleek designs, with physical control dials that make adjusting settings on the fly easier. Still, the Fujifilm camera has a larger sensor that captures better image quality and a more versatile hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder. That said, the Leica is more portable and has a bit of zoom range, giving you more framing flexibility.
The Fujifilm X100V is better overall than the RICOH GR III. Both cameras use APS-C sensors and deliver excellent image quality, but they use different focal lengths that may suit different preferences. The Fujifilm has a 35mm equivalent lens, while the RICOH has a 28mm equivalent lens, though it also comes in a GR IIIx variant with a 40mm lens. Otherwise, the Fujifilm camera offers more features, including a tilting screen, a hybrid viewfinder, a better autofocus system, and better video capabilities. However, the RICOH may suit you better if portability is a priority since it's much more compact than the Fuji.
The Fujifilm X100V and the Sony RX100 VII are both premium point-and-shoot cameras. The Fujifilm is a little better overall, but each camera has different strengths and weaknesses. The Fujifilm has a larger APS-C sensor that results in better image quality and uses a fixed focal length prime lens, while the Sony is more compact and has a more versatile zoom lens. While the Sony has a better autofocus system and faster burst rate, the Fujifilm has a much better hybrid viewfinder that makes it easier to frame your shots, along with better battery life overall.
The Fujifilm X-E4 is almost like an interchangeable-lens version of the Fujifilm X100V, so one may suit you better than the other. Discounting the lens, the two cameras are similar in size and design, and they both use the same 26MP X-Trans 4 sensor, resulting in similar overall image quality. The X100V has a better hybrid electronic/optical viewfinder and feels a bit more comfortable in the hand thanks to its small handgrip and more physical controls and dials. It isn't as well suited for video work, though, due to poor heat management and a much shorter recording time limit than the X-E4.
The Nikon Z fc and the Fujifilm X100V both take some design inspiration from old-school film cameras. However, they're quite different cameras. The Fujifilm is a compact camera with a fixed prime lens, while the Nikon is an interchangeable-lens camera. If you want something more portable, the Fujifilm is the way to go. But if you're looking for the versatility to be able to switch out different lenses, get the Nikon.
The build quality is great. The top and bottom plates are made of milled aluminum, giving the camera a more premium feel. The rest of the body is made mostly of plastic, but all its buttons, dials, and the tilting screen feel sturdy and well-built, with plenty of physical feedback.
Unlike previous models in the X100 series, this camera is partially weather-sealed. However, to get full weather-sealing for the lens, you need to purchase the AR-X100 adapter ring and PRF-49 protection filter from Fujifilm at an additional cost.
Though it has a small bump of a handgrip, the camera can still feel a bit slippery in the hand. Overall, it's okay as far as ergonomics go but is naturally limited by its more compact size. The plastic around the viewfinder can feel uncomfortable to press your eye against. Thankfully, the dedicated exposure dials make it easy for seasoned photographers to adjust settings. There's also a small thumbstick for menu navigation and focus point selection, as well as touch capability.
Like the Fujifilm X-Pro3, this camera has a hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder offset from the center of the body. You can press the toggle switch at the front of the camera to switch between optical and electronic modes. When using the OVF, you can also toggle a small electronic rangefinder window, which gives you a small focus preview in the bottom corner of the viewfinder window. The OVF includes frame lines that show roughly what the image will capture but also gives you a view outside of just the frame, meaning you can frame your subject more easily. The EVF works like any other mirrorless camera viewfinder and allows you to preview exposure settings, depth of field, white balance, and focus in real-time.
The resolution, magnification, and coverage results shown above are for the EVF, which has a higher resolution than previous models in the X100 series. The OVF, meanwhile, has an advertised magnification of roughly 0.52x and a coverage area of 95%.
Unlike previous models in the series, this camera has a tilting screen. The screen sits flush with the body until you pop it out, and the tilting mechanism feels very solid and works well for waist-level shooting. It's also bright, which is good for fighting glare on sunny days, and it has a high resolution that gives you a crisp view of your shots.
There's some neat touch functionality, including customizable swipe functions that let you adjust or access certain settings by flicking up, down, right, or left. You can also use it to select focus points, as a touch shutter, or to zoom in and out on photos in playback mode.
The menu is fairly simple and easy to navigate, though some settings are buried in submenus and harder to find. Thankfully, the camera includes visual graphics for certain settings and functions, though there's no additional info button or 'guide' mode. Fujifilm also uses its own terminology for certain settings, like 'photometry' for metering settings.
The Fujifilm X100V is also compatible with Fujifilm's XApp, which Fujifilm claims to offer smoother wireless connectivity between X series cameras and smartphones than the older Fujifilm Camera Connect app. You can use it to transfer files or control the camera remotely.
The Fujifilm X100V has a built-in lens with a fixed focal length of 35mm (full-frame equivalent). That said, it does have a digital zoom function, which crops the image to simulate a focal length of 50mm or 70mm. With a max aperture of f/2, it's also quite a fast lens among compact fixed-lens cameras and makes it easier to get a shallow depth of field.
The lens also has a built-in four-stop ND filter that effectively reduces the amount of light captured by the camera. It can be helpful if you want to shoot at a larger aperture or slower shutter speed in a brightly lit environment without over-exposing your image.
If you'd prefer a point-and-shoot camera with some zoom range, consider the Leica D-Lux 7.
The Fujifilm X100V has an advertised CIPA rating of 350 shots when using the EVF and 420 shots when using the OVF, which is pretty good overall. Of course, real-world usage can vary drastically depending on how you use your camera. Still, in comparison to other compacts and mirrorless cameras, it's quite good, though you can expect fewer shots than cameras with larger batteries like the Fujifilm X-T4.
Video battery life is disappointing, on the other hand, yielding just over an hour of continuous 4k video recording. The camera can also frequently overheat and shut down during recording when using the highest video quality settings.
The Fujifilm X100V can shoot at a fairly quick max burst rate, which is good for capturing sequential bursts of action or movement. In its high-speed continuous mode, you can choose between either eight or eleven frames per second, while low-speed continuous mode gives you the option to choose between three, four, five, or six frames per second, giving you a wide variety of speeds to choose from to suit different subjects. Unfortunately, its photo buffer isn't especially deep, particularly if you prefer to shoot RAW, but thankfully, empty time isn't too long, so you can get back to shooting relatively quickly if you manage to fill up the buffer.
The camera's autofocus tracking is inconsistent. You can still get a fair amount of usable shots when shooting continuously, but the camera's AF can struggle to keep up with faster or more erratic subjects. Still, it supports both face and eye tracking and will be alright with slower subjects.
When using a static focus point and moving the camera with your subject, as opposed to letting the camera's AF track them automatically, AF is a lot more reliable. You can get plenty of usable and in-focus shots when using the camera this way, which is especially useful in scenarios in which you can reliably predict a subject's movement.
The Fujifilm X100V doesn't have any image stabilization. Thankfully, the short focal length of its lens and the fast f/2 aperture make it relatively easy for most people to capture stable handheld shots. Even without stabilization, you can get fairly clear images at relatively slow shutter speeds.
Dynamic range is great on the Fujifilm X100V. It can capture a wide range of highlight and shadow detail at its base ISO of 160, which is great for high-contrast scenes. With less available light, there's a drop-off in usable dynamic range, but overall, it's very good.
The camera uses a high-resolution sensor, the same one found in models like the Fujifilm X-T4, so it does an excellent job of resolving fine details. That gives you plenty of leeway to crop in without losing too much visible sharpness or detail.
RAW noise handling is good. The camera performs well even in low light when you have to boost the ISO. Of course, it doesn't do as well as full-frame options, but it's very good for a compact fixed-lens camera. That said, Fujifilm cameras tend to have lower max ISO settings, giving you less flexibility to shoot at extremely high ISOs. In practice, however, the cases in which you'd need such high ISOs are rare.
The Fujifilm X100V suffers from frequent overheating when shooting extended takes in 4k. It's capped at a 10-minute recording time limit, but in practice, the camera will likely overheat before you even reach that limit. On the upside, it can capture video files with fairly high bit rates, meaning higher-quality video. You also have both UHD 4k and DCI 4k if you prefer a more cinematic resolution and aspect ratio.
Autofocus performs decently well in 4k. The camera supports both face and eye detection in video mode, which is great, but its face-tracking feature is just okay. It doesn't always keep up with its target, especially with faster or more erratic movements, but it isn't bad. The general subject tracking is similarly effective. Once locked on, it's accurate, but it can sometimes be a bit slow to keep up with faster subjects.
4k video quality is impressive. It's especially good in more controlled lighting, with colors that pop and sharply-rendered details. It's good in low light, with fairly minimal noise and solid dynamic range.
The rolling shutter is somewhat slow but not bad overall, so while there is some noticeable distortion and skewing when panning the camera, it isn't as bad as on a camera like the Sony ZV-1.
Like other Fujifilm cameras, it has a high-speed recording mode in FHD, which lets you record 1080p footage at either 100 or 120 fps with slow-motion playback. You have the option to slow footage down to 2x, 4x, or 5x slow-motion. This mode incurs a slight crop and doesn't record any sound. Otherwise, regular 1080p recording is capped at 60 fps, which is still great for fast action.
Internal recording capability is a bit better in FHD than in 4k. There's a slightly longer 15-minute time limit, and the camera is less likely to overheat. Bit rates are also excellent.
In 1080p, autofocus performs alright. It's about on par with its 4k performance, so it's fairly quick and accurate overall, but there's a bit of hunting sometimes, and it's less reliable with very fast or erratic subjects.
Video quality is good in 1080p. Colors look great out of the camera, and brightly lit scenes are rendered with plenty of detail. It isn't as good in low light, with some visible noise and loss of detail in the shadows.
There's less rolling shutter distortion in 1080p, but you'll still notice skewing with faster camera movements.
There's a single SD card slot, and it's located on the bottom of the camera, which makes it harder to switch out cards when using a tripod. However, the placement isn't surprising, given the camera's small size.
The camera has a USB-C port for charging and file transfer, along with a Micro HDMI port to connect to an external display or monitor and a microphone input. However, there's no headphone jack, and unlike models like the Fujifilm X-T4, this camera doesn't come with a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter in the box.