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Fujifilm X100V Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed May 26, 2021 at 09:10 am
Fujifilm X100V Picture
7.7
Travel Photography
8.1
Landscape Photography
7.4
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.1
Vlogging
7.8
Studio Video
5.0
Action Video
Body Type
Compact
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
APS-C
Tested Lens
Built-In Lens

The Fujifilm X100V is a compact APS-C camera with built-in prime lens. It has a hybrid electronic/optical rangefinder that adds a bit of retro flair, while its lens' fixed focal length encourages you to move around and engage with your subjects to frame the shot the way you want. The camera's lightweight, compact design makes it easy to bring along with you throughout the day. It delivers excellent image quality out-of-the-box and records impressively sharp, detailed video in both 4k and FHD. Unfortunately, its lack of a proper handgrip can make it a little cumbersome to use, and you can't see its tilting touchscreen when the camera is pointed at you.

Our Verdict

7.7 Travel Photography

The Fujifilm X100V is good for travel photography. The out-of-the-box image quality is excellent, with good noise handling capability and minimal loss of sharpness at higher ISO levels, which is good if you plan on shooting in darker environments. Its compact design makes it very portable. Its autofocus system does a good job of tracking moving subjects. The lens' built-in ND filter should allow you to use a wider aperture or a slower shutter speed in brightly lit environments, though we don't currently test this feature. Its fixed focal length forces you to move around to properly compose your shots, which enthusiasts may prefer. However, the camera itself isn't always comfortable to use due to its very small handgrip. It also isn't fully weather-sealed unless you purchase separate sealing accessories for its lens.

Pros
  • Portable, lightweight design.
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Excellent image quality.
Cons
  • Uncomfortable to use.
  • Somewhat short battery life.
8.1 Landscape Photography

The Fujifilm X100V is great for landscape photography. Out-of-the-box image quality is amazing, with fantastic noise handling capability and sharpness, which should yield clear and detailed landscape photos. It also feels quite solidly built, though it isn't rated as being weather-sealed unless you purchase separate sealing accessories. Its lens' built-in ND filter gives you a bit of extra leeway in widening aperture or slowing down shutter speed in bright environments, though we don't currently test this feature. Its tilting screen is sharp and bright enough to be seen even under direct sunlight. Unfortunately, the camera isn't especially comfortable to operate, but its compact and lightweight design make it easy to transport to remote shooting locations. You also can't change its SD card if the camera is mounted on a tripod.

Pros
  • Portable, lightweight design.
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Excellent image quality.
Cons
  • Uncomfortable to use.
  • Somewhat short battery life.
7.4 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Fujifilm X100V is decent for sports and wildlife photography. It has a reasonably fast continuous shooting speed and can clear its image buffer quickly, so you should be able to fire off a couple of extended bursts without long interruptions. Its autofocus system does a good job of tracking moving subjects, and image quality is also excellent. Unfortunately, its fixed focal-length prime lens can make it difficult to capture clear images of faraway subjects, though its digital zoom feature can help slightly in this respect. Its lack of any optical or in-body stabilization features can result in some motion blur. It can also be a little uncomfortable to use for extended periods due to its minimal handgrip.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Excellent image quality.
  • Short buffer clearing time.
Cons
  • Fixed optical focal length isn't sufficient for capturing images of far-away subjects.
  • Uncomfortable to use.
  • Lack of in-body or optical stabilization features.
7.1 Vlogging

The Fujifilm X100V is a satisfactory option for vlogging. While its screen tilts, it can't rotate to face you when the camera is in a selfie position. The camera does an excellent job of smoothing out camera shake in FHD but struggles more when recording 4k video. That isn't helped by its lack of optical or in-body stabilization features. It can also easily overheat and shut down while recording 4k video, bringing a premature end to your recording session. On the plus side, it's lightweight and compact, making it easy to carry around on a gimbal. Video quality in FHD and 4k is also impressive, particularly in well-lit environments.

Pros
  • Portable, lightweight design.
  • Wide selection of inputs and outputs.
  • Impressive overall video quality in FHD and 4k.
Cons
  • Screen doesn't fully articulate.
  • Overheats easily.
  • Lack of in-body or optical stabilization features.
7.8 Studio Video

The Fujifilm X100V is very good for studio video. Overall video quality in FHD and 4k is great, with sharply rendered object contours and surfaces. Its F-log shooting mode effectively yields a wider dynamic range in recording and allows for more flexibility in color grading your footage in editing, though we don't currently test this feature. Its wide selection of film simulation modes can also add a bit of additional flair to your videos, though we don't currently test those. It has a wide complement of inputs and outputs, including a microphone jack, an HDMI output for using an external recorder, and, if you purchase a USB-C adapter, a port for plugging in headphones. Unfortunately, it can easily overheat while recording video.

Pros
  • Wide selection of inputs and outputs.
  • Impressive overall video quality in FHD and 4k.
Cons
  • Overheats easily.
5.0 Action Video

The Fujifilm X100V isn't for action video. It isn't meant to be attached to a chest or helmet rig and isn't rated as being weather-sealed unless you purchase separate sealing accessories, though we don't currently test for this. It's also incapable of recording at more than 30 fps in 4k or 60 fps in FHD, so you can't generate any smooth slow-motion footage from what you record. Still, it's very lightweight and feels impressively solid overall.

Pros
  • Portable, lightweight design.
  • Impressive build quality.
Cons
  • Limited selection of frame rates in 4k.
  • Not water-resistant.
  • Somewhat short battery life.
  • 7.7 Travel Photography
  • 8.1 Landscape Photography
  • 7.4 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.1 Vlogging
  • 7.8 Studio Video
  • 5.0 Action Video

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.0
Design
Portability
Height 2.8" (7.0 cm)
Width 5.4" (13.7 cm)
Depth 2.4" (6.1 cm)
Volume
35.7 in³ (585.0 cm³)
Weight
1.04 lbs (0.47 kg)
Weight With Lens
1.04 lbs (0.47 kg)
8.0
Design
Build Quality

  • Top and bottom plates are made of milled aluminum
  • Body is covered in a non-rubberized plastic, unlike the Fujifilm X-Pro3
  • Wheels, switches, and buttons operate tightly and precisely
  • Sturdy-feeling screen mechanism
  • Flash is built into the camera, so you don't need to worry about a mechanism breaking
  • Input and output compartment is covered by a hinged door, but it doesn't lock in place
  • SD card and battery compartment covered by a locking hinged door
  • Body is rated as being weather-sealed, but the lens is not. In order to make the entire camera weather-sealed, you need to purchase the separately available AR-X100 adapter ring and the PRF-49 protection filter, though we don't currently test for this

Design
Body
Water Resistance
No
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
5
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
No Lens Mount
Built-In Flash
No
Design
In The Box

  • Fujifilm X100V camera
  • 1x NP-W126S battery
  • Lens cap
  • Shoulder strap
  • Shoulder strap accessories
  • Shoulder strap ring tool
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • Owner's manual

6.0
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
Yes

  • Minimalist handgrip feels slippery, despite its textured surface
  • Plenty of room between lens and grip, so your fingers shouldn't feel pinched
  • You need to pull up the shutter speed wheel to reveal the ISO adjustment dial, but unlike the mechanism used for the Fujifilm X-Pro3, it stays in place on its own
  • Easy to make exposure adjustments with your eye pressed against the viewfinder or when shooting below waist level with the screen
  • Back dial is easy to use, though the camera also has a thumb stick to navigate the menu or change focus points
  • You can swipe on the touchscreen to access some core functions, though you have to set this up in the 'Touchscreen Settings' submenu.
  • Viewfinder is made of plastic, and it can be a bit uncomfortable to press your eye against it for long shooting sessions
  • Drive mode button can be hard to reach for users with small hands, but your thumb should be able to reach most buttons

8.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
No
App Name
FujiFilm Camera Remote

  • Interface is very easy to navigate with physical controls
  • Navigation can sometimes feel a little clunky since you need to go through several sub-menus to get to the settings you want
  • Menu features some visual graphics to help you understand a few of the functions
  • Some brand-specific terminology for common features and functions, but the menu is easy to use once you get accustomed to it
  • Doesn't have a guide mode to help walk novice users through core functions

Design
Viewfinder
Type
Electronic and Optical
Advertised Coverage
100%
Advertised Resolution
3.69 million dots
Advertised Magnification
0.66

Note: Like the Fujifilm X-Pro3, this camera has a hybrid electronic/optical rangefinder. The results shown are for the viewfinder when used in EVF mode. You can press the toggle switch at the front of the camera that switches it to an optical rangefinder. It has an advertised magnification of roughly 0.52x and a coverage area of 95%, meaning some unwanted details might make their way around the edges of your shot.

7.1
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Tilting
Screen Max Brightness
800 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.62 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.6 cm)
Touchscreen
Limited
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
26.1 MP
Processor
X-Processor 4
Extended ISO Minimum
80
ISO Minimum
160
ISO Maximum
12,800
Tested Firmware
02.00
6.6
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Fujifilm NP-W126S
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
Yes
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
350 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
61.5 min

Note: This camera can frequently interrupt your recording sessions by shutting down due to overheating. It's also worth noting that this test was conducted at the highest possible resolution that this camera can achieve.

7.6
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Built-in
Maximum Aperture
2.0
Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)
f/3.1
Minimum Focal Length
23 mm
Maximum Focal Length
23 mm
Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)
35 mm
Luminance
89.7%
Light Falloff
60.9%

Note: This camera has a built-in lens with a fixed focal length of 23mm, though the camera does have a digital zoom that effectively crops to the image to simulate a focal length of 50mm or 70mm. It also has a built-in four-stop ND filter that effectively reduces the amount of light captured by the camera. This can be helpful if you wish to shoot at a large aperture or a slow shutter speed in a brightly lit environment without over-exposing your image. This filter is engaged through the menu system. We didn't test the performance of the camera with this filter. This camera can also only shoot at ISO Lo 100 as an extended minimum, which can impact test results.

Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
RAF
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Minimum Shutter Speed
15 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/4,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Focus Peaking
Yes
Zebra Pattern
No
Histogram
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
7.7
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
3 fps
High Speed Continuous
10 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
10 fps
Raw Buffer Size
20 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
50 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
4 s
7.5
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
425
Manual Focus Assistance
Yes
Face Detection Distance
157" (400 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Face Tracking Success Rate
46.7%
Object Tracking Success Rate
76.2%

Note: This camera has a built-in lens with a fixed focal length of 23mm. This differs from standard test methodology in which focal length is set to 30mm, so the results here may not be fully comparable to other cameras.

7.0
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
No
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/25 s

Note: This camera has a built-in lens with a fixed focal length of 23mm. This differs from standard test methodology in which focal length is set to 70mm, so the results here may not be fully comparable to other cameras.

8.6
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
8.52 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
5.93
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
39.14 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
1.364 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
38.18 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
1.578 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
36.9 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
1.636 pixels

ISO Setting Sample Photo
ISO 100 Photo
ISO 200 Photo
ISO 400 Photo
ISO 800 Photo
ISO 1600 Photo
ISO 3200 Photo
ISO 6400 Photo
ISO 12800 Photo
ISO 25600 Photo
ISO 51200 Photo

Note: The camera couldn't achieve an ISO of 100 natively, as the native ISO minimum is ISO 160. ISO Lo 100 can be reached as an extended minimum, however, but this can still have an impact on our 'Dynamic Range At ISO 100' and 'Color Accuracy (dE2000)' tests that are normally conducted at a native ISO level of ISO 100. The distance from the image test chart also had to be altered for it to be framed in accordance with other cameras. It's also incapable of shooting beyond ISO 12800 natively, with ISO 25600 and ISO 51200 being extended maximums.

8.4
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 40.82 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 39.85 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 37.9 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 35.94 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 33.5 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 30.65 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400 26.95 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800 24.03 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600 20.28 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200 16.81 dB

Note: The camera couldn't achieve an ISO of 100 natively, as the native ISO minimum is ISO 160. ISO Lo 100 can be reached as an extended minimum, but this can still impact tests that are normally conducted at a native ISO level of ISO 100. It's also incapable of shooting beyond ISO 12800 natively, with ISO 25600 and ISO 51200 being extended maximums.

Sample Gallery
Sample Gallery
The Skate Park

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Polish Church

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Note: These photos were taken with the digital zoom set to simulate a focal length of 50mm to achieve framing similar to that of other cameras. Below are sample photos taken with a native focal length of 23mm, without the effect of digital zoom.

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Studio

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Note: These photos were taken with the digital zoom set to simulate a focal length of 50mm to achieve framing similar to that of other cameras. Below are sample photos taken with a native focal length of 23mm, without the effect of digital zoom.

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Stairway

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Note: These photos were taken with the digital zoom set to simulate a focal length of 50mm to achieve framing similar to that of other cameras. Below are sample photos taken with a native focal length of 23mm, without the effect of digital zoom.

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

General Video
General Video
Video Feature
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
4:2:2
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
10 bits
Log Picture Profile
Yes
Recording Light
Yes
General Video
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
Yes
General Video
Video Exposure Assistant
Zebra Line
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Waveform
No
General Video
Recording Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
8.5
4k Video
4k Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
Yes
24 fps In 4k
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
7.1
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Tracking In 4k
6.6
Object Tracking In 4k
6.7

Note: This camera has a built-in lens with a fixed focal length of 23mm. This differs from standard test methodology in which focal length is set to the full-frame equivalent of 50mm, so the results obtained may not be directly comparable to other cameras.

6.4
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
Walking Test In 4k
13.96 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
36.96 pixels/frames
Crop
1 x

Note: This camera has a built-in lens with a fixed focal length of 23mm. This differs from standard test methodology in which focal length is set to 30mm. We set the aperture to f/2.0, but since native ISO couldn't drop sufficiently low to achieve an exposure of 0.0, resulting in overexposed sample videos.

6.5
4k Video
4k Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
202 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
102 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 bits
Record Time Limit 10 min
Overheat Recording Interruption
Yes

Note: This camera has a nominal recording time limit of 10 minutes, but in testing, the camera overheated and shut down before reaching that time limit.

8.5
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
8.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
9.4
4k Rolling Shutter
2.52°

Note: This camera has a built-in lens with a fixed focal length of 23mm. This differs from standard test methodology, and the results shown may not be fully comparable to those of other cameras.

Full HD Video
8.5
Full HD Video
FHD Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
No
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
6.8
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Tracking In FHD
6.4
Object Tracking In FHD
6.0

Note: This camera has a built-in lens with a fixed focal length of 23mm. This differs from standard test methodology in which focal length is set to the full-frame equivalent of 50mm, so the results obtained may not be directly comparable to other cameras.

7.6
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
Walking Test In FHD
6.85 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
18.83 pixels/frames
Crop
1

Note: This camera has a built-in lens with a fixed focal length of 23mm. This differs from standard test methodology in which focal length is set to 30mm. We set the aperture to f/2.0, but since native ISO couldn't drop sufficiently low to achieve an exposure of 0.0, resulting in overexposed sample videos.

6.9
Full HD Video
FHD Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
203 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
50 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8
Record Time Limit 15 min
7.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
8.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
8.8
FHD Rolling Shutter
4.21°

Note: This camera has a built-in lens with a fixed focal length of 23mm. This differs from standard test methodology, and the results shown may not be fully comparable to those of other cameras.

Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
9.5
Storage And Connectivity
Input / Outputs
USB
USB-C
HDMI
Micro (Type D)
Headphones
Yes
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Note: This camera has a USB-C port that can be used for a USB-C to analog adapter for attaching a pair of headphones, but this has to be purchased separately.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Fujifilm X100V comes in two color variants: 'Black' and 'Silver'. We tested the 'Black' variant, and you can see its label here. We expect the other color variant to perform similarly overall.

Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant, and we'll update our review.

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