Fuji X100F Quick Owner Review

Overview

I bought this camera from Amazon UK in February 2020.

I paid £899. This was just after the X100V was released, so the price was discounted by about £100.

The things that attracted me to the X100F were:

  • It’s a rangefinder
  • 35mm equivalent lens (My favourite focal length)
  • Good price compared to the interchangeable lens Fuji models
  • Lots of dials and buttons instead of having to use menus on a screen
  • Leaf shutter means flash sync up to 1/4000
  • Hybrid viewfinder

I’ve been pleased with this camera since I got it. It’s nice to use, it fits in my coat pocket and it gives reasonably good results. (I haven’t used it for video yet so I won’t be commenting on that.)

Image Quality

Skin tones are pretty good. Other colours are maybe a little over-saturated for my liking but I just dial them down in PhotoShop.

Other reviewers say the JPGs are nice straight out of the camera but I always work with RAW files so I can’t comment.

One thing I don’t like, and this is my main criticism of the camera, is that at 100% magnification the image has a weird look to it, almost as though a watercolour filter has been applied. It’s not a huge problem for me: I mainly just put pictures on my blog at a small size, or share them by email with family. If you wanted to print at full-size this weird look might become apparent but I’ll just live with it.

Lens

I have no complaints about the lens. Apparently it’s a bit soft wide-open but softness has never bothered me. The new version (X100V) has a second aspheric element which improves things but it’s not enough of a reason for me to buy it.

Controls

Rear controls.

It has lots of dials and buttons on the body for controlling various things including:

  • ISO
  • Shutter speed
  • Viewfinder option – Optical or Electronic
  • Focus option – Manual or auto
  • A quick select button 
  • Exposure compensation
  • Lot of others

I prefer analog controls like this to having to scroll through menus on screen.

Viewfinder

You can select either an optical or electronic viewfinder.

What the view through the optical viewfinder looks like. This is with the optional electronic chunk in the bottom right.

The optical one is fine: nice and clear. However, I mainly use the electronic finder since it gives a more accurate rendering of what the sensor is ‘Seeing’. If you use optical, you have to work with parallax lines which aren’t so reliable. 

The electronic finder is reasonably detailed (The new X100V has more pixels). I find it quite usable.

View through the electronic viewfinder.

If you use the optical finder, you can optionally have a little electronic image displayed in the bottom right corner. 

Information in the finder includes:

  • Shutter speed
  • Aperture
  • Exposure compensation
  • Battery health

Sample File

Straight out of the camera / converted from RAW file

Summary

I think this is a great little camera. It gives nice results, it’s not too expensive and it’s pleasant  to use. Its successor, the X100V, has some detail improvements but not enough to make me want to spend the extra money on it.