Fujifilm’s X100F is a high-end compact aimed at the demands of enthusiasts and professionals. Announced in January 2017, it’s the fourth model in the series and succeeds the two year old X100T. Incidentally, the letter at the end refers to its position in the series, S for second, T for third and now F for fourth, but that does beg the question of what happens if or when a fifth is launched.
The X100F, like its predecessors, packs the latest Fujifilm sensor and image processing into a fixed-lens 35mm f2 compact with a hybrid viewfinder; as such the X100F can essentially be considered as a fixed-lens version of the X-Pro2, sharing the same 24 Megapixel / APSC / X-Trans III sensor, the same 1080p video up to 60p, the same image processing which includes the ACROS monochrome simulation, the same embedded phase-detect AF system, and the same hybrid viewfinder with its optical, electronic and combined modes.
While the retro-styled body looks similar to the earlier models, Fujifilm has made some useful physical tweaks. On the front there’s a new finger dial, on the top the shutter dial now includes a lift-up ISO dial, and on the rear the screen has shifted all the way to the left side to accommodate the dedicated AF joystick of the X-Pro2 and XT2. Meanwhile new versions of the conversion lenses make electronic contact with the body so you no longer need to select them in menus; the old adapters still work as before though. I had a chance to try out the X100F and have included some sample images below. Note the X100F may end up being the smallest body to employ X-Trans III as I’m told it’s too power-hungry to be fitted in an updated version of the X70. Expect the X100F in February 2017 for $1299 USD / 1249 GBP. Check out my sample images from a production-ready camera.