Comprehensive upgrade from the inside to the outside Fuji X100V mirrorless camera review
On February 5, 2020, Fuji released the X100V mirrorless camera. This is the latest generation of Fuji X100 series, and it has been 3 years since the release of X100F. The upgrade of Fuji X100V is very obvious, not only upgraded the sensor, but also increased the folding touch screen, while adopting a new lens design.
Fuji X100V mirrorless camera uses 26.1 million pixel APS- C image sensor, the sensitivity can be extended to 51200, supports face/eye recognition, and has a 425-point focusing system. In addition, Fuji X100V is equipped with a 3-inch 1.62 million pixel folding touch screen, which is also the first case of the X100 series, and the operating experience has been fully upgraded. In order to better satisfy video users, the camera also supports 4K/30P video shooting without cropping.
For the lens, Fuji X100V is also equipped with the second generation 23mm f /2.0 lens design, the new lens adds an aspheric lens to the original design. At present, Fuji X100V is available in black and silver versions, and pre-sales have been opened, with a pre-sale price of 9790 yuan. In addition, the evaluation product we got was an engineering prototype.
01 Appearance: The layout of the buttons on the back has changed
From the overall appearance, the X100V is very similar to the previous generation X100F. Both are retro-looking designs. This appearance has won the hearts of many consumers, especially photographers who have a deep love for photography. The appearance of Fuji X100V is divided into black and silver, the appearance of materials and workmanship are very good, and the body’s wear resistance is also excellent.
, The biggest appearance change of the Fuji X100V and X100F is that a large part of the button area on the back is removed, which makes the back look neater. In fact, the cancellation does not affect the use, because the joystick with touch operation is more suitable for the current user’s needs.
Other appearances, interfaces and buttons can be seen in the picture “Classic retro US Fuji X100V real machine hands-on tour”, here is not repeated. Let’s talk about the upgraded operating mode of Fuji X100V.
First of all, Fuji X100V adds touch operation, which is also the current camera The standard configuration. Touch operation is more intuitive and user-friendly. In addition to daily adjustments, you can also use touch to focus and touch to take pictures.
Then, Fuji X100V also added a folding screen design , It can be folded upwards over 90 degrees and downwards approximately 40 degrees. In this way, the user can use it more smoothly when framing.
There is a special feature in the operation mode of the Fuji X100 series. The first generation of X100V also continued, that is, the shutter and ISO are integrated on a dial. Rotating the dial directly is to change the shutter option, and turning the dial up to adjust the ISO. Users who are just getting started may want to understand this operation.
Fuji’s lens aperture is also adjusted manually, which is also a Fuji lens One of the characteristics.
02 Image quality: ISO 3200 is still acceptable
Next, let’s take a look at the image quality performance of Fuji X100V. We use a tripod to fix the camera, the same light source, aperture F8, and shutter speed. The ISO changes step by step to ensure consistent exposure brightness.
As you can see, it is an APS-C format Mirrorless camera, the picture quality of Fuji X100V is excellent. The original ISO 160-1600 has excellent image quality performance, which means that the ISO in this range can be used casually. At ISO 3200, the noise has increased significantly, but it is within our acceptable range. Starting from ISO 6400, noise affects the user’s viewing experience.
03 lens: 23mmf/2.0 second-generation performance is outstanding
Next, let’s take a look at the performance of the second-generation 23mmf/2.0 lens with Fuji X100V. Compared with the previous generation of lenses, this lens has an aspherical lens design, and the equivalent focal length is still 35mm, which means we use a 35mmf/2.0 lens combination in our daily shooting.
When shooting, we used a tripod to fix the camera and lens, using the same light source As with ISO 160, the shutter guarantees the same exposure as the aperture changes. It can be seen that at the maximum aperture of f/2.0, the picture performance is already remarkable. After the aperture is reduced to f/2.8, the performance of the picture is even better. In our opinion, there is a very good performance from f/2.0 to f/8 aperture, and the resolution decreases from f/11 aperture.
Fuji’s second-generation 23mmf/2 lens is better than the first-generation The performance is better. At the same time, the lens inherits the characteristics of lightness and compactness of the first generation, and the advantages of carrying this lens for a long time will be more obvious. Due to the equivalent 35mm focal length design, this lens is more suitable for street sweeping.
04 Film Simulation: Features of Fuji Cameras
Fuji cameras always have many excellent film simulation effects built in, and the same is true for X100V.
The picture above is the built-in film simulation effect in Fuji X100V, except In addition to the standard, there are 17 film simulations for users to choose from. Many of these film effects are very classic Fujifilm styles, which are directly transplanted from Fuji official, so the effect of shooting is almost the same as the real film.
When we take photos every day, we can try to choose different Fujifilm simulations according to different scenes and themes, which can make the photos better. The author himself likes ACROS and classic Neg very much. Two effects.
05 Video: 4K/30P without cropping is in line with the current mainstream
Compared with the previous generation fuselage, Fuji X100V has added support for 4K/30P video format without cropping. The current mainstream video specifications of the camera. In other words, this camera is also suitable not only for photography users, but also for users who have daily video recording needs.
Through our sample screenshots, you can see that the performance of 4K resolution video is very good, the details in the screen are clearly visible, and for Vlog and short video users In general, the performance of this video material will be even better.
06 Summary: Feeling the party has no other choice
Before summarizing, let’s take a look at the samples brought by Fuji X100V:
Focal length: 23mm Aperture: f/2.0 ISO sensitivity: 160 exposure Time: 1/2000 Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 23mm Aperture: f/6.4 ISO sensitivity: 640 Exposure time: 1/240 Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 23mm Aperture: f/5.6 ISO sensitivity: 160 Exposure time: 1/220 Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 23mm Aperture: f/5.6 ISO sensitivity: 250 Exposure time: 1/550 Exposure compensation: 2EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 23mm Aperture: f/2.0 ISO sensitivity: 200 Exposure time: 1/ 500 Exposure compensation: -0EV White balance: Auto
So far, the experience and testing of the Fuji X100V mirrorless camera is over. After a few days of experience, I have already liked this camera. As the latest generation camera of the X100 series, the X100V upgrade is very obvious. The all-round upgrade from the inside to the outside makes this camera more attractive, and at the same time it brings better experience to users.
For the old users of the X100 series, they need to adapt to getting started with this X100V. X100V cancels some buttons on the back, and at the same time changes the operation of touch and combination buttons. Although the operation is more convenient, old users still have to change their previous habits.
Because of the addition of Type-C interface, USB charging is possible , You don’t need to carry bulky chargers when you go out, just share a charging cable with your mobile phone.
But there is one point that needs to be explained. In order to control the lens volume and ensure light weight, the ring for adjusting the aperture is too close to the body, and the damping is very tight. One-handed operation to adjust the aperture may be inconvenient. Need to use greater force.
In terms of video, added 4K/30P video without cropping After the specifications, it can help users bring better video materials and record more details.
Take the picture itself, the performance of the Fuji X100V is remarkable. The lens and sensor adjustments of this camera are very good, which can bring very good picture quality. This is right from this camera s price.
In terms of price, the current pre-sale price of the Bank of China is 9790 yuan, which is Corresponding to the user’s price budget range. But for users with retro feelings, this high-value retro rangefinder camera is the only choice for products with the same specifications on the market, so retro-looking users do not need to refer to other models. In addition, as a portable camera, Fuji X100V has greatly improved its performance and control performance, and it is undoubtedly a more powerful daily camera tool for users.
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