We have two mantras on the Photographer’s Blog. One is that there is no perfect camera, but the ideal camera for every person. The other is that the camera does not make the photographer. Starting from these two important premises, we must bear in mind that the tools with which one works are important. It is essential to find the ideal camera, that is, the one that meets your needs. Today I present to you the Fujifilm X100F, so you can discover if this is your ideal travel companion.
Because although having a Formula 1 does not make you Fernando Alonso, obviously this one will not do the same race with a Fiat Tipo as with one of the Toyota that he uses for his races. Just like you haven’t used the same vehicle for the Dakar as for a Formula 1 race, have you? I think with this you understand everything perfectly. Each camera has a target audience, and each photographer has an ideal camera for their needs, ranging from taking birthday photos and family outings, to earning a living from their photos; going of course through many other degrees of hobby.
WHO IS THE FUJIFILM X100F FOR?
That said, we already know that this camera has a target audience, one that will be able to make the most of it and that will see their needs met. And based on the fact that it costs a peak and that it is a compact, it is already giving us clues that it is for a very specific audience.
The ideal user is someone looking for a compact camera but who has a very high level of quality demand. Someone who can pay it, of course, but who knows how to take advantage of all its benefits. To be a compact, its price is quite high, but its performance justifies it.
It is perfect for lovers of classic or vintage for its aesthetics. Ideal for social, travel, street or documentary photography, due to how light it is and how comfortable it is to transport, in addition to its optics, despite being fixed, it is very versatile and suitable for the type of photography in these disciplines.
It is also perfect for the professional photographer who needs a second camera, as well as support for their SLR; or as a camera for more personal use, to avoid having to carry the heavy equipment, but not lose performance or quality.
It is not an ideal camera for those who prioritize video over photos, or who navigate between these two waters, in this case, although it performs well enough, videographers are not its ideal audience. For its price, it is not for those who are just starting out, or only shoot automatically , because they will not take advantage of all its functions and it is a waste of money.
Let’s analyze its characteristics to see if it is what you are looking for.
It is a compact, so it has a fixed optics, but with all the manual control options that a reflex camera can offer. It has an APS-C sensor and is a very agile camera compared to its predecessors.
The ignition is much faster than that of its predecessors and although it does not have a touch screen, it has a joystick with which you can control the focus point. It offers great ergonomics with the incorporated changes compared to its predecessors, you can handle it with one hand without any problem.
- Hybrid viewfinder: it has a normal optical viewfinder, but with the lever on the front you can convert it into a digital viewfinder
- Sensor: 24MP APS-C
- Lens: FUJINON 23mm (35mm equivalent). Aperture f / 2-f / 16. 9 diaphragm blades. Focus distance: Approx. 10 cm – Infinity
- ISO: 100-12800 (Extended up to 51200)
- Shutter speed: 30s to 1/4000 sec (mechanical shutter) / 30 sec. at 1 / 32000s (electronic shutter)
- Exposure compensation: -5.0EV – + 5.0EV in 1 / 3EV increments
- File format: JPEG, RAW and RAW + JPEG. In MPEG-4 AVC video
- Flash shoe
- Screen: 3.0 inches, 3: 2 aspect ratio approx.
- Battery life: 300 shots approx
- Dimensions: 126.5 x 74.8 x 52.4mm
- Weight: Approx. 469 g (battery and card included)
- Colors: Black and Silver
- Here to see the full specifications
- Price: 1,200 euros approx
In addition to all the above and the more specific specifications, it has some quite interesting functions, for example:
- Film Simulation: 15 film simulation options including PROVIA / STANDARD Velvia / VIVID and ASTIA / SOFT, named after the famous photographic film.
- Filters: it has eight artistic filters.
- Integrated ND filter: to control the entrance of light.