The cameras on our telephones are getting adequate that it’s turning into arduous to justify having a devoted picture-taking machine. Fujifilm’s X100 sequence has all the time made one of many strongest instances for it, nonetheless, and the most recent iteration makes it extra convincing than ever.
I reviewed the original X100 back in 2011, and the sequence has acquired a brand new mannequin about every two years since its announcement; right this moment’s X100V is the fifth. However, its modifications are extra important than these of anyone among its predecessors.
The X100V has a brand new 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and picture processor, taken from Fuji’s high-end X-Pro3, which I’ve used and been fairly impressed with. It additionally inherits the X-Pro3’s much-improved OLED/optical viewfinder, autofocus system and different options. However, they’re married to a redesigned 35mm equal, F/2 lens that improves on what was already glorious glass.
The sequence has all the time had a throwback aesthetic, including dials whereas others eradicated them, however in a concession to modernity the rear LCD is now a tilting touchscreen, now a must-have for a lot of shooters. It additionally has improved video capabilities and is now weatherproofed as nicely.
All these matches right into a package deal that’s extremely compact and engaging, although admittedly significantly thicker than a telephone. However though underneath some circumstances a telephone digital camera can certainly rival a devoted digital camera, the X100V maybe greater than some other compact digital camera justifies itself (by the way, DPReview’s initial impressions are extremely favorable).
The taking pictures expertise is so completely different (the hybrid viewfinder is and all the time has been genius), it places so many choices at your disposal, and the ensuing picture is not going to solely be superior, however extra outlined by what you need to create than what your telephone is able to do.
I’ve been making an attempt to reconnect with images and I’ve discovered that counting on the telephone for that merely isn’t a choice for me any extra. I need a suitable instrument for the job, but I don’t need to be inconvenienced by a digital camera’s measurement or operation, or obsess over my lens choice. I need an image-taking machine as devoted to that goal as a knife is to reduce.
Is that the X100V? There may be actual competitors from Ricoh’s newest GR III road shooter, in addition to the Canon G5 X II and Sony’s RX100 VII. Though digital camera gross sales are dropping, there’s no higher time to need or have a compact machine on this class. Thankfully it appears to come back down to non-public desire. I’d be proud of any kind of in my hand if it means I can go away my telephone in my pocket.