If ever there’s been a game-changer in camera design, the original Fujifilm X100 surely qualifies. It certainly turned around Fujifilm’s fortunes in premium cameras – leading to the X and GFX riches we’re enjoying now – and ushered in the revival of the dial and classically-inspired camera designs. At the time, a fixed-lens camera with a big sensor and funny hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder could have been dismissed as being little more than an eccentric oddity. Yet it was an instant hit – with amateurs and pros alike – and has endured through four generations, getting steadily better every time.
The current X100F is, no surprise, the best yet, retaining all the key classical elements, but improving the efficiency, capability and performance. Fujifilm has wisely left the basic external design – and the brilliant hybrid viewfinder – unchanged, but there have been some revisions to the control layout, mostly notably the addition of a joystick for faster focus point selection, and front input wheel. Both make quite a difference, as do the new sensor, processor and autofocusing system. The sensor is the 24.3 megapixels ‘X-Trans CMOS III’ that’s used in both the X-T2 and X-Pro2, while the processor enables continuous shooting at up to 8.0 fps and there’s a bigger buffer memory. The new AF system uses 325 focusing points arranged in a 25x13 pattern which gives a massive 230 percent increase in coverage. It’s faster and more reliable, especially the subject tracking. Image quality is improved too, especially low-light performance – particularly important for what’s arguably the best street camera on the market.
As with its predecessors, the X100F is a camera to fall in love with, but because it is so much better in so many areas, you’re going to be really smitten. As
we concluded in our review,
“It simply delivers on every level – looks, handling and results. Can Fujifilm make it even better? Probably, but for now the X100F is as brilliant as it can be”.
Read our full review here: http://www.avhub.com.au/product-reviews/prophoto/fujifilm-gfx-50s-review-473366
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