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Type          top

Fixed-lens electronic digital camera.

Optical and electronic viewfinders, and a rear LCD, any of which may be used for shooting and for playback.

 

Sensor and ISO          top

Sensor

12.2 MP CMOS.

23.6x15.8mm.

3:2 aspect ratio.

Custom-designed microlenses for optimum coupling to the X100's lens.

 

Image Sizes

4,288 x 2,848 pixels.

Also

M: 3,072 x 2,048

S: 2,176 x 1,448

and 16:9 cropped modes for no good reason:

L: 4,288 x 2,416

M: 3,072 x 1,728

S: 1,920 x 1,080

 

Swung Panorama-Mode Sizes

180° Swing

Camera held vertically: 7,680 x 2,160

Camera held horizontally: 7,680 x 1,440

120° Swing

Camera held vertically: 5,120 x 2,160

Camera held horizontally: 5,120 x 1,440

 

ISO

Fixed ISO

ISO 200-6,400, also LOW 100 and HIGH 12,800.

 

Auto ISO

Auto ISO, runs from the ISO set above to a selectable maximum of ISO 400, 800, 1,600 or 3,200.

Auto ISO starts boosting ISO at a selectable minimum shutter speed of 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/40, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100 or 1/125.

 

Image Stabilization          top

Exactly like the LEICA M9, the Fuji X100 ensures great results in low light by using a fast f/2 lens and high ISOs of ISO 3,200 and above when needed.

This not only stops camera shake, but the much higher high shutter speeds freeze subject motion, unlike the optical-shift systems used by Nikon and Canon, or the sensor-shift systems of Sony and Olympus.

Also better than Nikon and Canon's systems, the Fuji X100's system is silent, and never needs to lock or stabilize; it's always active.

 

Video          top

720/24p only. Fixed format and compression.

10 minutes per shot maximum.

S - T - E - R -E - O sound from built-in microphones spaced 1.75 " (45mm), but strong low-frequency cut-off.

No external mic input.

H.264 coding saved as . MOV files.

1.2 MB file size per second of run time.

 

Finders and LCDs

All three displays show the shutter speed, f/stop and ISO in the Futura font, which is quite a surprise.

There is an eye-sensor to activate the rear LCD or viewfinder automatically.

 

Finders: Optical and Electronic

All multi-coated glass.

Eye point: 15mm.

Dioptometric adjustment range: -2 ~ +1 diopter.

 

Optical Viewfinder (OVF)

0.5x magnification.

90% coverage.

Electronic superimposed white LCD graticule with parallax correction.

AF zone shown in white; turns green (focused) or red (not able to focus).

Shutter, aperture and ISO shown along bottom in Futura font.

Exposure compensation bar graph vertically on left side.

There are two modes of display with the optical finder. The mode described above, and a second "custom" mode wherein you may select any of these options to display or not:

   Graticule (9 or 24 boxes).

   Virtual horizon, turns green when level.

   Focus scale with calculated depth-of-field.

   Histogram

   Aperture, Shutter and ISO

   Exposure Compensation scale

   Meter pattern (Photometry)

   Flash mode

   White Balance

   Film Simulation mode

   Dynamic Range

   Frames remaining

   Image size and quality

   Battery Level

In the examples in my user's guide, I've got these all turned on, which is their default in the Custom mode.

 

Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)

600 x 800 pixel (1,440,000 RGB dots).

0.47" LCD, viewed through multicoated optics.

The same two modes above (standard and custom) are set the same way, You may select different custom options for each of the optical and electronic finders.

The image in the EVF is delayed about 1/12 of a second (80 ms) from reality.

 

Rear LCD

2.8" diagonal.

Uncoated plastic cover.

320 x 480 pixels (460,000 RGB dots).

Three modes: the same two above (standard and custom), and a third that throws up even more junk without a picture.

The EVF and rear LCD custom modes are set together; the optical finder's custom mode may be set by itself.

 

Autofocus          top

Reactive autofocus reads focus directly from images from the sensor.

49 areas (7x5 array), manually or automatically selected when using EVF or rear LCD. Each AF area may be enlarged or reduced in size!

For sanity's sake when using the optical viewfinder, limited to 25 areas (5x5 array) and the size doesn't change.

White-LED AF illuminator.

 

Lens and Diaphragm          top

Permanently attached, fixed lens.

The lens moves in and out a few millimeters inside the outer barrel to focus.

 

Focal Length

23mm f/2.

Sees the same angle-of-view with the X100's sensor as a 35mm lens sees with a full-frame sensor or on 35mm film.

 

Optics

Fuji Fujinon 23mm f/2 diagram

Fujinon 23mm f/2 ASPH. huge. Light comes from left, sensor on right.

 

Fuji Fujinon 23mm f/2 diagram

Fujinon 23mm f/2 ASPH. bigger. Light comes from left, sensor on right.

8 elements in 6 groups.

One element, the sixth element, is a glass-molded aspheric with two aspherical surfaces.

Super EBC (Electron-Beam Coated) multicoating.

Except for the aspherical element, this FUJINON seems like an homage to the world's first high-speed wide angle lens, the Nikon W-NIKKOR•C 35mm f/1.8 of 1957, right down to the 9-bladed diaphragm and the same extra-large rear element:

Nikon 3.5cm f/1.8 W-NIKKOR C Nikon 3.5cm f/1.8 W-NIKKOR C

 

Nikon W-NIKKOR•C 35mm f/1.8 (1957-) and its internal diagram. click to enlarge.

Even without an aspherical element, the 1957 Nikon W-NIKKOR•C 35mm f/1.8 for Nikon rangerfinder cameras is still faster, creates better sunstars and has far less distortion than the Fuji lens. How time flies.

 

Close-Focus Distances

AF: 0.8 meters (2.6 feet).

MF: Contiuous down to Macro mode limit.

 

Macro Mode

Fuji specifies that Macro mode covers 2.0 meters down to 0.1 meters (6.6 feet down to 4 inches).

Macro mode really only focuses as close as 0.135 meters (5.3 inches).

 

Diaphragm

9-blade rounded.

Electronically-controlled.

Stops down to f/16 in full click-stops via the aperture ring

Settable in third-stops by flicking the rear control lever.

 

Neutral-Density Filter

Selectable in-lens 3-stop (8x or 0.9 D log10) neutral-density filter.

 

Light Meter          top

256 zone meter, spot, and average.

 

Shutter and Release          top

Electronic leaf shutter.

1/2,000 sync.

1/4 - 1/1,000 in Program mode.

To 30 seconds in other modes.

To 60 minutes (3,600 seconds) in Bulb.

To 1/2,000 only at f/4 and smaller.

To 1/4,000 only at f/8 and smaller.

"Time" mode on dial is really only a way to set shutter speeds from 1/4 to 30 seconds.

 

Remote Release

Standard threaded cable release!

 

Self Timer

2s or 10s.

Only found as a menu option.

To stop, tap shutter halfway or hit DISP-BACK.

 

Continuous Shooting

The continuous mode isn't: it free-runs the camera at one fixed focus and exposure setting at up to 5 FPS for a second or two, but then the X100 locks-up for about 15 seconds while the camera chews on the data and writes it out the card!

 

Flash          top

Built-in.

1/2,000 sync.

Hot shoe. Must be activated in a menu for use with non-Fuji flash.

TTL hot shoe only for Fuji EF-20 or EF-42 flashes.

Different contacts than Nikon, Canon or LEICA.

No PC sync terminal; use a hot-shoe adapter if you need one.

Fuji menitons a Flash Commander Mode to control its external flashes on page 70 of its USA Owner's Manual.

 

Data Storage          top

20 MB internal.

SD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS-I) card slot.

Only Sandisk and FujiFilm cards are recommended. Fuji won't guarantee anything if you use Lexar or any other card.

 

Data Communication          top

Mini HDMI.

USB 2.0.

 

Firmware          top

v2.01 November, 2013

v1.3 May, 2012

 

Power and Batteries          top

Fuji X100 Battery and Charger

Fuji BC-65N Charger, A7002 Dongle and NP-95 Battery.

NP-95 Battery, Li-Ion, 3.6V 1.8 AH.

Rated 300 shots, actually gives 450-650 for me.

(Cheap NP-95 copy bought over eBay has about two-thirds the capacity for one-seventh the price.)

Fuji BC-65N Charger:

    Input: 100-240 VAC, 50-60 cps, 0.2 A

    Output 4.2 VDC, 650 mA.

The A7002 dongle is the screwy piece of plastic on the end that does not lock, easily falls off, and without which won't charge the battery.

Charger requires bringing a separate power cord.

 

Size          top

74.4 x 126.5 x 53.9 millimeters HWD.

2.9 x 5.0 x 2.1 inches HWD.

(Minimum thickness: 31.0mm / 1.2in.)

 

Weight          top

15.515 oz. (439.8g) actual measured, with battery and card.

Irreplaceable metal lens cap weighs 0.395 oz. (11.2g).

Battery weighs 1.360 oz. (38.5g) when removed from X100.

(Cheap NP-95 copy bought over eBay weighs 1.030 oz. (29.2g) and has about half to three-quarters the capacity.)

Charger and dongle weigh 2.140 oz. (60.7g). Cord is separate.

 

Environment          top

0 - 40º C (32 - 104º F) operating.

10 - 80% RH, operating, non-condensing.

 

Quality          top

Made in Japan.

Fuji's brochure cautions that they reserve the right to move production elsewhere, so get your X100 now before they offshore it to the lowest bidder.

Charger and battery made in China.

 

Accessories          top

See Fuji X100 Accessories.

 

Packaging          top

Fuji is so silly. They tried to copy the LEICA's M9 boxing, except that they forgot the most important part: the sanitary thin brown outer box that protects the delicate inner boxes seen here from germs and fingerprints. As the LEICA is handled in the course of transport to its rightful owner, the LEICA's inner box stays safe and clean. In the case of the Fuji X100, nothing protects the box seen here from anything.

 

Fuji X100 box

Fuji X100 box.

 

Fuji X100 box

Rear, Fuji X100 box. make legible.

 

The box holds two more boxes:

 

Fuji X100 box

Fuji X100 box.

 

These two boxes are the charger and fluff box, and the camera box:

 

Fuji X100 charger box

Fuji X100 charger, cords and battery sub-box.

 

Fuji X100 charger box

Fuji X100 camera sub-box.

 

Inside the camera box is the X100:

Fuji X100 in its box

Fuji X100 nestled in its box. enlarge.

This box nestles the X100 in ladies' underwear. The formers are cardboard, not foam, so I don't know how well it really protects the X100 against damage in shipment.

The X100 rests in a thin foam envelope, which I removed for this photo.

The box is cute, but I'd much rather Fuji gave us a neoprene sleeve or something useful for day-to-day use, instead of this useless show box. It's exactly like the useless show-box Sennheiser includes with their HD 800 headphones, as opposed to the useful Ledersack included by Ultrasone with their Edition 8 headphones. Utility is the real luxury; showboxes are only to entice people who aren't really going to buy it anyway.

 

Fujifilm Order Number          top

16128244.

 

Announced          top

Development announcement 20 September 2010.

 

Available          top

First samples hit the streets May 2010.

It was very hard to get for months, but was in-stock by Janaury 2012.

 

Discontinued          top

It was available new in July 2013, and gone by November 2013. (The black special edition is still available as of November 2013.)

 

Price, USA          top

2011 May: $1,199.95 list and selling price at introduction.

The X100 was so much in demand that used ones sold for about $1,300 on eBay for much of 2012.

In July 2013, the X100S replaces the X100, so the X100 sold for $900 new or $600 used (see How to Win at eBay).

In November 2013, $850 new or $600 used (see How to Win at eBay).

 

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