2016 is ending, but the year will not leave us without some rumors about the new Fujifilm camera. The Japanese company is preparing a new edition of its compact camera with fixed lens, the Fujifilm X100F. Its launch is expected for the month of February, and we already know many of its technical specifications.
Fujifilm X100F, a classic Fuji
Since the launch of the Fujifilm X100, this series of cameras has become one of the favorites of the brand since it perfectly represents everything that is Fuji. A camera with advanced photography options, a fixed lens that offers an impressive optical quality, and the possibility of taking it wherever you go thanks to it being very compact and small. The Fuji X100S and the Fuji X100T arrived later, but now we can expect a renewal of the latter, a new version, the new Fujifilm X100F.
Features of the Fuji X100F
These are the features that have been rumored for the new Fuji X100F and that we hope to be true:
- 24-Megapixel X-Trans CMOS III Sensor
- Similar Design compare to the Fujifilm X100T
- Same 23mm lens with f / 2 aperture
- Same battery
- Controls similar to those of the X-Pro2
- Front Grip with Dial as in the X-Pro2
- Joystick as in the X-T2
- Fixed LCD Display
- No 4K Recording
We have the already classic Fujifilm camera sensor with a resolution of 24 megapixels. And also the 23 mm fixed lens with an aperture of f/2. When we call it fixed, we are not only talking about non-variable focal, it is also not interchangeable, so it is a compact camera without interchangeable lenses, which in turn reduces its size and makes it even more portable.
The Fujifilm X-A10 is the newest member of Fujifilm’s range of compact mirrorless cameras. It is a model with an APS-C sensor like those found in many entry level SLR cameras, 16-megapixel resolution and WiFi connectivity.
It is capable of taking pictures with a shutter time of 1/32,000 and it offers an ISO sensitivity ranging from 200 points to 6,400 (25,600 in forced mode). It has automatic and manual modes that are controlled with a two-wheel system located at the top right, in the same place as the shutter button.
Today Fujifilm renovated the low-end spectrum of it’s X systems with the arrival of the X-A3, aimed at young people using reasonings like image filters and taking selfies.
For the latter task, the successor of the X-A2 features a 3-inch 180-degree tiltable LCD monitor, plus a handle optimized for grasping and shooting while taking a selfie. Fujifilm has also equipped its new mirrorless camera with Self Timer technology, that is, while taking Selfies it automatically shoots when subjects smile or two people come close together.
Beyond the Selfies, the X-A3 incorporates a CMOS 24 megapixels sensor that doesn’t use the X-Trans technology and has a focusing mechanism with up to 49 points lacking phase detection technology. The range of sensitivities available goes from 200 up to 6400 ISO, with extended uncalibrated values of 100 and 25600 ISO.
Fujifilm X-T2, that’s the name of the new mirrorless camera that the brand has presented, although we won’t be seeing it in display until the beginning of September.
Following the same artistic design of the Fujifilm X-T1, the new Fujifilm X-T2 camera includes greater improvements inside. It equips the same 24,3p X-Trans III sensor and the same X-Processor Pro found in the Fujifilm X-Pro2, the ability to record 4K video has been added for the first time in a Fujifilm X camera, a faster Autofocus thanks to the improvement of algorithms, and the AF-C also counts with customizable settings for extra precision in the focus of objects under continuous movement.
Almost 200 photographers from around the world, some of them brand ambassadors and others not, including 5 Chinese photographers were trying out the prototype model of the Fujifilm X-T2 for a while as it made easier their opinion of the model for the brand with the purpose of improving the product as much as possible. They all mentioned in our exposition of how satisfied they were with the new camera and how surprised they were with the new Autofocus system that is included in the camera. We’ll give you a firsthand opinion in the following days.
Sometimes the main enemy is inside the house. The truth is that new Fujifilm X-Pro2 comes to seduce professional and advanced photographers that are looking for a classic design and quality in ASP-C format and to convince them that it is a better option than the traditional reflex, the most economic Lumix DMC-GX8 by Panasonic or the also new Pen-F by Olympus, to name a few examples.
However, if there is a question that during these last few weeks many users interested in the new camera without a mirror have asked, is whether the X-Pro2 is worth it compared to the X-T1. A kind of fraternal dual that can only be resolved in one way: putting one against the other while we keep working on a detailed test if the X-Pro2, which we have already been working with for weeks.
A quick glance is enough to understand that we stand before two models that, in reality, don’t have much in common between them regardless of them sharing a family. It’s not about the design or viewfinder, but also philosophy. Something that is pretty obvious but it’s worth remembering those undecided between these cameras which also claim to be two different worlds: The X-Pro2’s storytelling and the X-T1’s versatile and all-terrain character.
Fujifilm has managed to concentrate all the goodness of a small compact camera on a rather conventional appearance. And, despite being a compact high-end, its appearance is no different than any other compact. Maybe it’s a camera too discreet to highlight on a shelf among the fierce competition in its niche.
Leaving aside those fears, the XQ2 is a tiny 12-megapixel compact camera with a big X-Trans CMOS II 2.3 sensor and a 6.4-25.6mm Fujinon optical lens (equivalent in 35mm to a 25-100mm) with a 4X optical zoom and excellent brightness of f/1.8-4.9. Given its size, these are important figures and, thanks to the EXR II processor, the overall performance is very good.
The Fujifilm X-T1, presented in early 2014, is one of the mirrorless cameras with more power in the market. Among its most notable features were the rapid viewfinder that put it to compete in high-speed photography categories, in addition to its dials that allow you to control quickly and easily all the exposure features. This year, Fujifilm has a camera with the same power in a more compact and simplified body for entry users: the X-T10.
As reported by DPReview, the X-T10 has the same APSC X-Trans sensor of 16 Megapixel, the company’s flagship, with an EXR II processor and also has an OLED viewfinder 2.36 million points and a foldable LCD 3-inch screen. The new body simplifies the different dials of the X-T1 putting only three discs on top: Capture modes (left) and speed dials of shooting and exhibition (right). Furthermore, for entry-level photographers, the speed dial has a lever that automatically adjusts the exposure speed.
The camera is able to burst shoot at 8 frames per second. It also has a group of 77 AF points that can be programmed to cover areas in 3 × 3, 3 × 5, or 5 × 5 point areas for high speed shooting in tracking mode. It has a timelapse mode up to 999 pictures at intervals of one second to 24 hours. Its video function can record 1080P at 60 frames per second and has Wi-Fi connectivity that allows you to use your phone or tablet as a remote control.
We contacted the representatives of Fujifilm Colombia, who informed us that the camera will arrive to the country in late June. The basic combo will include a XC lens 16-50mm F: 3.5-5.6, and body, and will cost about 900 dollars.
Fujifilm has announced the availability of a firmware update is for the Fujifilm X-T1 model. The main novelty is that it includes a new AF system that allows capturing subjects that are in motion effortlessly. The new version, the 4.0, will be available for download on the brand’s official website in late June this year. It’s free.
This update, which is also for the model Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition, includes a new main AF system with improved performance and area modes, as well as a wide angle and tracking feature to capture people that are moving without difficulty.
Even though the quality of Fujinon’s lenses is superb, many of us would like to see other companies seriously consider the X Series a system to work on and make more affordable lenses available. Though we’ve already seen interesting manual lenses from other companies like Samyang, the best news would be to see the two main "third parties" for reflex cameras, Tamron and Sigma, stepping into the Fujifilm universe.
We learned through Fujirumors of a video interview of Kazuto Yamaki, CEO of Sigma, conducted by the Italian website fotografia.it. In the fifty-minute long interview, Yamaki discussed his production philosophy, technological advances in optical manufacturing, and future product launches of lenses. On this last point he let slip that, despite centering his production line on objectives for reflex cameras, he has a great interest in mirrorless cameras, even though the development of new lenses would require lots of time and despite the limited resources his company has available. For that reason he’s expressed the importance of demarcating his target audience: the amateur photograph with experience who needs a mid-range product. With all surety, Fujifilm’s X Series could fit very nicely in the Japanese company’s expansion plans, now that the horde of Fujifilm photographers is much more visible.