Fujifilm X100

 
Fujifilm FinePix X100 front
 
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35mm (F2.0) lens
  • 445g - 126 x 75 x 54mm
  • Announced May 2011
  • Renewed by Fujifilm X100S
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
Portability
80
Imaging
55
Features
36
Overall
47

Fujifilm X100 overview

Fujifilm X100 is FujiFilm's Large Sensor Compact digital camera initially revealed on May of 2011. It has a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 4288 x 2848.

FujiFilm launched the newer Fujifilm X100S (Read Full Comparison) to upgrade this model.

The Fujifilm X100 is ranked #54 out of 62 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and all round #464 out of 1428 for cameras in our collection. You can check out our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your customized criteria.

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Here is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Fujifilm X100 history

The Fujifilm X100 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the full list underneath.

Fujifilm X100 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of positives and negatives of the Fujifilm X100 based on aspects which are typically seen as essential in a digital camera.

decent sized screen (2.8 inches)
doesnt have low pass filter
exports RAW files
good max aperture (f2.0)
has built in flash
has manual focus
includes HDMI support
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
can't change focal length (35mm)
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
doesn't have phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
low resolution screen (460 k dot)
megapixel count low (12MP)
missing headphone jack
missing microphone jack
missing Timelapse recording
no moving screen
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Fujifilm X100 Sensor information

The Fujifilm X100 houses the EXR processor chip. The spec of the sensor on the Fujifilm X100 is 23.6mm x 15.8mm (APS-C). The 373 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4288 x 2848 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and has a standard ISO range of 200 to 12800. RAW photos are saved therefore you have more room to maneuver in post.

FujiFilm chose to omit the low pass filter in the Fujifilm X100. This may result in more clear pictures but might create moire in some circumstances.

The graphic underneath displays the Fujifilm X100's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The Fujifilm X100 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is presented in green.

Fujifilm FinePix X100 sensor size Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month

To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm X100 dimensions

Fujifilm X100 weighs 0.98 lb (445 grams or 15.70 ounces) and features external size of 126mm x 75mm x 54mm (5.0" x 3.0" x 2.1"). The weight of general Large Sensor Compact camera is 394 grams and the Fujifilm X100 is weightier compared to its competitors.

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Here is a picture of the Fujifilm X100 next to a soft drink to help you have a feel for its size.

Fujifilm FinePix X100 dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button arrangement on the Fujifilm X100.

Fujifilm FinePix X100 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm X100 Lens information

The Fujifilm X100 has a fixed lens giving a constant focal length of 35mm which means you do not have the ability to zoom.

At it's widest 35mm, it offers an aperture of f2.0 which will be ideal in low light conditions and capturing good bokeh. It is going to also allow you to go with a much lower ISO to have clearer images.

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Fujifilm X100 Connectivity

The Fujifilm X100 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily copy images and in some cases adjust settings without connecting straight with the camera.

Many apps also provide a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external screen. A lot of cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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Fujifilm X100 Video information

The highest video resolution on the Fujifilm X100 is 1280 x 720 and it can save in MPEG-4 file format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You should really target at least 1080p resolution for decent video. The body doesn't include a mic and headphone jack which means that you have got zero control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to purchase another model in case you require decent audio in your videos.

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Fujifilm X100 Weather Sealing

Fujifilm X100 doesn't have weather proofing so wet conditions might ruin the camera.

Fujifilm X100 Screen and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm X100 has a 2.8" fixed display with a resolution of 460k dots.

Please be aware that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The View Finder specs regarding Fujifilm X100 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic and Optical (tunnel)
  • Resolution 1,440k dots
  • Coverage 90 percent
  • Magnification 0.5x

In those sunny outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and tough to view, viewfinders are very useful.

Fujifilm X100 Shutter information

Fujifilm X100 continuous shooting rate is 5.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Fujifilm X100 Flash and Hot shoe information

Fujifilm X100 includes both inbuilt flash and external flash ability.

Fujifilm X100 Autofocus information

Fujifilm X100 includes only Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier and exact compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

The AF system has 49 focus points to pick from. Fujifilm X100 supports manual focus when needed in low light scenarios or you need more exact control on focus.

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Fujifilm X100 Battery life

The battery power (NP-95) in the Fujifilm X100 is fashioned to last for 300 photos with respect to the CIPA standards which is comparable with its rivals. The typical Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 300. Leica X-U has the highest (450) battery life in this class of cameras.

Underneath is a collection of Large Sensor Compact cameras that come with the highest battery life:

Fujifilm X100 for different types of photography

The following illustration displays a overview of the Fujifilm X100 for different types of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section underneath.

Fujifilm X100 as a Portrait photography camera

The Fujifilm X100 receives a rating of 63 which is nice, meaning that it is a respectable fit to use for portrait photos. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor size, support for RAW photos plus the flexibility to utilize external lighting.

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has manual focus
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
low resolution (12MP)

Street photography with Fujifilm X100

Having a nice score of 63, the Fujifilm X100 is a respectable pick for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.

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decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
no moving screen
no image stabilization

Sports photography with Fujifilm X100

A bad sports photography rating of 35 means the Fujifilm X100 is not appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have fantastic tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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sensor size is nice (APS-C)
fixed focal length (35mm)
max fps very slow (5.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
lacks phase detect autofocus

Travel photography with Fujifilm X100

Weight is very important when buying a camera for travel. Overall, the Fujifilm X100 gets a average 59 as a travel camera which is somewhat adequate for your journeys.

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built-in flash
very good max aperture (f2.0)
does not have Time Lapse mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly

Fujifilm X100 Landscape photography info

For anyone planning to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the biggest factor will no doubt be image quality. The Fujifilm X100 with it's average score of 57 as a landscape camera is reasonably acceptable within the current marketplace.

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has manual focus
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (2.8")
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
no anti-alias filter
exports RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (35mm)
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
missing Time Lapse recording

Vlogging with Fujifilm X100

A camera for vlogging preferably should have a moving display screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Fujifilm X100 is not appropriate as a vlog camera as it receives a bad rating of 25.

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very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone port

Fujifilm X100 Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the Fujifilm X100, here is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall into the category of Large Sensor Compact.

The diagram listed below offers you an overview of the Fujifilm X100 compared to it's top ranking competitors mentioned previously.

There are a bunch of cameras you may take into account as alternative options. To browse through a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
FujiFilm
Model
Fujifilm FinePix X100
Type
Large Sensor Compact
Announced
2011-05-16
Body design
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Processor
EXR
Sensor size
APS-C
Sensor measurements
23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area
372.9mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4288 x 2848
RAW files
Highest native ISO
12800
Min native ISO
200
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points
49
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
35mm (1x)
Largest aperture
f/2.0
Macro focus range
10cm
Focal length multiplier
1.5
Screen
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
2.8 inches
Screen resolution
460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech
TFT color LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic and Optical (tunnel)
Viewfinder resolution
1,440k dot
Viewfinder coverage
90 percent
Viewfinder magnification
0.5x
DXO scores
DXO All around score
73
DXO Color Depth score
22.9
DXO Dynamic range score
12.4
DXO Low light score
1001
Features
Lowest shutter speed
30s
Highest shutter speed
1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed
5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
9.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (24 fps)
Highest video resolution
1280x720
Video data format
MPEG-4
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
445 gr (0.98 pounds)
Dimensions
126 x 75 x 54mm (5.0" x 3.0" x 2.1")
Other
Battery life
300 pictures
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery model
NP-95
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
Single
Price at launch
$1,800