Fujifilm X100F

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fuji-x100fThis is the new premium rangefinder style compact digital camera from Fujifilm, featuring a unique Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder that allows users to switch between an optical viewfinder and electronic viewfinder. The X100F is the fourth generation release from the series and features a 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III APS-C image sensor, high-speed image processing engine and a high-performance Fujinon 23 mm f/2 lens, delivering what the company calls outstanding colour reproduction and gradation of tones in both stills and videos.

The viewfinder combines the features of an optical viewfinder (OVF) with an electronic viewfinder (EVF). While in Electronic Rangefinder mode, users can change the magnification, shown as EVF in the optical viewfinder, for greater accuracy when checking focus. The small EVF window can display 100 percent field of view as well as 2.5x and 6x magnifications, and the EVF frame rate has been increased to 60 frames per second.

To aid framing and focus while using the Manual Focus mode, the Real Time Parallax Correction function is applied to the focus area in addition to the guide frame. Photographers can also now check exposure and white balance in the EVF window.

The camera has enhanced AF performance with improvements to basic response time specifications. It has a startup time of approximately 0.5 seconds, a shooting interval of 0.2 seconds, shutter release time lag of 0.01 seconds and AF speeds as fast as 0.08 seconds.

The X100F gives users six AF modes including Single Point mode, Zone mode and Wide/Tracking mode for both AF-S for stationary subjects and AF-C for moving subjects.

fuji-x100f-backThe number of focus points in the X100F has been increased to 91 (up to 325 points), up from 49 in previous models, with approximately 40 percent of the imaging area covered with phase detection to form a fast and precise AF area. By combining these features with a greater ability to autofocus on points of light and low contrast objects, Fujifilm says the X100F captures beautiful detail in pictures with fine and delicate textures.

The Film Simulation function now features ACROS mode. Using X-Processor Pro’s advanced processing capability, the mode offers smooth gradation, deep blacks and beautiful textures to create stunning monochrome images, notes the company. The camera also features the Grain Effect function for reproducing distinctive graininess seen in photographs taken with film cameras. The function is available in a Strong and Weak setting, and can be combined with any of the Film Simulation modes.

The rear face of the camera has been redesigned to concentrate most of the frequently used functions on the right-hand side. This allows users to change camera settings quickly while holding the camera firmly and without having to take an eye off the viewfinder.

The Focus Lever positioned on the rear side of the camera allows users to use joystick-type operations in eight directions to easily select a focus area. The X100F also features a built-in ISO Dial that is incorporated into the Shutter Speed Dial. This enables the user to easily check ISO and Shutter Speed, in addition to aperture and exposure compensation, from a glance without having to power on the camera.

There’s a completely silent electronic shutter capable of exposures up to 1/32000 seconds.

The external surface of the X100F is finished with synthetic leather.

A Digital Teleconverter function lets you choose angles of view equivalent to 50 mm and 70 mm in addition to built-in lens’ 35 mm.

Advanced Filter Functions are Pop Colour, Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Partial Colour, Soft Focus, High Key, and Low Key.

Interval Timer Shooting is available in intervals of one second to 24 hours with no limit on frames, for time lapse photography.

And manual focus is available during video recording.

The Fujifilm X100F (in black and silver) will be available in February for $1,699.99.

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