This Fujifilm camera is a highly versatile, all in one, compact camera that is one of the top cameras on the market for a good reason. It’s simple enough for the average user and get high-quality photos but also has all the things a professional would want in a compact camera. However, it might not be the perfect camera for a professional doing model shoots on the daily as extra lenses lead to some edge blur.
It is the perfect camera for everyday street usage with its elegant, simplistic design and comfortable one-hand usage. Even though it has been on the market a couple of years now it is still in the competition as one of the best and for good reason.
Dynamic Flash perfect for skin tone balance in all lighting situations
Easily changeable flash features to bring out perfect flash levels
Well-constructed metal frame and simplistic classic design
Slim enough for a coat pocket
Silent Shutter options
Large battery with competitive battery life
Easy one-handed shooting with all buttons on the right side
Comes with FUJINON 23mm f/2 ASPH lens
The sound quality is in video mode mono-tonal
Menu selection dial isn’t analog, can lead to selecting unwanted items
Directly on top of the camera are two dials one is for shutter speed and ISO, the other for exposure compensation. These can be reprogrammed with personalized settings for quick changes on the fly with the turn of the thumb.
With a simple flick of a thumb, you can change these settings with shutter settings from 1/4000 to 30 seconds. The ISO range is from 100 to 51,200. There are three automatic settings that are recommended with the quick selection switch on the top buttons. The ultra-high and ultra-low will need navigation through the menu to activate but can be programmed into the auto mode in the three settings for ultimate customization. This is coupled with a dynamic range option when the ISO is over 400 that defaults from 100% to 200% with options to push to 400%.
The exposure compensation goes from -5 to +5 and is easily changed to get the perfect amount of contrast needed to compensate for your current lighting settings. Along with this, there are multiple settings for interval timing, self-timing, and shutter rates that are all programmable into the auto settings and quick flips. This when paired with the autofocus settings, manual focus settings, and photometry options further the control into personalized perfection.
Image options for size include nine size options in standard and widescreen modes like 1:1 to 3:2 ratios and from 2000x2000 to 6000x4000 resolutions. The image quality can be chosen from raw, normal, and fine with options for fine x raw and normal x raw. This allows for different rates of file compression in jpeg format.
Film simulation has nine options with the monochrome one having received the most work and revamp from previous models. It is considered one of the better monochromes in the industry and it is recommended that you use a bit of the red filter to get a good dynamic on the shadows. They also have a good deal of options when it comes with noise reduction for both short and long exposure to give the best results.
When it comes to image quality and color there is a tone of options such as white balance, highlight, and shadow balance, color balance, sharpness. These allow for tweaking in final image quality to really bring out the colors you want in the final product. It also has options to change the final product color space to allow for easier and higher print quality.
The overall design is great, and it allows for many features and settings to be realized. This is meant for those who need a great camera for taking images that are both vibrant and reliable in their quality. As mentioned before though, your performance is reliant upon what settings you currently have operational.
Of course, if your intent is to have a small, easy to transport a camera, of high-quality and professional-grade settings is your goal then you will really want this one.
One of the biggest issues is that some of the owners have not been able to turn the connection off once it is on. In other words, their camera stays connected to their other devices as long as it is in range. This could be an issue when trying to conserve battery life, but it does tell us that connectivity is not an issue.
For city life, it is the only camera you will likely ever need as the compact size makes it easily maneuverable in tight spaces while still giving professional-quality shots. In the wider world, it is still a strong camera with beautiful colors and adjustable levels of contrast. The extensive options allow for a wide range of exposure settings to really get the exact picture you are imagining in your head.
While it offers a lot of performance options, it also has its limits. For instance, if set to x100 you lose several of the benefits that you might otherwise get such as your contrast detection, your EVF resolution, your exposure range, continuous shooting, movie and mic abilities, and even your battery life diminishes. It’s all up to you how much you want this camera to perform and checking the limits on the settings is key to this.
The reason why this seems like too much is simple: space. Memory on a camera is limited and though you can upgrade the size, it still takes a lot of room if you are saving the raw picture and you end up with 23. In perspective, we have seen a much smaller jpeg turn into several megs in memory if left in a raw file format.
It also has a lot of exposure options to create the exact mood you are looking for in an image. Some of which were not available in the previous models and all are accessible directly on the camera’s menu. You can create what looks like a black and white image with high contrasts directly on the camera so that the picture doesn’t need to be worked on after you take it.
A simple case and neck strap go far in keeping the camera clean and accessible at all times. The lens is available to increase the view range but the one included with the camera is likely all the average user will need. The flash attachments will likely go unused as the dynamic flash the camera offers is the main strength of the camera.
If you are going to be shooting one-handed there are options for mountable thumb grips to make it easier. Tripods can be used with the camera however they aren’t a requirement because of the built-in balancers and adjustable shutter speeds. Screen protectors are always recommended for any heavily used screen.
Even professionals might want to toss the extra $300 for the bundled pack so they can have the peace of mind in knowing that the things they have will work with the camera. Of course, you could buy each item separately and only get what you think you may need. The downside to piecing it all a little at a time is that you are likely to actually spend more in the long run for all the same stuff.
Good news is that the camera does have a one-year limited warranty. So as long as anything that goes wrong is covered under the warranty, and not directly caused by the buyer, the company will help if the camera stops working.
When what matters is how easy it is to hold and still get a stable shot, this particular camera will be one of the best on the market for its range. Of course, if you have preferences for the settings, again you will have to make sure you set things so that you can use it to get those.
-Easy to use
-A lot of Settings
-Great picture quality
-Decent video quality
-1-Year Limited warranty
The downside is that you will most likely have to save up for this one. This is not a cheap camera and as such, it comes with a hefty price tag to match the quality. So, don’t be looking at this one if you are hoping to spend sparingly.