Camera technology is still coming on leaps and bounds with a new capability, spec, or technology seemingly released every week. 30, 40, 80, 300 megapixel cameras, full frame mirrorless, crazy fast lenses—it never seems to end.
For most of us, the differences are only evident when exploring the capabilities and outcomes in detail. Camera tests with control shots, extreme zoom on graining, the type and quality of bokeh etc all all fairly meaningless to the majority of those looking for a camera to start photography.
The camera is simply a tool and doesn’t guarantee great outcomes. The skill of the photographer in understanding light, composition, and subject matter goes much further than what a high spec camera can do without that knowledge.
As practise is the means by which skill is acquired, it makes sense to purchase a camera which you’ll be encouraged to use as often as possible. That means it needs to be small enough to grab without needing bags of alternative lenses, batteries, and SD cards. And if it’s small, it will be a little more inconspicuous allowing you to take photos without people thinking you’re on a professional shoot. It also means the hobby is approachable and when it comes to travel, it can slide into a jacket pocket.
It should have enough manual play in the settings to allow you to explore and learn to get the best out of it.
It should also look good to encourage you to keep it longer.
And it should be built well, and able to deliver time and time again for many years.
The X100V does everything stated above which makes it possibly the best travel camera on the market for the price.
Having used an earlier X100S for a few years I can attest to Fujifilm’s X-series cameras in real world scenarios. It really did punch above its weight, and when you started to explore more of the manual settings, it just got better and better.
Compact, light, and extremely capable, I really lament selling it! The photos below of my BMW 1 Series M at the time shows just how well the little Fujifilm cameras capture and render light, even in these highly compressed jpeg forms.
Fujifilm have had a lot of success with their X-series cameras for these very reasons and the latest in the “100” series, the X100V, is everything you really need to take photos in everyday scenarios. The classic design is nigh on perfection for a compact camera like this with both top and bottom plates milled from single pieces of aluminium.
The camera uses a 26.1MP X-Trans sensor and quad-core X-Processor 4 to deliver results you normally see on much more expensive cameras with improved auto-focus capability and low light performance over previous generations. The processing power also means better face and eye detection. The auto-focus can also be set and limited to a particular distance range, effectively reducing the time it takes for the auto-focus to find its target, a handy tool for those starting out in street photography.
Fujifilm upgraded the fixed lens for the X100V to a 23mm F2.0 item with notable improvements when compared to the previous generations but again, most customers would have to run comparative tests to see the differences but what it does mean is sharper photography, more of the time.
The X100V’s hybrid viewfinder is improved, capable of switching between the 0.52x magnification optical viewfinder (OVF) or the 3.69M dot OLED electronic viewfinder.
Purists always seem to get worked up about tilty, flippy, screens on cameras calling them gimmicks but in reality, they are super useful and the LCD touchscreen on the X100V is able to be fixed in two angles on the vertical axis.
Fujifilm are proud of their digital film simulation settings having been heavily involved with film since the company began and the X100V gets 17 to choose from.
No consumer grade camera these days can be launched without some kind of video capability, and the X100V gets the best video capabilities yet from an X100-class camera. Able to shoot 4K at 30fps or 120fps at 1080p means there’s flexibility in creativity. There’s only a single SD card slot so splitting your video and photo captures won’t be an option.
But the X100V isn’t really geared towards video, rather it makes a perfect do it all camera, especially for street photography and travel, where space and weight is at a premium. And when traveling, it’s handy to know the camera is weatherproofed but only when the filter adapter and filter are used.
For a more detailed look at the X100V, check out DPReview’s review.
There are just too many reasons why the X100V makes a perfect travel camera. It won’t break the bank, it does everything you need a camera to do, it produces fantastic results, and it will make you happy when using it.
Price: $2179.00 AUD ($1,399.00 USD / £1,299.00 GBP)