Fujifilm has announced the X100 VI This includes a ‘limited’ edition option.

Few manufacturers build (compact) cameras these days, just not enough money to be made.

In fairness the move too using mobile phones for picture taking in the way that people do, is obviously the reason.

But that said, if you can carve a niche, than any product in theory, is both viable and can be successful.

So the Fujifilm X100 series and Ricoh’s GR range have become successful options. For some they are very desirable, collectible and inspiring compact products.

Not sure just how big the market is though, but I hope this continues, as it is nice to keep options available.

And such cameras are capable of high quality results. I like the traditional look and dials on the X100 models, and still believe there is something to be said still for seeking out pictures with a specifically made camera. Below are the announced details.

Best wishes and good photography,

John (20/02/24).

20 February 2024

FUJIFILM Corporation (President & CEO, Representative Director: Teiichi Goto) has announced the launch of the FUJIFILM X100VI digital camera (‘X100VI’). The latest model in Fujifilm’s X Series line of digital cameras, the X100VI offers exceptional image quality, compact size and a lightweight body, along with Fujifilm’s legendary colour reproduction technology. 

Since the first FUJIFILM X100 model, launched in 2011, the X100 Series has established a unique position, and is highly acclaimed for its innovative hybrid viewfinder, timeless design, intuitive operation and premium image quality with unique colour reproduction.

The X100VI is the sixth-generation model in the X100 Series. While maintaining the popular design and compact size, the X100VI now features the new 40.2 megapixel X-Trans™ CMOS 5 HR*1 sensor and high-speed X-Processor 5 image processing engine for outstanding performance.

Furthermore, the newly developed in-body image stabilisation function with up to 6.0 stops*2  has been incorporated for the first time in an X100 Series product, while retaining the Series’ characteristic compact size and light weight (only a minimal increase from the previous model, X100V), allowing photographers and passionate creators to enjoy shooting with the X100VI in an extensive range of environments and situations.

To celebrate Fujifilm’s 90th anniversary year in 2024, an X100VI Limited Edition model will be released, with just 1,934 units available worldwide. These limited-edition models are individually numbered and delivered in a special box with strap, soft release button and history cards. The camera body is engraved with the original Fujifilm corporate brand logo from 1934, along with the unique serial number.

Product features in detail

(1) X-Trans™ CMOS 5 HR and X-Processor 5 deliver high image quality and performance
The X100VI is equipped with the back-illuminated X-Trans™ CMOS 5 HR sensor with approximately 40.2 megapixels. The sensor features an impressive pixel structure that allows more light to be captured than any prior X100 Series camera, and ISO 125, which was an extended sensitivity option on the previous model, is now available natively on the X100VI. In addition, when used together with the 23mmF2.0 lens, capable of resolving higher resolution sensors, the X100VI delivers sharp, high-resolution images.

The X100VI comes with a total of 20 Film Simulation modes, including the new ‘REALA ACE’ mode, giving images a diverse range of distinctive tones. ‘REALA ACE’ mode offers faithful colour reproduction and high-contrast tonality.

The X100VI incorporates an impressive autofocus prediction algorithm for reliable focusing, even when recording continuously moving subjects. The X100VI uses the X-Processor 5’s subject detection AF to accurately track a range of subjects. Built using deep-learning AI technology, it detects animals, birds, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, airplanes, trains, insects and drones.*3

(2) Enhanced performance further expands shooting range
The X100VI is the first camera in the X100 Series to incorporate a 5-axis, in-body image stabilisation function with up to 6.0 stops. The newly developed system means a marginal increase in weight and size compared to previous X100 Series models, but without compromising portability.

The ‘Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder’ allows the user to switch freely between the optical viewfinder (OVF) and the electronic viewfinder (EVF), pursuing the rangefinder style of photography that has been a hallmark of the X100 Series. The EVF is equipped with a high-resolution OLED panel with approximately 3.69 million dots, enhancing the immersive shooting experience.

The ‘Electronic Range Finder’ (ERF) function allows a small EVF to be simultaneously displayed on the OVF, permitting the photographer to capture the subject in the OVF and magnify the in-focus area in the small EVF, thereby increasing the capabilities of the viewfinder. The ERF function is highly convenient for snapshots, etc.

For the first time in the X100 Series, the X100VI offers 6.2K/30P movie recording. The camera is also equipped with a tracking AF function during movie recording to ensure high-quality content creation.

The X100VI supports Frame.io Camera to Cloud without needing any additional accessories. The camera permits users to wirelessly connect to an active internet connection, authenticate to Frame.io, and automatically upload photos and videos moments after creation, dramatically speeding up the workflow process from shooting to final editing.

(3) Iconic, sophisticated product design 
As with its predecessor, the top and bottom of the X100VI camera body are built from aluminum. Aluminum, which has a high degree of freedom in forming, is pressed and machined for sharp edges, and the surface is finely blasted for a smooth texture. In addition, anodised aluminum is used on the surface for a premium finish.

The X100VI’s ultra-thin tilt LCD monitor can be stored in a fully flat position, a design borrowed from the X100V. The stylish, integrated body design allows for a variety of shooting styles, from high to low angles. The high touch-response performance and intuitive operation of the X100VI also make it exceptionally simple and elegant to use.

The ergonomic shape of the grip has been fine-tuned to ensure just the right feel. The buttons on the back of the X100VI camera have been moved to a position that is easy to operate with the right hand, enabling extremely comfortable shooting while looking through the viewfinder.

(4) Rich accessories expand photographic field
Weather resistance is provided for the X100VI when the optional AR-X100 adapter ring and the PRF-49 protection filter are used in conjunction with the X100VI’s lens. This allows the user to continue taking images in challenging weather conditions, for added peace of mind when nature takes an unexpected turn. 

Fujifilm’s optional LH-X100 lens hood is also compatible with the X100VI. In addition to being lightweight and precisely crafted from machined metal, the hood is cleverly designed to include a slit so that it does not obstruct the field of view when looking through the viewfinder, thus achieving light-shielding performance.

Two types of conversion lenses*4 allow the user to adjust the focal length without changing the optical performance of the X100VI, thereby enhancing the photographic field.

1) Wide conversion lens (WCL-X100 II)
WCL-X100 II is a dedicated wide conversion lens that multiplies the fixed focal length by approx. 0.8x, converting it to 28mm (35mm format equivalent).
 2) Tele conversion lens (TCL-X100 II)
TCL-X100 II is a dedicated tele-conversion lens for narrowing the field of view by multiplying the fixed focal length by approx. 1.4x, converting it to 50mm (35mm format equivalent).

The premium LC-X100V real leather case provides added protection. Its innovative design ensures the memory card and battery can be inserted and removed without removing the camera from the case.

Compatible accessories
• WCL-X100 II Wide conversion lens
• TCL-X100 II Tele conversion lens
• LH-X100 Lens hood
• Weather-Resistant Kit (AR-X100 Adaptor ring and PRF-49 Protector filter)
• LC-X100V Premium leather case

Further information can be found at: https://fujifilm-x.com/en-gb/products/x-series/
Pricing and availability

The FUJIFILM X100VI Black and Silver models will be available in the UK from 28 February 2024 from authorised FUJIFILM retailers and the FUJIFILM House of Photography in London at a suggested retail price of £1,599 including VAT.

The FUJIFILM X100VI Limited Edition (only available in Silver) will be available in the UK from 6 April 2024 exclusively from the FUJIFILM House of Photography in London. The UK price will be £1,934 including VAT.