Amateur Photographer verdict

The Fujifilm X100VI updates the cult-like X100V in a number of useful ways, with a new 40MP sensor, in-body image stabilisation, and improved AF. This camera is sure to be a huge success.
  • In-body image stabilisation
  • Detailed crisp images
  • Unique design and handling
  • One-of-a-kind viewfinder
  • 6.2K video recording
  • Fixed lens will not be for everyone
  • Full weather-sealing costs extra

Joshua Waller reviews the Fujifilm X100VI, the successor to the cult-classic X100V, which gained a 40.2MP sensor and, for the first time in an X100 series camera, in-body image stabilisation. Could this be one of the best Fujifilm cameras ever released? Find out in our full review.

At a glance:

  • $1,599 (excluding taxes), £1,599, €1,799
  • 40.2MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor
  • Fixed 35mm equivalent f/2 lens
  • In-Body Image Stabilisation – 6 stops (5-axis)
  • Hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder
  • Two-way tilting touchscreen
  • 6.2K 30p, 4K 60p, and 1080 240p video
  • Available in silver or black
The Fujifilm X100 VI in black.
The Fujifilm X100 VI in black.

The Fujifilm X100VI (VI = “Six”) is Fujifilm’s latest X100-series camera. The previous X100V is infamous for a multitude of reasons, notably for combining gorgeous retro styling with modern high-spec digital imaging. It’s been featured on numerous videos, gone viral on TikTok, and due to high demand, has been incredibly hard to find.

Fujifilm’s new X100VI includes several major updates, and importantly, the firm says it has increased manufacturing capacity, which should mean you’ll actually be able to buy one! The X100V itself has been discontinued.

Key Features:

  • IBIS – 5-axis In-body image stabilisation has been added with very little change in size, and only a slight increase in weight
  • Sensor – The camera gets a boost in resolution thanks to the same 40.2MP sensor as used in the X-T5 and X-H2
  • Viewfinder – The hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder continues to offer a unique shooting experience
  • Classic design – The X100VI has the same sensor and processor as the X-T5, but with the analogue soul that’s the hallmark the X100 series

Fujifilm X100VI Features

With the same 40.2MP X-Trans 5 sensor and X-Processor 5 as in the excellent Fujifilm X-T5, you get a number of new features in the X100VI. These include subject recognition autofocus and tracking, with birds, planes, and automobiles all being detected. There’s also human face and eye detection, but this is in a separate menu setting, which is a shame.

The Fujifilm X100 VI in front of the X-T5.
The Fujifilm X100 VI in front of the X-T5.

Thanks to that 40MP sensor, you can now use 1.4x and 2.0x digital teleconverter options and still get useful resolution images. The 1.4x teleconverter gives 20MP files and 50mm equivalent view, whilst the 2.0x teleconverter gives 10MP at 70mm equivalent.

The new processor allows for 20% reduced power consumption. However, the new in-body image stabilisation system, which gives up to 6 stops of shake reduction, does use some of this power. Overall, this means that battery life is slightly improved at 450 shots vs 420 shots on the X100V (when using the OVF), and is shorter when using the EVF or LCD screen. The same NP-126S battery is employed as in many other Fujifilm models, including the previous two generations of X100.

The new IBIS system adds 48g to the weight, which is now 521g with battery and memory card, compared to 473g for the X100V. The camera is also 2mm thicker overall, with a slightly more prominent lens that’s 1.5mm longer at the front. The body is a negligible 0.5mm thicker.

The Fujifilm X100 VI in black.
The Fujifilm X100 VI top in black.

Other dimensions remain the same, making the camera still compatible with all the same accessories as before, including cases, straps, and so on. It’s also compatible with the existing screw-on wide-angle and tele-convertors. The camera body has the same level of weather sealing as the X100V, which means it’s still necessary to add a lens adapter or filter kit for complete protection.

There are now 20 film simulations available, with REALA ACE being the latest to join the line-up. You can shoot at 11fps using the mechanical leaf shutter, or up to 20fps with the electronic shutter. The fastest shutter speed is an incredible 1/180,000s when using the electronic shutter.

Fujifilm X100VI in hand. Photo Andy Westlake

Like the X-T5, the camera features AI Auto White Balance, which uses AI deep learning to give you improved colour reproduction. You also get the option of Warm, Auto and Cool auto white balance to suit the mood of the scene, or simply your preferred look.

Design and handling

Externally, the X100VI uses much the same classic styling and layout as before. It has dials on top for shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation, plus aperture and manual focus rings around the lens. There’s a small joystick on the back to move the focus point and change settings, and a fairly minimal array of other buttons.

The Fujifilm X100 VI in black.
The Fujifilm X100 VI in black.

You also get the X100 line’s unique hybrid viewfinder, which can be switched between electronic and optical views, with the latter giving an experience much like a classic rangefinder camera, but with the latest AF features.

The Hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder lets you switch between the optical view (left), and the electronic view (right). The OVF lets you see what’s outside of the frame as well as what’s inside the frame. JW

The optical / electronic viewfinder is a truly unique experience, letting you choose between a great optical viewfinder or a great electronic viewfinder, with the added bonus of an electronic overlay if wanted over the optical view. You can even have a small digital EVF in the corner of the optical viewfinder showing a magnified view of the focus area. The switch on the front of the camera lets you switch between the different viewfinder modes and displays, and the central button can also be customised.

Fujifilm X100VI optical/electronic viewfinder with dioptre adjustment. Photo Andy Westlake

In comparison there are very few current digital cameras of any kind of optical viewfinder outside of the DSLR, and digital rangefinder. This means your choices tend to be at the very budget end of the market, with the charm-full Camp Snap Camera, or at the very top of the budget, with the somewhat eye-wateringly expensive Leica cameras.

Below the viewfinder is a super-slim and flush-fitting tilting screen, which is great for discreet shooting. This all makes it an absolute delight to use.

Fujifilm X100VI in use. Photo: Andy Westlake

The top dials remain the same as the X100V, and similarly all allow the dedicated dials to change settings, such as aperture, shutter, and IS. Alternatively, you can control these settings with the front and rear command wheels as needed; except for the exposure compensation dial. The top right button can be customised.

The shutter speed dial is found on top, with shutter speeds from 1/4000s to 1 with A (automatic) as well as T/B. With this set to T you can adjust the shutter speed using the command wheel. The exposure compensation dial is not locking, and therefore can potentially be knocked accidentally; though I didn’t find this a huge problem.

The top shutter and ISO speed dial, with the exposure compensation dial and shutter release. Photo Andy Westlake

The ISO speed dial – to adjust this, you pull the dial up, and the window shows you the setting. You can leave this set to A for automatic, or control the ISO speed using the command wheel. As you need to pull up the dial to adjust this, this means that when it’s down, it’s locked into place. If you do use the shutter speed dial to set the shutter speed, then this can end up in the wrong place, making it more difficult to read the ISO speed setting.

When taking pictures, the camera gives a pleasingly quiet and sophisticated shutter release sound, thanks to the leaf shutter. You can also choose from three electronic shutter noises, and adjust the volume level.

Fujifilm X100VI from the top. Photo Andy Westlake

The aperture ring gives direct markings from f/2.0 to f/16, with one-third steps in-between, and at the end of this is the A (for automatic) setting. When both the aperture and shutter speed are set to A, you can adjust the shutter speed / aperture setting from the camera’s command dials, if you want to.

The manual focus ring – this can be customised to your own tastes, as needed, so you can set it to adjust the film simulation mode, or the digital zoom/crop setting, for example. This is an electronic focus by wire ring, so when using it for manual focus, there is no physical stop at the end of each focus point.

Fujifilm X100VI rear. Photo Andy Westlake

The Q / Quick menu button is quite small, but something you quickly get used to. When you press this you bring up the quick menu (as shown above), and this gives quick access to a number of different settings. As the camera has direct access the main shooting controls, you shouldn’t need to use this too much, but if you do then you can quickly navigate using the joystick and command wheel to change settings. You can also use the touch-screen to select and adjust settings, however, this feels a little bit slower.

The menus are relatively clear, but can take a while to navigate. There’s some slowness when switching from the photo menus to the setup menus as the camera will pause for a split second to close the shutter and OVF. There’s also an even longer delay when switching into the video resolution settings. This was the same on the X100V, and it seems strange that these parts of the camera still feel slow and not as polished. Like other cameras, there’s a ‘MyMenu’ section where you can add your favourite settings, for quicker access, however, it’s a shame there’s no search function.

Fujifilm X100VI Performance and Image Quality

Here are a range of sample photos from the new camera taken in a variety of different real-world shooting situations.

Sample Photo, taken indoors, in low-light, handheld, levels adjusted.
X100VI · f/2 · 1/34s · 23mm · ISO200

With in-body image stabilisation (IBIS), the camera moves the sensor to compensate for any camera movement. I was able to get sharp shots when shooting handheld at shutter speeds as slow as 1/8s and 1/4s. At slower speeds than this images were blurred for me. However, your own results may differ depending on how stable you can hold the camera.

Fujifilm X100VI – Little trinkets, Velvia. Photo Joshua Waller
X100VI · f/2 · 1/34s · 23mm · ISO125

It’s difficult or in fact impossible to talk about Fujifilm colour without talking about the film simulation modes, of which there are now 20, with REALA ACE joining the collection. You also have black and white filters, for the vintage look.

Fujifilm X100VI – Green garden scene – Velvia film simulation. Photo Joshua Waller
X100VI · f/2.8 · 1/120s · 23mm · ISO250

However, the film simulations are just part of the conversation, as you can go beyond this and adjust a whole host of other settings that effect the colour and look of images, with options to add grain, etc.

If this sounds like a daunting task, then you can look up film “recipes” online, where you’ll find the settings to change to recreate your favourites from film days from other film companies, and beyond.

Lens performance

I was wondering if the Fujinon 23mm F2.0 II lens would be able to work well with a 40MP sensor, as the higher resolution sensor is likely to make any lens weaknesses all the more obvious.

Fujifilm X100IV buildings in Tokyo. Photo Joshua Waller
X100VI · f/3.2 · 1/160s · 23mm · ISO125

However, my concerns were very quickly gone, and I can confirm that the lens is capable of resolving an impressive level of detail, across the entire frame, as you can see in the photo above. When viewing at 100 percent, the fine details remain crisp and clear even in to the corners of the frame.

If you do view images at 100 percent, then you can see some signs of chromatic aberrations, with purple fringing becoming visible, particularly towards the corners of the frame. However, this was not a huge problem, and is easily corrected if needed in image editing software.

Close up Cherry Blossom. Photo Joshua Waller
X100VI · f/3.2 · 1/160s · 23mm · ISO125

You can focus on subjects that are 10cm away from the front of the lens, and this gives some pleasing results. The background blur / bokeh looks very pleasing as well, helping separate the subject.

There’s a 4-stop ND filter built-in, and this can be used when needed to reduce the shutter speed in stills and in video. When using this, there does appear to be a slight colour shift, with the photo produced having a cooler tone.

Waterfall, using Velvia film simulation. Photo Joshua Waller
X100VI · f/2.8 · 1/140s · 23mm · ISO125

Exposure is reliable, with very little need to adjust the exposure compensation, except for your own personal preferences. Dynamic range captured in JPEG images straight out of the camera, is good, although if you do want more then you can adjust the DR settings with DR100, DR200 and DR400 options available.

Photoshoot, Velvia. Photo Joshua Waller
X100VI · f/4 · 1/240s · 23mm · ISO125

Video recording

You can record 6.2K video at 30fps, but you can also record 4K 30fps video down-sampled from 6.2K giving additional detail. You can also record 4K up to 60fps, if you want regular 4K, not down-sampled from 6.2K. The stabilisation system works fairly well, but for best results you do need steady hands, and it does not appear to match other camera systems. An additional electronic stabilisation can be switched on which helps.

Without a mode dial on the camera, to switch to the video mode you use the drive mode button, and scroll to the video mode. It’s not the most elegant way to switch to a video mode, and it feels like the X100VI’s primary aim is as a stills photography camera.

Fujifilm X100VI Verdict

The X100VI is, without doubt, a gorgeous and highly desirable camera, and one that that remains up there with one of the most beautiful digital cameras ever made. But with the new model, you also get Fujifilm’s latest technological advancements, with advanced subject detection tracking.

A cat statue, taken in Japan. Photo Joshua Waller
X100VI · f/2.8 · 1/105s · 23mm · ISO250

The X100 series has already reached cult status with the 4-year-old X100V, and it’s difficult to see how this will change with the X100VI. It’s an enjoyable camera to look at, an enjoyable camera to hold, and an enjoyable camera to shoot photos with. The photos you get back look great too, although whether you need 40MP or 26MP will be up to you.

With Fujifilm’s track record of beautiful colour science, via its Film Simulation modes, this will be a camera that’s capable of delivering the goods, time and time again. If you are looking for a fixed lens compact, then there’s very little to dislike here, and a lot to love.

The Fujifilm X100 VI in silver or black.
The Fujifilm X100 VI in silver or black.

However, whilst the compact 35mm equivalent f/2 lens isn’t the fastest in the world in terms of focusing speeds, it is plenty quick enough for the majority of shots, and gives an improvement over the X100V’s focusing speeds. If you are happy with a fixed lens, then you’ll be rewarded with something special. If you’ve been turned cold by cameras that have no soul, then this is one hell of a camera.

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Additional Fujifilm X100VI Sample Photos:

Fujifilm X100VI with ACROS + Green Filter film simulation. Photo Joshua Waller
X100VI · f/2 · 1/34s · 23mm · ISO640
Sample Photo, taken indoors, in low-light, straight out of camera.
X100VI · f/2 · 1/34s · 23mm · ISO160
Sample Photo, showing plenty of detail is captured.
X100VI · f/2.2 · 1/60s · 23mm · ISO125

Fujifilm X100VI Full Specifications

Sensor40MP X-Trans CMOS 5, 23.5mm x 15.7mm
Output size7728 x 5152
Lens35mm equivalent, f/2
Shutter speeds30 sec – 1/4000sec (mechanical); 30sec – 1/180,000sec electronic
SensitivityISO 125-12,800 (standard), ISO 64-51,200 (extended)
Exposure modesPASM
MeteringMulti / Spot / Average / Center Weighted
Exposure comp+/- 5EV on 0.3EV steps
Continuous shooting11fps (mechanical shutter); 20fps with electronic shutter and 1.29x crop
Screen3in, 1.62-dot tilting touchscreen
ViewfinderHybrid optical/electronic; 0.52x OVF, 3.69m-dot, 0.66x OLED EVF
AF points117 or 425
Video6K 30p, 4K 60p, Full HD 240p
External mic2.5mm stereo
Memory cardUHS-I SD
PowerNP-W126S Li-ion
Battery life450 shots
Dimensions128 x 74.8 x 55.3mm