Fujifilm X100VI product photo

Last week, I posted a review of my newly acquired Fujifilm X100F, in which I speculated about what the highly anticipated sixth iteration of Fujifilm’s ever-popular X100 line of cameras would have in store for us. And just one week later, with their announcement of the Fujifilm X100VI, Fujifilm has proved each of my (admittedly rather obvious) predictions to be correct.

What’s new in the Fujifilm X100VI?

The predictably named Fujifilm X100VI offers a significant improvement in specifications from the Fujifilm X100V, making it a significantly more powerful tool for both stills and videography. Here are a few of the most impressive updates.

New 40 megapixel sensor

An update that I (and many others) predicted was that the Fujifilm X100VI would feature the higher resolution 40 megapixel sensor found in the Fujifilm X-T5, which completely trumps the 24 megapixel sensor in the Fuji X100F and the 26 megapixel sensor in the X100V. 

This 14 megapixel jump offers, by far, the greatest jump in image resolution in any of Fujifilm X100 line of cameras. This is particularly useful for a compact camera with a fixed prime lens as it will increase one’s ability to zoom and crop into images without any optically obvious drop in image quality.

It could be argued, however, that Fujifilm have missed an opportunity with this, although it could open the door for a potential spin-off version from the X100 line with the 35mm-equivalent lenses. But more on that later [see ‘One update that would change my mind’ later in this post].

Better video thanks to 6-stop IBIS and 6k video

One of the most notable differences between the Fujifilm X100VI and its predecessors is that Fujifilm has made it a much more capable camera for video content. It seems fitting that with the sixth iteration, Fujifilm’s improvements also come in sixes. 

The Fujifilm X100VI offers 6-stop in-body image stabilisation (IBIS), as well as 6k video capabilities at 30 frames per second.

IBIS comparison - X100V and X100VI

It also introduces 4k video at 60 frames per second for the first time, which is likely to be more useful for most of us given that the majority of TVs and monitors aren’t even able to display 6k video in full detail. So if Fuji’s goal was to future-proof this camera, they’ve well and truly succeeded on that front.

New film simulations

My third prediction that came true was that Fujifilm would release new film simulations along with the Fujifilm X100VI. Another fairly obvious one, I will admit, since they’ve literally done this with every new flagship release. 

The Fujifilm X100VI offers 20 JPG film simulations in total, with the newest edition being Reala Ace, a very versatile film simulation with vivid colours and hard tonality. It’s been available on Fujifilm GFX line since last year, and many photographers have been singing its praises since then. 

Lower base ISO

The Fujifilm X100V also offers a new base ISO of 125, again matching that of the Fujifilm X-T5, increasing the sharpness and quality of images with less noise. 

Honestly though, I don’t think this will be too much of a draw for most Fuji shooters. Of course, there are some pixel peepers among us, but I feel like a huge part of our community is made up of people longing for the days when shooting film wouldn’t command half of your annual salary. Many Fuji shooters, myself included, like a bit of grain in their images to reproduce that filmic look, so the lowest possible ISO isn’t going to be that high on our list of priorities. 

And yes, while the lower ISO may allow you to use a slightly slower shutter speed or a wider aperture in very bright light, this has also never really been an issue thanks to the built-in ND filter also found in previous versions of this camera.

That being said, it doesn’t seem like Fuji made any compromises to make this change so, I guess, there’s no harm in having the option, even if it won’t be the most used of the new features.

 

The Fujifilm X100VI vs the X100V

One of these reviews wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include a side-by-side comparison with its main competitors. Given the Fujifilm X100VI’s position in a very small market of digital rangefinders, a market which is almost exclusively occupied by Fujifilm and Leica. 

Since the Leica Q3 is close to 4 times as expensive as the Fujifilm X100VI, however, I won’t be including it in this comparison. For this reason, I will only be comparing it to its most recent predecessor: the immensely popular Fujifilm X100V.

The Fujifilm X100V [released 2020]

Fujifilm X100V vs X100VI

26MP – APS-C BSI-CMOS Sensor

No in-body image stabilisation (IBIS)

ISO 160 – 12800 (expands to 80 – 51200)

35 mm f2.00 Prime Lens

3.00″ Tilting Screen

3690k dot Electronic and Optical (tunnel) viewfinder

4K (DCI) – 3840 x 2160 video resolution

478g. 128 x 75 x 53 mm

The Fujifilm X100VI [released 2024]

Fujifilm X100VI vs X100V prod

40MP – APS-C BSI-CMOS Sensor

6-stop in-body image stabilisation (IBIS)

ISO 125 – 12800 ( expands to 64 – 51200) 

35 mm f2.00 Prime Lens

3.00″ Tilting Screen

3690k dot Electronic and Optical (tunnel) viewfinder

6K – 6240 x 4160 video resolution

521g. 128 x 75 x 55 mm

The Fujifilm X100VI clearly presents a massive step up in terms of its statistics and capabilities. Its higher resolution sensor, introduction of 6-stop IBIS, 6k video and a lower base ISO means that it is a lot better in many situations. 

Its size has stayed virtually the same, though it does come with a more significant jump in weight when compared to any of the previous versions. It also features the same, super-sharp 35mm f2.0 prime lens, the same 3” tilting screen and the same 4k electronic and optical tunnel hybrid viewfinder. 

If the changes brought by the Fujifilm X100VI aren’t going to be the most significant to your or your work, I’d suggest holding off for as long as possible and taking advantage of the eventual drop in X100V’s price. 

It’s no secret that its prices have been inflated to a frankly ridiculous degree since it was placed on back-order due to a chip-shortage, but this is likely going to decrease now that there is a higher spec version available for less than some sellers were charging for a used Fuji X100V.

 

Who should buy / upgrade to the Fujifilm X100VI?

 

The short and most obvious answer is anyone with a spare £1,599 (or $1,599 if you’re buying in the US) and who needs the highest spec and performance out of their camera. This is especially true for anyone who will also use this camera for video-work – for videographers, this upgrade is surely a no-brainer. 

There’s no doubt that, with the X100VI, Fujifilm has created an absolutely fantastic camera that well and truly lives up to its “premium-compact” name. Frankly, it’s difficult to envision a world in which this camera does not rule the affordable (relative to Leica) digital rangefinder market for years to come, so if you’re looking for a future proof option, the Fuji X100VI is your pick. 

That being said, for those with slightly shallower pockets and lower needs in terms of raw performance, there are other, more financially responsible options out there.

 

Why I’m sticking with my Fujifilm X100F

 

Admittedly, my needs from a camera aren’t particularly high. I don’t use it for any video work, I like a film-esque quality and grain in my images, and I’m certainly not a pixel peeper. Of course, I would love some weather sealing or a screen that flips up so I can shoot from waist-level without being completely blind. Does that warrant an upgrade? I don’t think it does.

Hong Kong on Fujifilm X100F
Fujifilm X100F Hong Kong park

I bought my Fujifilm X100F in mint condition with only 1000 shots taken on it for £690. The new X100VI retails for £909 more, which is a hefty price to pay for features I would likely use very rarely. So while the Fujifilm X100VI is a fantastic addition to the line and is undoubtedly a far superior camera to my now 7 year-old X100F, this jump in performance isn’t useful enough to me personally to justify spending more than twice as much on upgrading. 

With that said, I’m not 100% set on this and there is just one change that could ultimately change my mind on this. 

One update that could change my mind

The Fujifilm X100VI, at the time of writing, was announced less than 24 hours ago. Less than a day, and the rumour mills have already started turning. 

One of the potential future changes that has been mentioned, and one that could tempt me away from my Fuji X100F, is the introduction of a wider focal length version of this exact camera. The Fujifilm X100W, perhaps?

The reason this would now make sense is the new, high resolution 40 megapixel sensor. While previous cameras in the X100 line were already good enough to have their images cropped into (see my X100F post), the new sensor takes this ability to another level. This, in my eyes, would open the door to a wider focal length prime lens, such as the 18.5mm lens (28mm full-frame equivalent) found on the Fujifilm X70, the first camera I ever bought [see my review of the X70 here]. 

When travelling, I’ve found myself in some narrow streets where a slightly wider focal length would have been useful.

X100F in Ipoh
X100F on Hong Kong island

And yes, I know that the WCL-X100II wide conversion lens exists, but it does add additional bulk and takes some of the compact-ness away from what is supposed to be a “premium-compact” camera.

So this is one change that could definitely sway me towards an upgrade, but for now, the X100F is all that I need.

 

Wrap up

 

So there we have it, a hastily typed announcement and comparison of one of the most highly anticipated cameras in recent years: the Fujifilm X100VI. 

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