Fujifilm X100VI Could Be the Best Camera for Almost Everyone

  • Fujifilm will announce the X100VI in February.
  • It will have in-body image stabilization and a 40-megapixel sensor.
  • These new features will turn digital zoom into a legit workaround for the X100’s single-lens design.


Fujifilm x100v.

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Fujifilm’s X100V launched in 2020, and it was an instant hit. Small, extremely capable, and beyond cute, it was almost perfect. Now, with its forthcoming sequel, the X100VI, it may actually achieve perfection.


The current X100V is the latest in Fujifilm’s X100 series, a line of retro-styled fixed-lens cameras that let photographers control all the important parameters-focus, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, with knobs and dials. Despite many flaws, the original was immediately popular, a camera you could just use and not think too much about. The next version, the X100VI, is hotly rumored to arrive on February 20, 2024, and will add two features that mitigate some of the compromises: image stabilization and a bigger 40-megapixel sensor.


“These are great additions to what is already a really great line of cameras. I don’t think that any camera is perfect, per se. After all, there are always specific needs that vary from person to person. However, when it comes to all-around usefulness, these improvements will make this camera more perfect for a far greater number of people,” professional photographer William Don told Lifewire via email.



All the Single Lenses

Before we get to why in-body image stabilization (IBIS) and a 40MP sensor make such a difference, let’s look at what makes the X100 series so great and what it lacks. As mentioned above, the X100 is both pocketable (we’re talking jacket pocket, not jeans here) and capable. It also uses Fujifilm’s film simulations, which give beautiful JPGs right out of the camera, based on Fujifilm’s decades of experience making B&W and color film.



And, of course, the camera is just beautifully designed. It’s easy to use but also looks great hanging around your neck. This combination of great looks and great results led to the X100V becoming a TikTok sensation a couple of years back, and Fujifilm struggled so much to keep up with demand that it actually stopped taking new orders.


So, if the current X100V is so perfect, how could it possibly be improved with the X100VI? Well, one of its design compromises is that it has a single, fixed 23mm lens. You can screw adapters into the front, but that kind of ruins the whole small-camera vibe. The easiest way to “zoom in” on an image, then, is to use a digital zoom, which chops out the central part of the picture and throws away the rest. The problem is that you lose quite a bit of resolution from the X100V’s 26.1 MP sensor.


Enter the 40 MP sensor that Fujifilm already uses in some of its other cameras. This allows for higher-resolution images in general, but the X100 series doesn’t really need that. It does allow you to crop away a bunch of pixels to achieve a digital zoom, though, and still get a good, sharp photo with plenty of detail.


But a higher-resolution sensor brings its own technical troubles. When you zoom in, either with a crop or by putting a long telephoto lens on the camera, you accentuate any camera movement, which turns into blurred pictures.



Fujifilm’s X100V camera.

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If you have ever used high-powered binoculars, you’ll know how hard it is to keep the image steady. You can also do a test right now. Open up the camera app on your phone and zoom to the maximum. Then, try to train it on a faraway object and see how much the image shakes.



In Body Experience

This is why cameras with lots of megapixels need IBIS. It detects the shakes of your hands and corrects for them by shifting the camera sensor. The result is much sharper images. It’s even more important in low light, where slower shutter speeds capture blur with chronic enthusiasm.


“Its combination of in-body image stabilization and a larger 40MP sensor in a compact body is remarkable. The addition of IBIS is a game-changer in small cameras. It significantly improves image quality in low-light conditions and when shooting handheld, expanding the range of situations where the camera can excel. The 40MP sensor, on the other hand, offers exceptional detail and resolution, making it suitable for everything from street photography to detailed landscapes,” professional photographer Jeffrey Wang told Lifewire via email.



Fujifilm X100V.

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According to the insider reports from the reliable Fujifilm Rumors site, Fujifilm has managed all this while keeping the X100VI almost as small as the current model.


So we see that Fujifilm has managed, quite cleverly, to overcome the fixed-lens limitation by adding some other modern features, both of which have their own uses in general. We expect the announcement to happen at this year’s Fujifilm Summit in March, and as the owner of an old Fujifilm X100s (the second in the series and still a great camera), I’m very excited about the X100VI. Maybe I’ll even be able to grab one before the TikTok scalpers buy them all up.

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