Fujifilm announces X100V

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Fujifilm have announced the fifth iteration of the retro-styled X100 fixed lens compact - the X100V.

Externally the new camera keeps the look and of its three-year-old predecessor, and although it features the same APS-C sensor, it's now the latest 26MP X-Trans unit first seen on the X-T3 and X-Pro3.

Like the four generations before it, it features the same 23mm f/2 lens, although Fuji says this has been redesigned to improve close-up and corner performance. There's also a new higher res viewfinder and an OLED rear LCD (as opposed to the LCD on older models), which for the first time in the series flips out. 

There's also improvements to the camera's weatherproofing, although Fuji says this is reliant on fitting the AR-X100 filter ring and a filter to the front of the lens. Video features also get a significant boost, making the X100 the first in the series that could be considered a viable option for video duties. It gains 4K at up to 30 fps, or 1080P at 120 fps as well as F-Log internal recording. 

With the electronic shutter, burst speeds of up to 20 fps are possible (or 11fps with the mechanical shutter). The X100V also inherits an improved autofocus system, with on-sensor phase detection AF able to take advantage of a new processor, the X-Processor 4 for faster AF. There's also improved battery life, up to a claimed 350 shots when using the EVF (up from the X100F's 270 shots).

All these additions suggest a camera that could make the X100V almost a mini X-Pro3, and the most significant improvement to the series yet.

The Fuji X100V will be available in February 2020 for $2,349 from all usual photographic retailers. In the meantime, you can find out more about the new camera at Fujifilm. 

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