The Best Compact Camera for Street Photography

Fujifilm X100V – TEST

Updated 26 MP sensor offers good noise performance and fast reading, Excellent, highly customizable JPEG mechanism with good detail and noise reduction, and Impressive autofocus in low light.
Limited adjustable buttons with four-way controller elimination, Full autofocus speed still slow
The X100V is one adorable camera with solid professional features. It is light and easily portable, but it also has several manual commands that make dealing with street photography easier. Although it looks identical to the previous model, the X100F, Fujifilm has changed a few essential details. The most obvious change is that the four-button D-pad controller has been removed from the back, as You can do most focus and menu settings with the joystick. This achieves the effect of a more straightforward, cleaner design.
Fujifilm has also added touch sensitivity to the rear screen, which You can now tilt up or down, the most crucial change to the X100V from a street photography perspective. It is much easier to paint “from the hook” or at very low or high angles.


The hybrid viewfinder is essentially the same as the one on the X-Pro3. It is more significant than before and has an OLED display with 3.69 million dots. This means it offers higher brightness and contrast in pure electronic mode, and you get a brighter overlay when using the optical method.
The top and bottom panels of the camera are now made of more durable aluminum instead of magnesium.
The battery is identical, but the life is improved by about 20 percent on 420 images with an optical viewfinder.

Performance

The X100V now uses a 26.1-megapixel sensor and an X-processor 4. It also has an almost silent mechanical central shutter that can be synchronized with the flash at 4,000th of a second speed. This gives the beat a much longer range than other cameras limited to flash sync speeds of up to five-hundredths of a second or less. This means you can take photos on the streets without using an electronic shutter, which minimizes distortion in action photos.

This camera shares the features of fast shooting with “relatives” without mirrors. You can shoot up to 11 fps with a mechanical shutter or 20 fps in silent electronic mode. Those speeds go into the territory of sports or action cameras, which is not bad for a compact camera with a fixed lens. Street photographers also get a quick shutter release option to capture the right moment or expression..
Fujifilm has also improved its face and eye-tracking function.
Not only is it faster and more accurate, but you can choose the person you want to track or let the camera do it automatically.

Image quality

With the new 23mm lens with f / 2.0 aperture and higher resolution sensor, the images produced by the X100V are significantly sharper than before. It’s not only sharper at the f / 8 aperture – it delivers clear images and is wide open as well as a short focal length.
Fujifilm has the best color technology for skin tones, so all images with human subjects look vivid and natural; however, because the camera is so focused on people, the colors of other issues such as food or drinks – although accurate – may look more blurred.
The X100V is not as good as full-format cameras in low light, so photos taken with high ISO will have more noise and may look unsaturated.

Video

Until recently, no one would have thought to make a video with an X100 caliber camera seriously.
It all falls apart with the X100V, which is now the best compact video camera on the market.
You can shoot in 4K resolution at 30 fps or 1080p format at 120 fps for ultra slow-mo.
The camera supports a decent maximum bit rate of 200 Mbps so that you won’t get poor-quality compressed images. 

Conclusion

Fujifilm has spent years and years perfecting its X100 series, and the result is a beautiful X100V camera. You will enjoy it while using it. It also represents the most significant advancement so far from a technical point of view, which is why it helps the Fujifilm brand stand out from the competition in this market.

FUJIFILM X100V Specs
Sensor resolution Effective: 26.1 MP (6240 x 4160)
Aspect ratio 1: 1, 3: 2, 16: 9
Sensor type 23.5 x 15.6 mm (APS-C) CMOS
File Format JPEG, Raw
Lens
Focal length 23 mm
Aperture max f / 2, min f / 16
Exposure control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 160 – 12800 (extended: 80 – 51200)
White balance Automatic scene recognition, color temperature, custom, daylight, fluorescent (cool white), fluorescent (day), fluorescent (warm white), incandescent, shadow, underwater
Video
Recording Modes H.264 / MOV
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) @ 30p [100 – 200 Mbps]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @ 30p [100 – 200 Mbps]
DCI 2K (2048 x 1080) @ 60p [50 – 200 Mbps]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) @ 120p [50 – 200 Mbps]
NTSC / PAL video encoding
Audio recording Built-in Microphone (Stereo)
External microphone input (Stereo)
Viewfinder
Type Electronic (OLED), optical
Resolution 3,690,000 dots
100% viewfinder coverage
Screen
Size 3.0 ″
Resolution 1,620,000 dots
Type LCD touch screen
Built-in flash yes
SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card slot
Connectivity 2.5mm Sub-Mini, HDMI D (Micro), USB Type-C (USB 3.0), Bluetooth Wi-Fi
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery, 8.4 VDC, 1260 mAh (approx. 350 shots)
Dimensions 128 x 74.8 x 53.3 mm
Weight 478 g