FUJIFILM Announces X100VI Camera, Now with 40MP Sensor and IBIS

02/20/2024Link27

It’s finally here. FUJIFILM has announced the latest iteration of its ever-popular, stunningly viral compact camera: the X100VI. This is the sixth generation of this camera, which is known for its seamless melding of retro aesthetics, high-performance imaging, and a unique design that includes a hybrid EVF/OVF and a fixed wide-angle lens. The new model brings significant updates to the platform, including the 40MP X-Trans CMOS sensor from the X-H2, 6.2K video recording, improved AF, a new Film Simulation mode, and, for the first time in an X100 body, in-body image stabilization.

FUJIFILM X100VI
FUJIFILM X100VI

The X100V, the VI’s predecessor, was announced almost exactly four years ago. This is a long iteration cycle for a camera series that’s been on FUJIFILM’s roster since 2010. During this time, however, the X100V gained immense popularity, thanks to some prominent exposure across social media during the latter stages of the X100V’s lifecycle. The X100VI is looking to back up the recent surge of attention to the platform with a wealth of tech, inherited from X-Series mirrorless cameras, and a familiar, beloved rangefinder-inspired configuration.

Borrowed from the X-H2, the X100VI gets a significant imaging boost, thanks to this APS-C-format 40.2MP sensor and an X-Processor 5. More than higher-res stills, this sensor-processor combination enables creating 10-bit 6.2K 30p, 4K 60p, or FHD 240p videos, and it works with a newly updated AF algorithm, which uses deep-learning AI technology for faster autofocus and improved subject detection and tracking performance in various lighting conditions.

As expected, the X100VI also includes a new Film Simulation mode—REALA ACE—which brings the total number of simulation modes up to 20, and these creative modes can be used while shooting or applied in post, for photo or for video. For video shooters especially, there are also two F-Log recording options for even more editing and color grading control during post-production.

One of the elements carried over from the previous generation is the built-in 23mm f/2 lens; a 35mm equivalent wide-angle prime that’s the heart and soul of the X100 platform. The fixed focal length gives the camera its character and the bright f/2 maximum aperture makes the camera a champ in low-light conditions. When the environment is bright, the built-in 4-stop ND filter can also be used for more control over your exposures and to enable working with shallow depth of field. Also, one additional benefit of the extra resolution the 40MP sensor provides is due to the new 1.4x and 2x digital teleconverter modes, which can render the effective equivalent focal lengths of 49mm and 70mm, respectively.

One of the major upgrades the X100VI sees is, finally, the inclusion of in-body image stabilization, which can compensate for up to 6 stops of camera shake. This 5-axis sensor-shift mechanism is a major benefit for low-light shooters, helping to keep photos and footage sharp when working with slow shutter speeds.

Tangentially related to the inclusion of IBIS, thankfully, the X100VI is able to accommodate this mechanism without bloating or weighing down the camera body—this new model has the same dimensions as the previous gen (5 x 3 x 2.1") and only weighs 1.5 oz more. It keeps the same NP-W126S battery, too, and manages very similar battery life, compared to its predecessor.

Some of the other assets carried over from the past include the essential Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder that meshes optical and electronic viewing functions together to suit various methods of shooting. The same 3.69m-dot EVF provides clear rendering and playback and benefits the bright, optical finder for a more familiar, retro-minded shooting experience. The rear 3.0" 1.62m-dot touchscreen is the same, as well, featuring a tilting mechanism that’s great for working from high and low angles. Also, in terms of wireless connectivity, the X100VI gains Frame.io Camera to Cloud technology in addition to conventional Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection methods.

The X100VI is an update that I think a lot of photographers and filmmakers will enjoy. The advanced compact camera market is an interesting arena where brands are at their best and most creative—FUJIFILM excels here with its ultra-stylish model that features one of the most unique viewfinders around and now gains an upgraded sensor, top-notch video recording, and image stabilization. Assuming you thrive under the constraints of a fast wide-angle prime lens, and appreciate the rangefinder-esque features, this is an exciting camera that keeps FUJIFILM in a unique place, straddling the classic and contemporary realms.

For more information about the new camera, including additional features, specs, and highlights, be sure to check out the detailed product page for the X100VI. Or drop us a line below, and we’ll do our best to reply to your comments and questions.

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just ordered my kit today. As a lifelong canon user, this will be my first camera out of the canon eco system. If it holds its own, I may even use it professionally. very excited to test it out!

does B&H have enough stock to fulfill orders made as of today?

Unfortunately, The Fuji X100VI is being released in limited quantity and we have not received enough to fulfill all pre orders. We are working closely with Fujifilm to secure inventory to fill all orders as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, we do not have an ETA for new orders at this time. 

Video specs are better, but you still only have SD/SDHC/SDXC cards to output to and no external recording.  Seems to me they could have given it a better battery and connectivity as well if they want to tout the video specs. 

This will make a nice bookend to my original release X-100 I bought in '11.  My Son has now adopted that one. Black this time.

Yes, the FUJIFILM X100VI Digital Camera has the ability to capture black and white images.  The FUJIFILM X100VI Digital Camera has the ability to use multiple Film Simulation modes, including their popular ACROS black & white film modes.  The following Black & White modes are listed under the Specifications tab on Fujifilm's website: ACROS, ACROS + Ye Filter, ACROS + R Filter, ACROS + G Filter, Black & White, Black & White + Ye Filter, Black & White + R Filter, and Black & White + G Filter.  They also have the following Film Simulation Modes: PROVIA/Standard, Velvia/Vivid, ASTIA/Soft, Classic Chrome, REALA ACE, PRO Neg.Hi, PRO Neg.Std, Classic Neg., Nostalgic Neg., ETERNA/Cinema, ETERNA BLEACH BYPASS, and Sepia). 

To me, a major advantage of the 40Mpx sensor is the digital tele - converter.  70mm (35mm equiv) on a camera like this is pretty cool!  

Exactly.  You now have enough resolution in hand.  If you use the screw on teleconverter and go to 1.4x - you are at 50mm. Do the digital teleconvertion and you are 70mm with a 20MP file.  Perfectly good.

I don't understand how disconnected the business and marketing are from understanding of the needs of photographers. It is 2024 and everyone still chases Mpxels like it is 2010. ~20Mpx camera is more than enough for what compact camera should deliver. Now sensor with higher pixel count forces sacrifices in other places and forcing higher prices.  I would rather see Sony a7rV style display. But definitely I would prefer lower price.
How does this camera compare with less expensive Sony a6700? Yes, with a kit lens, it will be more less the same cost, but Sony delivers more features. 
I am still ordering the Fuji, for the compactness and in-camera film emulation, but I think they could put their effort in other places than pixel count. 

Hi, maybe is better for you to find a Fuji X100, old model with a II version lens, but over 20Mpx., so you can invest the remaining money in other gear. Sincerly. Cz 

I think one of the motivating factors for FUJIFILM to use the 40MP sensor is that it's an existing sensor model from their X-H2 and it contains a lot of technical advancements beyond just the higher resolution. This 40MP sensor and the new processor mean video recording specs are better, AF performance is faster, dynamic range and ISO performance should be better, and it's a sensor that's been tested with IBIS. Comparing this camera to the a6700 is tricky since they're pretty different at the core of just the a6700 being an interchangeable lens mirrorless camera and the X100VI having a built-in 23mm f/2. The X100VI has the very unique hybrid viewfinder that the Sony doesn't and the FUJIFILM is simply designed for a different style of shooting than the Sony. The main similarity they have is an APS-C sensor, but things are very different between the two models beyond the size of their sensors.

I'm a Canon shooter, but this camera intrigues me with its form factor, simplicity and that "look."

The X100VI isa great camera built by a consumer directed innovators, however ,to me, it missed the mark. I own 8 Fuji lenses that have become obsolete  if I purchase this camera, and that is not my intent to waste these lenses. I had hope this technology would have been the next XE5 camera that has long been anticipated . I love the range style and have both an XE3 and XE4, So having said that, I see no hope for an XE5 in the future. A fixed lens is not what pro's want, maybe some street photographers, but not for people that have interchangeable lenses.  The cost is reasonable but not for a single lens.Hence why I switched from Nikon to Fuji system and perhaps rethink looking for another brand that will cater to my needs. Thank you

Such a strange comment. How does you owning the lenses to other system relates to this camera?

It didn't miss the mark at all. There's a reason the V sold out completely. If you want an ILC, they have the X-T30.

Can you take lower resolution RAW files?

The FUJIFILM X100VI Digital Camera raw files resolution can not be changed. You can set them to be more compressed. There are three levels you can set; Uncompressed, Lossless Compressed, and Compressed.

No battery update to a camera with power hungry upgrades. We'll be lucky to get 300 shots.

Actually, the new processor uses less power. The CIPA rating is therefore 360 shots -- up 20% from that of the predecessor. Most people get more than that, however, as long as they are careful not to leave the camera turned on when not taking photos.

This new successor looks awesome. I've been waiting for this camera. It's a great upgrade 

Can the IBIS and ND filter be used simultaneously for video? If so, it is in a very small group of cameras that can do both.

Yes, at least according to some early access reviews I've seen on Youtube.

Yes, the IBIS and ND filter can work at the same time during video shooting.