Camera Review: The X100 VI we find out if it's worth the hype!

Camera Review: The X100 VI we find out if it's worth the hype!

2011 seems so long ago since Fujifilm sparked interest in a humble mirrorless rangefinder called the X100. Fast forward six generations, thirteen years, and the X100VI has been announced, reigniting the fanfare of all new and previous X100, X100S, X100T, X100F and X100V owners.


As a rangefinder, the X100VI mirrorless camera continues the theme of being a welcome reprieve to DSLR and mirrorless shooters looking to retire their system cameras for a day, year or for good. Plus, in the new camera, there's a whole lot more we'll cover in our latest video and extended article, which dives deep into the imaging capabilities, autofocus, video functionality, stabilisation, connectivity, film simulations and the range of must-have accessories.

To put the X100VI camera through its paces, Andrew spent some time with Fujifilm Australia's Charlie Blevins, and the results were amazing.


Key Features

  • 40.2MP BSI X-Trans CMOS 5 HR Sensor for stunning image quality.
  • Powerful X-Processor 5 for accurate focus and fast processing.
  • AI Auto Focus subject detection and eye tracking for capturing moving subjects.
  • 6.2K/30p, 4K/60p movie & 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording to extend your creative vision.
  • Up to 6.0 stops In-Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS) for stable handheld shooting.
  • New Fujifilm XApp plus now with built-in for connecting and sharing to smartphones.
  • 20 Film Simulations for creative results straight out of the camera.

Advanced Imaging Capabilities

As a general rule of thumb, it's always a good idea to find out what's inside the camera, fueling the speed and image quality. Fortunately for Fujifilm, their reputation in supplying quality electronics in this sixth-generation model isn't at fault.


At the heart of the X100VI lies the same X-T5 sensor, a 40.2MP BSI X-Trans CMOS 5 HR beast powered by the X-Processor 5, making this a sure bet for the highest image quality and accurate focus. As a result, photographers and now filmmakers can easily capture every nuance of their subjects with precision in almost any lighting condition thanks to the sensor's backside-illuminated design, which enhances low-light performance.

Enhanced Video Tracking Capabilities

Building upon its cutting-edge autofocus technology, the X100VI introduces a seamless integration of subject tracking within its video recording functionalities. By employing the AF-C (Continuous Autofocus) mode in tandem with the Wide/Tracking autofocus setting, users are afforded the luxury of simply selecting their desired subject directly on the rear LCD screen. Once selected, the X100VI diligently maintains focus on the chosen object, adeptly handling scenarios where the scene is populated with multiple moving subjects.


This focus advancement not only simplifies the process of capturing videos in complex environments but also elevates the quality of the footage by ensuring the main subject remains in sharp focus throughout the recording. This feature is particularly beneficial in dynamic settings where the subject's movement is unpredictable, mirroring the camera's prowess in still photography to its video capabilities.

Expanded Video Functionality

Expanding its creative versatility, the X100VI boasts impressive video capabilities, including a higher 6.2K/30p for fluid movement and 4K/60p for capturing faster action at broadcast quality. If you plan on using the X100VI as a second shooter, you will have the capability to record internally at 4:2:2 10-bit, ensuring there's greater control over quality and colour grading when post-processing.

Enhanced Stability with IBIS

Something many X100 users have been waiting for is the in-build Image Stabilisation, or IBIS for short. Fortunately, the wait is over, as this sixth-generation camera is capable of up to six stops of compensation, making handheld shooting the new standard. The onboard IBIS feature will now significantly reduce camera shake, ensuring you gain the sharpest images and smoothest video footage without the need for a tripod or monopod. Plus, you'll find this a handy tool when shooting in low-light conditions or when using slow shutter speeds.

Seamless Connectivity

With the X100VI, connectivity reaches new heights. Gone are the days of getting frustrated trying to connect your X Series camera to the Fujifilm Camera Remote app. Now, the New Fujifilm XApp shares content seamlessly. The setup is simple and easy; if you are unsure how to do this, speak to one of Georges's team, and we can take you through the process.


In addition to the smarter XApp connectivity, the Fujifilm X100VI is the world's first camera to integrate the camera to the cloud natively.

Creative Expression Through Film Simulations

If you're an avid fan of Fujifilm colours, then the 20 film simulation modes tick all the right boxes. These simulations offer photographers a broad palette for creative expression, allowing for stunning results straight out of the camera. From the vivid colours of Velvia to the classic tones of Acros, the X100VI encourages artistic exploration.


The X100VI's suite of 20 Film Simulation modes is a tribute to Fujifilm's 90-year legacy in colour science, digitally embodying the essence of classic photographic film stocks. This collection now includes the REALA ACE mode, a testament to Fujifilm's innovative approach to colour reproduction. These modes not only replicate the iconic colours and tones Fujifilm is celebrated for but also empower photographers to infuse their work with distinct artistic qualities, paving the way for the creation of a unique photographic legacy.


FUJIFILM's colour science has adeptly transitioned the nuanced art of film image quality design into the digital realm, a journey that began with the inception of film simulation in 2004. This digital alchemy offers photographers the thrill of film photography, sparking creativity and broadening the horizons of photographic expression. It encapsulates the company's foundational commitment to image quality, marrying the unpredictability and character of film photography with the precision and flexibility of digital imaging.


The X100VI's film simulations span a wide array of photographic styles and preferences. The PROVIA/STANDARD mode, modelled after FUJICHROME PROVIA, offers balanced colour reproduction for a broad spectrum of subjects, embodying versatility. Velvia/VIVID, inspired by the ultra-vivid FUJICHROME Velvia, delivers richer and more saturated colours, making it a go-to choice for landscape photographers seeking intensity and contrast.


ASTIA/SOFT, based on FUJICHROME ASTIA, is tailored for fashion and portrait photography, prioritising the soft and authentic reproduction of skin tones while enhancing the vividness of skies and foliage. CLASSIC CHROME mimics the muted tones and stark contrasts found in 20th-century documentary photography, perfect for capturing the grit and realism of the human condition. REALA ACE, the latest addition, offers a balanced reproduction of colours with pronounced tonality, adaptable to various subjects and lighting conditions.


For portrait photographers, PRO Neg. Hi, derived from PRO160NH film, provides a subtle emphasis on shadows in challenging lighting, ensuring depth and definition. CLASSIC Neg., based on SUPERIA film, introduces a high-contrast aesthetic that adjusts colour tones for added depth, making it ideal for dynamic and expressive imagery. NOSTALGIC Neg. aims to replicate the warmth and emotion of vintage photographs, with rich shadow colours and softened midtones and highlights.


ACROS, renowned for its super-fine grain and rich detail, brings the textured nuances of monochrome photography to life, making it an excellent choice for those who appreciate the timeless quality of black-and-white imagery. ETERNA/CINEMA, designed for the silver screen, offers a subdued palette and gentle tonal gradation, ideal for achieving cinematic quality in stills.


Beyond these film simulations, the X100VI extends creative possibilities with additional features like film grain effects, allowing for the emulation of traditional high-ISO textures, and the Color Chrome Effect, which enhances vibrancy and detail in saturated colours. These tools, together with the ability to fine-tune colour depth, clarity, and tonal contrasts, invite photographers to fully customise their visual storytelling, ensuring that each image captured with the X100VI is a distinct piece of art.

Final Thoughts

If you have been looking to upgrade from a previous X100 series camera, then this model will be a welcome arrival. The combination of increased resolution, improvements in autofocus, body design, video recording, stabilisation, connectivity, and creative expression all work together to ensure this is a complete package. You'll find the lightweight form makes this an exceptionally great fit if you plan on using it for capturing travels, documenting events, scenes on the street, or real-world events as a photojournalist. There are multiple colours available, so ensure you place your order early to avoid disappointment.

Recommended Accessories For The Fujifilm X100VI

Filters and Hoods

NiSi Filter System for Fujifilm X100/X100S/X100T/X100V (Professional Kit)

Designed specifically for the Fujifilm X100 series, this filter system extends the photographic capabilities of the X100VI by providing advanced light manipulation, colour correction, and protection against the elements without compromising image quality. Its precision engineering ensures a perfect fit, enabling photographers to capture images with improved clarity and contrast. It is an indispensable tool for both professional and enthusiast photographers seeking to elevate their photographic expression with the Fujifilm X100VI.

Nisi 49mm S+ MC CPL Filter

This circular polarising filter utilises multi-coating technology to ensure maximum optical clarity and colour fidelity, allowing photographers to capture vivid landscapes and scenes with enhanced contrast and saturation. Its slim profile minimises vignetting, making it a perfect fit for the X100VI's lens, and the high-quality construction ensures durability and reliability in various shooting conditions.

NiSi Close-Up Lens Kit NC 58mm

The NiSi Close-Up Lens Kit NC 58mm, equipped with 49mm and 52mm adaptors, is an ideal accessory for the Fujifilm X100VI, significantly expanding its macro photography capabilities. This close-up lens kit enables the camera to focus on subjects at closer distances than 10cm, capturing intricate details with outstanding clarity and sharpness.

NiSi 49mm True Color ND-VARIO Pro Nano 1-5 Stops Variable ND

The NiSi ND variable filter allows 1 to 5 stops of latitude and enables photographers to fine-tune the amount of light entering the lens, facilitating the capture of motion blur and shallow depth of field effects with precision. Engineered with True Colour technology, it preserves the natural hues and minimises colour cast, ensuring the images captured with the X100VI retain their vividness and accuracy.

Fujifilm X100VI Batteries

Fujifilm NP-W126s Battery

Nothing beats the original. Fujifilm's X100VI compatible lithium-ion battery ensures you get improved heat management when compared to the older NP-W126 battery. With a 1260mAH rating, you'll get approximately 360 photos using the EVF, or if you prefer to use the less power-hungry optical viewfinder, this increases to roughly 450 photos.

Jupio Fujifilm NP-W126s Battery

Similar to the Fujifilm official accessory, the Jupio NP-W126s supplies the same 1260mAH rating. User experience says this is a popular option for anyone wanting to get multiple additional batteries as there is a cost saving. Plus, if you are wondering whether you should drain these completely before recharging, it doesn't matter, as they contain 100% memory-free cells for maximum reliability.

Chargers and Power Banks To Suit The Fujifilm X100VI

Hahnel Pro Cube 2 Professional Charger

The Hahnel Pro Cube 2 Professional Charger stands out as an essential accessory for Fujifilm X100VI users, offering a fast and efficient charging solution for the camera's batteries. Its capability to charge two batteries simultaneously ensures that photographers can spend more time capturing moments and less time waiting for batteries to recharge.

Nitecore FX3 Qc Fast Charge

Designed to meet the demands of photographers who require quick and efficient power management, this charger is tailored to rapidly charge Fujifilm batteries, significantly reducing downtime between shooting sessions. Its 2-hour Quick Charge (QC) capability ensures that batteries reach full capacity in a fraction of the time taken by standard chargers. Plus, an intelligent USB charging management system that automatically applies the correct charging current and prevents damage caused by improperly inserted batteries.

Nitecore NPB1 Power Bank

The Nitecore NPB1 Power Bank is a rugged, waterproof, portable power solution designed for outdoor enthusiasts and photographers alike. With its 5000mAh capacity, it offers ample power for the X100VI during extended adventures. Its durability is underscored by an IP68 rating, making it dustproof and submersible up to 2 metres, ensuring reliability in harsh weather conditions or challenging environments.

Recommended Flash & Lighting Equipment for the X100VI

Godox Lux Junior

The Godox Lux Junior is a compact, versatile flash designed for photographers who demand mobility without sacrificing performance. Its sleek, retro design not only complements the aesthetic of cameras like the Fujifilm X100VI but also offers intuitive ease of use, making it perfect for on-the-go photography. With adjustable power settings and a built-in diffuser, it provides balanced, natural-looking lighting in any situation.

Pilotcine AtomCUBE ARX7D

The Pilotcine AtomCUBE ARX7D is an exceptional lighting solution for Fujifilm X100VI photographers, especially those engaged in video production or creative photography requiring precise control over lighting conditions. This LED panel offers adjustable colour temperature and RGB modes, enabling users to fine-tune the lighting ambience to match their creative vision.

In the colour temperature mode, the dimming of the light ranges from 0 to 100%, and it also has a high CRI of 95 and a high TLCI of 99, which can achieve excellent accuracy of colour rendering. Its compact size and wireless control functionality make it highly adaptable for on-location shoots, providing versatility without adding bulk to your gear.


Zhiyun Molus G60 60W Bi-Colour COB Light

This versatile lighting tool is designed to cater to the diverse needs of Fujifilm X100 series users. The small compact light offers a bi-colour temperature range from 2700K to 6500K, allowing users to seamlessly adjust the lighting warmth or coolness to match the ambient environment or create a specific mood in their imagery. The design of the Molus G60 ensures a uniform and soft light output, which is ideal for portrait photography, minimising harsh shadows and enhancing the natural beauty of the subjects.

Hahnel Products

The Hahnel Captur Remote Control and Flash Trigger for Fuji Mount, alongside the Hahnel Remote Shutter Release PRO 280, offer Fujifilm X100VI photographers an unparalleled level of control and flexibility in their shooting sessions.

The Captur Remote Control allows for wireless triggering of flashes and cameras, facilitating creative lighting setups and compositions without being physically tethered to the camera. This is particularly useful for capturing high-quality images in challenging environments or for creative compositions.

Meanwhile, the PRO 280 Remote Shutter Release adds the convenience of remote camera operation, enabling sharp, shake-free images, especially in long exposure and time-lapse photography.


Mounting Accessories For Fujifilm X100 Series

Tilta Tiltaing Adjustable Cold Shoe Accessory Mounting Bracket - Tactical Gray

This strong bracket is a highly beneficial accessory for Fujifilm X100VI users, particularly those looking to expand their camera's accessory compatibility. Its design allows for the secure mounting of various accessories, such as microphones, lights, or additional cameras, directly onto the X100VI.

This versatility is crucial for photographers and videographers who require a compact yet flexible setup. The adjustable nature of the bracket ensures that it can be tailored to fit the specific needs of each shooting scenario, enhancing the camera's usability without compromising its portability.

Audio Equipment For The Fujifilm X100VI

DJI Mic 2 with 2 Transmitters, Receiver and Charging Case

The DJI Mic 2 system, featuring two transmitters, a receiver, and a charging case, is an invaluable tool for Fujifilm X100VI users engaged in video production or any project requiring superior audio quality. This microphone system ensures crystal-clear sound capture from two sources simultaneously, making it perfect for interviews, vlogs, and multimedia projects where dual audio channels are essential.

The compact receiver effortlessly mounts on the X100VI, maintaining the camera's portability while significantly enhancing its audio recording capabilities. The inclusion of a charging case not only provides convenient storage but also ensures that the microphones are always ready for use, offering extended shooting sessions without the worry of battery depletion.

Rode Wireless PRO

This system stands out for its compact, lightweight design and the ease with which it can be integrated into the X100VI setup, ensuring mobility is not compromised. It delivers clear, broadcast-quality audio, which is crucial for interviews, documentaries, and filmmaking, where clarity and audio fidelity cannot be compromised. The Rode Wireless Pro's plug-and-play functionality makes it user-friendly for both seasoned professionals and those new to audio equipment, making it an essential accessory for the X100VI.

RODE VideoMicro II Ultracompact Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone for Cameras and Smartphones

This camera-mounted shotgun microphone significantly enhances the audio recording capabilities of the Fujifilm X100VI, making it an ideal choice for content creators who prioritise portability without sacrificing sound quality. Its directional shotgun design focuses on the audio in front of the camera, reducing background noise and capturing clear, crisp sound. This feature is particularly beneficial for vloggers, interviewers, and filmmakers who require precise audio capture in a variety of settings.

The VideoMicro II's plug-and-play operation, requiring no batteries, ensures ease of use and compatibility with the X100VI, making it a straightforward solution for improving video production.

Fujifilm X100VI Recommended Cases

Small Cases To Suit The X100VI

Searching for a snug fit for your X100VI camera?

The Fujifilm BLC-X100V Leather Case and the Long Weekend Camera Pouch offer tailored protection and style for the Fujifilm X100VI, blending functionality with aesthetics.

The BLC-X100V, crafted specifically for compatibility with the X100 series, encases the camera in premium leather, safeguarding it against impacts and scratches while maintaining access to the camera's controls and battery compartment. This case not only enhances the camera's durability but also complements its classic design.

Alternatively, the Long Weekend Camera Pouch, available in black or cosmic purple, provides a more versatile solution with its padded interior and weather-resistant exterior, ensuring the X100VI is protected in various environments. Its compact size and choice of colours cater to photographers seeking a combination of protection, convenience, and personal expression.

Medium Cases For The X100 Series

The Long Weekend Sling and the Moment Fanny Sling 1L are medium-sized case solutions recommended for Fujifilm X100VI users seeking a blend of convenience, style, and protection.

The Long Weekend Sling, available in Creme Multi and Cosmic Purple, offers a fashionable and functional way to carry the X100VI, along with additional accessories, ensuring everything is within reach. Its design prioritises both aesthetics and accessibility, making it a perfect match for photographers on the move.

On the other hand, the Moment Fanny Sling 1L, available in Black, Olive, or Black Ripstop, provides a rugged, versatile carrying option. Its compact yet efficient design is ideal for those who prefer minimalism without compromising on protection or storage capacity.


The Best Large Cases For Fujifilm’s X100VI Camera

If you want to fit more in your bag due to a longer trip or adventure abroad, the Peak Design Everyday Sling 3L v2 and the Tenba AXIS V2 4L Sling Bag are both good choices for anyone requiring more space for additional camera accessories.

The Peak Design Sling, available in Black and Ash, offers a sleek, minimalist design with customisable dividers for the X100VI and accessories, ensuring everything is secure yet readily accessible. Its weatherproof exterior and innovative strap system provide comfort and protection in any environment.

The Tenba AXIS V2, in Black and Multicam Black, appeals to those seeking rugged durability and tactical aesthetics. It features MOLLE webbing for additional attachments and a padded interior that safeguards equipment against impacts.

Camera Straps

Neck Straps That Work With The X100VI

Finding the right strap is a mission, especially when it comes to a stylish camera like the X100VI. To appeal to fashionistas while catering to functionality and comfort, we can honestly recommend two straps: the Peak Design Leash, available in Black, Midnight, Ash, and Sage or the Long Weekend Adjustable Camera Neck Strap.


The Peak Design option offers a versatile, ultra-lightweight design with an innovative anchor link system that allows for quick and secure attachment to the X100VI. Its adjustability and durability make it suitable for all-day use, regardless of the shooting environment.


On the other hand, the Long Weekend Adjustable Camera Neck Strap, available in Black and Creme Multi, features a unique, stylish design that stands out for its aesthetic appeal and comfort.


Hand Straps

For anyone looking for a shorter strap that fits comfortably around the wrist, there are two options, the Peak Design Cuff or the Long Weekend Camera Wrist Strap.


The Peak Design Cuff, available in Black, Ash, Sage, and Midnight, features a unique quick-connecting anchor link system that allows for fast, secure attachment and detachment, offering peace of mind and flexibility during shoots. Its minimalist design and robust construction ensure the camera is comfortably secured to the wrist, reducing the risk of accidental drops.


Conversely, the Long Weekend Camera Wrist Strap, offered in Creme Multi and Black, combines aesthetics with functionality, providing a stylish, durable connection to the X100VI. Made from high-quality materials, it offers a comfortable grip and adds a personal touch to the camera setup.


Sirui AT-125 Carbon Fibre Tripod + B-00K Ball Head (Traveler X-I)

For anyone looking for a lightweight, capable tripod, the AT-125 offers an outstanding balance of strength and portability, making it ideal for X100VI users on the move, whether they're navigating urban landscapes or exploring remote locations.


The inclusion of the B-00K Ball Head enhances this tripod's appeal by providing smooth, precise control over camera positioning, enabling users to achieve the perfect composition with ease. Its compact size and quick setup mechanism are perfectly suited for the X100VI, ensuring photographers can capture sharp, high-quality images in any setting.