Fujifilm’s X100V turned so wildly standard that it felt like the digital camera was endlessly backordered at each digital camera retailer round. On the secondary market, costs for the rangefinder-style mirrorless digital camera shot up into really foolish territory after it had a huge viral second on TikTok. The X100V was so in demand that Fujifilm might’ve taken the straightforward route for a successor and nonetheless been assured to have a hit on its fingers.

The brand new mannequin, being introduced at present, appears virtually the similar on the exterior, however the X100VI contains significant enhancements that may make it a extra succesful digital camera — in way more capturing environments — than any earlier entrant in the X100 sequence. The flip facet to these upgrades is that the value has climbed by $200 to a new MSRP of $1,599. That’s not far off from the X-T5, however the two cameras serve very completely different functions: the X-T5 is an interchangeable lens system, whereas right here, you’re getting a 23mm f/2 fastened lens.

Like the X-T5 and X-H2 earlier than it, the X100VI has jumped up to a 40-megapixel sensor, which offers better cropping leeway and modifying flexibility. Having extra decision to work with is nice and all, however a extra spectacular improve is that Fujifilm has constructed in-body picture stabilization (IBIS) into this digital camera. You stand up to six stops of stabilization assist for these situations the place you need to preserve the shutter velocity as gradual as potential whereas preserving picture sharpness.

However Fujifilm hasn’t upgraded every little thing. The X100VI sticks with a UHS-1 SD card slot — fairly gradual for a digital camera this costly — and it makes use of the similar battery as the X100V moderately than the bulkier (and far longer-lasting) battery that’s current in the firm’s different fashions. The latter selection was made to protect the X100VI’s general dimension (it’s simply a bit thicker), but it surely means you’ll need to have a spare battery available everytime you’ll be out capturing for a full day. The digital viewfinder and rear LCD even have the similar resolutions as final time, at 3.69 million and 1.62 million dots, respectively. You continue to have the freedom to select both the optical viewfinder, EVF, or a hybrid of the two when capturing, and the X100VI continues to supply an inner four-stop impartial density filter when wanted.

Fujifilm has geared up the X100VI with its newest X-Processor 5, which makes the new digital camera “almost” twice as quick as the X100V. Together with the velocity enhance, you’re getting much-improved autofocus that makes use of the firm’s newest algorithms for topic detection. And the X100VI will come loaded with 20 Fujifilm movie simulations, together with the Reala Ace sim that was beforehand unique to one among the firm’s dear medium format cameras. Ask any Fujifilm shooter, and so they’ll inform you one among the firm’s core strengths is JPEG processing: there are entire websites devoted to tweaking these movie sims and getting the very best straight-out-of-camera outcomes.

As for its development, not a lot has modified: the X100VI has an aluminum physique designed to face up to some bumps and go in all places with you. However as earlier than, you’ll want to outfit the lens with Fujifilm’s sold-separately adapter ring and protecting filter to obtain true climate resistance. In a departure from its made-in-Japan predecessor, the X100VI will comply with different latest Fujifilm cameras in making the change to China-based manufacturing. Some would possibly view this digital camera as having much less pictures “mystique” as a end result — there’s a ton of historical past and heritage to cameras being produced in Japan — however shifting the course of to China ought to enable the firm to get many, many extra X100VIs off the meeting line and into digital camera outlets.

The X100VI will likely be obtainable in silver or black and is predicted to begin delivery in early March. Alongside the customary mannequin, Fujifilm will launch an extraordinarily limited-edition model of the digital camera that’s “engraved with the corporate brand logo from Fujifilm’s founding in 1934.” Priced at $1,999, “each unit bears a unique serial number,” and the firm says “these numbered X100VI units are packaged in a special, soft-release box that includes a special strap and Fujifilm history cards.” You’ll solely give you the chance to order the LE instantly from Fujifilm.

If the X100V is any indication, there’s going to be a ton of curiosity on this digital camera. For anybody prepared to learn the way to use them, the X100VI’s dials and handbook controls supply a wonderful reprieve from auto-everything smartphone capturing and the rising prevalence of computational pictures. And people Fujifilm JPEG colours are simply pretty much as good as folks say. Keep tuned for extra impressions from each Becca Farsace and myself in the weeks forward.