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FujifilmX100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera
 
4.7

(based on 26 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (18)
  • Compact (16)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Good in low light (14)
  • Nice body color (13)

Cons

  • Short battery life (6)
  • Limited zoom (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (19)
  • Landscape/scenery (17)
  • Family photos (14)
  • Low light (13)
  • Weddings (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (23)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Worth the learning curve.

I generally use this for street photography, and I find it very agile and light-weight. Before the software updates the auto-focus was a bit slow, but it works pretty well now. I've found...Read complete review

I generally use this for street photography, and I find it very agile and light-weight. Before the software updates the auto-focus was a bit slow, but it works pretty well now. I've found it almost impossible to actually focus manually with this camera, especially if something is moving. That's my only large gripe.

If you can get past the issues with autofocusing, it takes light splendidly. I've been able to take pictures in almost pitch black.

The colors that come out of this camera are beautiful. The JPG modes work relatively well, especially with some of the black and white settings. I've yet to experiment heavily with the raw files, but from what I can tell so far they have come out well.

The case that comes with the camera is very nice, but I will complain that it doesn't fit the camera with a lens hood or filters on.

One other concerns is the difficulty with putting on lens protectors/filters. The adapter ring must come first, followed by the filter, which doesn't very well accomodate the case, lens cap, or the lens hood. I've been fine without it so far though, and have had minimal issues with glare as some people have reported.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Outstanding Build Quality But...

I had read many reviews on the Fujifilm X100 and decided to see if I could get the quality I wanted by using negative exposure compensation to hold down the highlights or referred to as...Read complete review

I had read many reviews on the Fujifilm X100 and decided to see if I could get the quality I wanted by using negative exposure compensation to hold down the highlights or referred to as white orbs. When you pick up the X100 you immediately note the exquisite build quality. The controls are all in the right places, outstanding Fujinon lens and RAW file format. I wanted a full featured, high quality travel camera. I spent my life as a working professional photographer and wanted to downsize in my retirement. I spent a day photographing all kinds of subject manner and really enjoyed working with this little gem. My disappointment came after doing RAW conversions in Aperture and making 13 X 19 inch prints. I could not get detail in the highlights in the color prints but strangely was able to print full tonal range in black and white. The color files and images were right on for saturated color and sharpness but the white orbs and highlight detail was non existant. I believe that Fujifilm is on the right path with this camera concept but have failed with a poor sensor. The Fujifilm X Pro-1 is having the same issues with white highlight wash outs and manual focus awkwardness. I have already sent the X100 back to B&H and will decide on another camera. A big compliment to B&H for their easy and streamlined return process. This return process really easies your anxiety about buying a brand new camera model or any product they sell. Also having the option for their "Bill Me Later" program makes it easy to get the camera gear right away and not have to put it on a credit card. Very few people I know these days can put out the full purchase price.

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5.0

A beautiful and unique camera!

By Tony C

from Sylvania, Ohio

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

    Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

    Used to photograph landscapes, family and street situations. The price
    was well worth getting this camera filled with numerous options in
    photographic techniques.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Love, love, love the Fujifilm X100

    By Rae

    from Santa Monica, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

      After giving birth to my daughter last year, I decided it was time to invest in a smaller camera. While I still love my Nikon D200 and all of my lenses, it's just too big to lug around with a baby and all of the baby gear that comes with us everywhere we go, and it certainly doesn't fit in the diaper bag. I wanted a smaller mirrorless camera with comparable picture quality and manual controls. So, after much research, I narrowed it down to the Fuji X100 and the pricier Fuji X-Pro1. I ultimately chose the X100 and, after eight months of use, I am still happy with my purchase. This camera takes stellar images with incredible color — better color than my Nikon — and is simple to use, especially after installing the firmware update, which improved the menu functions, among other things. Menu options even include color settings based on three types of Fuji film stock — provia, astia, and black and white. Cycling can be a bit slow at times, but the picture quality more than makes up for it. And it's small enough to carry around, with a fixed lens (23mm digital/35mm film) that's perfect for most types of photography. Oh, and it's throwback rangefinder design looks good, too. Love this camera and highly recommend it!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      I love the little beast

      By Howie555

      from Texas

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Street Photography
        • Travel

        Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

        Now that I have used this camera for several months I must say this little camera is not without its quirks but it is a joy to use. You can set it and forget it. I use it mostly with the EVF and love it for landscapes and street photography. Most people cannot tell if I am taking their picture or not. The Black and White mode is nice. I got some great street scens in downtown Kansas City on a recent trip. Colors are amazing as well. I agree with other reviewers that the jpegs are very nice straight out of camera. Small, discrete, and silent. A great photo companion that I toss in my messenger bag when I travel for work or play.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9

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        5.0

        A few quirks but a great camera

        By Jcard

        from Grand Rapids, MI

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Macro Mode Not Automatic
        • Manual Focus Slow

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

        I love this camera. The ISO performance is excellent and the lens is nice and sharp. The controls are comfortable and easy to use and it's a great looking camera. Only thing I don't like is the manual focus is very slow/unresponsive and the camera not being able to switch to macro mode automatically.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        the quiet tool of excellence

        By Abbi

        from Iceland

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Inobtrusive
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life
        • Very Poor Manual Focus

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Street
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

        I use cameras for capturing the atmosphere of places and situations. I usually preset my cameras and concentrate on the world recording what I perceive as unique. The X100 handles as any of my film cameras and will be an extension of my tool kit for just that. It adds the benefit of immediate appreciation, ease of presentation and excellent image quality.
        The only quip would be the near impossible manual focus ring (which oddly enough works better at below zero), poor low-light autofocus capabilities and the built in flash (which I have also found great use for!). I would have liked to be able to cover the knobs on the back, possibly the screen as well and would have liked to get rid of the video feature. This is a stills camera of some excellence and needs no gimmicks.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Excellent product

        By Josean

        from MA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good in Low Light

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

        Quality that cannot be matched.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great camera

        By Andreas Johansson

        from Bergen,NORWAY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good in Low Light

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel

        Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

        This camera is a superb to use. I also have EOS 60D. But I think I will use this camera more and more. Superb picture quality and low noise in high ISO settings.
        F2.0 lens generate pin sharp pictures.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 6
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        I like it

        By KOKOPELLI

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Nice Body Color

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

        I played my x100 black for about 10 hours total. I like it so far.There are few things I want mention:1. there is no instruction for how to put adapter ring and protective filter. If get wrong side, x100 will shut down for micro-focus. 2. The shutter sound is very interesting. I thought it was something wrong with the camera in the beginning. 3. If Fuji can have a string connect lens cover and camera, that will be very nice. I really afraid I will loss the lens cover. 4. I update framework 1.30 right the way. I did research shows there was focus problem for earlier framework. I am tolerate with 1.30 so far. 5. Design is cool, classic. I think silver color is not bad choice too. 6. I have sony 5N, I got tired of it about 2 months. I think X100 will keep me busy for a longer time. there are something new when I play with it.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 5
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Gorgeous

        By Prentis

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom
        • Poor Image Stabilization
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

        Just learning it but so am very impressed, based on the 1.3 firmware update. Great little camera.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 7
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Outstanding Build Quality But...

        By Photo Nut

        from Wilsonville, Oregon

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • Poor Image Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

          I had read many reviews on the Fujifilm X100 and decided to see if I could get the quality I wanted by using negative exposure compensation to hold down the highlights or referred to as white orbs. When you pick up the X100 you immediately note the exquisite build quality. The controls are all in the right places, outstanding Fujinon lens and RAW file format. I wanted a full featured, high quality travel camera. I spent my life as a working professional photographer and wanted to downsize in my retirement. I spent a day photographing all kinds of subject manner and really enjoyed working with this little gem. My disappointment came after doing RAW conversions in Aperture and making 13 X 19 inch prints. I could not get detail in the highlights in the color prints but strangely was able to print full tonal range in black and white. The color files and images were right on for saturated color and sharpness but the white orbs and highlight detail was non existant. I believe that Fujifilm is on the right path with this camera concept but have failed with a poor sensor. The Fujifilm X Pro-1 is having the same issues with white highlight wash outs and manual focus awkwardness. I have already sent the X100 back to B&H and will decide on another camera. A big compliment to B&H for their easy and streamlined return process. This return process really easies your anxiety about buying a brand new camera model or any product they sell. Also having the option for their "Bill Me Later" program makes it easy to get the camera gear right away and not have to put it on a credit card. Very few people I know these days can put out the full purchase price.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Worth the learning curve.

          By Dustin the Graphic Designer

          from Dayton, OH

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Image Quality
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Adapter issues
          • Complicated Controls
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Street Photography
          • Travel

          Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

          I generally use this for street photography, and I find it very agile and light-weight. Before the software updates the auto-focus was a bit slow, but it works pretty well now. I've found it almost impossible to actually focus manually with this camera, especially if something is moving. That's my only large gripe.

          If you can get past the issues with autofocusing, it takes light splendidly. I've been able to take pictures in almost pitch black.

          The colors that come out of this camera are beautiful. The JPG modes work relatively well, especially with some of the black and white settings. I've yet to experiment heavily with the raw files, but from what I can tell so far they have come out well.

          The case that comes with the camera is very nice, but I will complain that it doesn't fit the camera with a lens hood or filters on.

          One other concerns is the difficulty with putting on lens protectors/filters. The adapter ring must come first, followed by the filter, which doesn't very well accomodate the case, lens cap, or the lens hood. I've been fine without it so far though, and have had minimal issues with glare as some people have reported.

          Share this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love it!

          By GC_NYC

          from NYC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Image Quality
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

            Great little camera, wonderful image quality, great look and easy to always have by your side!

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 6
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            X100 BLACK

            By Howie555

            from Brandon, MS

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Image Quality
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

              Love this camera. A great go-everywhere camera that is very discreet and has amazing image quality. The fixed lens makes me think differently photographically.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              great camera

              By Vintagemg

              from NYC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Image Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

                This camera is good as it gets. No camera does everything so if you are a shooter who likes simplicity with great image quality here it is.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Great camera

                By orly28

                from Pasadena, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light
                • Nice Body Color

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom
                • Poor Image Stabilization

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel

                Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

                Great walk around/travel camera for the size. The image quality is outstanding coming from this small camera. It is quite slow when it comes to focusing, therefore you must plan the shot for a moving subject. Overall it's a great camera. The special edition comes with everything so there isn't no accessories to purchase separately other than an extra battery if you want. BH throw in the flash with is even more of a bargain.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                X100 Delivers Quality Results

                By Photo_mann

                from Midwest

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Analog Controls
                • Excellent build quality
                • Excellent OVFEVF
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light

                Cons

                • Expensive

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Street Photography

                Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

                I wanted a carry-with-me-everywhere camera, that would't make me wish I hadn't left the DSLR system at home when I viewed the images. I was considering a mirror-less camera system, but uncertainty about future lens offerings and competitive shakeouts put this off for now.

                Image quality from the X100 blows me away. Results from f2.0 and ISO 1600 are beautiful all the way up to 12x18 image size. The single focal length lens (~35mm) is not a problem for how I will generally use this camera, and allows me to concentrate on mastering a single perspective.

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                • No

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                5.0

                love it...would highly reccommend it

                By Nick

                from Philly

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light
                • Nice Body Color
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

                With it's large size sensor it is like having a dslr in your coat pocket. The photos are fabulous.
                Retro look a plus and having the ability to go manual is also great.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 7
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Nice, but not perfect

                By Kai

                from Utah

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Casefilter incompatible
                • Unpredictable light meter

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Street Photography
                • Travel

                Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

                I bought this camera for every day carry. It's the camera I take when I only need one lens. The 35mm equivalent lens is a pretty good compromise for all-around performance. Image quality is very good, and color rendition is also very pleasing. Controls are simple and intuitive. I'd read reviews that complained about auto-focus speed, but the latest firmware seems to have fixed this, as it focuses pretty quickly and accurately. The light metering on this camera does not seem to be as "intelligent" as on my Olympus micro 4/3 cameras (PEN E-P2 and OMD) It's a lot more common to under or over expose shots with the X100 than with my Olympus cameras. I don't think that the light meter in the X100 is inaccurate, but the metering program doesn't seem to recognize and adjust for odd lighting situations as well as I'm used to. Metering with the X100 reminds me a lot of shooting with my old Canon F1 film camera. The good news is that when shooting in RAW, there's so much information in the files that I can almost always compensate for over/under exposure. The optical view finder is great, clear, and bright, and it is my preferred shooting option. The electronic view finder is only fair, and not up to the level of the Olympus micro 4/3 efv's. One disappointment with the "black" accessory package is that the camera case will not fit the camera if I have the uv lens protector filter attached. This is somewhat disappointing, as my preferred set up is to use a filter, but no cap.

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                • No

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                5.0

                BEAUTIFUL DESIGN!!!

                By street-fighter

                from New Jersey

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

                  Awesome camera, just got it for father's day and can't keep my hands off it... The retro flavor is so cool, i feel right at home with it. And with lightroom 4, it's a smoth process...

                  lens is super sharp! auto iso with auto dynamic range working together is great for quick snapshots anywhere...

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Inspires me to use my eyes again

                  By AndyBakerSydneyAustralia

                  from Sydney Australia

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Inspiring
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Street
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Fujifilm X100 BLACK Limited Edition Digital Camera:

                  It feels great and looks great too. File size is ample for street photography, unless you want to make wall prints..! The handling is superb with short cut buttons for ISO RAW and view options close to hand. Also the ability to zoom in on playback to 100% at the touch of a button is genius (wish my 5D's had that). Shame 1 battery won't last me a day, even with all the power savers on, but it's like carrying film having to switch batteries.. I wonder if Josef Koudelka would have used one?

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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