Fujifilm X100VI: Next-gen Upgrade of TikTok’s Popular Compact Camera

Over the past few years, the Fujifilm X100V became a popular piece of equipment, in part due to its visibility on TikTok. Today, Fujifilm introduces the next iteration, the 40.2-megapixel X100 VI. The latest model boasts a range of improvements without losing the old-fashioned form that characterizes the X100 series. It now features faster shot speeds, in-body stabilization, 6.2K 30p video and more.

The design of X100 VI is uncannily similar to the X100V, bearing identical styling and control positions. This camera line is known for its lightweight (521 grams) and compact size, making it convenient to slide into a pocket. It maintains some resemblance to Leica’s iconic rangefinder cameras, reinforcing its purpose as a street photography tool.

The X100 VI utilizes the same 40.2-megapixel APS-C sensor as the larger X-H2, enhancing its resolution capabilities in contrast to the X100V. Despite this, it maintains the wide-angle fixed 23mm f/2.0 lens. This camera now provides built-in 5-axis stabilization, giving up to 6 stops of shake reduction—a new feature that’s beneficial when shooting candid, on-the-go photos.

While the X100 VI keeps the same viewfinder as its predecessor, it introduces a bit more adjustability for the LCD display, tipping an additional 15 degrees downward. The battery life remains the same at around 300 shots. However, the card slot still has the slow UHS-I compatibility.

The X100 VI sharpens the focus capabilities with faster and more accurate autofocus. It also incorporates the company’s advanced tracking and face, eye, and other types of subject detection. The camera enhances image quality thanks to added resolution and a lower native 125 ISO. As an added bonus, the camera includes 20 film simulation modes, a popular feature among the social media crowd.

Despite being a compact photo-centric camera, the X100 VI successfully captures video, including 6.2K footage at up to 30fps, 4K at 60 fps, and 1080p at 240fps. It also offers 10-bit F-log and F-Log2 recording. Its only drawback would be the relatively low data rates, caused by slow cards, but users can capture ProRes to an external recorder.

The X100 VI is available for pre-order at $1,600 in either silver or black. Shipping is estimated to begin in early March 2024. Additionally, Fujifilm offers a special edition camera for $2,000, featuring the company’s original logo from its establishment in 1934. The company plans to shorten delivery times by producing the camera in China, as with their other recent models.