In my evaluation of the X-T5, I emphasized the significance of the new X-Processor in decoding sensor data. Several noteworthy features stand out in this camera that were not as prominent in the X-T5. One key improvement is the reduction in power consumption. Although the battery remains the same as the previous model, Fujifilm claims an increase from 420 to 450 images per battery. While this may seem insignificant, considering the nearly doubled sensor size, any improvement in this aspect is substantial.

However, in practice, I did not come close to capturing that number of shots. The challenge lies in Fujifilm’s remarkable film simulations, which I frequently utilize. These preset “recipes” allow users to replicate the appearance of old film stocks. Personally, I have a preference for the Tri-X simulation. Processing these JPEGs in-camera requires some additional resources, resulting in decreased battery lifespan. Based on my experience, the primary factor affecting this is the clarity setting. If you intend to use these presets – which I highly recommend – prepare for a reduction in battery performance.

Setting aside battery life concerns, the combination of the X-Trans 5 sensor and X-Processor produces captivating colors. The images exhibit a delightful tonality with vibrant color contrasts. Particularly during the golden hour, the camera excels in capturing light, delivering exceptional results.

One common drawback often mentioned about the X100V is its autofocus, which, honestly, requires improvement. However, there are both positive and negative aspects to consider. Initially, autofocus has seen significant enhancements. It is quicker and more accurate, particularly noticeable when utilizing the latest tracking and object-recognition modes. I was particularly impressed with the eye- and face-recognition capabilities, as they effectively maintained focus on swiftly moving subjects, such as children.

Undoubtedly, the autofocus upgrades are praiseworthy. Although they may not meet the standards of professional flagship mirrorless cameras, that is not the camera’s purpose. The autofocus performance is ideal for daily photography needs.