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Fujifilm X100V announced – and it’s stunning

Fujifilm has revealed the X100V, the latest iteration of its gorgeous retro-styled fixed-lens compact camera, and it looks like an absolute stunner.

The fifth version of the popular snapper promises to be a significant upgrade over its predecessor, the X100F, bringing a brand new version of the 23mm f/2.0 lens into play for starters.

There’s also a new and improved X-TransTM CMOS 4 sensor, which promises larger 26.1 megapixel resolution (up from 24.2-megapixel) photos. Fuji says the new sensor “uses a back-illuminated design to maximize quality and dynamic range, while its unique color filter array controls moiré and false color without the need for an optical low pass filter.”

It’s all boosted by the new quad-core X-Processor 4, that promises faster image processing. It should also improve the already-excellent autofocus performance.

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The company is also promising improvements to the Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder, offering 95% of frame coverage, weather resistance courtesy of an optional kit, and a new tilting rear LCD monitor.

In terms of video, the X100V boasts 4K video recording for the first time in the range, at 30 frames per second. There’s also an awesome 1080p resolution when shooting at 120fps, offering a range of slow motion effects.

The stylish design remains largely unchanged, as is expected, with Fuji describing “top and bottom plates milled from single pieces of aluminum, which results in a refined and classic camera body with clean edges. Finished with a beautiful, alumite satin coating, slight enhancements have also been made to the camera’s grip, ISO dial, and lens barrel to make it much more comfortable to hold and operate.”

The X100F predecessor features prominently in our best compact camera line-up and we expect the X100V to succeed it. It’s priced at a reassuringly expensive £1,299. The silver version of the camera will be available on February 27, while the black version is coming two weeks later on March 12.