I bought this camera back in 2012, about a year after it initially came out. I had sold my old Canon DSLR equipment before moving to Australia and I was looking for something small and portable but with very good image quality. There were not many options that fulfilled all these criteria, but luckily for me Fuji had begun to go down the X-camera route.

Fast forward to 2018 and six years later the little Fuji is still going strong. It has been superseded by the S, T and F upgraded models and joined in the X-series by a whole host of other cameras, including a range of interchangeable lens bodies and the GFX medium format system. Despite this, I’ve still been using the Fuji regularly on my travels and day to day life, and have no plans on updating any time soon. It is a testament to the camera that it is still working and producing excellent quality images 6 years after I bought it, despite being dropped on numerous occasions, used in the rain and generally treated less kindly than I should have.

The decision to keep with the x100 rather than upgrading is not purely monetarily, although that is a factor. It was an expensive camera to purchase, but so are most cameras. It’s the fact that the Fuji is still so good that makes me want to use it till it dies. Very few other purchases have inspired this sense of loyalty, because very few are as good as this camera. It’s small enough to fit in a coat pocket or bag unnoticed, and tough enough to be taken pretty much anywhere. The hybrid viewfinder is brilliant, and I much prefer seeing the exposure before I take the image with the EVF (electronic viewfinder) than the OVF (optical viewfinder) on my DSLR. The APSC sensor is a good compromise in image quality vs form factor, and the 12MP images it produces are enough for majority of online and offline uses these days.

Of the cameras I own, the Fuji sits squarely in the middle of the bunch on most things. Sandwiched between the iPhone 6S and the Canon 5Dii, the Fuji is not so much a compromise of the two, but rather an excellent middle ground. I love the quality of the 5D images but it’s a beast to carry around, definitely not portable with an L lens attached. I love the ease of use of the iPhone camera, the portability and the benefit of always having it with me, but the quality of the images always leaves me feeling compromised for anything more than snapshots. Don’t get me wrong, the x100 is not without its drawbacks. The autofocus can be slow, the battery indicator is useless and the lack of zoom can be limiting at times. But there are very few times I’ve regretted having it with me, and there’s not many other cameras I can say that about.