Fujifilm X100V and X100VI alternatives? Best retro cameras

We highlight alternative cameras that can emulate the image quality of the Fujifilm X100V and X100VI. We raved about the first-generation Fujifilm X100V and we love the new Fujifilm X100VI too. The combination of stylish looks, tactile control experience, responsive shooting and famous film simulation modes make this camera a great choice for anyone to own. But if a long wait is not in your favor, then it’s time to consider other options.
So, based on our experience testing and reviewing these cameras, we’ve put together a list of readily available retro-style cameras that offer similar features to the X100V and 

 Fujifilm  X100VI Camera Battery. These cameras include features from some of the best JPEG camera brands and are suitable for those who like to shoot first and think about editing later.
Best Fujifilm X100V and X100VI Alternatives – And Best Retro-Style CamerasBefore we get into the list, it’s worth explaining our selection criteria. These are the key factors that make the Fujifilm X100V and X100VI so attractive, and therefore the qualities we looked for when identifying alternatives. Fujifilm X100V Camera BatteryClassic retro camera styling. It’s not just about looks – emulating the look of classic film cameras means a control dial on the top plate and an aperture ring on the lens. It makes for a more tactile shooting experience than digging through menus. While Fujifilm is the master of retro cameras, companies like Nikon and Olympus have also come up with some chic alternatives, as we’ll see.
A large sensor and bright lens are also key to the X100V’s appeal. The combination of an APS-C sensor and f/2 lens means the camera delivers great images even in low light. The lens is a fixed 35mm equivalent prime, which may put some people off at first – what, I can’t zoom?! But many X100 camera owners quickly took to reframing their shots by moving their feet rather than the lens optics. It doesn’t hurt, and it allows photographers to be more agile and engaged.
Film simulations. These are specific JPEG shooting modes that simulate the look of famous films like Astia, Provia, Velvia, etc., producing very shareable images straight out of the camera. Other camera brands, like Olympus, offer their own vintage filters, but none are quite as good.
So we’ve rounded up a few vintage-style digital cameras that not only have some of the above features, but also some additional features you might find useful, like interchangeable lenses and/or zoom lenses. For some tips on how to make the most of these cameras once you’ve chosen one, check out our essential street photography guide.
If you still want the Fujifilm X100V, but can’t decide between the X100VI and X100V, check out our Fujifilm X100VI vs. X100V guide.
Best X100V Alternative: Fujifilm X100FFujifilm X100F If you can’t find an X100V, or if the price is up, the previous models in the X100 series offer the same sensor size and a similarly bright f/2 lens. The X100V comes with a newer lens with improved image quality and better macro performance, but if you want to save some money, you can still get great image quality from the X100FCamera Battery
The X100F has a 24MP APS-C sensor, a 23mm f/2.0 lens that’s 35mm equivalent for 35mm film, and a hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder that puts the Fujifilm X100 series in a league of its own.
If you want the expanded functionality of interchangeable lenses, consider a camera like the Fujifilm X-T30 II. You can probably find the Fujifilm X100F brand new, but there are plenty on the used market, too.
Pros: Same scheme as the X100V, hybrid viewfinder, excellent image qualityCons:Still hard to find
Best X100V Alternative: Ricoh GR IIIxWhile it may not have quite the same retro look, the Ricoh GR IIIx is probably the camera that comes closest to the functionality of the Fujifilm X100V. As such, it’s a good alternative option, and it’s a lot cheaper.
The GR IIIx is also a fixed-lens compact camera based on an APS-C sensor. It’s small and responsive, and is designed for street photography and everyday shooting. The lens is a slightly longer 40mm-equivalent than the X100V’s 35mm lens, and has a maximum aperture of f/2.8 instead of f/2. That’s still plenty of bright, so you can achieve shallow depth of field and shoot in low light.
The GR IIIx is a trimmed-down version of the GR III, and the two are essentially the same, except with a wider 28mm-equivalent lens. You can choose which camera you prefer based on the type of images you like to shoot – the GR IIIx is better suited to natural street scenes, while the GR III is probably better suited to architecture and interiors. Whichever you choose, you’ll get a fast, high-quality camera that consistently produces vivid, colorful images.
While there are some nice in-camera Raw processing options and Photo Styles, the GR IIIx can’t produce the same cinematic effects as the X100V. Also, as we found in our review, you may be unhappy with the limitations of framing on the fixed LCD screen – some tilt functionality really wouldn’t go amiss. Also, remember that the GR IIIx doesn’t come with a viewfinder – Ricoh does sell an attachable viewfinder, but it adds $250/£299 to the cost of the camera, which offsets the savings you’ll get over the X100V (which has a built-in viewfinder and tilting screen).
All in all, the Ricoh GR IIIx is a likeable and fun camera, and a solid alternative to the X100V.
Pros:Probably the closest analog to the X10040mm equivalent lens is great for street shootingCheaper than the X100VCons: No viewfinder (expensive optional extra)Fixed LCD screen

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