Fujifilm X100V Launch Not Going Smoothly – Overheating, Soft-Release Thread, Lens Cap, Noisy Focus, Creaks and Squeaks


Waiting to purchase a camera after launch can sometimes be a smart move as X100V users are finding out and GFX100 users previously discovered. Hopefully, a pattern isn’t developing with Fujifilm cameras, which is why I track a lot of sources in addition to adding up emails about issues that I received voicing concern. So below I decided to do something a little different. I’m including a tally of reports I received or came across and ranking the problems in order, but some may not actually be manufacturing defects.

  1. Overheating/Very Hot Camera – 100+ (stopped counting when I passed a reasonable number) – reports mainly related to 4k recording
  2. Soft-release thread different – 37 – reports not widespread so I’m not sure if the soft-release thread changed or if this is a tolerance issue.
  3. Lens Cap Not Fitting – 12 – this came from people trying to use third party caps designed for previous cameras, which I imagine most would not do
  4. Noisy Focus – 3 – hard to tell if they were being overly picky or if their cameras had issues
  5. Creaks and Squeaks – 3 – Most of the X100 cameras I have owned have been a little creeky so hard to tell if this is a legitimate concern

Reports seem to be going down since Fujifilm’s initial shipment of cameras, so maybe there is a bad batch out there with tolerances that are too high or too low hard to say at this time, but unhappy customers are always louder than happy ones. Very few of the heat issues were reported by people just shooting, but there were a few. I think Fujifilm will have to design the next X100 with better thermals because it appears a lot of X100 users are shooting quite a bit of video today.

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