Can’t find Fujifilm X100V? Here are 5 retro-style cameras

December 5, 2022

If you’ve been looking to buy Fujifilm X100V, but can’t find it available anywhere, or can’t find it at a reasonable price, here are some of the best retro-style cameras we’ve found. These alternatives have excellent image quality, as well as external controls and styling that make them look like classic vintage film cameras, and best of all are fully digital, and can even give you more than X100V, thanks to interchangeable lenses, or even enlarge.

The best Fujifilm X100V alternative – and a retro vintage style camera

Thanks to Tiktok, that is Fujifilm X100V has suddenly become more popular than ever, with bethanjroberts*, and kyliekatich* (and many others) saying the Fujifilm X100V “will give you great photos without editing” especially when compared to smartphones. This resulted in the Fujifilm X100V being either sold out or sold at too high a price.

However, what you’ll also find is that there are a plethora of other digital cameras that will ALSO take great-looking photos, thanks to sensors that are larger than smartphones.

If we see what makes the Fujifilm X100V stand out compared to smartphones and other cameras, there are several advantages of the Fujifilm X100V:

  • Classic retro vintage camera style
  • A big sensor
  • Bright lens
  • Movie simulation

While it’s true that there are very few cameras, outside of Fujifilm cameras that offer all four of these, there are other options if you’re looking for an alternative to the Fujifilm X100V. If you just want high image quality, you can look into other cameras with large sensors and bright lenses, and use color settings or filters to recreate the look of vintage film photos.

Of course, if you so desire vintage camera view, then you should use a Fujifilm camera, as very few other cameras master the classic vintage style as well as Fujifilm. There are some that come as close as the Olympus, and Nikon, with the Nikon Zfc, but none can match the premium quality of metal builds on the Fujifilm X100 series.

And if you want Simulation Moviesthen you’ll want to look for a Fujifilm camera, but you’ll also find that every other camera brand has a similar (but not identical) feature that lets you customize the colors and appearance of the image in the camera, with tint and saturation options, and some even offer vintage-style filters. (see Olympus).

So here we found a number of retro-style cameras that will give you some of the same features, plus a few extra ones you might find useful, such as interchangeable lenses and/or zoom lenses.

Best retro style camera with vintage camera view:

Another Fujifilm camera: Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm X100F

The Fujifilm X100F is black – it is also available in silver

If you can’t find the X100V, or the price jumps up, then earlier models in the X100 range offers the same sensor size, and similar lenses, with a bright f/2 lens. The X100V has an updated lens, with better image quality and better macro performance, but if you’re looking to save money, you’re still getting great image quality from the X100F.

The Fujifilm X100F has a 24MP APS-C sensor, a 23mm f/2.0 lens, equivalent to 35mm in 35mm film terms, and the hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder that makes the Fujifilm X100 series unique.

Read our full Fujifilm X100F review

Plus, if you want to expand even further, with the ability to change lenses, you can take a look at the Fujifilm X-E4 (see below). You can probably find the Fujifilm X100F available for new, but if not, check out some second-hand retailers to see if they have it in stock.

Best vintage style Olympus camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV (black) – this is also available in silver and black, giving it a retro look

For vintage-looking photos, and lots of filters, check out the Olympus/OM System series of cameras.

Any Olympus or OM System model would be a great option, but for someone looking for a model that can capture everything without a lot of expense, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is invaluable, not only compact and lightweight, but also window-equipped. electronic viewfinder, has 4K video recording, and looks like an old-school SLR camera.

You’ll find 20MP sensors, a variety of Micro Four Thirds lenses, with budget to premium options. For a similar view to the Fujifilm X100V, the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens would be a good choice, although it can focus a little slowly, so it won’t be the best choice if you also plan on shooting video.

Look for the silver and black versions for a classic vintage camera look, and mix it up Olympus Art Filtersand you’ll find that there are a number of different looks available, including an Art Filter specially designed to give you a Vintage photo style.

Read our full Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV review

For the compact with a zoom lens: Panasonic Lumix LX100 II

Panasonic LX100II

Panasonic LX100II

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II impresses with a Bright f/1.7-2.8 aperture wide-angle zoom lens, equivalent to 24-75mm, gives you a wide-angle view, as well as the ability to zoom. All without having to worry about changing lenses if you don’t want to.

External manual controls give you quick access to controls for aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, and aspect ratio if you want to change them. The camera has a metal build, which adds a premium feel to the camera.

The camera features 4K video recording, as well as built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but drawbacks include a relatively small electronic viewfinder, and the screen is fixed, devoid of the tilting capabilities of the other cameras on this list.

There are a variety of filters available, including high contrast monochrome, as well as retro and vintage looking filters.

Read our full Panasonic Lumix LX100 II review
Read our long-term Panasonic Lumix LX100 II review

Fujifilm with interchangeable lenses: Fujifilm X-E4 + XF27mm F2.8R WR

Fujifilm X-E4 in hand with lens (MT image)

Fujifilm X-E4 in hand with 27mm lens (Photo: Michael Topham)

For when you want Fujifilm movie simulation, but also want the option to change lenses, the Fujifilm X-E4 is a great choice. The X-E4 is one of Fujifilm’s rangefinder-style X-Mount cameras, giving you access to Fujifilm’s incredible line of X-Mount lenses.

So you can start with the compact, weather-resistant, XF 27mm F2.8R WR lens, then if you want, you can look at the rest of the lens range, with macro, zoom, portrait, and more options available.

You also get external manual controls, including the aperture ring (on Fujifilm XF lenses), shutter speed dial, and exposure compensation. With a choice of two black and silver colors available, it certainly looks businesslike, and also provides good image quality.

There’s a tilted touchscreen on the back, which looks good, and you get an electronic viewfinder. The screen tilts forward making it perfect for selfies and vlogging.

Read our full Fujifilm X-E4 review

Vintage style Nikon: Nikon Zfc

Nikon Zfc Z fc with SE 28mm lens, photo of Andy Westlake

Nikon Zfc with 28mm SE lens, photo of Andy Westlake

The Nikon Zfc makes it onto this list thanks to its retro, vintage, classic styling, however, completely modern inside, with 4K video recording, a 20MP APS-C sensor, and access to Nikon’s Z-Mount lens range. However, it’s worth noting that very few APS-C (DX) Z-Mount lenses have aperture control, so this is one aspect you may lose if you choose the “wrong” lens.

It has a decidedly “vintage” look, as well as external manual controls including ISO speed, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. Aperture is set using the front command dial, and there’s a small LCD display at the top that shows your aperture. The vari-angle touchscreen can be used for selfies and vlogging.

Read our Nikon Z fc review

And if money is no object, take a look at the Leica Q2.

*via PetaPixel, the Lens Rental Blog

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