According to Fujirumors, Fujifilm plans to announce a firmware update for the X100F on Thursday April 12th. No word yet on when the update will be available or what it will entail, but I’m always glad to see things like this.
One thing that I love about Fujifilm is that they keep improving their cameras through firmware updates, even years after it was originally released. Other companies typically only offer firmware updates to fix bugs. While Fujifilm also uses firmware updates to fix bugs, they’ll often throw in some upgrades and even do so when there are no bugs to fix. They call it “kaizen” which is a Japanese business term that means “continuous improvement.”
The number one thing that I’d like to see addressed in a firmware update for the X100F is the ability to custom set the red and blue white balance adjustments with each preset. Right now I have to remember that my Vintage Kodachrome recipe needs +2 red and -4 blue and that my Superia 800 recipe needs -2 red and -3 blue, and that other film simulation recipes have their own custom adjusted white balance settings that need to be set each time I select them. It’s kind of a pain, not a huge deal, but it could be fairly easily fixed by Fujifilm.
I think another possibility, and the one most likely to happen, is that the Eterna Film Simulation could be added, which right now is only available on the X-H1. I speculated that only cameras capable of 4K would get it, but I hope that this update proves me wrong. There is a remote possibility that the ability to shoot 4K on the X100F could be made available through this upcoming firmware update, but I would not hold my breath for that one!
When the last firmware update was made available for the X100F, which was back in December, I was hoping to get some of the upgraded auto-focus features of the X-T20, X-E3 and X-T2, but it didn’t happen. I’m still hoping for that, and there is a chance that it could happen, but, like 4K, I doubt it’s going to. But it’s something that I’d be happy to be proved wrong about.
Whatever will be included in the firmware update, even if it’s nothing major, it’s good that Fujifilm continues to offer improvements to the X100F. We’ll soon know exactly what it is, as Thursday is only a few days from now. Stay tuned!