Fujifilm X100V vs iPhone, Part 1: Grand Tetons

Sun Behind The Tetons – Grand Teton NP, WY – Fujifilm X100V – “Elite Chrome 200
Sun Behind Tetons & River – Grand Teton NP, WY – iPhone 11 – RitchieCam – “Color Negative Low”

I recently visited the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. This iconic mountain range sits just north of the tourist town of Jackson Hole. If you’ve never been, this is a “bucket list” kind of place that you should absolutely try to see in person if you can. My visit was a quick weekend getaway, and not surprisingly the weather didn’t really cooperate. Still, I wanted to get in some photography, and so I did.

Reviewing the pictures, I noticed that I captured some similar images with my Fujifilm X100V using various Film Simulation Recipes and my iPhone 11 with the RitchieCam app using various filters. For those who don’t know, I created an iPhone camera app called RitchieCam, which you can learn more about by clicking here. I thought comparing the X100V and iPhone pictures would make an interesting article.

What I don’t want to do is view massive crops side-by-side. The Fujifilm X100V and the iPhone are much different tools, so this will be a very general overview without pixel-peeping.

Technically speaking, the X100V is far superior, and it isn’t even close. For technical image quality, the X100V is the camera to grab, but the iPhone, with its tiny little sensor, is surprisingly good, all things considered. The advantage of the iPhone is that you have it with you all of the time, and you can quickly and easily share the pictures captured with it across the world (especially if you used the RitchieCam app). Convenience and speed are the reasons to choose the iPhone over the X100V, but the X100V is pretty compact and quick, too. For printing or viewing large, the X100V is the right tool. For quick sharing, the iPhone is the right tool. Here’s the great news: you don’t have to choose—use both, or use the one that you happen to have with you.

This is the first in a series of articles where I’ll compare photographs captured with the Fujifilm X100V using Film Simulation Recipes and the iPhone using the RitchieCam app. Below are photographs captured with these cameras at the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. Let me know in the comments which pictures you like best!

Fujifilm X100V

Snake River Overlook Morning – Grand Teton NP, WY – Fujifilm X100V – “The Rockwell
OneSkee – Grand Teton NP, WY – Fujifilm X100V – “Retro Gold Low Contrast
Mountains & Frozen Land – Grand Teton NP, WY – Fujifilm X100V – “Elite Chrome 200”
Pinky Rose – Jackson Hole, WY – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64
Cold Nights – Jackson Hole, WY – Fujifilm X100V – Upcoming Recipe
Night Statue – Jackson Hole, WY – Fujifilm X100V – Upcoming Recipe
Tetons in March – Grand Teton NP, WY – Fujifilm X100V – Upcoming Recipe
Snake River Overlook Monochrome – Grand Teton NP, WY – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodak Tri-X 400

iPhone + RitchieCam

Morning at Snake River Overlook – Grand Teton NP, WY – iPhone 11 – RitchieCam – “Analog Gold”
OneSkee Snow – Grand Teton NP, WY – iPhone 11 – RitchieCam – “Instant Color 1”
Sunset Behind the Tetons – Grand Teton NP, WY – iPhone 11 – RitchieCam – “Color Negative Low”
Railroad – Jackson Hole, WY – iPhone 11 – RitchieCam – “Analog Gold”
CocoLove – Jackson Hole, WY – iPhone 11 – RitchieCam – “Night Negative”
Cowboy Bar – Jackson Hole, WY – iPhone 11 – RitchieCam – “Night Negative”
Tetons in Winter – Grand Teton NP, WY – iPhone 11 – RitchieCam – “Color Negative”
Snake River & Tetons – Grand Tetons NP, WY – iPhone 11 – RitchieCam – “Dramatic B&W”

Part 2: Multnomah Falls

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6 comments

  1. Francis.R. · March 15

    The Fujifilm photos with the upcoming recipe are quite intriguing, and cinematic. Maybe because the snow and the statue they make me think in a soviet movie, or one in those place where nights last months. The first one with the iPhone, “Morning at Snake River Overlook” is not only a nice landscape but besides is amazing from a technical point of view, I mean it surpass the image quality of my 35mm film cameras, although I have no access to high end equipment to scan film.
    I value pleasant colors and lens natural rendering over sensor size. Both the iPhone and the Fujifilm X100 series are very mature products, the former through aggressive iterations and extreme competition, including competition like you yourself, as the RitchieCam is a competitor to the built-in camera app; and the latter for decades of film and lenses manufacture. I’d still would like more the small Fujifilm XQ over the one inch models that are technically superior, or the X100 to a full frame compact.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · March 16

      Thank you! Those are two different upcoming recipes, and I’m excited for both. I appreciate your kind and thoughtful input! It would be interesting if Fujifilm surprised everyone with an X40….

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  2. Justin Gould · March 15

    I like the shots that you’ve taken with both, and I agree with Francis that these new recipes are looking good. I like the look of the tones from your app too, I must say. It feels like it has some Fujifilm soul in there.

    I’m lucky enough to have an iPhone 13 Pro and Fujifilm X-S10, both could be considered to be the latest tech of their lines. For me, the main difference between the two is control. My X-S10 allows me to do so much more in quickly acheiving the look that I desire, and is sharper, and so much more polished across the frame.

    The 13 Pro is remarkable too, but in different ways. Perhaps the strengh here is the fabulous screen, and the many great apps that allow onward customisation. Plus, as you mention, it’s often closest to hand to capture spontaneous moments on the go.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · March 16

      Thank you! Those new recipes will be coming soon! I appreciate your kind words and feedback! The iPhone isn’t typically my first choice, but glad to have it as an option when I need it. I hope that I was able to infuse at least a little “Fujifilm soul” into the RitchieCam filters. Thanks, again, for your comment!

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  3. Albert Smith · March 16

    Nice. I just forwarded this article to my buddy that uses the same phone. He likes the images that I get with my Fujis, but we have never stood side-by-side and compared results.

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