Firmware updates are put out from time to time by camera manufacturers to fix bugs or add new features. There’s no particular regular schedule for the updates, so it’s a good idea to get in the habit of checking from time to time. For example, Fujifilm posted a v.2.00 firmware for the X100V in early 2021. It was a fairly extensive update that addressed a number of issues and added some new features.
You can find the latest firmware for the Fujifilm X100V here.
Checking Your Camera’s Firmware
Before proceeding, you’ll want to check your camera’s firmware version. There’s no point trying to update if there’s no newer version.
It’s a very easy process to check the firmware. But you’ll need to know the right button to press.
- Start with the camera powered OFF.
- Hold down the DISP/BACK button on the back of the camera.
- Power the camera on.
- You’ll then see a screen that shows the version of the firmware that’s currently installed on your X100V.
You can then check it against the latest version on Fujifilm’s website. If the version numbers match, you’re already good to go. If there’s a newer version on the website, you can continue on to the update procedure.
Updating the Fujifilm X100V’s Firmware
There are some prerequisites to updating the firmware:
- The camera battery should be fully charged. Interrupting a firmware update can be disastrous and render the camera (or just about any other device that requires firmware updates) completely broken. So make sure that the battery is fully charged before starting. The last thing you need is for the battery to run out mid-process.
- A memory card. While it’s not technically required that the SD card be freshly formatted and blank, it’s still good practice to avoid mixing firmware updates with image files you want to keep.
- Download the latest firmware. You can download it directly from Fujifilm’s website.
The update process is easiest using a computer. Because you have to download the firmware and then copy it across to the memory card.
Here’s the general process. Fujifilm has a more detailed version (and includes many more disclaimers) here.
- Step 1: With the memory card in a memory card reader of your computer, copy the downloaded firmware file across to the root (top level) of the memory card. The file should be called FPUPDATE.DAT.
- Step 2: When the copy process completes, put the memory card in the camera. The camera should be powered off while you do this.
- Step 3: Hold down the DISP/BACK button on the back of the camera while you turn the camera on.
- Step 4: Press the MENU/OK button and follow the on-screen prompts to confirm.
- Step 5: Wait. Don’t touch dials, buttons, or open camera compartments. Let the update process do its thing. It shouldn’t take longer than about 90 seconds, and it’s possible the screen might go blank in that time. When the process is completed, you’ll see a screen that says “Firmware Upgrade Completed. Turn off the camera.”
- Step 6: You can then confirm that the new firmware is properly installed by checking the firmware (see above).
Things Worth Knowing
Don’t interrupt the firmware update process. It doesn’t take long–about 90 seconds–but interrupting the process can have disastrous consequences and render your camera completely unusable.
If you encounter an error, Fujifilm has helpfully provided this error and response page that includes steps to take.
Fujifilm has a video version of the firmware update procedure. It’s aimed broadly at their cameras–not just the X100V–so includes some elements that aren’t relevant to the X100V (such as separate camera body and lens firmware updates). You can watch it here:
macOS Compatibility Bug
There is currently a bug in some Fujifilm X and GFX series cameras–including the X100V–that shows up in a pretty specific set of circumstances: if you’re saving more than 4,000 files in the camera to a single folder on an SDXC card and then directly accessing the card using macOS. In that case, the extra files (i.e., after the first 4,000) might be inaccessible. You can find more information here.
As a workaround, Fujifilm is working on a firmware patch that will limit the number of files that can be written to an individual folder.
Accessories for the Fujifilm X100V
Below are model numbers for some of the core accessories for the Fujifilm X100V, along with some other recommendations.
The Fujifilm X100V doesn’t come with a memory card, and there’s no officially recommended specific model. But the X100V does feature relatively high-bitrate video recording, which means you’ll need a card that can keep up with the large stream of data, especially if you’re shooting video or burst photos.
I’ve put together some more detailed recommendations on SD cards for the Fujifilm X100V separately, but here are some quick recommendations.
To connect your Fujifilm X100V to a computer, and for some charging operations, you’ll need a USB cable. The X100V has a USB-C (USB Type-C) connector. You’ll need a cable that can transmit data as well as power.
There are various configurations available depending on the length of cable you need and the connector on the other end of the cable (i.e., for what you’re plugging it into).
Most computers have Type A USB connectors. Some of the newer laptops only have a smaller USB-C connector. So you’ll need to check the device you’re connecting the camera to.
Battery & Power Accessories
- Battery: NP-W126S. The Fujifilm official battery isn’t cheap but does have the advantage of being officially supported by Fujifilm as working with the X100V. You can also pick up much more cost-effective aftermarket versions, which can be excellent alternatives.
- Battery Charger: BC-W126S. Again, there are various aftermarket versions that can offer good value. Find them under the same model number.
- AC Power Adapter: AC-9V
- DC Coupler: CP-W126
Remote Shutter Release
- Remote Shutter Release: RR-100 This is a cable shutter release with pretty basic functionality. It doesn’t include a timer or intervalometer. (For intervalometer / time lapse functionality, try the aftermarket JJC shutter release.)
- Telephoto Conversion Lens: TCL-X100II. This is a dedicated telephoto conversion lens that magnifies the view by 1.4x and converts the field of view to the equivalent of a 50mm lens (35mm equivalent).
- Wide-Angle Conversion Lens: WCL-X100II. This is a dedicated wide-angle conversion lens that broadens the X100V’s original lens field of view by 0.8x to offer the equivalent of a 28mm focal length (35mm equivalent).
- Protector Filter PRF-49 / PRF-49S
- Lens hood: LH-X100. There are also aftermarket versions that are much more cost-effective and do fundamentally the same thing. You can find them under the same model number.
- Adapter ring: AR-X100
You can obviously use just about any camera bag for the X100V. There are some excellent street-style messenger bags that make for good options (like Domke’s messenger bags (I’m a big fan of these) or these from ONA), but any there’s nothing specific about the X100V that requires a specially configured camera bag.
But Fujifilm (and some third parties) also make an old-school leather case that fits snugly around the camera and can remain in place (with a flip-down top section) while shooting.
- Leather Case: LC-X100V
- Grip Belt: GB-001. This is a hand grip / wrist strap that attaches to the tripod mount on the bottom of the camera.
As a lighter-weight alternative, I’m a fan of of the PEAK Design Cuff wrist straps. I have several, and they’re my go-to strap. They don’t provide quite as much shooting support as the GB-001 grip, but they do add lightweight security.
- Stereo Microphone: MIC-ST1