How to Connect a Fujifilm X100V to a Computer

There are two main options for connecting a Fujifilm X100V to a computer. Here's a rundown of what the options are and when to use them.
Fujifilm X100V Camera
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There are two main options for connecting a Fujifilm X100V to a computer. The more flexible and faster option involves using a USB cable. But for some operations, you can also establish a wireless connection.

Here’s a rundown of what the options are.

USB Cable for the Fujifilm X100V

Whether you’re looking to download images to your computer, charge the camera using a computer’s USB, or manage your X100V’s camera settings, there’s a good chance you’ll need a USB cable.

The X100V comes with one. If you need a spare or replacement, you’re looking for a cable that has a Type-C USB connector to go into the camera’s port.1

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What connector is on the other end of the cable will depend on your computer. The traditional standard is known as a Type-A connector. Newer computers are using USB-C, which is smaller.

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One thing to watch with USB cables is that some are suitable for charging but not for data transfer. So you’ll need a cable that’s suitable for both charging and data transfer.

Fujifilm X100V Camera USB-C Port
The ports on the X100V. From left to right: micro-HDMI, USB-C, microphone-in.

Downloading Images from Fujifilm X100V to a Computer

There are three main ways to download images from your X100V to your computer. Only one of them requires a separate USB-C cable. One uses a wireless connection.

Downloading Directly from Camera. Using a USB-C cable, connect the camera directly to your computer’s USB port. This essentially treats the camera as a memory card reader (albeit a rather fancy one!).

The computer’s operating system should automatically detect the camera and treat the SD card as attached external storage (the camera needs to be powered on for this).

For handling the downloading, there’s a wide variety of apps and software that can take care of it. You can manually copy across using your operating system’s file management software (such as Finder on Mac or Explorer on Windows). You can use an image organization app like Lightroom. Or you can use Fujifilm’s own free app called Fujifilm X Acquire.

Using a Memory Card Reader. Another option is to use a separate SD memory card reader (sold separately) that’s connected to your computer. So you take the card out of the camera, put it in the card reader, and the computer treats it much like an external storage drive. You can then use your computer’s operating system or an image app like Lightroom of X Acquire to transfer the images to your hard drive.

An advantage of this method is that, with the right card reader, it can be faster. And some memory card readers will even allow you to download from multiple memory cards simultaneously.

Wireless. There is also a wireless option for downloading images from the X100V to a computer over wifi using the [Fujifilm PC AutoSave app]. It’s free and available for Windows and Mac. You can download it here.

Processing Images with Fujifilm X RAW Studio

With Fujifilm X-series cameras, there’s a couple of reasons that you might want to connect the camera to a computer that you might not necessarily run into with other cameras.

One has to do with a unique feature of Fujfilm’s X RAW Studio image processor.

With most RAW image processors, you download the images to your computer and process them using an app on the computer—such as Lightroom or an alternative—that uses the computer’s CPU processing power.

X RAW Studio does things a little differently. It uses the camera’s image processor for the heavy lifting.

That brings a few advantages. For one, it’s quick. The camera’s image processor is designed for only one thing—it’s not a bloated processor that has to be good for all sorts of processes. And it does that one thing well.

It also means that you take advantage of the camera’s own quality and film simulations. You’re not relying on a third party’s interpretation of those results that are designed to be as close as possible and translated into whatever app you’re using—they’re the originals.

And finally, and probably most practically, it’s an especially good option if you’re using an underpowered laptop on the road. With nearly all of the processing power being done on the camera, it frees up the computer’s processor.

You can find more information about X RAW Studio here. It’s available for Windows and Mac, and it’s free to download. Something worth noting, though, is that it will only work on images taken with the type of camera that’s attached to the computer. So you can’t process X-T4 images with an X100V attached, for example.

Saving Camera Settings with Fujifilm X Acquire

Fujifilm has another dedicated app for X-series cameras known as Fujifilm X Acquire. I’ve mentioned it above for downloading images to your computer. But it has another feature that lets you backup and restore camera settings from your computer via USB.

Connecting the Fujifilm X100V as a Webcam

There is yet another reason you might want to connect your X100V to a computer: to use the camera as a webcam for Zoom/Skype calls or to live stream from the camera.

Fujifilm has released a dedicated app for this called Fujifilm X Webcam. It’s free, and there are versions for Windows and Mac.

Two things worth noting:

  1. This is streaming via USB. While more convenient and cheaper, it’s often a bit less effective than streaming via HDMI. One of the big issues is that there’s often a bit of lag.
  2. You’ll need to make sure that you’re using updated firmware. Compatibility with X Webcam was added to the X100V with firmware version 2.00 in early 2021. (Here’s a guide to updating the X100V’s firmware that I put together separately.)

Accessories for the Fujifilm X100V

Below are model numbers for some of the core accessories for the Fujifilm X100V, along with some other recommendations.

Memory Card:

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.

USB Cable:

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.)

Lens Accessories:

  • 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

Camera Case:

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.

Hand Grip:

  • Grip Belt: GB-001. This is a hand grip / wrist strap that attaches to the tripod mount on the bottom of the camera.

Microphone:

Flash:


  1. At the time of writing, Fujifilm’s official compatibility page for the X100V lists the USB cable type as a USB2.0 (Micro B). That’s incorrect. The camera has a USB-C connector, and it comes with a USB-C cable. There’s another socket next to it that looks like a mini-USB connection, but that’s actually a mini-HDMI socket that’s used to output a video stream. 

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