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- Hello my friends.

In this video, we are going to turn up the heat

quite literally on the X100V.

But before we do that, I do want to talk about my hat.

I don't normally talk about my hats

but I'm gonna make an exception this week

because I love this one, not just because it's smashing,

it's just a really cool old school baseball style hat.

But because it comes to me

by way of a friend of mine, Scott Graham,

I did buy this from the company Scott partnered with

for the month of May, is it May?

March. (laughs)

I'm not explaining very well,

go watch this video he'll explain it better

but this is for a good cause you guys,

buy this hat for a good cause,

check out Scott Graham that's all I'm gonna say.

Oh, other than the company is Nine O'Clock Gun.

And they send these cool cards.

And this cool photo,

I think this is actually Scott when he was in high school.

That's what this photo is.

Anyway, just just check out the video.

Let's talk about the X100V though.

In my last video, I caked on praise for this camera

and I didn't have a lot of negative things to say about it.

But another week has gone by

and I've shot a lot more with it.

I've tested some things extensively,

I still do maintain that praise.

But of course, the more you get to know something,

the more its flaws present themselves to you.

All the little warts, the daddy issues.

So in this video, I want to explore a couple of those.

But I do want to reiterate how much I do love this camera,

minor flaws and all.

But the first flaw that many have brought up

is the focusing ring.

I've heard about this enough

to know that it's something to be concerned about.

Many are reporting that when you turn the focus ring,

you'll get an unpleasant grinding.

That sounds something like,

something's wrong with the camera.

Guys, I've had this happen with many Fuji lenses

throughout the years.

It's common, actually, and many people complain about it.

It's sort of par for the course, unfortunately.

I'm not defending it.

Seems like Fuji, with their focus on superb prime optics,

should be able to correct this issue after many years.

But if that's something you're concerned about,

when you do get a new copy of the X100V,

be sure to check the focusing ring,

see if it sounds abhorrent to you.

I've heard that Fuji has been quick

to replace devices suffering from this.

As for this copy, though, it isn't mine, it's Fuji's.

We have ordered one, the black version.

It's on order but this one has no issues.

Or,

I mean, it's fine.

That I don't see it as being too horrible of grinding,

just sounds like plastic on plastic really,

or I guess magnesium alloy on magnesium alloy.

But I'd love to see in the comments what the rest of you

who have purchased the V have to say about that.

Have you experienced this issue at all?

The next issue which I brought up in my first review video

and which a lot of you expressed concern about

is the X100V's propensity for overheating.

Should you be concerned?

Is this a reason not to buy the V?

Well, I did a bunch of testing over the past few days.

And I didn't do that just because I care about you guys,

but it's mostly for selfish reasons.

It gets extremely hot where we live

and I want to be able to shoot this guy

out of doors in the summer and not worry about frying it,

or just having it poop out with the overheating,

automated override shut down that can happen.

So the too long, didn't watch version of this video

is that if you are using this for photography,

and in extreme heat,

you may have reason to be slightly concerned.

But you have to push it to the extreme to see it.

If it's an extremely hot day,

and you're just shooting tons of photos

like we're talking hundreds and hundreds,

just in really short order.

But if it's warm to hot day

and,

if you shoot intermittently,

it shouldn't be too much of an issue, though,

but we'll get deeper into it in a second.

However, for videographers,

if you plan to shoot extended 4K video on this guy,

unfortunately, yes,

it's absolutely going to overheat on you.

This may not be the camera to use

for long form video content,

although there is a bit of workaround, I guess,

if you're in a pinch.

But let's get a little deeper into it.

On the photography side,

I first tested this out at room temperature,

75 Fahrenheit, 24 Celsius.

I used a fresh battery

and I set a three second interval timer.

I used an infrared thermometer to measure temperature.

When we started the camera was already a little bit warm

from other testing I'd been doing.

And when we started the interval timer,

it was at 88 Fahrenheit at the hottest location

I then began taking measurements

every 100 shots or so.

Now, unlike what I've read from others online,

it's not the aluminum top and bottom plates

that get toasty on this camera,

I mean they might get a little warm,

but it's actually the area

where you'll be resting your thumb

here on the back adjacent to the battery.

The magnesium alloy chassis, I assume it's magnesium alloy,

I don't actually know what's underneath

this little whatever wrap this is,

but I'm pretty sure that it's only the bottom and top plates

that are made of aluminum,

or aluminum depending on how you emphasize the syllables.

Now as I said, I measured the temperature

every 100 shots or so,

and it took until 600 shots on interval timer

to reach an exterior temperature

of around 108 degrees Fahrenheit.

And I never saw an overheat warning appear on the device.

After around 750 shots on the same battery, I need to add,

the temperature remained steady.

But again that was testing

at a balmy ambient temperature of 75 Fahrenheit.

And while that's interesting,

really I wanted to simulate a super hot environment.

So I brought out the space heaters,

and I heated things up to 100 Fahrenheit

and began to test a new,

attempting to keep the heat

between 100 and 105 Fahrenheit ambient.

Temperatures on the exterior of the camera

in that thumb rest hotspot area adjacent to the battery

began heating up quickly and nearly immediately

reading at 100 Fahrenheit.

And after the first 100 shots,

things were looking toasty, reaching 114 Fahrenheit.

But it wasn't until we passed 600 shots,

again, on three second interval timer

that I was finally able

to get that yellow temperature warning,

it seems that that warning appeared somewhere

in the vicinity of an external temperature

of 125 Fahrenheit on this device, or 52 Celsius.

But after that things remained steady.

It didn't get a whole lot hotter,

and that was with ambient temperature between 104 and 105.

When I brought back down the temperature

to around 100 Fahrenheit,

you can see here the warning went off again,

though the camera was still firing every three seconds.

Now regarding the warnings,

most Fuji cameras have two flavors of temperature warnings,

a yellow one and a red one, which, by the way,

Fuji is a horrible accessibility decision

if someone has color blindness issues of a certain type,

they won't know the difference.

However, in my experience, when you do see that red icon,

the camera's about to shut down on you.

The yellow icon when it's around,

it seems like you can continue to eke out video and shots.

The Fuji warns that mottling may increase.

I had to look that up.

Apparently that's the red hot spots you can get in images

if it's too hot.

I've never seen this personally.

But Fuji did say they warned you if you do.

At any rate, I didn't want to heat up the camera anymore.

And I can't imagine that in real world shoot,

that I'd be out shooting

more than 600 shots concurrently in 105.

That just sounds absolutely horrific.

So I don't think you really have anything

to be concerned about here as a photographer.

It can get on the warm side to hold when it's that hot,

but it's not the aluminum and it's around the handgrip area.

So you may get sweaty at the most.

And maybe if you tend to sweat easily,

that will increase the not very secure grip on the camera.

But again if you're only a photographer, I'd say,

about the only thing to be concerned about

is sweaty hands and dropped gear, but wear a strap,

not that kind of strap, a wrist strap, come on guys.

But on the video side,

we for sure have to be more concerned.

The camera has a 10 minute record limit

when recording 4K, 24p at 200 megabits,

and those are the settings I tested with.

I think the reason for that limit is obvious,

after 12 minutes of recording or so,

I did see the overheating warning.

Temperatures on the camera climb very quickly

when shooting in 4K.

However, I did keep recording,

every 10 minutes of recording,

I just swapped out for a cold battery

and I was able to record for over an hour like that.

The camera never shut down,

so you can definitely record longer form content in 4K,

you just have to stop every 10 minutes,

or hit record again and swap out the video every 10 minutes.

I just rotated between batteries.

You shouldn't see it shut down if you do that.

And that's actually no different than the X-T2.

I had that thing shut down all the time

when recording YouTube content.

I'm not saying it's excused,

heat dispersal seems like a bit of an Achilles heel

with this camera as it was with that one.

But let's be honest,

this isn't the camera you buy for long form video work,

but I would continue to use it

without worrying too much with the yellow warning.

But I could see how some others

maybe who are more risk averse

would follow Fuji's advice and shut the camera off entirely

when they see that warning.

And if that's you, don't shoot 4K on this device

and maybe you'll be fine.

I didn't test 1080p

because I don't really have any desire

to shoot 1080p in this camera,

really to shoot video in this camera at all.

Someone else will have to test that.

My guess is it will probably work better.

But if you shoot outside in the heat,

I just wouldn't with this camera, not video.

I didn't test with the space heaters

but I've got to think this would shut down

in short order in those conditions.

But that's all I've got for you for now, guys,

I hope you found some value out of this.

Again, please share your own experiences below

and tell me how it compares with your experiences,

maybe with the X100F for those of you who shoot that.

I didn't shoot with the F personally very much.

So I can't directly compare these things.

But invariably, whenever I share anything negative

about a new camera, folks like to use that

as an, I told you so type ammunition,

as a way to feel better about not upgrading,

but guys, you don't need a reason

and you certainly don't need to justify not upgrading to me.

There are an incredible variety of cameras

from every generation that can work amazingly well.

I have a video coming out soon

on my top 10 favorite cameras of all time.

You don't have to have the latest and greatest

to take incredible photos,

but more importantly to enjoy the photography experience.

So anyway, I don't know why I went off on that rant,

other than to pitch that video.

But for those of you

who are going to be enjoying this upgrade,

I also have a video coming out very soon,

two videos actually, that compare the performance

of the lens on this one with the WCL and TCL lenses.

I don't know where they are, versus the X-Pro 3,

but also just a general comparison of these two cameras.

So keep your eyes peeled for those.

And in the meantime, remember to do good with your camera.

And we will talk to you again real soon.

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