One of the most obvious benefits of the X100F over the X100S and X100T is the new 24MP sensor. I really appreciate the higher megapixel count, as I’ve run into a lot of cases where I can’t really print images from my X100S or X-T1 as large as I’d like. With the 6000×4000 resolution of the new sensor, though, I can print at A3 (19×13 inches) at superb quality and I’d be willing to print up to 36×24 inches and maybe even higher depending on the content of the image and the viewing distance. I’m a sucker for large prints, so I’d love to be able to print even larger, but 24MP is pretty good for such a tiny camera.
The extra resolution also offers a little more freedom in terms of cropping in post-production. When I started shooting film on 6×7 film with my Mamiya 7II, it really opened up a whole new world of aspect ratios for me. For years, I had blindly been shooting at wide aspect ratios, as though the world was created in 2×3. I’m not a huge fan of 6×7, but it really opened my eyes to other possibilities. With the X100F and the X-T2’s extra resolution, I can see myself effectively shooting at some different aspect ratios and not worrying about the lost pixels. Today’s shot really didn’t work at 2×3 because there was way too much stuff on the periphery that distracted from the focus of the scene. By cropping into a 1×1 aspect ratio, I think it works much better.