Fujifilm has released free dedicated firmware for the X100 camera that will dramatically improve its autofocus and manual focus performance.

The new firmware provides the following improvements:
1. AF Speed will be approximately 20% faster for bright scenes, dark scenes and changed focus distance.
2. Before switching to macro mode, the focus distance from the lens surface has been improved by approximately 30%.
3. The “Focus Peak Highlight” function which features on the X100S and X20 cameras has been added via this firmware update. It assists with accurate and sensitive manual focusing by enhancing the outline of the subject in high contrast.
4. When adjusting focus with the electronic viewfinder or LCD, it will now be easier to capture the focus peak by displaying the image with a shallow depth of field using open aperture.
5. The start-up time for the X100 has been improved by approximately 0.2 seconds (with Quick Start mode off).
6. Previously, the focus area was selected while holding the AF button on the back of the camera. With the firmware update, pressing the AF button switches to the focus area selection screen where you can select the area of choice.

To download the new X100 firmware files and camera upgrade instructions, visit the Fujifilm global website at http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/.