A Teardown of the Popular Fujifilm X100


Goodbye old young friend. Let me give you all a piece of wisdom that I recently learned the hard way. If you go on a fishing trip called ‘Hit em’ Hard’ and the captain tells you that you should take your bag off and put it in the ‘dry container’, what he really means by ‘dry container’ is a place that will fill up with seawater after he accidently clogs the drainage pipe, soaking you and your friends cameras, bags, wallets and cellphones for over an hour in salty seawater.

Better yet, just never go on a fishing charter with a name like ‘Hit em’ Hard.’

Needless to say, the next step of taking the camera apart was obvious. If you own the Fujifilm X100 you know how much it hurt to do. It is a beautiful piece of machinery that I loved dearly.

For everyone that talks about the quirks of this camera, they are right, it does have quirks, but it also had insane image quality, all the way up to ISO 3200, it was extremely portable and it was silent. It is the perfect compliment for when you want a light, invisible camera. I loved this camera. I have portfolio pieces shot at ISO 3200, printed large, and they look stunning.

But if you think the X100 is beautiful on the outside, it is breathtaking on the inside.

I have never taken a digital camera apart, and I was never one of those kids who took apart things for fun (although I now know what I was missing), so this was an eye-opening experience. Everything was packed together intricately. No millimeter was left unused. The precision was incredible. You don’t create a camera of this image quality at this size by leaving space unused.

The camera is a giant puzzle of miniscule parts. There were hundreds of hidden, miniature screws, rods, tape and dabs of glue holding it together. It was difficult to take apart to the point where it turned into a game. I’d stare at the thing for 10 minutes until I found that one screw hidden behind something that held everything together. It would be absolutely impossible for me to put this thing back together.

So without further ado, the Fuji X100 taken apart in all of its glory.


Screws were hidden everywhere. In total I counted about 130 tiny screws and I probably missed a few.


You can see the salt damage that covered every inch of this camera.













Notice the salt crystals forming on the inside of the lens.





The lens and the viewfinder. My two favorite parts of this camera.




The lens taken apart.





The viewfinder taken apart.


Over 130 screws.


Completely taken apart (for the most part.) Click here to view a larger version of the last photo.

130 screws. 50 pieces of tape. 152 parts (from just what I actually took apart.)

Next step: to create some sort of abstract camera-mutant sculpture out of the parts.

Editor’s note: You may remember the first/last photograph from when we featured it in the middle of last year.

About the author: James Maher is a fine art, portraiture, and professional studio photographer based in New York City. Visit his website here. This post was originally published here.

  • Benicio Murray

    I hope that dodgy captain offered some kind of compensation

  • Mike

    Do you have the stupid spacer for the charger going spare? :-)

  • 3ric15

    Did you try turning it off and back on again?

  • pete n pete

    Put it in a bag of rice overnight. :)

  • jung

    time to get x100s

  • Bill foster

    Ziplock bags are a gadget geeks best friend in the great outdoors!

  • Tim

    I need a spare screw for my x100! Any chance of posting it to Australia? :)

  • David Bennett

    piece of junk

  • Keith

    During a real cold spell I had my X100 LE secured to my wrist via a sturdy wrist strap. I needed to take off my gloves at one point and so pulled off the right hand glove and was horrified to see my beloved LE version flying through the air to the hard stone floor below me. Well, apart from the camera being wrapped in the bottom half of the ER case, I must have had an Angel willing it to hit softly. The camera first hit the ground on the edge of the ER case, flipped over to the back where it caught the edge of the curved thumb-rest and sprung over to the front where it landed softly and squarely on top of the hood. I thought this was going to be an insurance job without a doubt. On checking the camera I was amazed to find no damage whatsoever: not a scratch or a dent. Not a mark, or a blemish anywhere. There was a tiny scuff mark on the edge of the leather ER case which polished out and a dig in the thumb-rest which was kindly replaced by LensMate free of charge. These little cameras are slippery little beasts, so now I do things differently and make sure it is safe at all times before taking it out of its bag and putting back. Sad to hear you were less fortunate with your baby.