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Fujifilm X-T100 Review

Fuji X-T100 Review — Now Shooting!

by Jeremy Gray
Preview posted: 05/24/2018

Updates:
06/22/2018: First Shots posted
08/02/2018: Field Test posted

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Fujifilm X-T100 Field Test

An affordable and, in some regards, impressive X Series camera

by Jeremy Gray | Posted 08/02/2018

XF 50-140mm f/2.8: 111mm (165mm equiv.), f/4.5, 1/640s, ISO 200.
This image has been cropped. Click for full-size image. .

The Fujifilm X-T100 is a stylish camera that slots in somewhere above «entry-level» but not quite «high-end» within Fujifilm’s X Series lineup. The camera features a Bayer-filtered 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor — not an X-Trans sensor — and includes a built-in electronic viewfinder, tilting touchscreen and 4K video recording. The X-T100 isn’t supremely fast nor equipped with the latest in Fujifilm’s performance technology. However, it is a good value at under $600 for the body.

Key Features and Specs

  • 24.2-megapixel APS-C non-X-Trans sensor
  • 2.36M-dot 0.62x OLED electronic viewfinder
  • 3-inch tilting touchscreen
  • 91-area Hybrid autofocus system
  • Native ISO range is 200-12,800, expandable to 100-51,200
  • Up to 6 frames per second shooting
  • Full HD video at 60 fps
  • 4K UHD video at 15 fps
  • $599 USD for body-only

XF 10-24mm f/4: 16mm (23mm equiv.), f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 200.
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Camera Body and Handling

The X-T100 is a stylish and functionally-designed camera. It has a retro-inspired design with nice modern amenities, including a 2.36M-dot electronic viewfinder and tilting 3-inch touchscreen.

The camera has a simple and stylish appearance

On the top deck of the camera, there are three dials. The leftmost dial, which is located to the left of the viewfinder, is a function dial, is inmarked and is, by default, assigned to change the Film Simulation when in P, A, S and M shooting modes. You can customize this function dial to control other settings, including exposure compensation, shutter type, face/eye detection settings, movie mode, flash compensation, flash mode, release type, focus mode, AF mode, photometry (metering), white balance, dynamic range, image quality, image size, self-timer and ISO.

To the right of the viewfinder is the main mode dial, which includes a wide assortment of modes, such as P, A, S and M shooting modes in addition to SR+ (automatic), scene modes, panorama shooting and more. The rightmost dial handles exposure compensation by default, but it can be set to control other things too much like the function dial on the left. Placed between the mode dial and the exposure compensation dial is a small function button. This controls ISO by default but can, again, be customized to your preferences.

On the back of the camera is a vertically-oriented rear command dial — there is no front command dial — which also has a button press function. It controls aperture when in aperture priority and manual exposure modes, but handles shutter speed adjustments in shutter priority mode. In manual mode, the exposure compensation dial becomes a shutter speed dial. By pressing the rear command dial, you can magnify in on the selected focus point if not using the AF-All autofocus mode.

The tilting touchscreen display works very well.

Like other Fujifilm cameras, the X-T100 has a Q button on the back, as well. This brings up a grid of 16 user-selectable settings. This quick-access menu works very well for changing settings such as the metering mode and the autofocus modes. The Q menu is good, but you cannot use the touchscreen to navigate it, which is unfortunate.

Speaking of the touchscreen, the articulating display looks good, feels quite sturdy and works well in bright conditions. When there is glare, it’s easy to tilt it to make it easier to see. It tilts upward over 90 degrees and downward about 45 degrees, and you can also flip it sideways 180 degrees.

Image Quality

Sharpness

When considering sharpness, the X-T100 does a good job of producing detailed JPEG images straight from the camera. In the image and crops below, we see impressive detail rendition without much evidence of excessive sharpening. Colors are rich, tones are smooth and there is plenty of detail. If you want a fine-tuned final image, you can, of course, shoot RAW and process them to taste.

XF 10-24mm f/4: 24mm (36mm equiv.), f/7.1, 1/640s, ISO 200.
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XF 10-24mm f/4: 24mm (36mm equiv.), f/7.1, 1/640s, ISO 200.
100 percent crop. Click for full-size image. .

XF 10-24mm f/4: 24mm (36mm equiv.), f/7.1, 1/640s, ISO 200.
100 percent crop. Click for full-size image. .

High ISO

The X-T100’s native ISO range is 200 to 12,800, although it can be extended to ISO 100 to 51,200. In the images below, we see 100 percent crops from JPEG images shot at ISO 200 (base native ISO), ISO 3200, 6400 and 12,800. The images were shot through glass, so try not to make too many judgements regarding absolute sharpness. However, they still prove useful for comparing how the image quality changes as ISO increases. We have highlights and shadow areas to evaluate within the crops, as well. Note that the lens moved very slightly for a couple of the shots, which I didn’t realize at the time of shooting, but it negligibly affects framing.

XF 10-24mm f/4: 23mm (33mm equiv.), f/8, 14s, ISO 200.
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XF 10-24mm f/4: 23mm (33mm equiv.), f/8, 14s, ISO 200.
100 percent crop. Click for full-size image. .
At ISO 200, we see good contrast, color and detail. While shooting through glass robs the image of some very fine detail, we nonetheless see well-defined edges, smooth tonal transitions and good image quality.

XF 10-24mm f/4: 23mm (33mm equiv.), f/11, 2.3s, ISO 3200.
100 percent crop. Click for full-size image. .
In this ISO 3200 shot, there are a few immediately apparent differences. There’s of course a bit more visible noise, although it is quite well-controlled, and the fine detail rendition has degraded a bit. Further, tonal transitions are not as smooth. Overall image contrast and dynamic range has also decreased markedly. Nonetheless, the results are quite good for an APS-C camera at ISO 3200.

XF 10-24mm f/4: 22mm (32mm equiv.), f/11, 0.8s, ISO 12,800.
100 percent crop. Click for full-size image. .
At the maximum native ISO, image quality is not very good. There is a lot of noise, particularly in shadow areas, and the image takes on a very processed look as the camera’s noise reduction processing gets kicked into overdrive. I’d avoid this ISO, if possible.

As we can see above, the X-T100 does an impressive job at ISO 200 through 3200. Image quality remains pretty good at ISO 6400 before becoming rather ugly at ISO 12,800. For an APS-C camera, particularly one at this price point, I am very impressed by the image quality from the X-T100.

Film Simulations

Like other Fujifilm cameras, the X-T100 comes with a wide array of «Film Simulations.» These are digital filters aimed to replicate different film stocks from Fujifilm’s illustrious history. They are considerably more in-depth than a simple filter, however, as they adjust many aspects of the overall appearance of an image. For example, Velvia does more than increase saturation, it also changes the tonal curve and image contrast. Classic Chrome does more than subdue colors, it also changes highlight and shadow tones. If you’d like a deep-dive into Film Simulations, .

Below, we can see the standard film simulation, Provia, as it compares to Velvia (vivid) and Classic Chrome. Personally, I like Provia in many situations, although I do sometimes use Velvia in landscape shooting situations.

XF 50-140mm f/2.8: 134mm (201mm equiv.), f/2.8, 1/4s, ISO 200.
Provia (standard) Film Simulation. Click for full-size image. .

XF 50-140mm f/2.8: 134mm (201mm equiv.), f/2.8, 1/4s, ISO 200.
Velvia (vivid) Film Simulation. Click for full-size image. .

XF 50-140mm f/2.8: 134mm (201mm equiv.), f/2.8, 1/4s, ISO 200.
Classic Chrome Film Simulation. Click for full-size image. .

File flexibility

The RAW files from the Fujifilm X-T100’s CMOS sensor are very flexible and versatile. The camera has a pretty good dynamic range anyway, but when you adjust shadows and highlights during RAW processing, you can bring out a lot more range in the image. Consider the shot below, which includes blown highlights and shadow areas which are too dark. With simple tweaks to shadows and highlights sliders (+100 shadows, -100 highlights and +0.2 exposure), there’s a lot of additional detail you can extract from a RAW file.

XF 50-140mm f/2.8: 69mm (102mm equiv.), f/2.8, 1/250s, ISO 500.
Original image. Click for full-size image. .

XF 50-140mm f/2.8: 69mm (102mm equiv.), f/2.8, 1/250s, ISO 500.
RAW edit. Click for full-size image. .

Shooting experience

Autofocus

The 91-area hybrid (phase-detect + contrast-detect) autofocus system and touchscreen AF capabilities of the X-T100 are generally good. However, the autofocus system can be at times very indecisive and slow, particularly in low-light shooting situations. Further, face detection and eye detection do not work very well, nor does continuous autofocus hold up when shooting moving subjects.

XF 50-140mm f/2.8: 140mm (210mm equiv.), f/2.8, 1/640s, ISO 500.
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Performance

The X-T100 can shoot at up to 6 frames per second, which is reasonably quick, but the camera’s buffer is slow to clear. Also, the camera feels sluggish during normal operation. Playing back images is not snappy, button presses are not always quickly registered and menus are slow to navigate. It can be frustrating when you are trying to capture a shot and the camera doesn’t keep up.

Wireless

With built-in wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the X-T100 has a standard suite of wireless features, including image transfer and remote control shooting. The connection proved easy to establish using my iPhone.

The X-T100 has decent, although not spectacular, wireless functionality.

Remote control functionality is decent. You can change numerous settings via the app, including ISO, aperture, Film Simulation and more. However, you cannot change the shooting mode nor does changing it on the camera reflect in the app until you re-establish the connection. The live view quality is good but the frame rate is choppy. Overall, the functionality is fine, but I have seen much better from other manufacturers.

Video

When considering video on the X-T100, it is a tale of two very different experiences. Let’s consider the 4K UHD video recording, which is certainly a nice feature when it works well. On the X-T100, like the recent Fujifilm X-A5 camera, 4K UHD recording is capped at 15 frames per second. This is much choppier than even 24 frames per second — a standard cinema frame rate — and is not very useful when recording motion, which you often are doing when shooting video.

Fujifilm X-T100 4K Test Video
3840 x 2160 at 15fps, ISO 400 (base ISO during video recording).
Recorded with Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 lens.

The quality of the 4K video is fairly good, but the frame rate is a real issue. Further, the camera’s autofocus does not perform well during video recording. On the plus side, there is a nice built-in timelapse feature which allows for 4K/30p time lapses to be shot and compiled in the camera.

Fujifilm X-T100 4K Timelapse Test Video
3840 x 2160 at 30fps.

The ISO range when shooting video is 400 to 6400, rather than the 200-12,800 range when shooting still images. As you can see below, the video quality drops dramatically from ISO to 400 to 6400, but remains pretty good at ISO 6400, particularly if you are shooting with a 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Fujifilm X-T100 ISO Test Video #1
1920 x 1080 at 60fps, ISO 400.

Fujifilm X-T100 ISO Test Video #2
1920 x 1080 at 24fps, ISO 6400.

The X-T100 can also shoot in high-speed mode, which allows for 4x slow motion videos. It’s a neat feature and a nice option to have.

Fujifilm X-T100 High Speed Video
1280 x 720 at 100fps, played backed at 25 frames per second.

With respect to usability, the touchscreen works nicely when recording video, letting you easily tap to move the AF box. The camera does have a dedicated movie record button, and its own movie section in the settings menu. Regarding the movie record button, there was often a significant delay, up to a few seconds, following pressing the button before the camera started recording video. Stopping the recording worked fine, but the start delay was frustrating.

Overall, the Fujifilm X-T100 is an acceptable video camera with a limited feature set. Its primary use is certainly capturing high-quality still images rather than being a multimedia camera.

Fuji X-T100 Field Test Summary

Great image quality with mixed performance elsewhere

What I like:

  • Stylish and well-designed
  • Very good image quality
  • Good variety of shooting modes
  • Built-in timelapse feature works well

What I don’t like:

  • Sluggish when navigating menus
  • Poor autofocus for stills and video
  • 15fps limit for 4K is frustrating

The Fujifilm X-T100 captures high-quality images using its 24-megapixel APS-C sensor. The camera’s primary strength is its image quality. If you intend to use the X-T100 mostly for stills images, particularly of stationary or slow-moving subjects, then you will likely come away impressed. However, it does have some shortcomings. The autofocus performance is middling, at best, and the video features are limited. Further, the camera’s performance can be sluggish at times as well.

XF 10-24mm f/4: 10mm (15mm equiv.), f/7.1, 1/30s, ISO 200.
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The camera body can be purchased for under $600, and the image quality is very good. Plus, the X Series system has a wide variety of excellent lenses, making it a nice system to enter, even with an entry- to mid-level camera body. There’s room to grow with the X-T100, and for photographers just getting their feet wet with an interchangeable lens camera, there’s a lot to like. If you need fast autofocus and better video features, I’d recommend looking at something a bit higher up in the X Series lineup. If you care mostly about image quality, the X-T100 can be a good option.

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Fuji X-T100 Overview

by Jeremy Gray

Fujifilm has long been creating stylish, lightweight interchangeable lens cameras as part of their X Series family, and their latest camera — and brand new model line — looks to be an interesting blend of performance and value while retaining a sleek retro design. The Fuji X-T100 is designed to be easy to use and intuitive yet offer high-end image quality at an affordable price point. Let’s take a closer look at the camera’s specs and features and learn how it separates itself in the ever-growing X Series lineup.

Body and Design: Sleek, stylish and available in distinct colors

The Fuji X-T100’s body has a flat front and rear design with no protruding grip on the front (a detachable grip is however included in the bundle), and only a small one for your thumb on the rear of the camera. The camera is something of a cross between the recent X-A5 and the higher-end X-T20 in terms of appearance. The X-T100 eschews the X-T20’s front command dial and borrows the vertical rear command dial of the X-A5.

Where the X-T100 begins to separate itself from the X-A5 is with respect to the displays. Firstly, the X-T100 includes an electronic viewfinder, much like the X-T20. The X-T100 features a 0.39-inch OLED EVF with 2,360K dots and a 0.62x (35mm equivalent) magnification factor. The EVF also features an eye sensor. Further, the 3-inch rear touchscreen has a three-way tilt mechanism, meaning that you can also flip it to the side of the camera, whereas the X-A5 can only tilt up and down. The rear display has 1.04-million dots of resolution.

Looking closer at the rear of the X-T100, we find four-way directional buttons (which double as function buttons), a display/back button and then a trio of buttons above the display, including a «Q» button to bring up the camera’s touch-friendly and customizable Quick Menu. There’s also a view mode button next to the EVF.

Along the top of the camera, which is made from anodized aluminum, we find a trio of dials, including a standard mode dial that includes an improved SR+ Automatic shooting mode, which is designed to detect the subject and scene simultaneously. There’s also a function button between the pair of dials to the right of the viewfinder.

The X-T100 weighs just under a pound (448 grams) with a battery and memory card inserted. The camera is 4.8 inches (121 millimeters) wide, 3.3 inches (83 millimeters) tall and has a depth of 1.9 inches (47.4 millimeters). This makes it slightly larger than the X-A5 and X-T20. The camera comes in three different finishes: black, dark silver and champagne gold. The latter two colors are brand new to the X Series lineup.

Image Sensor and Performance

Like the X-A5, the X-T100 uses Fujifilm’s latest 24-megapixel Bayer-filtered (non-X-Trans) sensor, which includes on-sensor phase detection autofocus pixels. This autofocus system employs the same autofocus algorithms as Fujifilm’s flagship cameras and promises fast, accurate autofocus performance in a wide range of shooting situations.

The X-T100 utilizes the same 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor as the X-A5, which offers a native ISO range of 200-12,800. The ISO range can, however, be extended to 100-51,200. We have found that the X-A5 delivers very impressive image quality, so we expect much of the same from the X-T100. It is worth pointing out that the slightly more expensive X-T20 utilizes an X-Trans sensor like Fujifilm’s higher-end offerings.

The X-T100 shown here in dark silver with included removable grip attached.

The autofocus system includes multiple modes: single point, zone AF and wide/tracking AF modes. There are five different sizes you can choose from for single point AF, and when using Zone AF, there are 91 areas usable as 3 x 3, 5 x 5 and 7 x 7 squares across the 7 x 13 grid. With Wide/Tracking AF mode, there are up to 18 usable autofocus areas. You can utilize touch autofocus with the rear display as well.

Looking at performance — which will need to be verified by our lab testing — we find moderate speeds. Fujifilm claims the X-T100 is capable of continuous shooting at up to 6 frames per second with a JPEG buffer of 26 frames. While that’s a noticeable improvement over the X-A5’s 10 JPEG spec, the buffer is still not very substantial, and it’ll be interesting to see how it does with RAW image capture. The X-T100 claims a 0.4-second startup time when High Performance mode is enabled, which is pretty quick and twice as fast as the default startup time. Battery life is CIPA-rated at 430 shots per charge in Normal mode with no information about High Performance mode battery life, but you can expect it to be noticeably less. The battery is the lithium-ion NP-W126S, for those curious, which is the same battery pack used for multiple, current Fuji cameras.

Shooting modes and video

There are a lot of interesting shooting features with the Fuji X-T100. In addition to its SR+ mode, the camera offers the full suite of semi-automatic and manual shooting modes you expect from an ILC, but it also offers neat shooting features such as Motion Panorama (up to 2160 x 9600 pixels in vertical mode and 9600 x 1440 in horizontal mode), Advanced filters and, of course, Film Simulation modes. The Advanced filters include options such as Toy camera, Miniature, HDR Art and more. Film Simulations will be familiar to Fujifilm shooters; there are the same 11 types you’ve come to expect: Provia, Velvia, Astia, Classic Chrome, Pro Neg Hi, Pro Neg Std, Monochrome (with three color filters) and Sepia. There’s no Acros setting like there is on some other more expensive Fujifilm cameras, but otherwise, it’s the standard suite.

On the video side of things, the X-T100 is much like the X-A5. This means that it offers 4K UHD video recording, but with a maximum frame rate of only 15 frames per second, which is quite limiting. The maximum clip length is however much improved to 30 minutes, versus only 5 minutes for the X-A5.

Full HD video, fortunately, can be recorded at up to 60 fps, but still for only 30 minutes per clip, although again that’s an improvement over the X-A5’s 14 minute limit. If you want higher-speed recording, there’s a High Speed mode that records at up to 4x slow-motion with a 1280 x 720 resolution.

In addition to 4K video, the X-T100 also offers 4K Burst and 4K Multi Focus still frame shooting modes, allowing you to capture 8-megapixel still images at 15 fps and the ability to select from multiple focus points after capturing frames.

Connectivity

The X-T100 includes built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (version 4.1, also known as Bluetooth Low Energy), which allows you to remotely control the camera and transfer images to your phone or print to an Instax printer. You can also geotag your images using a connected GPS-enabled smartphone.

The camera uses SD cards (UHS-I) for storage, and has Micro-B USB 2.0 and Micro Type-D HDMI ports. The camera also includes a 2.5mm microphone/remote jack.

Fuji X-T100 Pricing and Availability

The Fujifilm X-T100 will be available body only or as part of a kit with the Fujinon XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens. The body only will sell for US$599.95 in the U.S. and for CA$749.99 in Canada. The kit will be available for $699.95 and $899.99 respectively. Both the body and the kit will be available starting on June 18 in black, dark silver and champagne gold.

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Fujifilm X-T100 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 15-45mm Lens (Champagne Gold)

Sporting a sleek and stylish design, the Fujifilm X-T100 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 15-45mm Lens (Black) offers a host of features including a high magnification electronic viewfinder, a horizontal tilting rear LCD screen, the latest built-in Bluetooth technology for easy and seamless image transfer and an extended battery life, with up to 430 frames possible per charge. In addition, the x-t100 weighs just 448G with anodized coating on aluminum top cover, delivering a simultaneously retro and Luxury feel. The x-t100 boasts a powerful 24.2 Megapixel APS-C size sensor and is equipped with a Phase detection autofocus system featuring a newly developed autofocus algorithm for super-fast and precise focusing. Combined with Fujifilm’s renowned outstanding image quality with the company’s proprietary color reproduction technology, the x-t100 is stylish, portable, and highly versatile – making it the ideal companion for everyday photography.
FEATURES:
Image Quality – FUJIFILM X-T100 has the essential elements to make all aspects of your pictures look special: natural skin tone, beautiful colour reproduction, low noise in poor light, and excellent edge-to-edge resolution. You can trust exceptional images will be produced thanks to FUJIFILM’s technology which is established from over 80 years in the photo industry.
Large Sensor – FUJIFILM X-T100 is equipped with an APS-C sized image sensor which is 14 times larger than the sensor inside conventional smartphones. This is essential for capturing better quality images in low light and creating beautiful background defocus effect known as Bokeh.
Electronic Viewfinder – The high performance EVF in the retro body allows you to compose your photographs clearly even in bright sunshine. This experience is the true feeling of photography. Only an electronic viewfinder allows you to see exactly what your final result will be before you take the picture.
3 Way Tilt LCD Monitor – The 3.0 inch LCD monitor is able to flip horizontally and tilt vertically and also has touch screen capability. The horizontal flip is essential for taking self portraits in both stills and video modes. The vertical tilt is useful when you want to take pictures low down or up above. With the addition of touch control and self-timer modes, FUJIFILM X-T100 has a variety of shooting options.
Film Simulation – Replicate the look of classic films with a variety of FUJIFILM’s unique Film Simulations modes. You can trust exceptional images will be produced thanks to FUJIFILM’s technology which is established from over 80 years in the photo industry.
Advanced Filter – Add an artistic touch without the need of a computer and bring out the best side of your subject with in-camera Advanced Filters.
Movie + 4K Burst Shooting – Capture the world around you in ultra-high definition with 4K movie, bringing the atmosphere and emotion of a scene to life.
Wireless Connectivity – You can pair the FUJIFILM X-T100 to a compatible smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth for seamless transfer of your images so they can easily be shared with friends.
Colors – The FUJIFILM X-T100 offers a variety of body color such as Dark Silver, Black, and Champagne Gold and follows the familiar design of the popular X-T series from Fujifilm, offering three control dials on the top cover.
Retro & Lightweight – With it’s portability, lightweight 448g* body and retro styling, the FUJIFILM X-T100 can be taken anywhere and everywhere in your daily life.
Mode Dial – Change your shooting mode quickly using the conventional mode dial. Select from SR+, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or fully manual.
Function Dial – The function dial allows intuitive, simple adjustment of the shooting settings. In the «DEFAULT» setting, the dial is automatically assigned to the best options for each shooting mode.
FUJINON X Mount Lens – In combination with rich X Mount genuine lens lineup incorporated with FUJINON’s unique optical technology, including small and light electronic zoom lens ‘XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ’ capable of minimum working distance of just 5cm*, FUJIFILM X-T100 corresponds any photographic category and subject with outstanding image quality. The 26 lenses** of rich lens lineup covers wide focal length from 15mm to 1200mm (35mm format equivalent) both with zoom lenses, realizing compactness and high image quality, and prime lenses with bright aperture and beautiful defocusing effect.
Multi Focus – Multi Focus mode adds multiple images together to generate a sharp image with amazingly deep depth of field.
SR Auto – Advanced SR Auto mode recognizes the scene and the subject you are looking at and automatically optimizes camera setting and focus. It let you take the best photos possible with minimal effort.

Super Intelligent Flash – The flash automatically adjusts the amount of light released according to your scenes, letting you take natural-looking photographs.Inside the X-T100 is a 24.2MP APS-C sensor, but it’s a regular CMOS type, rather than a Fujifilm X-Trans sensor

As a camera for novices and enthusiasts to experiment and learn with, however, it has a lot to offer. For a start, it comes Fujifilm’s celebrated Film Simulation modes, including PROVIA/Standard, VELVIA/Vivid, ASTIA/Soft, Classic Chrome, Pro Neg (Hi and Std) and Monochrome (with different ‘filter’ options) – though not the black-and-white ACROS mode found on more upmarket models.

It can also shoot Raw files, of course, and offers in-camera Raw conversion for those who don’t want to wait until they can get their images on to a computer. It has Fujifilm’s clever extended dynamic range modes, which juggle ISO and tone curve settings to capture a wider brightness range with fewer clipped highlights. And if you want to cover all the bases when you shoot, it has auto-bracketing modes for exposure, Film Simulation, dynamic range, ISO and white balance.

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If you’re not confident with the technicalities yet, there’s an Advanced SR AUTO mode which analyses each scene and picks the most appropriate focus and camera settings. If you like instant, in-camera effects, there’s also an Advanced Filter mode with a range of different effects too.

The autofocus system appears to be the same 91-point hybrid phase- and contrast-detect system found on Fujifilm’s more advanced X-series cameras, so there are no compromises there.

The X-T100 comes with Fujifilm’s new retracting XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ power zoom lens, and from the top you can see just how compact it is

Perhaps the most interesting feature, though, is the new XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ kit lens, first seen on the cheaper X-A5 model. This is a compact power zoom lens that retracts when it’s not in use to take up less space. It also offers a wider angle of view than the average kit zoom, with an effective focal range of 23-69mm in 35mm terms. You lose a little at the long end of the zoom range, but for most users the wide-angle gain at the other end of the range will be more than worth it.

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Topping all of this off is built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which offer automatic image transfer to your smart device, and a decent 430-shot battery life from the supplied lithium-ion cell.

Introduction

The Fujifilm X-T100 is a mid-range compact system camera with a 24 megapixel sensor, 4K video recording, three-way tilting touchscreen, electronic viewfinder and Bluetooth connectivity. It sits above the entry-level X-A5 and below the prosumer X-T20 in the now extensive Fujifilm camera range.
The X-T100 features a slightly revised version of the APS-C Bayer image sensor found in the cheaper X-A5. Importantly it’s not the same as the X-Trans sensor that’s used in Fujifilm’s higher-end X-Series cameras (beginning with the X-T20), which offers better image quality.
The X-T100 also employs the same hybrid AF system as the X-A5, meaning you have both contrast and phase detection AF points in play, although it’s a 91-point-array that is simpler than those found in the more expensive X-Series cameras.
Other key differences between the X-T100 and the entry-level X-A5 are the former’s electronic viewfinder and three-way tilting LCD screen. The X-A5 lacks a viewfinder, instead relying on the rear LCD for image compostion, while the X-T100 offers the ability to twist the LCD out to the side and to the front for easier selfies, as well as up and down.
The Fujifilm X-T100 is available in Black, Dark Silver and Champagne Gold colours and costs £619 / $699 in a kit with the XC 15-45mm zoom lens. It’s also available body only in the US for $599 (but not in the UK).

Ease of Use

The new Fujifilm X-T100 essentially offers most of the key features of the cheaper X-A5 camera combined with the more premium look and feel of the higher-end X-T20, and subsequently it sits halfway between those models in terms of the official price.

The X-T100 weighs 448g, which is actually slightly heavier than the X-T20 by 65g, despite having an aluminium and polycarbonate plastic body rather than a more premium magnesium alloy one. This extra weight does give what is rather a small camera a surprisingly nice «heft» in the hand. We did miss the much bigger handgrip on the X-T20, though, with Fujifilm instead including a small detachable handgrip in the box which can be optionally added to the otherwise flat front-plate. While this is a nice idea in theory, we’d rather see the X-T100 have a proper handgrip integrated into its design, along with a rubberised thumb-grip at the rear in place of the rather hard plastic surface.

The X-T100 employs a very similar APS-C Bayer sensor to the X-A5, with 24.3 megapixels on offer rather than 24.2. The more expensive X-T20 is the first model in the current Fujifilm range to feature an X-Trans sensor, which Fujifilm claims will offer better image quality, so that’s an important difference to the cheaper X-T100 if you’re considering both models.

The large APS-C sensor makes it easy to throw the background out of focus and achieve some really nice bokeh effects, and the extensive ISO range of 100-51200 (note that ISO 100, 25600 and 51200 are JPEG only) makes the X-T100 very well suited to low-light shooting, allowing you to hand-hold the camera in places where you’d usually be reaching for a tripod (if allowed) or other support. The clever ISO Auto Control setting allows you to set a maximum sensitivity (up to 6400) and a minimum shutter speed (1/30th is a good starting point), with the camera over-riding your ISO choice if it thinks you’re being too ambitious whilst maintaining a shutter speed that won’t introduce camera shake.

Front of the Fujifilm X-T100

This new model also shares the same phase-detection auto-focus system as the X-A5. This employs a total of 91 AF points arranged in a 13×7 rectangular grid with a central block of 35 phase-detection points, which again isn’t as advanced as the AF system found on the X-T20, and is therefore another key differentiator between the two models.

A key difference between the the X-T100 and the cheaper X-A5 is the former’s electronic viewfinder, which offers the same 2.36m dot resolution as the flagship X-T2 along with a magnification of 0.62x. The X-A5 doesn’t have a viewfinder at all, instead relying on the rear screen for composing images, so if this is a must-have feature for you, then the new X-T100 is currently the cheapest Fujifilm camera to offer it.

The X-T100 has a unique three-way LCD screen that both tilts up and down and rotates out to the side to face forwards for those all-important selfies. It’s a clever design that we haven’t seen before on a Fujifilm camera. The Fujifilm X-T100’s 3-inch 1040K-dot LCD screen is also touch-sensitive, which means you can use it to set the AF point too, or even fire the shutter release. On the left hand side of the screen you’ll see a small icon which if you press allows you to choose between using the screen to set AF point, or to have it focus and then take a picture. If you prefer, you can turn off this functionality altogether, but it’s much quicker than using the buttons to set the point.

Rear of the Fujifilm X-T100

With the XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens attached (the smallest X-Series zoom lens available) or a compact prime lens like the XF 35mm f/2 R WR, you have a camera that sits perfectly in the hand. We did find the XC 15-45mm power-zoom lens to be a little cumbersome in its operation, though – check out our Fujifilm XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 review for the full low-down.

The X-T100 actually has two kinds of shutter, mechanical and electronic. When using only its mechanical focal-plane shutter, the X-T100 has a very adaptable top shutter-speed limit of 1/4000th second in all shooting modes and a flash-sync speed of 1/180th second.

The completely silent electronic shutter provides a much faster top shutter speed of 1/32,000th second. This allows you to continue shooting wide-open with fast aperture lenses in the brightest of conditions without having to resort to fitting a glass ND filter or using external flash and lights. There are some important caveats with the electronic shutter – the ISO range is restricted to 200-6400, you can’t use the flash at all, and the slowest shutter speed is only 1 second, but overall it’s a great addition that makes the X-T100 more versatile.

Top of the Fujifilm X-T100

In terms of operational speed, the Fujifilm X-T100 is satisfying enough to use. Shutter lag is fine, so once you have set the focus, you’ll rarely miss the moment because the camera can’t fire the shutter quickly enough, and it starts-up in less than half a second (0.4sec to be precise) when High Performance mode is set to ON. Continuous shooting speeds are respectable enough rather than outstanding, with 6fps available for up to 26 JPEGs, or 3fps for an unlimited number of JPEGs.

The X-T100 features enhanced built-in wi-fi connectivity. Install the FUJIFILM Camera Remote App and you can transfer your pictures immediately to a smartphone or tablet PC and then edit and share them as you wish, transfer stills and video onto the camera, and embed GPS information in your shots from your smartphone. You can also control the camera remotely, with the list of available functions including Touch AF, shutter release for stills and movies, shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity, Film Simulation modes, White Balance, macro, timer and flash. The built-in wi-fi also provides a simple means to backup your photos to your home PC.

Additionally, the X-T100 can be connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth. This has the advantage that the camera and smartphone will automatically connect with each other (if Bluetooth is enabled on both) when the Camera Remote app is opened, a process that only takes about 5 seconds. If you enable «Auto Image Transfer On», the latest batch of images will be automatically transferred to your smartphone.

Tilting LCD Screen

The Fujifilm X-T100 can record 4K video, but unfortunately only at a paltry 15fps, which results in very «stuttery» video that’s frankly pretty unusable. Thankfully, the X-T100 can also record Full HD 1080p movies at 60p / 50p / 30p / 25p / 24p for up to 15 minutes with stereo sound. There is a HDMI port for connecting the X-T100 to a high-definition TV, and you can adjust the level of the internal microphone and attach an external mic for better sound quality via the 2.5mm Mic and Remote ports.

On the top-left of the X-T100 is a large, unmarked Function dial which automatically changes a specific option for the currently selected shooting mode. So in the manual shooting modes (PASM), it changes the Film Simulation type, whilst in the SR+ auto mode, it sets the Self-timer options. It kind of makes sense when you start using it, althoguh you can customise the dial anyway if you’d prefer to have more control over what it does. Underneath is a switch for releasing the built-in pop-up flash, with a dedicated flash hotshoe positioned on top of the electronic viewfinder in the centre of the top-plate.

Over on the right is a shooting mode dial, the shutter release button, encircled by the on-off switch, a customisable Function button which by default changes the ISO speed, the one-touch movie record button, and the first of two control dials which are used to set the aperture/shutter speed/exposure compensation. The second control dial is located underneath your right thumb on the rear of the camera. The control dial on the top is rather awkwardly located when using the fully Manul shooting mode – we’d prefer to see it positioned on the front of the top-plate, rather than the rear, but kudos to Fujifilm for including it at all.

The Fujifilm X-T100 In-hand

The X-T100 has a logical enough rear control layout. Above the LCD screen and to the left of the viewfinder are two buttons for choosing image deletion or playback, while on the right is the Quick menu button and the rear control dial. The Q button provides quick access to lots of frequently used shooting settings including the ISO speed, White Balance, File Size and File Quality, with the 4-way controller and command dial used to quickly change them.

In the middle of the controller is the Menu button, which accesses the eight Shooting and Set-up menus. The 4-way controller buttons allow you to change the AF point, White Balance, Burst and Bracketing, and Self-timer options. Underneath is the Disp/Back button which is used for changing the LCD display or going back to the previous menu option.

The X-T100 uses a NP-W126S Li-ion battery, which provides a repectable CIPA-measued battery life of 430 shots. The memory card is inserted in the same compartment as the battery on the bottom of the camera, alongside which is a metal tripod mount.

Apenas dos semanas después de que se presentara la nueva Fujifilm X-T100, hemos tenido la oportunidad de tener una toma de contacto por las calles de Madrid para comprobar esta nueva apuesta de Fujifilm. Una nueva apuesta de verdad ya que, tal y como nos han contado, es una cámara sin espejo que se dirige a un público diferente, mucho más generalista.

Una cámara que viene a contentar un usuario al que las cámaras que superan la barrera psicológica de los mil euros le parecen muy lejanas. De hecho, según los responsables de Fujifilm, aproximadamente el 40% del mercado de cámaras digitales está en los modelos por debajo de los 700 euros, que es justo donde entra de lleno esta nueva cámara.

Un modelo que está dirigido principalmente a dos perfiles más o menos específicos: Por un lado fotógrafos con mayor o menor experiencia que quieran renovar su vieja réflex adentrándose en el mundo de las sin espejo a un coste razonable; y por otro aficionados que quieran dar un salto de calidad desde su móvil con una cámara de ciertas garantías. Ciertamente para este último tipo de usuario Fujifilm ya tiene otros modelos (como la X-A5 con la que comparte muchas cosas) pero hasta ahora no existía uno que tuviera visor electrónico.

Porque, no nos engañemos, la imagen que casi todos tenemos de un fotógrafo es alguien con una cámara más o menos grande pero con visor. Y si resulta que hay réflex digitales por unos 400 euros, y además no son muy grandes ni pesadas, es normal que la gente sin demasiados conocimientos del mercado de fotografía no termine de fijar su mirada en las sin espejo.

Por eso modelos como éste, o como la Canon EOS M50 (por citar un modelo de características similares presentado hace poco), nos parecen no sólo inteligentes sino también una manera de dar un pequeño empujón para el despegue definitivo de las cámaras sin espejo.

Primeras sensaciones y diseño

Pero pasemos ya a hablar de nuestras impresiones obtenidas en la toma de contacto con la Fujifilm X-T100. La primera, nada más cogerla, es que pesa más de lo esperado. Ciertamente esperábamos algo más parecido a una X-A5 (más “plasticosa”) y menos a una X-T20, pero para nada es así. La construcción parece muy sólida y tanto peso como dimensiones son muy, muy parecidos a la X-T20. Como podéis ver en la foto de abajo, ciertamente son dos modelos muy similares en apariencia, aunque sus características internas sean bastante diferentes.

Una X-T20 (izquierda) y la nueva X-T100 (derecha).

Como también se puede apreciar en las imágenes, la estética se ha mantenido fiel a lo ya habitual en la casa (¿para qué cambiar lo que funciona?) y en este caso el resultado es bueno. Como ya comentamos, la cámara se fabricará en tres acabados pero uno de ellos (el modelo negro y plateado champagne) no se comercializará en la península. En la toma de contacto pudimos ver los tres modelos, aunque predominaba el gris oscuro que veis en la mayoría de fotos y que nos parece muy atractivo.

Siguiendo el estilo de diseño de la casa la nueva cámara incluye en su parte superior tres diales, dos de los cuales no llevan ningún tipo de serigrafía. Como imaginábamos, esto se debe al hecho de que están pensados para que el usuario los configure a su gusto, aunque la situada a la derecha tiene por defecto la función de compensación de exposición (como la mayoría de sus hermanas mayores) y su tacto es bastante más duro (para evitar movimientos accidentales).

La de la izquierda, junto a una palanca para elevar el pequeño flash incorporado (que nos recuerda levemente a la de pasar el carrete de las cámaras de película) es bastante más suave, y parece ideal para configurar el valor del ISO (al menos así lo hicimos para nuestra prueba). Por otro lado, también hay una rueda para ajustar la exposición (algo más arriba de la cruceta), aunque es algo incómoda de activar, lo mismo que el único botón de función “físico”, que está situado un poco más arriba, ya en la parte superior de la cámara.

La parte trasera es bastante limpia, sin muchos controles más allá de la clásica cruceta y algunos botones imprescindibles. Se parece bastante a la X-T20 pero con la incorporación de los “atajos táctiles” que se inauguraron con la X-E3, que hacen que se pueda acceder a buena parte de las funciones mediante gestos del dedo (hacia arriba, abajo, derecha e izquierda) en la pantalla. Porque la pantalla es táctil y sirve, entre otras funciones, para elegir el punto de enfoque que queremos activar, incluso cuando estamos mirando por el visor.

Por cierto que la pantalla es abatible con oscilación horizontal; esto es que gira lo suficiente como para hacernos un autorretrato y también se puede girar hacia arriba y hacia abajo. El conjunto de cámara y objetivo es bueno, con un tamaño comedido ya que la óptica de serie es la Fujinon XC15-45 mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ que estrenó la X-A5. Un objetivo motorizado y bastante compacto, que desde luego no es lo ideal para quien busque la mejor calidad de imagen pero debería ser más que suficiente para el público más generalista, que es el target principal de la X-T100.

Comportamiento y prestaciones

Metidos en faena, una vez resueltas algunas dudas sobre el manejo, pudimos dar un largo paseo por el madrileño Barrio de las Letras y probar la cámara «en su salsa», como un viajero haciendo turismo o un street photographer a la caza de buenas fotos. Para la prueba usamos tanto el visor electrónico como la LCD, ya que su versatilidad de movimiento es bastante interesante.

El primero realmente no es un visor maravilloso, pero no está nada mal para un modelo de entrada, y de hecho sobre el papel es el mismo que el de las X-E3 y X-T20. Sobre la pantalla ninguna queja sobre resolución y brillo, pero sí una mala impresión al respecto de la facilidad para ensuciarse. Además, durante la toma de contacto tuvimos bastantes problemas con el tema de la interfaz táctil. Al dejar la pantalla activada para poder elegir el punto de enfoque, activamos sin quererlo varias funciones, y sin embargo no nos funcionó siempre lo de decidir el lugar donde enfocar.

Fujifilm X-T100 con Fujinon XC15-45 mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ a 1/13 seg, ƒ20, ISO 200 y a 29.6 mm

En este sentido hay que apuntar que las unidades de prueba eran modelos de preproducción y la nuestra al menos tenía evidentes problemas de estabilidad, por lo que no podemos sacar conclusiones definitivas (algo que, como siempre, reservamos para cuando podamos hacer un análisis completo). Todo ello lo aplicamos también a otros problemas que sufrimos en la toma de contacto, manifestados en un comportamiento perezoso al enfocar que provocaba una evidente demora entre el momento en que apretamos el disparador (cuyo tacto por cierto tampoco nos ha gustado mucho) y el de que se haga efectiva la toma.

Problemas que, ya decimos, no podemos tomar como absolutos y que, por otro lado, tampoco serían tan graves teniendo en cuenta el tipo de usuario principal de una cámara como ésta. Un cliente que no se va a fijar en cuál es la ráfaga que ofrece la cámara (seis fps, que no está mal), que no va a necesitar un sistema enfoque continuo perfecto, y que no debería sentirse preocupado por el blackout del visor (y probablemente ni siquiera sepa lo que es).

Fujifilm X-T100 con Fujinon XC15-45 mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ a 1/150 seg, ƒ5,6, ISO 200 y a 15 mm

Lo que sí le puede preocupar es el tema de la conectividad con teléfonos móviles. Se trata de algo en lo que, muy acertadamente, han hecho especial hincapié los responsables de Fujifilm como un punto importante a la hora de comunicar el producto. Por eso, la X-T100 es la primera de la Serie X que se sincroniza a través de Bluetooth de bajo consumo con el smartphone de manera que las fotos puedan pasarse directamente al móvil de forma transparente.

Un punto importante que tiene que ir en consonancia con una sencillez a la hora de conectar los dispositivos. Desde Fujifilm afirman haberlo conseguido, pero en nuestra prueba no pudimos corroborarlo. De hecho, nos daba error al tratar de conectar cámara y móvil de modo que, como el tiempo era limitado, desistimos de hacerlo. Y, sin embargo, a posteriori y por sorpresa, pudimos comprobar que buena parte de las fotos realizadas sí que se habían volcado en el móvil. En cualquier caso, como decíamos antes, será algo a probar con más calma en una review posterior.

Fujifilm X-T100 con Fujinon XC15-45 mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ a 1/240 seg, ƒ5,6, ISO 200 y a 29,6 mm

Prestaciones y calidad de imagen

Pasamos ya a lo que solemos considerar como más importante: los resultados finales en forma de fotografía. Pero antes hay que recordar, ya que en este artículo no hemos hablado del sensor, que la X-T100 no lleva el famoso captor de tipo X-Trans que tantas alegrías ha dado a Fujifilm sino el mismo CMOS tamaño APS-C de 24,2 Mp de la X-A5.

Fujifilm X-T100 con Fujinon XC15-45 mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ a 1/250 seg, ƒ3,5, ISO 200 y a 15 mm

Este es uno de los detalles que claramente distancian a este modelo de la X-T20, y que seguramente responde tanto a cuestiones de diferenciación como de abaratamiento de este modelo. Sin embargo, tal y como pudimos comprobar en el análisis de la X-A5 su comportamiento es más que decente teniendo en cuenta el público objetivo.

Recorte al 100% de la imagen anterior. Fujifilm X-T100 con Fujinon XC15-45 mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ a 1/250 seg, ƒ3,5, ISO 200 y a 15 mm

Como decíamos al respecto de la otra cámara, el nivel de detalle es alto y la relación señal ruido bastante aceptable hasta el nivel de los 1.600 – 3.200 ISO, a partir de lo cual el procesado resulta un poco agresivo (como suele ser habitual por otra parte). Cierto es que las imágenes pecan de una ligera falta de fuerza, pero desde luego la calidad de imagen es muy superior a la de una sencilla compacta o un móvil.

Como siempre, tenéis muchas más muestras en máxima resolución en una galería de Flickr para que comprobéis vosotros mismos la calidad de imagen. Por cierto que, como podéis imaginar, para estas conclusiones nos hemos basado en los JPEG (al no haberse lanzado aún, todavía no es posible interpretar los archivos RAW), que por otro lado será el formato de archivo habitual de la mayoría de usuarios que adquieran la cámara.

Ver galería completa » Muestras Fujifilm X-T100 (35 fotos)

Para estos, recomendaríamos probar los múltiples modos de imagen creativos que ofrece la cámara, así como los ya habituales modos de simulación de películas clásicas de Fujifilm. Porque, lo cierto es que no tuvimos tiempo de probar todas las funciones de la cámara, pero sí hay que señalar que se ha diseñado con un catálogo muy completo de funciones que se nos antojan muy interesantes. Por ejemplo la de extraer fotografías o realizar enfoque a posteriori en base a la grabación de vídeo 4K, característica que por supuesto incluye la cámara.

Fujifilm X-T100 con Fujinon XC15-45 mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ a 1/90 seg, ƒ3,5, ISO 800 y a 15 mm

También (y ésta nos parece aún más interesante), la de realizar timelapses directamente en la cámara. Es decir, una función que no sólo permite establecer cuánto tiempo queremos que la cámara esté haciendo fotos, cuántas y en qué intervalo, sino que también directamente crea el vídeo final en la propia cámara sin que el usuario tenga que hacer nada más.

Conclusiones

Así las cosas, la impresión obtenida en nuestra toma de contacto es buena, aunque no perfecta por los problemas que hemos apuntado y que, estamos casi seguros, desaparecerán en las unidades finales. Es bastante pequeña y ligera, su construcción denota calidad y su diseño es atractivo. No es muy rápida ni enfoca como sus hermanas mayores, pero los resultados de imagen son muy decentes.

Así que, aunque la tentación de compararla con una X-T20 sea alta, tenemos que contenernos y pensar en sus potenciales clientes a los que estamos seguros no va a decepcionar. Porque no estamos hablando de un modelo para usuarios avanzados, sino uno para principiantes o eso que se suele denominar “entusiastas” y que pueden ver en la Fujifilm X-T100 una excelente manera de introducirse en el sistema X de Fujifilm a un coste más comedido.

Fujifilm X-T100 con Fujinon XC15-45 mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ a 1/500 seg, ƒ6,4, ISO 200 y a 22,8 mm

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We’ve long been fans of Fujifilm’s mirrorless cameras, so when the X-T100 was announced it got us scratching our head a bit: is there space in the X-series line-up for an entry-level model which does things a little differently to its bigger brothers?

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Power zoom lens attached to the front (it’s electronically driven, just like what Sony has offered in its E-mount Alpha models for some time), we donned the X-T100 on a short trip to see whether it’s up to task and logically fits into the Fuji range.

Design & Lens Mount

First thing’s first: the X-T100 is an interchangeable lens camera, in that different Fujifilm XF optics can attach to the front for a different view onto the world; some are ultra wide-angle, some longer zooms, many are fixed focal length primes with fast apertures.

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The power zoom that comes in the X-T100’s box is a bit of an oddity: its 12-45mm range isn’t far off the 24-70mm standard (it’s about 23-68mm in old money terms), but with a limited maximum aperture (f/3.5-5.6) there’s not as much control of light throughout this range as we’d like. Zoom all the way in, for example, and it’s f/5.6 at best, which not only limits blurred background control, but in dim conditions means the camera has to amp up the signal to create a proper exposure, which can affect overall image quality.

Furthermore this power zoom lens doesn’t have a physical aperture ring like many of the other XF lenses out there. For an entry-level camera that doesn’t necessarily matter, but as that hands-on, physical element of the Fujifilm ecosystem is lost, the X-T100 feels like an entirely different camera that’s sandwiched somewhere between beginner and pro, but not targeted at either.

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Now this is, of course, all based on this lens. There’s nothing to stop you from buying other optics for the camera to get yet more out of it, but if you’re looking for that more traditional kind of control then, well, look to the X-T20 for just a little bit more cash. The camera with the smaller digits also has a better sensor, but more on that later.

Elsewhere the X-T100 does come fully featured on the screen and viewfinder front. The fact is has the latter built-in will be as much an appealing element as it may be a deterrent for some others; it’s a good finder, though, with ample resolution and helpful for when sunlight is too bright.

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The built-in LCD screen may look like a normal one, but it’s built on a tri-adjustable bracket, which means it can be pulled away from the body for waist-level and over-head work in both portrait and landscape orientation. No other maker offers this kind of versatility, although we would rather a screen that could flip around on itself to be stowed to avoid scratches, as we find Fuji’s hinge for the portrait orientation pull-out is a bit too fiddly.

Performance

  • Autofocus with 91 selectable areas
  • Adjustable AF point size
  • Up to 6fps burst shooting

Top down the X-T100 has a smattering of dials: there’s a Film Simulator to one side; a mode dial, exposure compensation and function (Fn) button to the other side, surrounding the shutter button. You can set these to Auto and fire away without making any adjustments, choose a pre-set shooting mode, or take full manual control of everything.

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The pre-set modes do feel a bit like a compact camera mode dial creeping into a more serious camera, though, and we don’t think they fit into the mix especially well. There’s no onus to using them, nor any great instruction about when and how they could be useful (there’s a small description and image that appears on screen, such as «Landscape: for clear scenic shots», but that’s all).

Special modes excused for the time being, the X-T100 has what sounds like a capable autofocus system. With a total of 91 points dotted across the screen, it’s possible to select one, an area/group, and move the focus area around using the touchscreen or other controls. Resizing the focus point is easily controlled by the rear thumb dial, whether you want a small crosshair or much larger area.

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Problem is, we’ve found the X-T100’s autofocus to be the poorest performer on a Fujifilm X-series camera to date. Maybe it’s the fault of the lens, maybe it’s a mixture of factors, but we’ve not been getting the in-focus rate as we would expect from such a camera. A half depress of the shutter button will illuminate the focus area in green to confirm focus, but even then we’ve had some scenes – from moderately close-up flowers to farther-away buildings – be out of focus in the final shot. As you won’t always see this on the small rear screen, that’s resulted in some throw-away images, which is a shame.

Continuous autofocus isn’t up to much either, while the up-to 6fps burst shooting is fine but not the super-rapid form of other X-series cameras. Sport mode doesn’t put the camera into either of these settings, for whatever reason, which is somewhat baffling.

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Now, when the X-T100 is on point with its focus – and, in fairness, it’s taken plenty of good close-ups and wider-angle landscape shots in our hands – can create good-looking, sharp enough images. That power zoom lens isn’t a patch on Fuji’s prime optics by any means, but these could be considered for future purchase nonetheless.

Image Quality

When it comes to image quality the X-T100 also does things differently from its X-series family. While the majority of Fuji’s mirrorless cameras use what’s known as an X-Trans CMOS sensor – which has a patented and unusual colour array over its top for sharper results – the X-T100 has a «normal» CMOS sensor with a normal colour array. In essence, this setup is more akin to its competitors, which, in some respects, sees the X-T100 miss out on one of Fujifilm’s biggest unique sells.

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Does this make for bad images? Not at all. The X-T100 is capable in a number of areas, with the potential to be better still with the right lenses attached up front. For easy day-to-day shooting, the small-scale X-T100 will serve you fairly well and deliver high-resolution output.

The thing that really stands-out from a camera with a large sensor such as this is how good image quality can be in low-light conditions. Despite the power zoom lens’ limits with aperture control, we’ve been shooting indoors and the camera has handled limited light really well by pushing the ISO sensitivity up. Were, say, a phone camera to do the equivalent the images would undoubtedly become mushy, but with the X-T100 even ISO 3200 has a great clarity and presence, without colour appearing overly washed out.

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It’s not totally perfect, though. In addition to the mis-focus issues we’ve highlighted, the X-T100’s film modes can push colours too hard, while the lack of a particularly wide dynamic range is cause for blown skies and other such highlights. The ability to shoot raw files and make adjustments with its DR Auto (read: dynamic range auto) can help with pushing and pulling the balance of shadows and highlights.

On the video front the X-T100 sells itself as having 4K capture in the bank, but with a paltry 15fps capture here it’s not of much use. Full HD benefits from much smoother frame-rates, making this the more obvious choice.

Verdict

The Fujifilm X-T100 is a bit of an oddity in the Japanese company’s mirrorless line-up: with its power zoom lens attached it functions differently to its X-series family, but not in a way that’s particularly proficient for entry-level users, which sees it sit in a place that’s neither here nor there.

Furthermore, we found the autofocus system not to Fujifilm’s usually high standard, with a number of mis-focuses in all conditions causing some problems with our results. The lack of proficient 4K shooting and a sensor which lacks that special something compared to the higher-end X-series cameras also sees it a step behind.

With the right lens on the front and the right person behind the camera, the Fujifilm X-T100 houses plenty of potential. The screen and finder combination and styling befit the series, but we’d much rather spend that bit extra on an excellent X-T20 instead. The X-T100, on the other hand, is a rare misfire for a series that’s otherwise typically excellent.

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