Fujifilm X-T100 Review
|Full model name:||Fujifilm X-T100|
(23.5mm x 15.7mm)
|Viewfinder:||EVF / LCD|
|Native ISO:||200 - 12,800|
|Extended ISO:||100 - 51,200|
|Shutter:||1/32000 - 30 seconds|
|Max Aperture:||3.5 (kit lens)|
4.8 x 3.3 x 1.9 in.
(121 x 83 x 47 mm)
includes batteries, kit lens
|Full specs:||Fujifilm X-T100 specifications|
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Fuji X-T100 Review -- First Impressions
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.
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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