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Fujifilm X-T100 Review

Fujifilm X-T100 Review - We review the Fujifilm X-T100, Fujifilm's retro styled entry-level mirrorless camera with an EVF. Will this little camera deliver performance that's as good a it looks? Find out in our review.

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Fujifilm X T100 With 35mm F2

Quick Verdict

The Fujifilm X-T100 is a retro styled mirrorless camera, that is easy to use, with manual controls, and a compact kit lens. There's a 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor that performs well, however 4K video is only recorded at 15fps, which limits it's usefulness, and focus could be quicker.

+ Pros

  • Excellent colour reproduction
  • Stylish SLR looks
  • Great noise performance
  • Compact 15-45mm kit lens
  • Face / eye detection focus
  • Mic socket

- Cons

  • 15fps 4K video
  • Limited ISO range when shooting raw
  • Focus struggles at times
  • EVF isn't very detailed

 

 

Fujifilm X T100 Black (1)

The Fujifilm X-T100 is Fujifilm's entry-level X-Mount mirrorless camera with an electronic viewfinder. It offers advanced features including full manual controls, a flash hot-shoe, and raw shooting. It's also easy to use with a 3inch 3-way tilting touch-screen, and the screen can be tilted forwards 180-degrees so you can use it for selfies, vlogging or group photos. The X-T100 is priced at £619 with 15-45mm lens. Nb. The X-T100 has a number of similarities to the Fujifilm X-A5, so if you're already familiar with the X-A5, you might want to jump to the handling section of this review. 

Fujifilm X-T100 Features

Fujifilm X T100 Black (13)

Designed to be an entry-level mirrorless camera with EVF, and classic looks, the Fujifilm X-T100 features a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with a Bayer filter, meaning it does not feature Fujifilm's X-Trans CMOS sensor technology. However, it does still feature Fujifilm's colour technology, with 11 film simulation modes and Fujifilm colour reproduction. 

The camera is available with the new XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ (Power Zoom) lens, a new compact zoom lens with electronic zoom, and a close focusing distance of 5cm, and the X-T100 is compatible with all Fujifilm X-Mount lenses

SR+ AUTO mode has improved scene recognition accuracy making the camera easy for beginners. More advanced photographers or those wanting to learn more will be pleased to know that the camera has manual controls including A (Aperture priority), S (Shutter priority), and M (Manual) modes available. Exposure compensation extends to +/- 5. On top is a hot-shoe, and a built-in pop-up flash.

There are 11 film simulation modes, with Fujifilm's famous films available as colour options in the camera, these include Velvia, Astia (soft), Classic Chrome, and Provia, which is the standard colour setting. Advanced filters have been updated so that there are now 17, and there is a new Fog remove and HDR art option. 

Fujifilm X T100 Black (10)

The 3inch touch-screen tilts 180 degrees forwards so that you can use it for "Selfie's" or group shots. You'll also find an electronic viewfinder (EVF), with a 2.36m dot resolution, and dioptre adjustment. The camera will automatically switch to the EVF when you hold the camera up to your eye. Face detection features Eye Detection AF so that the camera focuses on your eyes. Portrait Enhancer mode will soften skin, giving more flattering photos. 

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are built-in, letting you quickly and easily transfer photos to your smartphone, or remotely control the camera. It's also compatible with the Instax Share SP-3, and other Instax printers, so that you can print photos.

The X-T100 will record 4K UHD video at 15fps, or FullHD at 30/60fps. There's also the ability to shoot "4K Burst" at 15fps, giving you 8mp still images. Another feature is 4K Multi-Focus, that takes a series of photos at 15fps, at different focus distances. 

The X-T100 is available in a number of colours, dark silver, black or champagne gold.

Fujifilm X T100 Black (4)

Key Features

  • 24mp APS-C CMOS Sensor with Bayer Filter
  • Fujifilm X-Mount
  • 3inch 3-way tilting touch-screen, 1040K dots
  • 2.36m dot electronic viewfinder (EVF), with 0.62x magnification
  • 91 AF Auto-Focus points
  • Phase-detection focus / eye-detection focus
  • 6fps continuous shooting speed
  • 4K burst shooting (at 15fps)
  • 4K video at 15fps 
  • FullHD video, up to 60fps
  • ISO100 to ISO51200
  • Electronic shutter 1/32000s
  • Built-in pop-up flash
  • Wi-Fi / Bluetooth built-in
  • Available in dark silver, black or champagne gold

Fujifilm X-T100 Handling

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The Fujifilm X-T100 feels good in the hand, with the faux leather covering giving the camera a more premium feel. There is a metal top, with metal dials, with a reassuringly solid feel to them.

The pop-up flash is constructed with a combination of metal and plastic parts, with a top metal plate. The hinge for the screen is solid. There's a top Fn (Function) button, that can be customised. There's a top command dial, as well as a rear one, that can be pushed down to select settings. There's also a function dial on the top left, which can be customised.

The front of the camera has a removable handgrip that provides a reasonable area to grip, and on the back, there's a rubberised section for your thumb. We'd still recommend using the provided strap, as the camera may become slippery if you have sweaty or wet hands.

There are 91 focus points. You can easily use the touch-screen to set the focus point, as well as use the screen to take photos, and you can select the focus point from a wide area of the screen. Alternatively, you can switch these features off. 

Screen - Viewing angles are good, and the screen is bright and clear, with good colour reproduction. Thanks to the tilting screen, it's possible to angle the screen for the best view, which can help with visibility when using the camera outdoors in bright light. You can also adjust the screen brightness if needed, and the screen can be turned towards you.

Electronic viewfinder - The electronic viewfinder (EVF) has a high resolution, of 2.36m dots, according to the specifications, however the display in the viewfinder seems quite low-resolution, with a blocky pixellated look to the image, when compared to other 2.36m dot EVFs, and the screen actually looks clearer. The dioptre adjustment means you can adjust the focus of the viewfinder if needed. There's a round eye-cup, that looks good, but unfortunately doesn't block much light.

The panoramic shooting mode can be found on the mode dial, and you'll find a number of different effects in the Adv (Advanced) shooting mode. You can select different scene modes in the SP mode, or there are some on the mode dial as well.

Fujifilm X T100 Black (11)

Menus – The menus are clearly laid out with a number of photo options and settings. Movie settings are a sub-menu of the photo options, and unfortunately, they don't have their own menu screen. Unfortunately, you can't use the touch-screen to scroll through the menus, choose the scene mode, nor can you use it to change the Q button settings. 

Wi-Fi features - Using Fujifilm's Remote Camera app, available for iOS and Android devices, you can remotely control and shoot with the camera as well as start/stop video recording. You can select photos to transfer to the smartphone/tablet or receive photos sent from the camera. In addition, you can use the app to add GPS / geotagging information to photos. The app is quite easy to use. 

Fujifilm X T100 Black (7)

Battery life - Battery life is rated at 430 shots according to Fujifilm / CIPA test results, which is slightly less than the 450 shots the X-A5 can shoot. The battery compartment is underneath the camera and is where you'll find the memory card slot.



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Comments


Niknut Plus
8 2.0k 76 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2018 4:59PM
Mmmmm....bit of a let down for me ??

That 'finger-grip' add on should have been built in !
The rear screen isn't multipositional !
Image quality not as good as I was expecting !

Ah well, I'll stick to my Samsung NX30....best thing since sliced bread !!.WinkGrinGrin

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alan53 11 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2018 11:03AM
At the start we read: “We review the Fujifilm X-T100, Fujifilm's retro styled entry-level mirrorless camera with an EVF. Will this little camera deliver performance that's as good as it looks? Find out in our review.”
A little further down we read: “Nb. This review is based on the Fujifilm X-A5 review.”

However similar in concept, and the XT100 being based on the XA5, there are some differences – certain controls, 4K operation, LCD operation, touch screen, for example.

Not only is the concept of basing an in depth camera review on a different model questionable, but doesn’t it impact on your credibility and reputation?
joshwa Plus
8 861 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2018 11:10AM
Hi Alan,

We have used the X-T100 for this review. But have used the text from the X-A5 review as the basis from which we started writing this review. Where there are differences we have discussed them. We've updated the intro text to clarify.

4K operation of the cameras is the same (after the X-A5 firmware update). The touch-screen works in the same way (obviously apart from the way it moves).

Josh
rdm 3 Australia
27 Jul 2018 11:37AM
It certainly does not seem to offer anything over my NX1000 or NX300, except for the EVF.

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