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Fujifilm X-T100 Review - Performance

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Fujifilm X-T100 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.05secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.3secs (average)
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response  0.3secs (average)
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 2.2secs*
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.7secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 2.1secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
5.5fps (slows to 4.5fps)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW 6fps (15 shots)


*15-45mm lens which has to extend. Continuous shooting JPEG shoots at 6fps to start with, then slows to 5.5fps, then 5fps, and then after 43 shots slows down more noticeably. Considering the camera has built-in phase detection on the sensor, we were expecting rapid focus speeds. However, focus speeds, and shot to shot speeds aren't as impressive as other cameras, feeling quite sluggish at times. 

 

Fujifilm X-T100 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Colour reproduction is very good, with pleasing colours, and saturated colours. Skin tones are good, with results that look good, and eye-detection focus is a good addition, designed to ensure that your subject's eyes are the focus point. Face detection focus and eye detection, as well as general focus, wasn't always as successful as we'd have liked to see, with 4 to 5 out of 23 photos out of focus in a series of portrait images. 

Exposure is reliable, with good results. Dynamic range is also good when using the DR settings, with DR400 giving the best results, without looking too unnatural. DRO 100%, 200%, and 800% can be used to extend the dynamic range captured in the photo, however, this also increases the ISO speed. If you use DR100, then you can end up with blown highlights in some photos. JPEG results are good straight from the camera, and it's possible to recover lost shadows quite successfully, even from the JPEG images. 

 

Fujifilm X-T100 Lens test images

The 15-45mm kit lens performs reasonably well for a kit lens, with reasonably sharp results, although images were softer towards the corners of the frame. We didn't notice any vignetting, and this is automatically corrected in-camera. Distortion is well controlled, and again, this will be automatically corrected for in-camera. We occasionally noticed some flare, when shooting with the sun in the frame. Built-in optical image stabilisation helps keep images sharp, and enable successful shooting when using slower shutter speeds.

 

Fujifilm X-T100 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Noise performance is good up to ISO12800, and you may find images taken at ISO25600 are still usable (depending on your needs). ISO51200 is best avoided, as noise is at its highest, and image quality suffers as a result. 

ISO200 to ISO12800 is available when shooting raw if you want to shoot beyond this range, annoyingly you need to switch the JPEG only. However, this is a slight improvement over the X-A10 / X-A3, which would only allow ISO6400 with raw. Dynamic range is lower at ISO100. 

Noise compared to the competition...

Compared to 24mp X-Trans CMOS sensor, found in cameras like the Fujifilm X-T2 (of course, these cameras aren't in the same price range), there is a slight advantage to the X-Trans CMOS sensor, with better noise performance at the highest ISO speeds of ISO25600 and ISO51200. 

 

Fujifilm X-T100 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives a warm result under tungsten light, with a more accurate result possible when using the Tungsten (Incandescent) preset. AWB performs well under mixed lighting. AWB performs well under fluorescent lighting, and the fluorescent presets are best avoided as these tend to give a variety of colour casts (depending on the type of fluorescent lighting you have). 

 

Fujifilm X-T100 Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are a number of Advanced Filters including Toy camera, Pop, High-key, Low-key, Fish-eye, Dynamic Tone, HDR Art, Miniature, Cross screen, Partial colour (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple), Fog remove, and Soft focus.

There are 11 film simulation modes including PROVIA / Standard, Velvia / Vivid, ASTIA / Soft, CLASSIC CHROME, PRO Neg Hi, PRO Neg. Std, Monochrome, Monochrome + Yellow filter / Red filter / Green filter, and Sepia.

Scene modes include Portrait, Night (Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Party, Flower, Text, Multiple exposure, Portrait enhancer, Landscape, Sport, and Night.

Panorama mode - The camera features an automatic panoramic mode, where you simply press the shutter release button and pan the camera from one side to the other. Results are quite good, with a medium resolution photo produced (around 9mp), although some blur is picked up in the photo due to the camera being panned from one side to the other.

 

Video - The video recorded with the 15-45mm lens isn't the smoothest, with noticeable aperture and/or exposure changes when zooming in and out. The correction applied to the image to correct for distortion is also quite noticeable when using the electronic zoom. Additional videos can be found on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel

The 4K video footage looks quite poor, being recorded at 15fps, which isn't a high enough frame rate to produce convincingly smooth video. However, you may find this feature useful if you wanted to take 8mp images from the footage. Continuous autofocus (AF) is quite slow, and if the camera loses the focus then it can take a long time for it to find focus again. 



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Comments


Niknut Plus
9 2.1k 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
8 877 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.
26 Jan 2019 11:18AM
@Niknut
In what way is the rear screen not multipositional, it tilts up and down if not swung out and can be swung out for selfies without obstructing microphones and flashes.?
The camera is a good all rounder that is better than the sum of its parts but does not review well with technical specification not being state of the art but it is a good image taker. The screw on grip has stayed put so is not a problem. Touch screen is insensitive apart from AF selection and IBIS seems beyond Fuji except in a DSLR sized body shell. Canon and Sony market it as a luxury add on but Olympus seems to have no trouble putting exquisite levels of IBIS in the smallest bodies at minimal cost.Go figure!
The sharp 15-45 lens giving 22.5mm wide angle is the best selling point for Fuji for travel and discretion and this useful wide angle extra does get missed in the reviews.
I can see why people miss Samsung having had NX myself now they do not appear to be in the camera business though I do not think they have actually told anyone that. Fuji are quirky cameras and not for everyone but I must say I like my X-T100

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