The X-T100 is by no means Fujifilm’s most advanced X-mount mirrorless camera yet, but it could prove to be one of its most important. That’s because it fills a crucial gap in the mirrorless market and takes on DSLRs at their own game.
Until recently, mirrorless cameras have fallen into two main groups: low-cost cameras with no viewfinders and simplified controls for smartphone upgraders, and altogether more advanced cameras with viewfinders for enthusiasts and pros, but with a price tag to match.
What the X-T100 does is bring that DSLR-style viewfinder experience down to a much more affordable price. This is a mirrorless camera that a relative novice can afford, but that has the handling and the potential to take them much further in their photographic journey than the average entry-level compact system camera.
In other words, it plugs that previously large gap between the cheap and cheerful X-A models and the beautiful but pricey Fujifilm X-T20.
- Sensor: 24.2MP APS-C CMOS, 23.5 x 15.7mm
- Image processor: not quoted
- AF points: 91-point hybrid phase/contrast AF
- ISO range: 200 to 12,800 (exp. 100-51,200)
- Max image size: 6,000 x 4,000
- Metering zones: 256
- Video: 4K UHD at 15p, Full HD at 60/50/24p
- Viewfinder: EVF, 2,360K dots, 100% coverage
- Memory card: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
- LCD: 3.0-inch 2-axis tilting touchscreen, 1,040K dots
- Max burst: 6fps
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Size: 121.0 x 83.0 x 47.4mm (body only)
- Weight: 448g (with battery and memory card)
The specs are basic but effective. Inside the X-T100 is a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, not the same X-Trans sensor used in Fujifilm’s more expensive mirrorless cameras, but it does a great job nonetheless.
You do get 4K video capability, but it’s at a maximum frame rate of 15fps which, frankly, is no good to anyone. The X-T100 shares this dubious specification with the cheaper entry-level X-A5.
The continuous shooting performance is nothing special either, topping out at a reasonable 6fps but with a buffer capacity of just 26 JPEGs. If you shoot at a slower 3fps, the X-T100 will keep going until the memory card is full, but it’s clearly not a sports specialist.
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.
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.