Fujifilm X-T100 review

The mirrorless X-T100 combines style, value and a viewfinder

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Our Verdict

Occasional overexposure and some too easily pressed buttons are just minor annoyances. The X-T100 has a simple, classical design, a practical and compact kit lens, and a very effective control layout. The image quality is top-drawer too. It’s comparatively low-price camera that feels like a more expensive model.

For

  • Compact 15-45mm kit lens
  • Value and style combined
  • Consistently sharp shots

Against

  • Average autofocus speeds
  • CMOS sensor not X-Trans
  • Prone to overexposure

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.

Key features

  • 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.

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

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

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.

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.