Fujifilm is one of the oldest and well-known brands of the camera industry. Its products can be found worldwide and are considered very reliable by users. One of the common features between all products of Fujifilm is their consumer-friendly prices and quality built.
One of the welcoming addition in Fuji’s family is X-T100, an advanced yet classically designed x-mount camera. If you are seeking for high-class viewfinder experience, but buying a quality DSLR camera is out of your monetary range, then XT 100 is here to cover you.
Fujifilm X-T100 Digital Camera Review
There are several features in this camera that can be discussed and they might interest and help you to make the decision of buying it, so without wasting any further time, let’s begin:
Built and design
The built quality of XT-100 is pretty basic but solid. The predecessor of this camera is X-T20, but its features resemble a lot with X-A5.
It is not very heavyweight and designed to fit perfectly in hand. It is built with plastic with a metal finish and faux more leather material. You can change the lens on the camera, to control the camera when you’re using a larger lens, there is a grip control that comes with the package of Fujifilm X-T100.
The body gives solid metal feels, but buttons give cheap-plastic feels. The camera has three control dials.
- Four-way controller: this controller is just beside the LCD screen. There is also a Menu button between this controller. By holding the menu button for a few seconds, you can lock the buttons of this controller. Generally, we didn’t find the placement very ideal, as the buttons on it can be touched accidentally, leading to unwanted results.
- Fn Dial: this dial on the top left allows you to access several Film Simulation Modes. Instead of finding them from the menu, now you can access them from a single click. Exposure compensation, ISO settings are also controlled by it. There are few other functions too which this dial can perform.
- Mode dial: this dial helps to control exposures, special effects modes, and scene recognition modes.
You’ll also find a Movie recording button, but it is very slow and unresponsive at times.
The LCD of this camera is very smartly designed. It is touch-enabled. Touch helps you to set focus points, change settings, and review results. This is also a tilting screen. You can tilt it upwards by 120°, down by 45°, and flip out and tilt towards 180° left.
The electronic viewfinder for this camera is 0.39 inches OLED with 2.36 million dots of resolution and 0.62x magnification. This EVF is not very big but performs well i.e., displays vivid colors, faster refreshing, etc.
The sensor used for XT-100 is 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor. It uses the Bayer Array instead of X-trans used in other options of X-series. This causes slight resolution differences, yet image quality is pretty satisfying for the price you’ll pay to get it.
ISO range and quality
24 MP makes the device capable of capturing between the wide-range of ISO i.e., from 100 to 51,200. You can shoot between this range until or unless you’re shooting in RAW format. For RAW, the supported ISO range is 200 to 12,800.
One new feature you’ll find in T-100 is Auto ISO. It helps you to select your desired base sensitivity, maximum sensitivity, and minimum shutter speed. This can be used while capturing videos and during manual modes. This is the most for this camera regarding customizing your device as per your requirement. It would be nice if users were able to customize it more.
Autofocus and its performance
The autofocus performance of 91-points hybrid AF system is not very good, like modern cameras. It has 35 phases detect points with three available focus modes, controlled by Rear dial. These modes are:
- Single point
- Wide / Tracking
It is a 50% chance of that T-100 will miss your point of focus, if the object is moving. It is not capable of delivering perfect results even in the case of shooting moving objects. One feature of AF is face detection. AF face detection is good, but it causes lagging issues. This can sometimes make an image go out of focus. Single point AF mode works best for AF face detection.
The camera comes with a lens. This lens is A-OK for an entry-level mirrorless camera. With the package of this camera, some users get a 15-45mm power zoom lens with a focal length equivalent to 23-68mm. This comes as a kit with XT-100, as is wider than the average kit lens.
This camera is capable of capturing images in both JPEG and RAW format, in-between a wide range of ISO. JPEG’s quality is great, and pictures show very vibrant colors and sharp details. Image details are very good overall with pretty well additions in the system for noise reduction. It helps further to preserve image sharpness and details.
When Fujifilm promoted this camera, they highlighted it’s 4K feature throughout the campaign. If you are looking for smooth 4K or UHD video results, there is a little disappointing news for you; XT-100 can capture 4k videos at 15fps only. Base ISO for movie mode is 400.
Several users complained about lagging issues while shooting 4k. To capture smooth video, you have to downgrade video quality to HD. You can also use 1080/60p settings, and both 24p and 23.98p options.
You’ll also find 4K Burst Shooting Mode. Enabling this mode can capture 8MP images at 15fps. Again, it’s performance is sluggish.
To enhance the artistic effects of your images, you can use multiple special effects and filters. Some of these filters are Cross Screen, DeFog, Dynamic tone, Film Simulation, Fisheye, HDR Art, High Key, Low Key, Miniature, Pop Color, Soft Focus, Toy camera, partial color. White balance settings also have few sub-options to add up in the artistic look of images i.e., automatic preset and custom preset. Custom presets include 2500K – 10000K, fine, fluorescent light (cool white), fluorescent light (daylight), fluorescent light (warm white), incandescent, shade, and underwater.
You can use Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth option to share your images quickly. Using these two things, you can connect your camera with a smartphone, too, via an official app. These makes image sharing and controlling camera easy-peasy.
To store images and videos, you’ll need a memory card. It doesn’t come with the package.
The battery used in the camera is a typical Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. It is included in the package delivered by the manufacturer.
Fujifilm X-T100 specifications:
- Sensor Resolution: 24.2 Megapixel
- Optical Sensor Type: CMOS
- Effective Sensor Resolution: 24200000 pixels
- Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
- AE/AF Control: Eye priority AF, Face-priority AF, Subject-tracking AF
- Face Detection: Face Detection Self-timer, eye Detect AF, face-priority AF function
- Digital Video Format: H.264, MOV
- Image Recording Format: JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG
- Max Video Resolution: 3840 x 2160
- Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 200-12800, ISO 25600, ISO 51200, ISO auto
- Exposure Metering: average, multi-segment, spot
- Exposure Modes: aperture-priority, automatic, bulb, manual, shutter-priority
- Special Effects: Cross Screen, DeFog, Dynamic tone, Film Simulation, Fisheye, HDR Art, High Key, Low Key, Miniature, Pop Color, Soft Focus, Toy camera, partial color
- White Balance: automatic, custom, presets
- White Balance Presets: 2500K – 10000K, fine, fluorescent light (cool white), fluorescent light (daylight), fluorescent light (warm white), incandescent, shade, underwater
- Max Shutter Speed: 1/32000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed: 30 sec
- Exposure Compensation: ±5 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Min Operating Temperature: 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Humidity Range Operating: 10 – 80%
- Included Accessories with package: AC power adapter, USB cable, body cap, camera grip, shoulder strap
- Viewfinder Type: OLED
- Viewfinder Resolution: 2360000 pixels
- Self-Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2 sec
- Flash Terminal: hot shoe
- Features Motion Panorama, Photobook assist, camera orientation detection, cropping an image, digital image rotation, histogram display, in-camera RAW processing, in-camera red-eye removal, interval shooting mode, primary color filter, resizing an image
- Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo
- Battery: lithium-ion Fujifilm NP-W126S Li-ion rechargeable battery)
- Type: digital camera
- Continuous Shooting Speed: 3fps, 6fps
- Max Video Resolution: 3840 x 2160
- Frame Rate (Max Resolution): 15 fps
- High-Definition Video Support: 4K
- Interfaces Provided: HDMI, USB 2.0
- Weight: 14.1 oz, 15.8 oz
- Auto Focus Points (Zones): Qty 91
- Sensor Resolution 24.2 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Size (metric) 15.7 x 23.5 mm
- Sensor Dust Reduction Yes
- Type: LCD
- Display Form Factor tilting: (3-way)
- Diagonal Size: 3 in
- Display Format: 1,040,000 pixels
- Touch Screen: Yes
- Features display: brightness control, display color control
- Memory Card Max Supported Size: 256 GB
- Memory Card Slot: SD card
- Supported Memory Cards: SD Card, SDHC Card, SDHC UHS-I Card, SDXC Card, SDXC UHS-I Card
- Wireless Interface: Bluetooth 4.1, IEEE 802.11b/g/n
- Connectivity Features: Wireless Image Transfer, wireless image printing
- Print Standard: Exif Print support, PictBridge support, direct print
- Stylish and ergonomic design
- 4k ultra-high-definition video
- 24MP APS-C Sensor. Produce low noise even at higher ISOs
- Three-way touchscreen. Tilts and flips outwards
- Film simulation modes
- Nice viewfinder. Built-in 2.36M-dot OLED EVF
- Offers better image quality as compared to rival’s offerings in the same price range
- Customizable control dials
- Sluggish performance with hanging issues
- Default JPEG sharpening sometimes ruins the image
- 4k video can only be captured at 15fps
- No much of customization
- AF performance is very slow. AF face detection doesn’t work properly
- For RAW shooting, ISO range is limited
- Menu navigation is poor
There are few things in Fujifilm X-T100 which we didn’t like, but generally, it is a reasonable camera. The thing which is on top of our list is its image quality. Image quality is better than expectations. The 24-megapixel sensor makes sure that you get vivid and sharp enough images. 4k video is there, but its quality is disappointing, and the camera is very slow and sluggish when you shot in this format.
The built of the camera is pretty good looking and tilting LCD can help you to capture images and videos from different angles. Overall, it is a nice beginner mirrorless camera.