Fujifilm makes some improbable mirrorless cameras, together with our favourite high-end APS-C mannequin, the X-H1. Nevertheless it’s struggled to ship a crackerjack X camera at an entry-level value. The corporate’s newest try is the X-T100 ($599.95, physique solely), its least costly providing with a built-in viewfinder. It is a attractive digicam that is able to capturing beautiful pictures, so why the comparatively low score? It merely would not sustain with the competitors with regards to autofocus, and there is nothing extra irritating than lacking a second as a result of your digicam would not lock focus shortly sufficient. Our long-standing Editors’ Alternative on this class, the Sony a6000, would not have the most recent options like a contact LCD, however nonetheless delivers stable pictures and video, and has a really snappy focus system.
Design: Black, Silver, or Gold
Fujifilm is aware of the best way to make a reasonably digicam, and the X-T100 is not any exception. It is pretty small, at three.three by Four.Eight by 1.9 inches (HWD) and 15.Eight ounces with out a lens. The physique is a mixture of metallic and plastic, with the previous used for the highest plate and the latter for the rest of the outside. You will get it in a matte black, darkish silver, or champagne gold end. All three variations have a black leatherette wrapping a lot of the physique, with the aforementioned colour displaying up within the prime and backside plates.
Do not confuse the X-T100 with the Fujifilm X100T—they’re very totally different cameras. The X-T100 is an interchangeable lens mannequin, first on sale in 2018. The X-T100 is a fixed-lens digicam, with a set 35mm (full-frame equal) f/2 lens and hybrid optical/digital viewfinder. It is from 2014, and has since been changed with the X100F.
You should buy the digicam as a physique solely, or get it with the Fujinon XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ zoom lens for a $100 premium. It has an EVF, which you do not all the time get with a low-cost mirrorless digicam. Fujifilm’s X-A5 and the Olympus PEN E-PL9 additionally promote for round $600, however neither has an EVF.
The X-T100 ships with a removable handgrip within the field. I most popular utilizing the digicam with it, because it would not add a lot bulk and makes it far more snug to carry. The grip screws into the correct aspect of the digicam; you simply must take away a small rubber stopper to disclose the threaded gap used to safe it.
Save for the lens launch button, there aren’t any controls on the entrance. Up prime you may discover a programmable dial to the left of the EVF, together with a button to launch the pop-up flash. By default it switches by way of the varied movie emulation modes, a mainstay of Fujifilm cameras. Among the many selections are the usual look (Provia), a saturated choice (Velvia), a extra muted, colourful impact (Traditional Chrome), and others, together with black-and-white and sepia tones. All the results can be found for video seize in addition to nonetheless pictures. The dial will be reprogrammed if you would like it to do one thing else.
A normal sizzling shoe sits atop the raised heart part, so you may add an exterior flash or different accent. On its proper there is a Mode Dial, the programmable Fn button, shutter launch and energy swap, a second management dial, and the Document button for video seize. Along with the usual Program, Aperture, Shutter, and Handbook modes, the X-T100 contains Scene settings for sports activities and panorama, in-camera panoramas, and a lot of totally different artwork filters, together with pinhole and miniature.
The Delete and Play buttons sit on the rear plate, on the prime left nook. To their proper is the EVF, with a View Mode button to set the stay view system to make use of the EVF, rear LCD, or swap routinely between the 2 utilizing the digicam’s eye sensor. To its proper is the Q button, which launches an on-screen menu for fast changes to settings. To its proper is the rear management dial, which turns to regulate aperture or shutter velocity (relying on the taking pictures mode and hooked up lens), and will be pushed in to amplify the body for exact guide focus.
The Q display reveals a financial institution of 16 settings, all of that are customizable. It is an intuitive solution to change settings that are not simply accessible through buttons, with out having to dive into the digicam menu. There is not any button on the digicam to vary focus modes, for instance, so having that setting on the short menu will make it simpler to change between single, steady, or guide focus. Oddly sufficient, regardless of having reasonably giant icons, you may’t navigate the Q display, or any menu, through contact. As an alternative you may use the rear four-way directional pad and the rear management wheel to vary settings.
The four-way management pad sits beneath the rear thumb relaxation, to the correct of the LCD. Its directional presses double as taking pictures controls (AF, White Steadiness, Drive, and Self-Timer), and the Menu/OK button sits at its heart. Beneath it’s the remaining bodily management button, Show/Again.
The LCD is contact delicate, three inches in measurement, with a crisp 1,040k-dot decision. It is sharp, and you may pump up its brightness larger than regular to be used on sunny days, or set it dimmer to cut back stress in your eyes throughout astrophotography outings. The show is hinge-mounted that will help you get photographs from extra attention-grabbing angles. It will possibly tilt up or down, or swing out to the aspect and face ahead for selfies.
Whereas the LCD would not help contact for menus, it does allow you to faucet the display to vary the main target level, or to focus and seize a picture. You may change what touching the display does by tapping the finger icon on the prime proper nook of the show. It should say AF should you solely need to set focus by contact, Shot if you wish to focus and make a picture with every faucet, or Off should you do not need to to make use of contact focus. The AF setting will solely be out there if in case you have the digicam’s focus mode set to its versatile spot mode—should you use the large setting the digicam will all the time select the main target level. Along with tapping the display whereas utilizing the LCD to border up a shot, you may slide your finger throughout the LCD when utilizing the EVF to maneuver the main target level round.
Many who go for the X-T100, or one other mannequin with a built-in EVF like the following within the line, the X-T20, accomplish that due to the viewfinder. The X-T100’s EVF is kind of good, particularly when you think about the digicam’s value. It is clear and clean due to a dense 2,360k-dot decision and OLED tech, and contains diopter adjustment to dial its focus in to match your imaginative and prescient.
The EVF is on the small aspect with zero.62x magnification, however that’s on par with different cameras on this value vary just like the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III. You will must spend extra in case your eyesight will profit from a bigger view of the world—the premium Fujifilm X-T2 sports activities a zero.77x finder, and others within the $1,00zero and up vary do as effectively.
The X-T100 options the usual cocktail of Bluetooth, NFC, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Bluetooth and NFC are included to simplify the method of connecting the digicam to your smartphone, and Wi-Fi is used for distant management and file switch. You will want the Fujifilm Cam Distant app, a free obtain for Android and iOS units, to make use of the digicam along with your telephone.
The battery is identical NP-W126S utilized by different Fujifilm mirrorless cameras. It masses within the backside, in the identical compartment that homes the only SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot. It’s rated for as much as 430 pictures or 90 minutes of video, each excellent marks for a mirrorless digicam. There are just a few ports out there—micro HDMI, micro USB, and a 2.5mm microphone enter jack. You will want to make use of an adapter to be able to join a mic with a normal three.5mm plug.
Efficiency and Autofocus
The X-T100 is a great-looking digicam with good options, high quality elements, and powerful dealing with. So why are we score it so low? The reply lies in its autofocus system—it is sluggish, to the purpose the place it struggles with maintaining with transferring topics. That is regardless of Fujifilm together with part detection on the sensor, expertise that normally nets very snappy efficiency.
Even in shiny mild, there’s a noticeable zero.Four-second lag between urgent the shutter and getting an in-focus picture. The lag slows to about zero.9-second in very dim mild. The digicam itself is not fast to energy on and seize a picture, requiring about 2.6 seconds to take action. Evaluate that with the growing older, however sooner, Sony a6000, which is slightly faster to begin (1.9 seconds) and quite a bit sooner to focus in shiny mild (zero.02-second), although it does decelerate in dim situations (zero.Eight-second).
Steady taking pictures is on the market at a really first rate 5.9fps seize price at full 24MP decision, and at 15fps utilizing the 4K picture mode, which leverages the video recording system to extract 8MP JPG frames. Focus is mounted throughout most 4K taking pictures—it is extra helpful for capturing a fleeting second than for monitoring a transferring topic—however there’s a mode which is able to change the main target level between each shot. I would not suggest utilizing it to try to catch a transferring goal in focus, however it’s a useful gizmo for macro photographers who make the most of focus stacking to get extra depth of your topic in focus.
In the event you do need to monitor transferring topics—whether or not it is a fowl in flight, a toddler on a swing, or a runner crossing the objective line—you may discover the X-T100’s efficiency to be missing. Sure, it might probably shoot at 6fps in Uncooked or JPG format, however its hit price for focus netted poor leads to our assessments—solely about half the photographs in our transferring goal take a look at had been in focus. Evaluate this with the Sony a6000, which may maintain transferring targets in focus at 11fps, even when taking pictures in Uncooked format.
The variety of photographs you may seize in a burst varies based mostly on whether or not you shoot in Uncooked, JPG, or Uncooked+JPG. In Uncooked or Uncooked+JPG you get solely 16 photographs in a full burst, when you can prolong to about 39 photographs when in JPG format. As soon as the buffer fills up it would take a little bit of time for the photographs to put in writing to a reminiscence card—18.5 seconds for Uncooked+JPG, 15.Eight seconds for Uncooked, and 5.6 seconds for JPG when utilizing a SanDisk 280MBps card. Frustratingly, you may’t do something however wait as the photographs are dedicated to reminiscence. Most different cameras assist you to change settings or begin taking pictures once more when the buffer is partially cleared—that is not the case with the X-T100. You will need to stare at a preview of your final picture and the phrase “Storing” on the prime of the display till the entire pictures are saved.
Picture and Video High quality: Robust Photographs, Uneven 4K
The X-T100 makes use of a 24MP APS-C picture sensor, the identical decision and sensor measurement you discover in most SLRs and mirrorless cameras out there for beneath $1,500. It’s a Bayer design, the kind of colour picture sensor utilized by most producers, versus Fujifilm’s proprietary X-Trans design, which it reserves for its extra superior cameras. X-Trans guarantees to ship higher high-ISO efficiency and extra pure grain as a result of its extra advanced six-by-six colour filter design, versus Bayer’s four-by-four repeating sample. You additionally miss out on among the options that Fujifilm has (thus far) reserved for X-Trans cameras, together with movie grain simulation, and the Acros and Eterna movie emulation modes.
I examined the sensor’s efficiency at every of its full-stop ISO settings utilizing Imatest. When taking pictures JPGs with default settings enabled, the X-T100 captures pictures with lower than 1.5 % noise by way of ISO 25600. However that does not imply you could get crisp, detailed pictures when pushing the digicam that far.
In actuality, you may snap clear pictures with little lack of high quality by way of ISO 800. We see a little bit of lack of very nice element at ISO 1600 and 3200, however picture high quality stays very sturdy. At ISO 6400 the story modifications a bit—very tender blurring of element turns into a bit extra obvious. I might nonetheless really feel snug utilizing the setting when the shot requires it, although. Blur is extra pronounced at ISO 12800, and it will get worse at ISO 25600 and much more so on the prime ISO 51200 setting.
Extra superior photographers can go for Uncooked format, which cuts out noise discount and provides you extra latitude to edit your photographs in Lightroom or your favourite Uncooked processor. Uncooked pictures are very sharp by way of ISO 3200, and whereas there’s some grain, it isn’t overwhelming. At ISO 6400 grain is heavier, however particulars shine by way of. Output is tough at ISO 12800, which can be the highest setting out there when working in Uncooked mode—Fujifilm has opted to not embody Uncooked seize above ISO 12800. Crops from each JPG and Uncooked pictures are included within the slideshow that accompanies this evaluate to your reference.
The X-T100 helps 4K video seize, however as with the corporate’s X-A5, it is actually not there for video. The 15fps body price is uneven—use it for the burst picture seize mode, not to your dwelling motion pictures. As an alternative you may need to shoot at 1080p. Videographers will likely be comfortable to see a load of body price choices—23.98, 24, 50, and 60fps. However there isn’t any 30fps seize choice, an odd omission.
No matter which body price you select, video seize is a blended bag. Footage at 1080p in all fairness sharp, and there is solely a modest crop utilized on the sides of the body. However movies are sluggish to begin—you may want to carry down the Document button for near a second to begin a clip—and the autofocus is sluggish to regulate to modifications within the body.
Nice Potential, Hampered
Given the standard of Fujifilm’s different mirrorless cameras, together with the following mannequin up in value and options, the X-T20, I had excessive hopes for the X-T100. However regardless of boasting a really stable construct (for this value class), a stunningly enticing industrial design, and wonderful picture high quality, its shortcomings in velocity and focus forestall me from giving it a powerful advice.
In case you are thinking about benefiting from Fujifilm’s wonderful—and huge—mirrorless lens library, and do not plan on capturing quite a lot of transferring motion, you may doubtless be pleased with what the X-T100 delivers when it comes to picture high quality and dealing with. However for photographers severe sufficient to consider shopping for lenses, it is a good name to spend a bit extra money and get the X-T20. It matches the X-T100 in decision, betters it in focus and video seize, and has a contact LCD—simply not one that may face ahead for selfies.
For photographers merely searching for , inexpensive starter digicam, we nonetheless suggest the Sony a6000 as our entry-level Editors’ Alternative. It is an older mannequin, so you do not get a contact LCD or Bluetooth, however it does have Wi-Fi, an EVF, a tilting LCD, and far sooner focus and burst seize. You may additionally just like the Panasonic G7 (one other older mannequin, however one which sells for an inexpensive value) or the Panasonic GX85, each of that are priced equally to the X-T100, and use the marginally smaller Micro 4 Thirds sensor measurement.