Conclusion

What we like What we don't like
  • Excellent JPEG quality
  • Sensor has low noise at high ISOs
  • Unique LCD design tilts and flips outward
  • Well-built for the price
  • Built-in 2.36M-dot OLED EVF
  • Third dial encourages experimenting with Film Simulation modes
  • Great battery life
  • USB charging
  • Grip included
  • Poor autofocus for moving subjects
  • Poor face detection performance
  • Laggy interface
  • Noticeable delay between pressing video record button and start of capture
  • Default JPEG sharpening a bit high
  • Limited customization
  • Poor video quality (4K and 1080p)
  • 4K/15p video not a serious feature
  • Buffer fills quickly when shooting Raw bursts
  • Touchscreen can't be used for Q Menu
  • Slow and clunky Multi Focus feature

Overall Conclusion

The Fujifilm X-T100's classic SLR-style design definitely turns some heads. In fact, when recently out shooting with the camera, I was approached by a Sony a6000 owner who wanted to know more about it. The body is well-built, though the faux leather is a bit slippery. To Fujifilm's credit, there's a screw-on grip included in the box, which we consider a must-use.

The camera's LCD can both tilt up and down and flip out to the side 180 degrees, though it cannot be rotated. It's a neat mechanism, we would have preferred a more traditionally articulating screen. The display is touch-enabled, but not being able to change items of the Q Menu is a frustrating omission. The OLED viewfinder isn't terribly large but it does its job just fine and is contrasty. The camera actually has three customizable control dials, with one defaulting to changing Film Simulation modes, making this feature more accessible than on other models.

While its autofocus system is fine when using single AF, the camera just can't keep a moving subject in focus

We are more than happy with the X-T100's image quality. JPEGs have vibrant color and a lot of detail, and noise levels in low light are as good or better than its peers. Video, on the other hand, is not great. We're pretty sure that the only reason there's a 4K/15p option at all is so Fujifilm could slap '4K' on the box. Video quality at that setting is poor and footage suffers from strong rolling shutter, in addition to being choppy. Dropping down to 1080 allows for 60p recording, but the quality just isn't up to par.

Out of camera JPEG shot in the Velvia/Vivid film simulation mode.
ISO 5000 | 1/200 sec | F3.5 | Fujifilm XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ @ 23mm equiv.

Photo by Dan Bracaglia

While its autofocus system is fine when using single AF, the X-T100 just can't keep a moving subject in focus. It didn't even fare well in the 'easy' portion of our bike test where the subject is coming straight at the camera. The whole camera feels laggy as well, which is most noticeable when using the menus. The one positive note in this area is battery life, which is considerably above average for this class.

While the X-T100's a good-looking stills camera it's not by any means a camera for shooting action of any sort. The laggy face detection performance means this is a poor camera for shooting active kids or toddlers as well. Other competitive ILCs have far better video quality. If you want a stills-focused camera that's fun to use (and is backed by a large collection of lenses) then the X-T100 is worth considering, but better options exist.

Out of camera JPEG shot in the Velvia/Vivid film simulation mode ISO 800 | 1/250 sec | F8 | Fujifilm XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ @ 56mm equiv.

Photo by Dan Bracaglia


What we think


Carey Rose
Reviews Editor
I had high hopes for the X-T100 when it arrived. It's an attractive, compact, competitively priced camera with great image quality. But unfortunately, it simply feels underpowered in use. Menus and inputs can be laggy and continuous autofocus is nigh unusable. For users who mostly shoot static subjects and can look past the sluggish operation, you'll be rewarded with sharp images and rich color. For those that are looking to photograph anything moving, it's best to look elsewhere.

Dan Bracaglia
Photo Editor
Fujifilm continues to make cameras that shoot great out-of-camera JPEGs and the X-T100 is no exception. I love the colors this camera produces. Lightweight, stylish and surprisingly well built, the X-T100's main Achilles heel is sluggish operational speed. But for casual snapping and sharing, that shouldn't matter too much.

Compared to other inexpensive mirrorless cameras

Out of camera JPEG shot in the Velvia/Vivid film simulation mode
ISO 5000 | 1/200 sec | F5.6 | Fujifilm XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ @ 68mm equiv.

Photo by Dan Bracaglia

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85: This 16MP Micro Four Thirds camera is probably the best alternative to the Fujifilm X-T100. It includes built-in 5-axis image stabilization and its AF system performs well. While the X-T100 has an edge over the Panasonic in terms of image quality, the opposite is true when it comes to video and autofocus in a big way.

Olympus E-M10 III: The retro-styled E-M10 Mark III also has 5-axis image stabilization and a 16MP Four Thirds sensor. Photo quality and color are very good, as are the 4K clips the camera produces. Like the X-T100, the E-M10 III isn't great at focusing on moving subjects, but the E-M10 III is an easy-to-use camera that produces good results.

Canon EOS M50: The EOS M50 has great AF performance thanks to its Dual Pixel technology. It comes with a 'traditional' fully articulating LCD high-quality EVF. Photo quality is very good, and while 4K looks good, there's a huge crop factor and Dual Pixel AF is disabled. If you want a camera similar in design to the X-T100 with a much better AF system - and can live with its poor battery life - then the M50 is a good alternative.

Sony a6000: The X-T100 has the edge in terms of both Raw and JPEG image quality but the a6000's 1080p video is still better than anything the Fujifilm can do. Despite its age, the Sony's autofocus is better in every regard but it's not as easy or enjoyable to use as the Fujifilm.

Fujifilm X-T20: This step-up model will cost you an additional $200 and, while image quality won't be dramatically different from X-T100, its video quality and AF performance are much better. Build quality is also superior and the dedicated dials for exposure compensation and shutter speed are super-useful. If you like the Fujifilm system, we think it's absolutely worth spending the extra money on the X-T20.


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Fujifilm X-T100
Category: Mid Range Interchangeable Lens Camera / DSLR
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Conclusion
The Fujifilm X-T100 is a SLR-style mirrorless camera with excellent photo quality plus a unique articulating LCD, high-res viewfinder and great battery life. However, its autofocus subject tracking abilities are disappointing, with only 15 fps recording at 4K and overall poor video quality.
Good for
Travel, portrait and landscape photographers who want excellent image quality, an articulating LCD and top-notch selection of lenses.
Not so good for
Capturing anything moving or recording video. Shooting bursts of Raw images.
79%
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