Fujifilm X-T100 review
The Fujifilm X-T100 is the company's least expensive X-series camera to include an electronic viewfinder. It shares most of its guts with the entry-level X-A5, including its hybrid autofocus system and 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor. Unlike that camera, and the X-T20 that sits above it, the X-T100 has a unique LCD design that allows it to both tilt and flip out to the side but not rotate.
Unfortunately, the X-T100 inherits more from the X-A5 than the X-T20, which means there are some compromises. Image quality is great, design and build quality are solid and battery life is excellent. Unfortunately, the camera's overall performance is sluggish, its autofocus system cannot reliably track anything moving and its '4K' video is more like an extended burst mode (quality is poor, as well).
For those who enjoy the Fujifilm shooting experience we recommend spending the extra $200 for the X-T20. If you want to stay in the same price range, competitive cameras from Canon, Olympus and Panasonic may be better choices in many respects.
- 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- ISO range of 100-51200 (fully expanded)
- 91-point hybrid AF system
- 2.36M-dot OLED electronic viewfinder
- 3" touchscreen LCD can both tilt up/down and flip outward 180°
- 6 fps continuous shooting (up to 26 JPEGs)
- Film Simulation modes
- 4K/15p and 1080/60p video
- 4K Burst and Multi Focus modes
- Wi-Fi + Bluetooth connectivity
- Interchangeable grip
- 430 shots/charge battery life (per CIPA rating)
The X-T100's feature set is impressive, as long as you're not a serious videographer. The EVF is beautiful and the articulating LCD gives you the best of both worlds, being able to tilt and flip to the side. While the X-T100 has a larger buffer than the X-A5, it still fills up pretty quickly if you're shooting Raw. Still, that's more than enough for a camera that costs $600 (body only).
An important difference between the X-A5/X-T100 and the more expensive X-T20 is that the latter uses an X-Trans color filter on its sensor, rather than the traditional Bayer filter. Many would argue that X-Trans had an advantage over Bayer sensors when resolutions were lower, but with everything now at 24MP, we're not convinced there's much of a difference.
The X-T100 is sold as a body-only kit for $599 or with a 15-45mm equiv. F3.5-5.6 power zoom lens for $699. Black and 'champagne gold' bodies are available.
What's new and how it compares
Find out what separates the X-T100 from the entry-level X-A5 and mid-range X-T20. Also, see how to compares with other inexpensive mirrorless cameras.
Body and controls
The X-T100 has an SLR-style body that's well-built, along with a unique LCD design and high-res OLED viewfinder.
What it's like to use
We think the X-T100 is great for travel, landscape and portrait photography. If it's video or fast action, you'll want to steer clear.
The X-T100 produces excellent image quality, with beautiful out-of-camera JPEGs and a sensor with plenty of room for preserving highlights while brightening shadows.
While adequate for static subjects, the X-T100 just can't keep up with anything moving.
The biggest disappointment on the X-T100 are its video capabilities - or lack thereof.
If you're not planning on capturing action or video then the X-T100 is a good choice. If you are, then better choices exist.
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