Video revisions

The video specifications of the X100T have been improved, though we're still not convinced of its value as a video camera. It gains a wider range of frame rates as well as offering greater control over video, including shutter priority and aperture priority modes and manual focus with peaking. 1080p video can be captured at up to 60 frames per second at a bit rate of 36Mbps. There's also a stereo mic jack for the first time, though disappointingly it's of the less common 2.5mm type.

We've not been very impressed with video from X-Trans cameras such as the X-E2 and X-T1. It seems the X-Trans filter design doesn't lend itself to being sub-sampled for video capture or, at least, not with the levels of processing Fujifilm has been using.

Sadly, the X100T still depends on the NP-95 battery used in its predecessors (and, for that matter, cameras dating back to 2006's FinePix F30 Zoom), meaning you still only get around 330 shots per charge when used in EVF mode. Optical viewfinder mode extends the battery life considerably, as you'd expect. An additional change is that the camera can now be charged using its USB socket. And, unlike other brands, Fujifilm hasn't used this addition as an excuse to charge users extra for an external charger - it's included in the box. This makes it easy to keep the camera charged and to keep a spare topped-up, too.

Accessories

One of the optional accessories introduced alongside the X100T is the MHG-X100 - an accessory grip that adds an in-line tripod mount and Arca-Swiss-compatible flange to the camera. A cut-out in its base allows full-time access to the battery. It's also compatible with the X100/S.

The range of optional accessories has grown, too. There's a stereo mic option and leather case that allows battery access. Fujifilm will also make available the MHG-X100, an additional grip much like the ones offered for the X-E and X-T1 cameras, offering a more substantial hand grip with Arca-Swiss compatible flanges and full-time battery access. The WCL-X100 and TCL-X100 wide-angle and telephoto adapters remain compatible with the new camera.

No waiting around: the X100T will be available in silver or black, right from launch.

Fujifilm has previously waited several months before introducing black editions of its X100 cameras.

Image Quality

In almost every respect, the X100T's image quality is the same as that of its predecessor, the X100S, though the JPEG compression options have been changed, with what the X100S called 'Fine' now relagated to 'Normal' and a lower-compression option added as 'Fine'. In most respects that's extremely good news. The X100S was capable of great photos with arguably the best color rendition in the industry. Its lens is really sharp, even wide open, at most working distances, only really losing that sharpness close-up.

As such you can read much more about the X100T's image quality by reading our X100S review.

In terms of image quality, the only major change in the X100T is the addition of the Classic Chrome Film Simulation mode. As the name hints (though doesn't say, presumably for licensing reasons), this is effectively a Kodachrome simulation mode. As anyone who's ever wandered round a William Eggleston exhibition will attest, there's something very powerful about the rich, inaccurate colors of chrome films, and the ability to achieve this effect in-camera without spilling over into Instagram/Lomography excess suits the X100 series down to the ground.

Accuracy's over-rated. The Classic Chrome Film Simulation mode doesn't represent the scene as you saw it, but sometimes that's not what you want. Photo by Dan Bracaglia

ISO 400, DR 200%, 1/120th sec, F2, Provia Film Simulation

Sadly, we can't report the same level of progress in terms of video shooting. The X100T is perhaps a touch improved over the rather low-resolution, moire-prone footage that we've previously seen from X-Trans cameras, but it's still not great. In a recent interview, Fujifilm acknowledged this as an area in need of improvement. We doubt many people are looking at the X100T with video in mind, though, so it's less of a concern to us here, than elsewhere in the X series.