Fujifilm X100T Review
November 18, 2014
- - Choice of optical or electronic viewfinder for composition
- - Analogue control dials give intuitive and engaging handling experience
- - Impressive image quality
- - Attractive retro styling
- - Video footage is relatively poor in quality
- - Macro mode could be better implemented
- - Rear buttons are a little small and fiddly
The third generation of this high-end compact gains an updated viewfinder and refined controls. Andy Westlake tests it in our Fujifilm X100T review
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Fujifilm X100T Review – Build and Handling
At around £1,000, the X100T is clearly a premium product, and in terms of build quality it doesn’t disappoint. It uses a magnesium-alloy body shell, and the metal control dials are all superbly finished. This camera is a beautiful object that begs to be picked up and used.
The handling is excellent, too, and a clear advance over previous generations. The aperture ring now has clicks at every 1/3-stop step, eliminating the need to set intermediate values using a fiddly rear controller. The exposure-compensation dial offers a wider adjustment of ±3 stops, and the live histogram in the viewfinder effectively eliminates any guesswork in setting it.
If I have a criticism, it’s that the small circular buttons on the back of the camera are, like on the X-T1, now a little fiddly to operate. Functionally, I prefer the larger buttons on the previous models.
For me, one major improvement is the ability to assign the D-pad on the camera’s back to directly move the focus area around the frame. I find this helps in really making the most of the camera’s optical viewfinder, especially with the visual focus check now available. There’s little penalty in setting it, as two of the settings otherwise accessed by these keys are available on the onscreen Q-menu.
The only problem lies in macro mode, which has to be re-assigned to another Fn key if you want to be able to access it without diving into the menus. The macro function now also works as a toggle – pressing the button enters the mode without any further confirmation required. This makes it quicker to access, but also much easier to turn on inadvertently. This is undesirable, as the macro mode slows down autofocus, and disables the optical viewfinder. Oddly, while the Q-menu is now user-customisable, macro mode isn’t one of the available options.
- Sensor: 16.3-million-pixel, APS-C X-Trans CMOS II
- Output size: 4896 x 3264
- Lens: 35mm (equivalent) f/2
- Focal-length magnification: 1.5x
- Shutter speeds: 30-1/32000sec + bulb
- ISO: 100-51,200 (extended)
- Exposure modes: PASM
- Metering system: Multi, spot, average
- Exposure compensation: +/- 3EV in 1/3 steps
- Drive mode: 6fps
- LCD: 3in, 1.04-million-dot LCD
- Viewfinder: Reverse Galilean OVF, 2.36-million-dot LCD EVF
- Image stabilisation: None
- AF points: 9-point phase-detect, 49-point contrast-detect
- Video: Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 60fps, built-in stereo mic
- External mic: Yes, 2.5mm stereo socket
- Memory card: SDHC, SDXC
- Power: NP-95 rechargeable Li-Ion
- Battery life: Approx 330 shots
- Dimensions: 126.5 x 74.4 x 52.4mm
- Weight: 440g with battery and card