The third generation of this high-end compact gains an updated viewfinder and refined controls. Andy Westlake tests it in our Fujifilm X100T review
Fujifilm X100T Review – Performance
According to Fujifilm, the X100T gives the same image quality as the X100S, and after shooting with it for a while I see no reason to disagree.
The lens is unchanged, and that’s (mostly) a good thing, as it’s a generally very capable optic. It gets a little soft at closer focus distances and large apertures, but if you’re shooting portraits this is, if anything, flattering. For macro work, though, it’s advisable to stop down to f/4 at least if you’re after any kind of sharpness.
However, the lens is extremely prone to veiling flare with bright light sources just outside the frame, which means it’s advisable to obtain and shoot with a hood, which requires a screw-on adapter ring. Fortunately, less expensive third-party clones of Fujifilm’s £70 solution can be bought online.
The camera’s JPEG colour output is, like other Fujifilm models, very attractive. Auto white balance tends to err towards the cool side, although rarely to an unpleasant degree. The various film-simulation modes give a choice of colour looks for different subjects, and if you shoot raw, the camera’s built-in converter lets you tweak your pictures after shooting without even needing a computer.
High ISO performance is pretty impressive, too. You have to look closely to tell ISO 1600 from ISO 200, and the camera produces perfectly good-looking images at ISO 3200 and 6400 too. In particular, it does a good job of maintaining its attractive colour signature, although some detail is inevitably lost to noise. Things do go awry at the extended settings of ISO 12,800 to 51,200, and sadly you can’t record raw files at these sensitivities to apply your own processing afterwards, either. Despite this, with ISO 6400 and an f/2 lens, the X100T can still be shot handheld in pretty low light.
The X100T is also capable of recording video in full HD 1920×1080 resolution at up to 60fps, with full manual control over exposure and the ability to attach an external microphone. However, the quality of footage, which has never been a strong point of the X-Trans sensor, is pretty poor, and the lack of any image stabilisation means that handheld footage is disturbingly jittery.
By default, recording is initiated using the top-plate Fn button, and after a couple of trial recordings I reset this to ISO and forgot about it. If you have any serious interest in video, there are vastly better options available – perhaps most obviously the 4K-capable Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100.
Fujifilm X100T Review – Autofocus
One aspect of the X100T that is starting to look a bit dated is its autofocus. The lens focuses by moving back and forwards within the outer barrel, in contrast to most modern systems that use internal focusing. The result is that it’s noticeably not as fast as the best of its peers, such as (again) the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100. To be fair, most of the time it’s fast enough, but it’s not a great choice for moving subjects.
Autofocus speed may not be the X100T’s strength, but it shines in terms of accuracy. The AF system offers 25 focus points when shooting through the optical viewfinder, and it’s possible to get the camera to display a parallax-corrected AF frame through the viewfinder after focusing, to help check it’s aiming in the right place.
When shooting with the EVF or LCD, 49 focus points are available across almost the entire frame, and the size of the focus area can be adjusted in five steps to suit the subject.