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 – Verdict
With the same lens, sensor and image processor as its predecessor, it might be tempting to dismiss the X100T as a mere cosmetic update, designed as much to allow retailers to place a ‘new’ tag on an old product as anything else. Indeed, at first glance it does little to dispel that impression, as it looks very much like the X100S and indeed X100 before it, but to think this would be to miss the point entirely.
The X100T is as significant an update as the X100S was over the original model. Fujifilm has applied everything that it has learned from its X-system compact system cameras and ironed out all the handling quirks that beset the previous models. The result is a camera that just works, and does so really well.
All the little changes add up. Aperture setting in 1/3-stop increments, 3-stop exposure compensation, optional direct AF area setting via the D-pad, manual-focus check in the OVF, improved viewfinder displays – all these have a positive effect on the shooting experience. Add in the small refinements like Wi-Fi and USB charging capability, and the X100T just becomes a much more serious and versatile tool.
With all the best bits of the previous versions left intact – the intuitive dial-led handling, excellent image quality, and unique hybrid viewfinder (not to mention stunning good looks) – the X100T is a hugely capable camera that’s really enjoyable to use. It now faces very stiff competition from the Panasonic LX100, but if you can live without a zoom and aren’t overly concerned with video, it’s very difficult to beat.
- 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