The market isn’t short of entry-level mirrorless cameras, so where does the Fujifilm X-T100 fit in? Michael Topham tests the latest arrival in the X-Series
Fujifilm X-T100 – Features
The X-T100 is equipped with same 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor that Fujifilm’s X-A5 uses. Like its entry-level cousin, this sensor employs the more traditional Bayer colour pixel array rather than the proprietary X-Trans pixel array found in more advanced Fujifilm cameras higher up in the range such as the X-T20.
The welcome news is that the sensor benefits from the addition of on-chip phase-detection, which the otherwise similar 24.2MP sensor within the older X-A3 didn’t. The sensor isn’t paired with Fujifilm’s X-Processor Pro. Instead, it teams up with the same newly developed image-processing engine that the X-A5 has. It can’t rattle out a continuous burst at 14fps like the X-T20 and despite having a mechanical and electronic shutter, it shoots at a more pedestrian 6fps and 3fps in its high and low burst modes.
The standard sensitivity range of ISO 200-12,800 can be expanded to ISO 100-51,200, albeit JPEG format only. Users can also setup three Auto ISO settings to a maximum of ISO 6400.
By now you will have clocked on that the X-T100 inherits a lot of what the X-A5 has to offer and this extends to its autofocus system. In total you get 91 AF points arranged in a 13×7 rectangular grid, with the central portion of 35 AF points being the sensitive phase-detection type.
You can choose from single-point AF, zone AF (using blocks of 9, 30 or 49 points) or a Wide/Tracking AF mode that employs all 91 points and can be used to track subjects through the frame. Focus modes include AF-S, AF-C and manual focus, with various Face/Eye detection settings also available.
Fujifilm has kept things fairly simple on the top plate, choosing to equip the X-T100 with a mode dial and traditional PASM controls ahead of a dedicated shutter speed and exposure compensation dial.
Beginners who’d feel more comfortable shooting in auto before progressing to the manual modes can use the fully automatic Advanced Scene Recognition (SR+) mode, there are 18 advanced filter modes with a live preview and a great selection of scene modes – some of which (portrait, landscape, sport and night) get their own dedicated position on the mode dial. Added to this you get a panorama mode and eleven Film Simulation modes, though the newest Arcos and Eterna modes are both absent.
Two features likely to lure people to the X-T100 ahead of the X-A5 are its 0.39in, 2,360k-dot OLED electronic viewfinder and 3.0in, 1,040k-dot 3-way tilt LCD screen.
The EVF offers 100% coverage and 0.62x magnification, whilst providing dioptre adjustment and an eye sensor that can be used for automatic switching with the rear screen. The displayed information in the EVF automatically rotates depending on the shooting orientation and there’s a view mode button to cycle through various viewing options.
The screen is different to those we’ve seen on other X-series models. It flips up for low-angled shooting and down for overhead shots, with added benefit that it can be pulled out to the side to assist with self-portraits.
In addition to Wi-fi, the X-T100 features the same low-power Bluetooth connectivity that we first witnessed on the X-E3. This is designed to preserve battery life and make light work of connecting previously paired smartphones. You are still required to install Fujifilm’s free Camera Remote app that’s available for both iOS and Android.
As well as offering 4K recording at a measly 15fps, Full HD video at up to 60fps is available. Like other mirrorless cameras, the X-T100 presents the opportunity to extract an 8MP still image from a clip of movie footage in its 4K burst mode.
The maximum continuous record time in any movie-recording mode is 30 minutes and there is a 2.5mm microphone port and HDMI (Type D) micro connector for anyone that wishes to improve audio quality or output movie footage to an external monitor. Lastly, the X-T100 accepts a single SD card beside its rechargeable NP-W126S battery, which has enough stamina for approximately 430 shots on a single charge.