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 – Viewfinder and screen
Having the option to raise the X-T100 to your eye and clearly see what’s contained within the frame and what isn’t gives it a huge advantage over cameras like the X-A5 that only offer a rear screen for compositional purposes.
On high-contrast days when sunlight can play havoc with glare and reflections it’s possible to set the view mode to either EVF only or EVF Only & Eye Sensor to take the rear screen completely out of the equation. The EVF shouldn’t just be looked at as just a compositional aid – it’s good for reviewing images in bright sunlight too, however you will notice there’s a momentary delay before each image is rendered sharp.
It’s possible to reposition the AF point by moving your thumb over the screen’s surface at the same time EVF is raised to your eye. Double tapping the screen in the same manner loads a detailed magnified view. In use I found this functionality to be a bit hit and miss – sometimes it would register that I wanted to shift the AF point off centre whereas other times it wouldn’t. Hitting the AF button and shifting the AF point around using the dpad is the more reliable method for accurate autofocus.
Using the touch screen to tap between AF-S, AF-C and manual focus, pick a new film simulation mode or swipe through images in playback mode was more successful. Double tapping the screen in playback mode immediately loads a magnified view to check sharpness, however unlike some touchscreens we’ve seen of late it doesn’t magnify the precise area where you’ve double tapped and defaults to centre, meaning you need to use the dpad to navigate the image.
As for the manoeuvrability of the 3-way screen, it’s good that it can be angled out by 180 degrees to aid with self-portrait shooting. The caveat is that it doesn’t flip like a vari-angle screen, so you can’t compose any other type of image but a selfie in its pulled out position.