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 – Image quality
The combination of Bayer APS-C CMOS sensor and newly developed image-processing engine is the same pairing as used within the Fujifilm X-A5. It’s no great surprise that the image quality results are identical to those previously recorded by its entry-level cousin. By opting to use the Bayer colour pixel array rather than the more complex X-Trans pixel array, Fujifilm has been able to make the X-T100 more affordable than the X-T20. This ultimately comes down to the Bayer sensor being a less expensive component. The X-T100 like the Fujifilm X-A5 does not have a low pass filter.
Fujifilm X-T100 – Resolution
Like 24MP Bayer sensors we’ve tested in other Fujifilm cameras in the past, the X-T100 is capable of resolving fine detail, with a good amount of scope to crop in when required. The X-T100 resolves a maximum of 3,200l/ph between ISO 100 and ISO 400, with resolution dropping slightly at ISO 800 to 3,000l/ph. Detail holds up well beyond ISO 800 and only starts to dip below 3,000l/ph when you push past ISO 3200. The detail resolved at ISO 6400 and ISO 12,800 (2,800l/ph) is good too, but you will start to see detail reducing more abruptly at its extended ISO 25,600 and ISO 51,200 settings where you’re restricted to shooting in JPEG format only.
Fujifilm X-T100 – ISO and noise
The X-T100 provides excellent JPEG results between ISO 100 and ISO 1600, beyond which point you’ll start to notice in-camera noise reduction beginning to soften the finer details in an image. Set the sensitivity to ISO 1600 or above and you’ll want to shoot in raw for the best results. Noise is very well controlled at ISO 3200, and though it’s more obvious in raw files captured at ISO 6400, it’s not offensive to the point it’ll stop you using it in a low-light situation. Pushing to ISO 12,800 introduces increased noise, but could be used in an emergency if it’s a toss up between capturing a subject sharp over it being blurred. Entering the expanded settings is where the noise performance starts to go downhill rapidly so be prepared to avoid ISO 25,600 and ISO 51,000 at all costs.