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- Verdict
The X-T100 slots into Fujifilm’s desirable X-T series below the X-T20 where there’s been a gap for a more affordable entry-level model for quite some time. As a camera designed for first-time mirrorless buyers and those advancing from smartphones, it’s very appealing, from both an aesthetic and performance perspective.
It feels solid in the hand, more so than Fujifilm’s X-A5, provides a centrally positioned EVF to assist composition, and serves up the advanced features one needs to hone shooting skills after exploiting the various auto modes. Is it worth spending £120 more for the X-T100 over the X-A5? Having used both extensively, I’d say it’s a small price to pay for the added benefit of an electronic viewfinder and its lovely SLR styling.
Those who do buy it will fall in love with its form factor and the quality of the images it produces almost instantly. Despite not having an X-Trans sensor, it delivers very impressive image quality, with vibrant colour and excellent detail preserved high into its ISO range.
As positive as all this sounds, it does have some cons. The touchscreen isn’t as well implemented as other entry-level mirrorless models, the low frame rate in 4K movie mode produces poor, stuttery footage that’ll force you to record videos in Full HD, and the motorised kit zoom is a bit loud and pesky.
The good news for those who outgrow the kit lens quickly is that there are 26 X-mount lenses to choose from and when it’s used with Fujifilm’s lovely f/2 primes it takes up very little space at all.
With regard to looks and styling, the X-T100 is arguably the most attractive entry-level camera on the market at its price point. You do get a lot of camera for your money, but the same can be said for the Canon EOS M50 and Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III, which challenge it hard. To sum up, the X-T100 is an excellent gateway to Fujifilm’s X-T series and will serve first-time mirrorless buyers well.