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

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Fujifilm X-T100 review – The entry-level X-T model

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£619.00 (Body and Kit lens)

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.

The X-T100 with the supplied screw-on handgrip attached

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 15-45mm kit lens that’s sold with the X-T100 puts in a good optical performance

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.

Details

Sensor:24.2-million APS-C CMOS sensor
Output size:6000 x 4000 pixels
Focal length mag:1.5x
Lens mount:Fujifilm X-mount
Shutter Speed:30secs-1/4000sec (30secs-1/32000sec in electronic shutter mode)
Sensitivity:ISO 200-12,800 (standard) ISO 100-51,200 (extended)
Exposure modes:PASM, SR+, Auto
Metering:Multi, Spot, Average
Exposure Compensation:–5 to +5 EV, in increments of 1/3EV
Continuous shooting:6fps
Screen:3in, 1,040k-dot 3-way tilt touchscreen
Electronic Viewfinder:0.39in, 2,360k-dot 0.62x magnification with 100% coverage
Video:4K (15p) Full HD (60/50/24/23p)
External mic:2.5mm stereo mini connector
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Power:NP-W126S battery
Battery life:430 shots
Dimensions:121.0x83.0x47.4mm
Weight:448g with battery and card
  1. 1. Fujifilm X-T100 - At a glance
  2. 2. Fujifilm X-T100 - Features
  3. 3. Fujifilm X-T100 - Bluetooth Connectivity
  4. 4. Fujifilm X-T100 - Build and handling
  5. 5. Fujifilm X-T100 - Viewfinder and screen
  6. 6. Fujifilm X-T100 - Performance
  7. 7. Fujifilm X-T100 - Image quality
  8. 8. Fujifilm X-T100- Verdict
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