It’s hard to fathom why Fu­ji­film

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has shack­led the X-T100’s 4K UHD video record­ing to a speed of 15 fps, un­less it’s de­signed more for the high-speed still cap­ture modes than for mak­ing movie clips. Who knows, but pre­sum­ably it’s pro­ces­sor power re­lated as is the case on the X-A5.

More use­fully, Full HD footage can be recorded at 50, 25 or 24 fps with stereo sound and ad­justable au­dio lev­els (with stereo level me­ters dis­played in the LCD mon­i­tor. There’s a stereo au­dio in­put – al­beit a 2.5 mm con­nec­tion rather than the stan­dard 3.5 mm – and the clip length, either 4K or 2K, is now 29 min­utes and 59 sec­onds with au­to­matic file par­ti­tion­ing at ev­ery 4.0 GB of data. Slow-mo video clips can be recorded at the HD res­o­lu­tion of 1280x720 pix­els and down to one-quar­ter speed, but all set­tings are locked off dur­ing shoot­ing and the max­i­mum clip length is seven min­utes. Time­lapse se­quences can be recorded in 4K UHD.

Stream­ing to the cam­era’s HDMI con­nec­tor is avail­able with both 4K and 2K video (8-bit, 4:2:2 colour), with the op­tion of si­mul­ta­ne­ously record­ing 4K in­ter­nally (8-bit, 4:2:0 colour) to a mem­ory card and stream­ing. A handy ‘HDMI Rec Con­trol’ sends start/stop com­mands to the ex­ter­nal recorder when the shut­ter but­ton is pressed.

The touch fo­cus con­trols are par­tic­u­larly use­ful when shoot­ing video and con­tin­u­ous AF is both smooth and re­li­able. The mag­ni­fied im­age and fo­cus peak­ing dis­play are again pro­vided to as­sist with man­ual fo­cus­ing. For ex­po­sure con­trol, both aper­ture and shut­ter speed can be man­u­ally se­lected, but the sen­si­tiv­ity range is re­duced to ISO 400 to 6400.

The Full HD video per­for­mance is ex­cel­lent, but 4K at 15 fps doesn’t re­ally look par­tic­u­larly smooth - es­pe­cially if any­thing is mov­ing, either the sub­ject or the cam­era. We noted with the X-T20 that it was un­likely to be se­lected pri­mar­ily to shoot video, but it was still pretty ca­pa­ble here nonethe­less. The same is true of the X-T100 ex­cept only in terms of its Full HD per­for­mance which means there are other bet­ter al­ter­na­tives if you re­ally want the 4K res­o­lu­tion with­out spend­ing a for­tune.

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