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Fu­ji­Film’S X-T2 and X-T20 X mount mir­ror­less cam­eras have a new – and much more af­ford­able – baby brother in the shape of the X-T100. It’s loosely based on the ex­ist­ing X-A5, but is an SLR-style model with a built-in OLED-type elec­tronic viewfinder and a three-way tilt­ing LCD mon­i­tor screen with touch con­trols. It has an alu­minium top plate and a dial-based con­trol lay­out which both con­trib­ute to the retro-look styling. The body weighs just un­der 450 grams (in­clud­ing the bat­tery pack) and there’s a choice of three colours – black, dark sil­ver and cham­pagne gold. The EVF has a res­o­lu­tion of 2.36 megadots and a mag­ni­fi­ca­tion of 0.62x (35mm equiv­a­lent).

Un­like the higher-end X mount mod­els though, the X-T100’s ‘APS-C’ sen­sor em­ploys a con­ven­tional Bayer-type colour fil­ter layer rather than Fu­ji­film’s own ‘X-Trans’ ar­range­ment. How­ever, it does have the ‘In­tel­li­gent Hy­brid AF’ sys­tem which uses 91 phase-dif­fer­ence de­tec­tion type mea­sur­ing points and, ac­cord­ing to Fu­ji­film, a newly-de­vel­oped AF al­go­rithm which im­proves both the speed and pre­ci­sion. The sen­sor has an ef­fec­tive pixel count of 24.2 mil­lion and a sen­si­tiv­ity range equiv­a­lent to ISO 200 to 12,800 with ex­ten­sions to ISO 100 and 51,200. Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing is pos­si­ble at up to 6.0 fps for a burst of 26 best-qual­ity JPEGs.

Ex­po­sure con­trol is via a choice of multi-zone, average and spot me­ter­ing meth­ods which drive the stan­dard set of ‘PASM’ con­trol modes with au­to­matic sub­ject/scene recog­ni­tion avail­able in the ‘SR+ Auto’ fully-auto mode. The X-T100 has both a con­ven­tional fo­cal plane shut­ter and a sen­sor-based shut­ter, the lat­ter giv­ing a top speed of 1/32,000 sec­ond. Flash sync is at all speeds up to 1/180 sec­ond and there’s both a built-in pop-up flash and a flash hot­shoe. There’s a set of 11 ‘Film Sim­u­la­tion’ pic­ture pre­sets and 17 ‘Ad­vanced Fil­ter’ spe­cial ef­fects. Other fea­tures in­clude auto brack­et­ing for ex­po­sure and white balance, WiFi and Blue­tooth LE con­nec­tiv­ity, cus­tomis­able ‘Quick Menu’ con­trol screen and in-cam­era panorama stitch­ing.

On the video side, the X-T100 can record at the 4K UHD res­o­lu­tion, but only at 15 fps which isn’t all that use­ful. Full HD record­ing can be at 50 or 24 fps with stereo sound, and an au­dio in­put is pro­vided for con­nect­ing an ex­ter­nal mic.

Aus­tralian avail­abil­ity is from late June and the X-T100 is priced at $1049 pack­aged with the XC 15-45mm f3.5-5.6 OIS PZ power zoom lens. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.fu­ji­film.com.au

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