Fu­ji­film x-t100

The Fi­nal­ists: Canon EOS M50, Fu­ji­film X-T100, Olym­pus PEN E-PL9

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Most at­ten­tion has been fo­cused on Fu­ji­film’s higher-end X mount cam­eras as the com­pany in­ten­si­fies its cam­paign for the hearts and minds of pro D-SLR users, but there’s good stuff go­ing on in the lower ranks too. The X-T100 is a de­lib­er­ate at­tempt to woo smart­phone users away from the dark side, so it’s more af­ford­able than the X-T20 and has a fea­ture set closer to the X-A5, but the re­sult is a very ap­peal­ing com­bi­na­tion of com­pact­ness and ca­pa­bil­i­ties. And, as we noted in our re­view, the value propo­si­tion is very hard to ig­nore.

Given the tar­get au­di­ence, the X-T100 isn’t quite as ‘hard core’ tra­di­tion­al­ist as the other X-T se­ries mod­els, although the ex­ter­nal con­trol lay­out is still es­sen­tially dial-based so there’s still a ‘real cam­era’ ex­pe­ri­ence to be had. Im­por­tantly com­pared to the X-A5, there’s an EVF to com­ple­ment the mon­i­tor screen, and it’s a 1.0 cm OLED-type EVF with 2.36 megadots res­o­lu­tion so it works very well in­deed. The mon­i­tor has a three-way tilt ad­just­ment to al­low the panel to be folded all the way around to the front of the cam­era for tak­ing self­ies or shoot­ing video blogs. The 24.2 megapix­els ‘APS-C’ sen­sor has a con­ven­tional Bayer-type fil­ter ar­range­ment (i.e. rather than the ‘X-Trans’ de­sign), but Fu­ji­film knows a thing or two about ex­tract­ing the max­i­mum per­for­mance from smaller im­agers so the X-T100 par­tic­u­larly im­presses with its sharp­ness and def­i­ni­tion, smooth tonal gra­da­tions, ac­cu­rate colour fidelity across the spec­trum and wide dy­namic range. In par­tic­u­lar, Fu­ji­film’s ‘Film Sim­u­la­tion’ pro­files do a beau­ti­ful job of bal­anc­ing ‘real’ and ‘per­ceived’ colour to give very pleas­ing re­sults in­deed. The high ISO per­for­mance is par­tic­u­larly praise­wor­thy.

The fea­ture list also in­cludes 91-point hy­brid con­trast/ phase-de­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus­ing, con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing at 6.0 fps, built-in panorama stitch­ing, five auto brack­et­ing func­tions, multi-shot HDR cap­ture, an in­ter­val­ome­ter and both ‘4K Burst’ and ‘4K Multi Fo­cus’ modes which cap­ture 4K-res frames (roughly 8.3 MP in image size) at 15 fps.

There’s a lot here that novices prob­a­bly won’t use, but it’s there for when they ad­vance and, of course, also means the X-T100 ap­peals to the more ex­pe­ri­enced user on a tighter bud­get. It bal­ances both these ex­pec­ta­tions ex­ceed­ingly well, with its ex­cep­tional per­for­mance be­ing the ic­ing on the cake.

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