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Fujifilm X-T100 review

Filling the gap between the X-A5 and X-T20

Fujifilm X-T100 review

Our Verdict

While it hasn't quite blown us away like some of Fujifilm's higher-end X Series cameras, the stylish X-T100 gets a lot of things right, and would be a great choice if you're looking for your first mirrorless camera.

For

  • Film Simulation modes are great
  • Easy to use
  • Great image quality for the price
  • Very good viewfinder
  • Stylish design

Against

  • ISO range limited for raw shooting
  • Only 15fps when shooting 4K
  • Focusing could be snappier

TechRadar Verdict

While it hasn't quite blown us away like some of Fujifilm's higher-end X Series cameras, the stylish X-T100 gets a lot of things right, and would be a great choice if you're looking for your first mirrorless camera.

Pros

  • + Film Simulation modes are great
  • + Easy to use
  • + Great image quality for the price
  • + Very good viewfinder
  • + Stylish design
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Cons

  • - ISO range limited for raw shooting
  • - Only 15fps when shooting 4K
  • - Focusing could be snappier

The Fujifilm X-T100 is the brand's latest entry-level mirrorless camera, slotting in above the X-A5 and below the X-T20 in the X Series range. 

Looks can be deceiving though, and while the X-T100 shares a design more closely related to the mid-priced X-T20, many of its internal features are actually borrowed from the X-A5.

While the X-A5 is geared towards more novice users looking for a simple to use camera that delivers noticeably better pictures than their smartphone, the X-T100 is that next small step up the ladder. With a built-in electronic viewfinder, and offering a greater degree of control than the more basic X-A5, the X-T100 is designed to appeal to those looking to get a bit more creative with their photography. 

Features

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Clever 3-way touchscreen display
  • 4K video but only at 15fps

The X-T100 features a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor with the more standard bayer array, as opposed to the unique X-Trans design featured in Fujifilm’s more advanced cameras like X-T20. What does this mean? The bottom line is that image quality won't quite rival its higher-priced siblings, but should satisfy most users. 

It also means the camera is capable of shooting a pretty broad ISO range, from 100-51,200, although if you want to shoot raw you're restricted to the X-T100's native range of ISO200-12,800. 

Fujifilm X-T100 specs

Sensor: 24.2MP APS-C CMOS 

Lens mount: Fujifilm X-mount

Screen: 3.0-inch three-way touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots 

Burst shooting: 6fps 

Autofocus: 91-point AF 

Video: 4K 

Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 

Battery life: 430 shots 

Weight: 448g

The X-T100 can also shoot 4K video – but there is a small caveat here, as it's only at pedestrian 15fps. If you're after smooth video capture, you'll have to downsize to Full HD to achieve this. 

The Fujifilm X-T100's 4K video capture capabilities aren't completely wasted though, with the camera sporting a 4K Burst Shooting mode that can capture 8MP images in a burst at 15fps. This is something Panasonic has offered for a while on its 4K-enabled cameras, although most of those can shoot at a faster rate. If you're wanting to shoot full-resolution images in rapid succession the X-T100 can shoot a burst of images at 6fps, which is some way off the 14fps offered by the X-T20.

The X-T100 features a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), with the 0.39-inch display featuring a decent 2.36 million-dot resolution and a similarly respectable 0.62x magnification.

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As well as the EVF, the X-T100 as sports a very clever rear display that offers an even greater range of movement than the higher-end X-T2 and X-H1. This sees the screen able to be tilted away from the body for either waist-level or elevated shooting, while it can also be pulled outwards for those who fancy shooting selfies. It also has touchscreen functionality, including touch focus and shutter, pinch-to-zoom, drag to scroll the image and additional options using flick gestures.

Most users will get the X-T100 as a kit with the new retracting 15-45mm power zoom lens. With a focal length equivalent to around 23-68mm in full-frame terms it’s a little wider than the average kit lens, and a little shorter at its longest focal length. 

In addition to Wi-Fi, the X-T100 features the low-power Bluetooth connectivity option we first saw on the X-E3. Once the camera has been paired with your smartphone using Fujifilm's free Camera Remote app sharing images should be a breeze, as the X-T100 will automatically connect to previously paired smartphones provided Bluetooth is turned on for both devices. 

Phil Hall

Phil Hall is an experienced writer and editor having worked on some of the largest photography magazines in the UK, and now edit the photography channel of TechRadar, the UK's biggest tech website and one of the largest in the world. He has also worked on numerous commercial projects, including working with manufacturers like Nikon and Fujifilm on bespoke printed and online camera guides, as well as writing technique blogs and copy for the John Lewis Technology guide.