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Fujifilm X-T100: First Look and Impressions

· 24.May.2018

Fujifilm has been on a roll recently when it comes to creating new categories within their own line-up of digital camera bodies. The newly announced Fujifilm X-T100 is one of these cameras, nicely tucked in between the EVF-less consumer level X-A5 and the workhorse little brother to the X-T2, the X-T20. Although the inside is more like the X-A5, the outer design and features are closer to the X-T20, although the X-T100 brings a few new tricks that neither camera has. Let’s take a quick look at the highlights of this new X Series camera, as well as my initial impressions.

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor. Bayer type colour filter array with no anti-aliasing filter
  • 3.0” articulating LCD screen allowing tilt up, tilt down, and forward facing
  • Touch screen control, including playback features, shooting features, swipe Fn and focus select
  • 2.36M-dot 0.39″ 0.62x magnification EVF (similar to the X-T20 and X-E3)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1
  • USB charging, standard NP-W126S Li-ion battery, wall charger adapter
  • 4K @ 15FPS video recording, HD 720P at 100fps for super-slow-motion movies
  • Full HD 1080P 59.98/50/24/23.98 continuous recording up to approximately 30 min
  • External 2.5mm microphone input (left side of body)
  • 6fps high-speed continuous shooting using the mechanical shutter
  • 11 Film simulation modes are available for photos or video, including PROVIA (standard), the vibrant tones and saturated colors of Velvia (vivid), the soft tones of ASTIA (soft), the documentary-style tones of CLASSIC CHROME, Monochrome and Sepia. No ACROS
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF: TTL contrast AF / TTL phase detection AF with Enhanced Auto Focus modes, including Zone and Wide/Tracking
  • Single point AF: 7×13 (Changeable size of AF frame among 5 types), Zone AF: 3×3 / 5×5 / 7×7 from 91 areas on 7×13 grid, Wide/Tracking AF: (up to 18 area)
  • ISO Performance: AUTO1 / AUTO2 / AUTO3(up to ISO6400) / ISO200 to 12800(1/3 step) Extended output sensitivity : ISO100 / 25600 / 51200
  • Up to 430 images per charge with the included rechargeable Li-ion battery. 
  • Dimensions: 121.0(W)mmx83.0(H)mmx47.4(D)mm/4.8in.(W)x3.3in.(H)x1.9 in. (D)(Minimum depth: 33.4 mm/1.3 in.)
  • Weight:  Approx. 448g / 15.8 oz. (including battery and memory card). Approx. 399g / 14.1 oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
  • MSRP $599.95 USD body only (black, dark silver, champagne gold)

What distinguishes the X-T100 from every other Fujifilm X Series camera body is the forward facing articulating screen. Why is this important? Well, it might not be for you, but for many who shoot selfies, group photos or video, this is a must have feature. The touch screen is also improved over every other touch screen that proceeded it, with improved performance and increased capabilities. While this body won’t replace your X-T2 or X-Pro2, it might be a consideration as a back-up or vacation camera. Although the current X-A5 might not be your cup of tea, the X-T100 has a lot going for it. Not only does it have an EVF for ‘serious shooting’, the X-T100 has a few customizable features that aren’t found on any other X Series camera bodies. For instance the top left dial has no markings because you can choose any one of 18 functions, including DEFAULT (the camera decides which is the best function based on what mode you are in). For me the most functional use is either ISO or film simulation). The unmarked right top dial is not customizable, but does change according to the mode you’re in. Most of the time (P.A.S.) it is the exposure compensation dial (+/- 5 stops), but in M mode it’s the shutter speed dial, while the rear command dial is aperture (unless the lens already has it’s own dedicated aperture dial).

The biggest distinction between the X-T100 and the X-T20/X-E3 is the sensor and processor. Instead of using the X-Trans colour filter array found on all of the top end Fujifilm ILC cameras (except for the GFX 50S), the X-T100 uses the more common Bayer type CMOS APS-C sensor. According to Billy Luong of Fujifilm Canada, since this sensor has 24MP and newer software processing, there was no need for an anti-aliasing filter (or  optical low-pass filter) to restrict artifacts and moiré. What does this mean? Sharper images! I did a test comparing the sensor on the X-T100 and the X-H1 for detail, and in some areas I did see a difference (more on this in a future article). I also tried various film simulations (Classic Chrome, Pro Neg Std.) and the X-T100 still has that beautiful Fujifilm colour science.

Where you will notice the difference in terms of performance is with the processors that are driving these cameras. The X-Processor Pro is a workhorse, it’s the engine that drives the entire camera. It’s the reason why the X-H1 and GFX 50S can do what it can do, and the same reason why the X-T100 will have limits. Although the D-Ram has been improved over the X-A5, the AF algorithms will not match the X-T20 and X-E3. It’s also the reason why 4K video is limited to only 15 FPS instead of 30 FPS. Although the unnamed processor in the X-T100 is capable, it’s one of the big reasons why it’s $200-300 cheaper than the X-T20 and X-E3. However, I wouldn’t let this stop me from purchasing the X-T100. It can do 80-90% of what the X-T20 and X-E3 can do, including creating beautiful 24MP RAW and Fine JPEG images, in-camera RAW conversion, and 11 film simulations. Most of us using the higher end Fujifilm cameras aren’t shooting 4K video and most of us are quite happy with non-continuous shooting single point AF. The build quality on the X-T100 is also very high. In the hand it feels as good as the X-T20 and X-E3; and in some ways feels better due to the heftier weight and slightly larger size (in comparison to the X-T20).

What you lose on the X-T100 in dedicated function dials and buttons (no focus type dial selector, no front command dial, no AF-L or AE-L buttons); you gain back with an articulating screen, an improved touch touch, and a customizable top dial. For those of you who shoot video, you gain the ability to have a front facing articulating touch screen, and still have a dedicated hotshoe with the ability for external microphone input. You also gain the ability to shoot full HD 1080P at 59.94 FPS for 30 minutes, something that the X-E3 and X-T-20 can do but for only 15 minutes. Besides these, if you were wanting to shoot on a BAYER type CMOS sensor while using Fujifilm film simulations, and you don’t have the cash to buy the GFX 50S, the X-T100 is a good option. I will have more tests comparing the X-T100 with the X-T20 and X-E3 in the coming weeks. For now, please look at the full specs from Fujifilm:

Model Name


Number of effective pixels

24.2 million pixels

Image sensor

23.5mm×15.7mm(APS-C) CMOS with primary color filter

Sensor Cleaning system

Ultra Sonic Vibration
SD Card (-2GB) / SDHC Card (-32GB) / SDXC Card (-256GB) UHS-I*1

JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3*2)
14bit RAW (RAF format)/RAW+JPEG
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant, DPOF-compatible)

Storage media

File format (still image)


Movie File Format : MOV
Movie Video Compression : H.264 Audio : Linear PCM Stereo

Number of recorded pixels

L: (3:2) 6000×4000 / (16:9) 6000×3376 / (1:1) 4000×4000 M: (3:2) 4240×2832 / (16:9) 4240×2384 / (1:1) 2832×2832 S: (3:2) 3008×2000 / (16:9) 3008×1688 / (1:1) 2000×2000

<Motion Panorama>
180°: Vertical: 2160 x 9600 / Horizontal: 9600 x 1440 120°: Vertical: 2160 x 6400 / Horizontal: 6400 x 1440

Lens mount



Standard Output Sensitivity : AUTO1 / AUTO2 / AUTO3(up to ISO6400) / ISO200 to 12800(1/3 step) Extended output sensitivity : ISO100 / 25600 / 51200

Exposure control

TTL 256-zones metering, Multi / Spot / Average

Exposure mode

P(Program AE) / A(Aperture Priority AE) / S(Shutter Speed Priority AE) / M(Manual Exposure)

Exposure compensation

-5.0EV – +5.0EV, 1/3EV step (movie recording : -2.0EV – +2.0EV)

Image Stabilizer

Supported with OIS type lens

Face Detection


Eye Detection


Shutter type

Focal Plane Shutter

Shutter speed Mechanical Shutter Electronic Shutter*3

4 sec. to 1/4000 sec.(P mode), 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.(All modes) Bulb mode(up to 60 min), TIME : 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.

4 sec. to 1/32000 sec.(P mode), 30 sec. to 1/32000 sec.(All modes) Bulb mode(1 sec. fixed), TIME : 30 sec to 1/32000sec.


Mechanical + Electronic Shutter Synchronized shutter speed for

4 sec. to 1/32000 sec.(P mode), 30 sec. to 1/32000 sec.(All modes) Bulb mode(up to 60 min), TIME : 30 sec. to 1/32000 sec.

1/180 sec. or slower

Continuous shooting

Approx. 6.0 fps (JPEG : max. approx. 26 frames)
Approx. 3.0 fps (JPEG : max. up to card full)
* Use a card with UHS Speed Class 1.
* Speed of continuous shooting depends on shooting environment and shooting frames.

Auto bracketing

AE Bracketing (2/3/5/7/9 frames) ±1/3EV-±3EV, 1/3EV step
Film Simulation Bracketing (Any 3 types of film simulation selectable) Dynamic Range Bracketing (100% · 200% · 400%)
ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)
White Balance Bracketing (±1, ±2, ±3)

Focus (mode)

Single AF / Continuous AF / MF / AF+MF


Intelligent Hybrid AF: TTL contrast AF / TTL phase detection AF, AF assist illuminator available

(AF frame selection)

Single point AF: 7×13 (Changeable size of AF frame among 5 types), Zone AF: 3×3 / 5×5 / 7×7 from 91 areas on 7×13 grid,
Wide/Tracking AF: (up to 18 area)
* AF-S : Wide

* AF-C : Tracking

White balance

Automatic Scene recognition / Custom1~3 / Color temperature selection (2500K~10000K) / Preset: Fine,Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White),Incandescent light, Underwater


2sec. / 10sec. / Smile / Buddy (LV.1 – LV.3) / Group (1-4 subjects) / Face Auto Shutter


Manual pop-up flash (Super Intelligent Flash)
Guide number : Approx 5 (ISO100・m) / Approx 7 (ISO200・m)

Flash modes

Red-eye removal OFF: Auto/Forced Flash/Suppressed Flash/Slow Synchro/Rear-curtain Synchro/Commander
Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto/Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash/Suppressed Flash/

Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro/Red-eye Reduction & Rear-curtain Synchro/Commander *Red-eye removal is active when Face Detection is set to ON.

Hot shoe

Yes ( dedicated TTL Flash compatible)


0.39-in., Approx. 2,360K-dot OLED color viewfinder, Coverage of viewing area vs. capturing area : Approx. 100%
Eye point : Approx. 17.5mm ( from the rear end of the camera’s eyepiece), Diopter adjustment : – 4m – +2m-1(dpt)

Magnification : 0.62x with 50mm lens[(35mm format equivalent) at infinity and diopter set to -1m- 1.
Diagonal angle of view : Approx. 30°( Horizontal angle of view : Approx. 25°) Built-in eye sensor

LCD monitor

3.0-inch, aspect ratio 3:2, approx. 1,040K-dot 3 Way Tilt-type Touch capable TFT color LCD monitor

Movie recording

4K 3840 x 2160 15P, Continuous recording : up to approx. 30 min.
Full HD 1920 x 1080 59.94p / 50p / 24p / 23.98p, Continuous recording : up to approx. 30 min. HD 1280 x 720 59.94p / 50p / 24p / 23.98p, Continuous recording : up to approx. 30 min.
High Speed Movie 1280×720 1.6x / 2x / 3.3x / 4x, Continuous recording : up to approx. 7 min. *For 4K movie recording, use a card with UHS Speed Class 3 or higher
* Although movie recording will continue without interruption when the file size reaches 4 GB, subsequent footage will be recorded to a separate file which must be viewed separately.

Mode dial

Advanced SR AUTO / P / S / A / M / Night / Sports / Landscape / Portrait Enhancer / SP(Scene Position) / Adv. / Panorama

Film Simulation mode


Dynamic range setting

AUTO, 100%, 200%, 400%
ISO restriction (DR100%: No limit, DR200%: ISO400 or more, DR400%: ISO800 or more)

Advanced filter

Toy camera, Miniature, Pop color, High-key, Low-key, Dynamic tone, Fish-eye, Soft focus, Cross screen, Partial color (Red / Orange / Yellow / Green / Blue / Purple), Fog remove, HDR Art

Touch screen

Shooting Mode
Touch Shooting, AF, Focus Area, OFF
Playback Mode
Swipe, Zoom, Pinch-in / Pinch-out, Double-tap, Drag

Other photography functions

4K Burst, 4K Multi Focus, HDR, Electronic level, Advanced SR AUTO, Eye detection AF, Face Detection, Interval timer shooting, Auto Red-eye Removal, Select custom setting, Motion panorama, Color space, Setting (Color, Sharpness, D-range, Gradation), Film Simulation, Advanced Filter, Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Histogram display, Preview depth of focus, Pre- AF, Focus check, Focus Peak Highlight, Multiple exposure, Release priority / Focus priority selection, Fn button setting, ISO AUTO control, Interlock spot AE & Focus area, Edit/Save quick menu, Preview exp./WB in manual mode, Shutter Type, Touch screen setting

Playback functions

RAW conversion, Image rotate, Auto image rotate, Face Detection, Red-eye reduction, Photobook assist, Erase selected frames, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Slide show, Protect, Crop, Resize, Panorama, Favorites

Wireless transmitter (Standards)

(Access mode) (Encryption)

IEEE 802.11b/g/n (standard wireless protocol)


WEP/WPA/WPA2 midex mode

Bluetooth ® (Standards)

Bluetooth Ver. 4.1 (Bluetooth Low Energy)

(Operating frequency) (Center frequency)

2402 – 2480MHz

Wireless function

Geotagging setup, Image transfer (Individual image/Selected multiple images), View & Obtain Images, PC Autosave, instax Printer Print, Pairing registration, Delete pairing registration, Bluetooth ON/OFF setting, Auto image transfer

Other functions

PictBridge, Exif Print, 35 Languages, Date/Time, Time difference, Sound & Flash OFF, Quick start Mode, High Performance, Preview exp. in Manual mode, LCD Brightness, LCD Color, Preview Pic. Effect, DISP. Custom Setting, EVF Brightness, EVF Color

Terminal (Video output) (Digital interface)

(HD output) (Others)

USB 2.0 High-Speed / micro USB terminal
* connectable with Remote Release RR-90 (sold separately)

HDMI Micro connector (Type D)

φ2.5mm MIC/Remote Release jack

Power supply

NP-W126S Li-ion battery (included)


121.0(W)mmx83.0(H)mmx47.4(D)mm/4.8in.(W)x3.3in.(H)x1.9 in. (D)
(Minimum depth: 33.4 mm/1.3 in.)


Approx. 448g / 15.8 oz. (including battery and memory card)

Approx. 399g / 14.1 oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)

Operating Temperature

0 – 40°C / 32-104°F

Operating Humidity

10 – 80% (no condensation)

Battery life for still images*4

NP-W126S Li-ion battery (included)
Battery life for still images*4
Approx. 430frams (Normal Mode) When XF35mmF1.4 R is set. Actual battery life of movie capture*4
*Face detection is set to OFF
4K: approx. 90 min., FULL HD: approx. 100 min.
Continuance battery life of movie capture*4
*Face detection is set to OFF
4K: approx. 150 min., FULL HD: approx. 170 min.

Starting up period

Approx. 0.4 sec., when High Performance mode set to ON Approx. 0.8 sec., when High Performance mode set to OFF * Fujifilm research

Accessories included

Li-ion battery NP-W126S AC power adapter
Plug Adapter
USB cable

Shoulder strap Body cap Owner’s manual Detachable Grip

*1 Please see the Fujifilm website (http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/compatibility/card/x/) to check memory card compatibility.
*2 Exif 2.3 is a digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information for optimal printing.
*3 The Electronic Shutter may not be suitable for fast-moving objects. Flash can not be used.
*4 Approximate number of frames that can be taken with a fully-charged battery based on CIPA standard.