Hello, Fuji X100T, we’ve been expecting you!
I’ve been having a sneak preview of the much rumoured and much anticipated Fuji X100T and today, its officially announced and launched by Fujifilm.
So, this review will be short and sweet and will be based entirely on my pre-production copy of the camera I have been sent. I will be using the camera a lot more over the coming week and I will be discussing the camera live at my Photokina talks next week. I’m going to talk here about the stand out new features and a fuller review will come in due course. Firstly, lets take a look at the new Fuji X100T in all its glory (click images for full size versions).
Fuji X100T ~ Look and Feel
Looks familiar right? Fuji have remained faithful to the sleek retro design that we first saw with the introduction of the X100 over four years ago. The Fuji X100T is distinguishable from the X100S, aesthetically, in only a few places on the chasis of the camera. Most notably, on the back, the Fuji X100T now boasts a much more uniformed button configuration that I’m hoping we will see rolled out across all newer Fuji cameras.
One of the biggest feedback comments I get is that the cameras should all share the same ergonomics where possible and it seems Fuji are heading in that direction. The command dial has been replaced with a four-way button system. There are no issues with the tactility of the buttons and they are responsive and quick to depress. Lesson learnt from the X-T1! To my hand, the “grip” side of the camera seems larger too – and certainly feels more ample when holding it.
The Fuji X100T boasts seven programmable buttons which are handily placed throughout the camera body. Somewhat confusingly, the button labelled with the “bin” (delete) icon on my camera was actually pre-configured for Photometry. This is how I would prefer it and it remains in a similar position to the X100S default configuration. In my hand, the camera feels almost identical to the X100S. The viewfinder selector has returned to the more vertical orientation which I prefer and, apart from the button configuration, and the slight size and weight loss the Fuji X100T is very similar to the X100S:
Side by side from the front there isn’t much between the X100S and the Fuji X100T. I’m very glad of that. The X100 line has, in my opinion, not only been a design classic but also ergonomic masterpiece. Kudos and Thankyous to Fuji for not tampering too much with such a sleek design. Minor differences from the front include (as mentioned) the Viewfinder Selector, the lack of raised edge around the Viewfinder Window, the removal of the beval around the the microphone and the slightly smaller looking AF-Assist Illuminator / Self Timer Lamp.
Around the back, there are some substantial changes to the configuration as you can see. There is a more uniformed button layout and the Q menu has been moved up to reside just under the AFL/AEL button. This is very much in accordance with the X-T1. I did find myself pressing the Q menu several times instead of the AFL/AEL button when focusing – but that will be a simple case of brain training the new configuration.
Those of you who liked the command dial will be disappointed (I can’t imagine there were too many of you!) as its been replaced with a much more tactile four way controller. All buttons unlabelled as they are configurable in as programmable buttons.
What’s New with the Fuji X100T?
Well, there are several stand-out new features that I’m looking forward to working with more:
The Incredibly responsive Viewfinder
The Ability to shoot at 1/32000th of a second
The ability to interlock the Spot AE & Focus Area (very cool)
The customisable Q Menu (wooosh!)
Direct Instax Printer Connection
Multi Target Auto Area AF
Exposure Compensation in Manual Mode – this is a big benefit and something that a lot of people have been asking for.
Shooting movies with the Optical Viewfinder Plus of course the Electronic Rangefinder. So, I was sceptical when I first saw this but actually, it works…..and it works very well. You can achieve highly accurate manual focusing in the the Optical Viewfinder.
Lets talks about 1/32000th of a second.
Mostly, if you are reading this you know that the X100/S can shoot at 1/4000th of a second. This can be a problem if you are in country that has amazingly bright sunny days most of the year, like the UK (joke!). At 1/4000th, you need to rely on either the built in ND filter (still present) or screw on filters to shoot wide open in bright sunlight. Well, not anymore. The Fuji X100T has an electronic and a mechanical shutter meaning you can shoot at upto 1/32000th of a second.
1/3,500 @ f2 Classic Chrome Film Simulation
1/32,000 @ f2 Classic Chrome Film Simulation
Now THAT is pretty cool in my book!
1/6,000 @ f2 ISO 200 Classic Chrome Film Simulation
1/4,000 @ f2 ISO 200 Classic Chrome Film Simulation
Macro on the X100T
I’m not sure if the macro distance or functionality has been improved on the Fuji X100T compared to the X100S. To me, it seems a bit closer in it’s focusing distance….Its critter time in the garden here in rural England:
1/1,000 @ f4 ISO 6400 (early evening) Classic Chrome Film Simulation
Low Light Performance of the Fuji X100T
The Fuji X100T, in various shooting modes, offers native ISO (RAW) at 200-6,400. Some of us were hoping for higher (and lower) ISO support for RAW files but I do think this is a somewhat iterative process. Whilst the sensor itself has little change, there has clearly been a movement in the way the camer can create expanded ISO images in JPEG format. The Fuji X100T can create images at expanded ISO of 100, 12,800, 25,600 and 51,200. Let’s see some images:
1/4 @ f2 ISO 100 Classic Chrome Film Simulation
1/500 @ f2 ISO 12,800 Classic Chrome Film Simulation
1/500 @ f2 ISO 51,200 Classic Chrome Film Simulation
Fuji X100T AF (Auto Focus)
I am very satisfied with the improvement in the AF speed of the X100T over the X100S. It is very very quick. Along with the much larger electronic view finder and the quicker refresh rate it’s an all together quicker and more responsive shooting environment. I think a lot of people will be extremely happy with the imrpoved AF.
This seems to be improved and the inclusion of the Release Priority in the new Autofocus Menu lends me to think the same algorithms are being used with the Fuji X100T in terms of AF tracking as are being used with the X-T1. That’s great news, but does it work. Well, to be honest, I’ve not tested this out with any conviction BUT it appears to be far more accurate than the X100S was when tracking subjects.
The X100S really never cut it for me in terms of AF-C and I would never use it. Will I use it on a fixed lens 23mm? Perhaps. If it works very well. But it has to work VERY well (as well as the X-T1) for it to be worthwhile. I’ll report back. In the meantime, here is an shot during the brief testing I did do:
Classic Chrome Film Simulation
Fuji X100T ~ Specifications
The official specification are (I’ve selected the important items here – you can see the full specification on the Fuji Site):
- 16.3 Million Pixels
- APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor with primary colour filter
- SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS 1) Card support
- ISO Sensitivity: Three Auto ISO Settings; Standard ISO Configurable from 200-6400; Extended ISO 100, 12,800, 25,600 & 51,200
- Exposure Compensation: -3 to +3 in 1/3 step.
- Shutter Speed: (Electronic Shutter Mode): 1 second to 1/32,000 second (standard for Mechanical Shutter)
- Interval Shooting
- Viewfinder: Optical viewfinder covering 92% of frame + Electronic Viewfinder
- LCD Monitor: 3 Inch 1040K
- Movie Recording: 1920 x 1080 at 60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps with stereo sound.
- Wireless Communication
- Classic Chrome Film Simulation (which I adore and I’ve shoot ALL my colour images in this film simulation over the last six weeks)
- Terminal: 2.5mm stereo mini connector.
- Dimensions: A tiny bit smaller than X100S
- Weight: About 5gms less than an X100S with a memory card and battery
Fuji X100T Overview
So, remembering that this is a pre-production, I have to say I’m very happy with the Fuji X100T as it stands. I’m slightly disapointed there is no tilting LCD screen but by and large, the newer features and functionality make the camera a very worthy upgrade to the X100S in my opinion. The camera is packed full of new and neat little features (for example, there is enough on board memory to shoot 31 JPEGS in Fine, or 10 RAW files – great news if you memory card runs out or you need to shoot quickly before you can load a card).
The ergonomics of the camera remain largely unchanged but the Clasic Chrome film simulation, the Electronic as well as Mechanical Shutter, the great improvements in video and the ability to adjust exposure compensation when in manual shooting mode all make the camera a very viable alternative the X100S. So, as mentioned, I’m going to be using the camera lot more over the coming weeks.
Watch out for a fuller review in due course (sign up to the mailing list to get updates automatically). If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to comment below.
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1/500 F2 ISO 500
1/32,000 F2 ISO 1,600
1/210 F2 ISO 400 Classic Chrome Film Simulation