Fuji X100T Review- Conclusion

Fuji X100T Review

Fuji X100T Review conclusion

 

Having used the Fuji X100T for nearly 2 years we are well placed to give a real world opinion on what it is like to use day in and day out. We have traveled with it all over the World and in that time have really put it through its paces.

The Fuji X100T is aimed quite clearly at photographers who enjoy the simplicity of photography but don’t want to compromise on image quality. In this respect it it is a very good camera. We like the design and look of the X100T.

Using an aperture ring on a small range finder style camera feels very natural and combined with the shutter speed dial and other physical controls it creates a very pleasing tool which gets out of the way and just lets you shoot.

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When coming from DSLR’s the Fuji controls can seem a little small. For example when first shooting this camera we noticed that it was a little difficult to get purchase on the aperture ring to quickly adjust it. Maybe that was just our clumsy fingers as after some use our hands and muscle memory adjusted and now we don’t find it difficult at all.

 

Even after all this time though we still don’t find the FUji X100T to be a camera that we can quickly adjust the settings of while having our eye up to the viewfinder. Want to change ISO, white balance, enable the ND filter then we almost always find ourselves doing so on the LCD screen with the camera away from our eye. This means that we don’t feel it is natural to quickly change settings on the fly while shooting.

However other items that are perhaps more regularly changed like moving the focus point and changing film simulations can be quite quickly controlled via the D-pad custom functions and in fairness to Fuji they have made this camera very customisable so you can set it up so that your most used functions are where you want.

The shutter speed and exposure compensation dial are definitely ones which we change before or while bringing the camera up to our eye. We just find we want to physically check the settings before shooting. However it is nice to be able to set these while scouting potential shots before being immersed in the viewfinder. If we know we are going to be shooting people or faster moving subjects we can set the shutter speed accordingly and then adjust aperture as required when framing the shot.

The image quality is very good, offering sharp images from f/2.8 on-wards and although you lose some detail when shooting the lens open at f/2 we still generally liked the image quality that we were getting. High ISO performance is very good (with the proviso that Fuji ISO numbers may be fudged somewhat). Up to and including ISO 3200 files are very clean. ISO 6400 is usable.

Fuji X100T Review
SOOC Jpegs from Fuji are amongst the best in the industry

We believe the in-camera Jpegs from Fuji are the best in the industry and the film simulations modes are very pleasing. The new Classic Chrome gives a very appealing muted palette which suits a wide range of imagery. We often find that we just shoot Jpegs with Fuji cameras as combined with the ‘what you see is what you get’ element of an electronic viewfinder there is very little need for chimping after the exposure and the quality of the Jpegs produced is excellent.

What we really love about using the X100T for general photography is that it is a camera that can shoot in virtually any light. It’s main advantages over the competition are its leaf shutter. This makes the Fuji quiet in use but more importantly it gives much faster flash sync speeds than the typical 1/250 or less of most other cameras. This allows you to take shots with flash in full sunlight at fast shutter speeds without issue. Combine this with a built in ND filter and it means that we can use large apertures and create images with that beautiful shallow depth of field without having to add an ND filter to the lens. All this while still being able to add a touch of fill flash thanks to the faster flash sync speed.

Don’t forget there is an electronic shutter too which goes up to 1/32000 of a second although the flash wont fire when using the electronic shutter.

The fast sync speed enables use of fill flash at large apetures
The fast sync speed enables use of fill flash at large apetures

 

This allows you to go out with just the camera and nothing more and know that you can create the look in your images that you want without having to carry loads of kit. That is exactly the simplicity that we desire when carrying a small and light camera.

For street and general travel photography, if you are happy with the focal length of 23mm (35mm Full frame equivalent) then it is certainly one of the most enjoyable cameras to use. Some may feel limited by the lack of ability to change lenses but after nearly 2 years of use we feel it is actually quite liberating.

No longer are you constantly asking yourself which lens to put on the camera, as you simply focus on what you have and learn to use it to the best of your ability.

 

Pros

  • Image quality up to ISO 3200 is very good
  • Leaf shutter allows for fast flash sync speeds
  • In built ND filter allows you to shoot shallow depth of field shots even in bright light
  • Out of camera Jpegs are beautiful 
  • Excellent flash exposure for fill light in portraits
  • Electronic shutter allows up to 1/32000 shutter speeds
  • Aperture ring on the lens is intuitive to use
  • Small size and light weight means that you take this camera with you everywhere
  • Very customisable with 7Fn buttons 

 

Cons

  • Auto Focus is not as good as other mirrorless cameras like the Fuji X-T1, Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Sony A6300 and nowhere near a modern similarly priced DSLR
  • Auto Focus can hunt in poor light
  • Tracking Auto Focus is abysmal
  • Shutter Dial would benefit from a lock and Exposure compensation dial needs to be stiffer to avoid being accidentally changed
  • Not actually much smaller than an X-T1 with 27mm pancake lens and not quite small enough to go in a standard pocket
  • Poor battery performance (average around 300 shots per battery) You need at least 2 for a days shooting, probably 3. 
  • 16mp sensor is lacking resolution compared with the competition
  • Did we mention the auto focus

 

Recommendations

So would we recommend the Fuji X100T to other photographers?

Yes we would because this camera possibly more than any other makes you want to get out and take pictures and that is a great quality. When you do you wont be disappointed with the quality of the images you get thanks to the X-Trans sensor and f/2 lens.

 

However we would add a few words of caution because this camera is quite a niche tool in our opinion. If you shoot fast subjects, like to change lenses, crop heavily in post or just want a do everything camera then you should probably look elsewhere.

 

The Fuji X-100T feels like a camera built for purists that enjoy its simplicity of control, fixed lens and beautiful image quality. It feels like a camera for creating images with rather than for snapping pics of your holiday as record shots. Used in the right way it can produce fantastic results but if you just want a general camera to snap away with then auto focus performance and lack of zoom lens might leave you disappointed as for considerably less money you could get a decent entry level DSLR and kit lens which would better serve that purpose.

In an ideal world the Fuji X100T would probably be your second camera to work along side an interchangeable lens camera.

You might also consider

 

Street and travel photographers – Fuji X100T or the X-T1 + 18mm, 27mm or 35mm f/2. You might like to check out our videos on the Fuji X-T1 and Olympus OM-D

Want better IQ in small and light pakage? Sony A7II, Sony A7RII. See Our quick look at the Sony A7 mkII

Landscape Photographers– In our opinion Nothing beats a DSLR like the Nikon D810 or Canon 5Ds due to the image quality, build quality and available lens choice. Mid range DSLR’s like the Canon 80D and D7200 also offer a a lot of these benefits at a cheaper price than their full frame alternatives.

Sports and wildlife– Nikon D500, D5 or Canon 7d mkII or 1DXII- Take a look at our Canon 7d mkII and Nikon D500 (coming soon) reviews.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I've been a photographer and gear nut for over 10 years. My images have been in galleries, magazines, national newspapers and on stock sites. I have shot everything from camera phones to 4x5 film and love any tools that make photography easier or more fulfilling.

9 Comments

  1. Great review of an excellent camera, David. You totally get what the X100T is all about. I never feel as though this is a camera to be rushed at. It so reminds me of my forty year old OM10. I find it very tactile and love the experience of checking and adjusting the dials before taking each capture. An old style camera for the digital age. It compliments my OMD EM10 MkII 40-150, EM5 MkII 12-50, and a little Panasonic TZ60 pocket camera perfectly.
    J. J.

    • Thanks for commenting JJ. It’s been a while but I’m living abck in the UK now after 5 years so will be updating the site regularly now. I’m half tempted to get another Fuji X100 series camera now I’m back…

    • Thanks for commenting JJ. It’s been a while but I’m living back in the UK now after 5 years so will be updating the site regularly now. I’m half tempted to get another Fuji X100 series camera now I’m back…

  2. Welcome home, David.
    I take it you’re referring to the X100V. I must say that l find it a huge attraction, especially as it seems to finally address the various issues of the earlier models. However the swipe screen could prove a deal breaker for me. By all means provide it for those who love it, but not at the expense of those who don’t. So now l’m considering a brand new original Sony a7. The idea of shooting on a full frame 50mm really appeals to me. It would be like shooting with my original Olympus OM10 back in the 70s.

    • Thanks JJ. I guess it depends on how you work, if you’re slow and methodical then the original Sony A7 would be okay but from memory when I used a Sony A7R (original version) the startup time was slow and the AF wasn’t great. Even when I had an A7 II the startup time and AF was frustrating to use. The full frame sensor is nice though although up until the A7R II I don’t think it was hugely better than Fuji’s APS-C ones. I’m actually considering the A7R III and IV at the moment. I just don’t want huge zooms on the end of those small cameras though. I think the 20mm 1.8, 55mm Zeiss and 85mm might be a good setup though.

  3. Thanks for the headsup on the A7, David. Interesting, your comparison of the A7 full frame sensor with the Fuji APS-C ones. One thing I’ve learned over the years with digital cameras is just how influenced I’ve been by using my trusty OM10 for four decades. Until l bought my first digital camera in 2012 l had often looked at and admired various makes and models of 35mm film cameras but never felt the need nor desire to own them nor use them. My OM10 more than fulfilled my needs. In eight years I’ve bought ten different digital cameras (and another two original OM 10 35mm cameras). What I’ve been looking for is a digital camera reminiscent of a 35mm SLR. I guess I am slow and methodical. The X100T isn’t necessarily the easiest camera to work with. I like that it makes me think about my photography, that I have to coax it to get the best results. Digital cameras can make photography so easy compared to 35mm film. When necessary (weddings, christenings, family gatherings) I’ll put whichever camera I’m using on full auto and just shoot. I’m not interested in the video capabilities because I’ll never use them. I generally keep the rear screen off and see everything through the viewfinder.
    For me a rear screen is like a window where I am standing outside and looking in. I find it restrictive, limiting, whereas when l look through a viewfinder it’s as though I’m looking out through a window at a huge inviting vista. Right now the Pen F with a 25mm prime is my ‘go to’ camera. I find it an absolute joy that we work so well together. I shoot everything in jpeg because I want the what I actually capture to be the finished product. Shooting Raw and using Lightroom and the like doesn’t appeal because that isn’t what l actually shot.
    I enjoyed your review of the OMD EM5 MkIII, but, for me, the MkII more than meets my needs. Keep up the great work. I look forward to reading your future reviews and articles.

    • Hi JJ,

      Thanks. I likely have a Fuji XT30 review coming soon too. I know exactly where you are coming from regarding shooting Jpeg. When I used to shoot landscapes full time I shot raw religiously but I tend to prefer shooting Jpeg these days for the same reasons that you outline. Although I have noticed that I need to turn in camera noise reduction to off with the EM5 III to retain nearly the same level of detail as the raw files. I’d much rather be taking pictures than editing on the computer. I barely edit photos these days and that’s the way I like it. The challenge of getting a good shot in camera is a large part of the joy of photography for me. I hate the idea of shooting wide with something like the Sony A7RIV and cropping in post to get the right composition. A trained chimp can do that!!!!

  4. I used to have a Canon DSLR and various lenses, but gradually stopped carrying them around (used to have a Pentax 35mm SLR, back in the day).
    I then recently got a Panasonic FZ-1000 mk1 as a “do it all” camera, for around £450. Fast, bright zoom, great autofocus, and image quality that was good enough, given I’m not a pro.
    But I still found it a bit large to carry. I recalled that when I used film, I had a Yashica T5 – a great little camera with a fixed 35mm lens….
    So, I recently got an X100T from Ebay, and I really, really like it. I can put it in a side pouch on my belt. Lovely bokeh on demand, a joy to use, and great images. It’s low light performance is excellent. And I can just transfer images to my phone via the app, and charge via USB.
    The autofocus isn’t quite as good as the Panasonic, but it’s perfectly good in absolute terms.
    So this is my cheapskate “no big bag” setup – the Fuji as my primary as it effortless produces beautiful pictures, and the Panasonic if I need video, or a long zoom for wildlife, sports, theatre etc. – all for around £850, which really is a lot of camera for the money. We are spoiled these days! 🙂

    • Hi Chris,

      I’m glad to hear you seem to have found your perfect setup. I do something similiar although I use a Panasonic GX9 for my lightweight camera. This added to my GH5 covers most needs at the moment although I have a few projects lined up for which I am considering a larger format for.

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