Review Date: December 1, 2014
Category: Serious to Advanced Amateur
Photoxels Editor’s Choice – Compact Premium
The Fujifilm X100T is targeted to serious and advanced amateur photographers and features 16.3MP resolution (on an APS-C 23.6mm x 15.8mm X-Trans image sensor), a fixed focal-length wide-angle 35mm (Equiv.135) lens with an aperture range of F2-F16 (1/3EV step controlled with a 9-blade aperture diaphragm).
We find the overall image quality of the Fujifilm X100T to be excellent at ISO 200 with low noise and good image detail. Image quality is very good up to ISO 1600. Noise starts to be visible at ISO 3200 and is usable up to ISO 6400. At higher ISOs, images suffer from noise and loss of detail, but should be usable in small prints and Web display.
|Fixed Focal Length|
(35mm, 35mm equivalent)
The Fujifilm X100T has a fixed lens (i.e. it does not accept interchangeable lenses) with a fixed focal length (i.e. it’s not a zoom lens). In the above picture, we show the coverage for 35mm (equiv.). Note that there is no image stabilization.
Macro can be as close as 10 cm (3.9 in.). The minimum focus distance is approx. 50cm / 1.6 ft. which is about a foot closer than on the original X100. You go into macro mode by pressing the UP/NORTH on the Selector. There is no confirmation required, so just be careful because it is easy to inadvertently engage macro.
AF is fast, works very well in good light and even in low-light, with the help of the AF-assist illuminator.
|Auto White Balance Indoors|
As the above two pictures show, the Auto White Balance (AWB) is not quite accurate indoors under artificial lighting [I have two energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs on the ceiling]. The Fujifilm X100T allows WB to be easily set manually and this brings out the real colors. AWB works very well in natural light.
|ISO 400||ISO 800|
|ISO 1600||ISO 3200|
|ISO 100||ISO 12800|
|ISO 25600||ISO 51200|
You can set the ISO on the Fujifilm X100T from 200 to 6400, plus the ability to “boost” to ISO 51200 equivalent. The 100% crops above (area delimited by the white square) demonstrate that noise at ISO 200 is under control. Noise starts to be visible at ISO 1600 but is still usable. At higher ISOs, the presence of noise is visible at full image size and with visible loss of detail. Recommendation is to set ISO to AUTO ISO 1600 and forget about it.
CA is not a problem in very high contrast shots. In the above photo, the top right area delimited by the red square, and reproduced at 100% crop at bottom right, shows minimal purple fringing.
Our Long Shutter Speed test is a torture test for digital cameras. Here we test whether (and how well) a camera can lock focus, provide accurate WB and obtain a correct exposure in extreme low light situations. The Fujifilm X100T passes this test very well.
The Fujifilm X100T allows the use of a long shutter speed of 30 sec. This allows us to take some nice Night Shots. The Fujifilm X100T had no problem locking focus and I simply set the shooting mode to Shutter-Priority, dial in 30 sec. and the camera selected f/3.6 as the correct exposure.
Overall, excellent image quality at ISO 200 and very good up to ISO 1600. It’s superb lens, quick and accurate focus and fast performance make the Fujifilm X100T a wonderful camera to use.
View the Fujifilm X100T Photo Gallery [In the Photo Gallery, click on the picture of the camera to return here.]