Furthering their hybrid ethics with regard to camera design, the black X100T Digital Camera from Fujifilm continues their position of pairing contemporary aspects of imaging technology with well-respected themes from iconic cameras. Utilizing their proprietary sensor design, this rangefinder-styled camera features an APS-C-sized 16.3MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor to realize the utmost in image clarity and sharpness due to the randomized pixel array that eschews the conventional optical low-pass filter. Complementing the imaging assets, refined handling and viewing technologies have also been utilized, including an Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder that pairs both optical and electronic viewing methods along with an electronic rangefinder for enhanced manual focusing and monitoring capabilities. Cementing this camera within the realm of versatile and efficient, it is also fitted with a fixed 35mm-equivalent f/2 lens to benefit working in everyday shooting situations. The X100T sees the increased dependency on classic themes to better inform contemporary technologies, and combines both schools of thought into a practical and capable image-making device.
Enhancing the capabilities of the X-Trans sensor design, an EXR Processor II is also utilized to deliver notable low-light sensitivity with maximum extended ISO 51200 and fast performance throughout the camera, including a continuous shooting rate of 6 fps, Intelligent Hybrid AF, Full HD 1080p video recording, and fast start-up, shutter lag, and shooting interval times. A redesigned shutter mechanism, which is now entirely electronic, also delivers quickened shutter speeds up to 1/32,000 sec. for capturing the fastest of movement or working in bright conditions with wide apertures. Conversely, the Fujinon lens also incorporates a 3-stop neutral density filter into its design to enable the use of slower shutter speeds and wider apertures for greater control over focus and movement. For further adjusting the appearance of imagery, Fujifilm has tapped into its history of producing film, and offers a range of Film Simulation modes, including the Classic Chrome mode, to mimic the specific qualities and colors of different film emulsions.
Benefitting the imaging capabilities with respect to handling, the body's design features magnesium alloy top and bottom plates as well as a dial-based design theme to offer both durability and intuitiveness during shooting. A rear 3.0" 1.04m-dot LCD monitor avails a large means for live view shooting or image playback and a dedicated command dial and four-way controller give way to efficient settings adjustment. Additionally, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables the use of linked mobile devices to both transfer imagery to and remotely control the camera from, via the Fujifilm Camera Remote app.
The X-Trans sensor also pairs well with the EXR Processor II to provide highly effective noise reduction and a clean signal-to-noise ratio. This enables smoother-looking imagery that becomes especially apparent when photographing in low-light situations with an expandable sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200.
The simple lens construction is comprised of just eight elements within six groups, including a single double-sided aspherical element, for innate reduction of distortions and aberrations. Lens elements also feature an HT-EBC coating to reduce lens flare and ghosting while maintaining image contrast and color fidelity.
A three-stop neutral density filter is also incorporated into the design to allow for greater control over exposure durations and to promote the use of wider apertures. This allows for a more fluid rendering of moving subjects as well as enhanced control over your focus plane. A nine-blade aperture diaphragm benefits the ability to shoot with wider apertures by producing a more aesthetically pleasing out of focus image quality. Additionally, this lens is capable of focusing on subjects as close as 3.9" / 10cm for macro-like shooting.
An enhanced optical viewfinder now incorporates an electronic rangefinder mode, harking to traditional mechanical rangefinder cameras of which this camera gains its appearance from, and permits refined and comparative manual focusing methods. Real-time parallax correction enables more accurate framing, as does 92% frame coverage, to allow you to both focus and compose simultaneously.
In contrast, the high-resolution 0.48" 2.36m-dot EVF provides you with 100% frame coverage along with the ability to utilize electronic focusing aids for precise manual focus control. By using the phase-detection pixels located on the imaging sensor, Digital Split Image is able to assist in acquiring precise focus by showing comparative in and out of focus areas of the image. Also contributing to manual focus accuracy, focus peaking has been integrated and enables a more objective system of focusing by way of highlighting sharp edges and lines of contrast in a clear manner.
When working with the EVF, you can also utilize Shooting Effect Reflection settings in order to preview and utilize selected camera effects, such as Film Simulation modes. When this setting is turned off, the image will revert to a natural view, void of any exposure or camera settings applied, to better suit working in darker conditions and to greatly reduce any display lag.
Converse to both eye-level viewing methods, the X100T also incorporates a large 3.0" 1.04m-dot LCD monitor into its design. This screen is especially well-suited to image review and menu navigation, as well as when working from a tripod for a larger viewing display.
Three focus modes are available (AF-S, AF-C, and M) for greater control over how the X100T achieves sharp focus. Additionally, a built-in AF assist lamp is available for aiding the focus system when photographing in low-light situations.
Manual focusing, white balance, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO controls during movie recording are supported, as well as an automatic scene recognition mode, and an optional external microphone can also be used to record high-quality sound void of any in-camera noise. Furthermore, you can also record movies even while using the optical viewfinder for monitoring.
- Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables wireless transferring of imagery to linked mobile devices as well as remote control over camera settings and the shutter via the free Fujifilm Camera Remote app. Touch AF control is supported via the linked mobile device and you can also apply a range of creative modes. Additionally, this connectivity enables the use of the optional instax SHARE Smartphone Printer.
- Geotagging capabilities, afforded by your linked smartphone, automatically embed location data into your image files for plotting to interactive maps.
- A redeveloped electronic shutter permits a truly expansive range of shutter speeds up to 1/32,000 sec., with all speeds being completely silent since there is no mechanical operation. Alternatively, a traditional mechanical shutter can also be employed, which enables the use of longer shutter speed times.
- Benefited by the camera's inclusion of a leaf shutter, flash synchronization is available with shutter speeds up to 1/2000 sec.
- Exposure compensation settings can be used when working in the manual exposure mode with Auto ISO control.
- Spot metering within the selected AF area avails more precise selective exposure metering to benefit working in mixed lighting conditions.
- A customizable Q menu allows easy access to the most frequently adjusted camera settings, and the structure of the menu can be altered to better suit your own use.
- Face detection automatically detects human faces and bases exposure and focus settings on recognized subjects.
- Multiple exposure mode gives you the ability to overlay imagery in-camera. When working in this mode, subsequent exposures can be paired and the final appearance can be previewed on the LCD or in the EVF before making the final exposure.
- A built-in intervalometer can be used to record time lapse or sequential imagery, with the ability to record up to 999 frame with intervals ranging from 1 second to 24 hours.
- Eight Advanced Filters can be used to creatively adjust the look and feel of imagery: Toy Camera, Miniature, Pop Color, High-Key, Low-Key, Dynamic Tone, Partial Color, and Soft Focus.
- A high performance mode can be enabled to shorten the start-up time of the camera; this mode must be selected prior to turning the camera off and, for up to a 20 minute sleep mode, the camera can wake at a speed nearly twice as fast as normal.
- The included NP-95 battery can provide consistent power for up to 700 shots on a full charge. Additionally, besides the included charger, the battery can also be charged in-camera via USB connection.