Looking for an entry-level hybrid camera? Do you want an affordable price and an easy-to-use photo case? With its 24 million pixel APS-C sensor and small size, the Fuji X-T100 has many advantages to satisfy tight budgets. We took advantage of a trip to Annecy to review the Fujifilm X-T100. Is this a good purchase for a beginner? What are the features of the Fuji XT100? What price for the Fuji X-T100? And with which kit lenses should I buy the Fuji X T100? Here are all our answers in this test and review of the Fujifilm X-T100.
Fujifilm X-T100 test conditions
For several years now, we have been making progress with Panasonic hybrid cameras. We mainly photograph our travels and our child. Our practice of photography, it is above all on medium range cases that we started it. Today, we wanted to test an entry-level camera with an APS-C sensor. Given its interesting technical data sheet, we chose the Fuji X-T100.
We are NOT paid by Fujifilm or any other brand to write photo articles. Interested in an entry level hybrid camera and with a good price/quality ratio, we bought the Fujifilm XT100 to test it on holiday.
Duration of the test: 2 months (still in use).
Frequency of use: daily and travel.
Lens(s) used: kit lenses XC 15-45 mm and XC 50-230 mm.
Type of shooting: child portrait, travel, landscape, city.
Shooting conditions: grey, sunny, indoor with low light weather.
Temperature during shooting: from 2°C to 25°C.
Technical specifications of the Fujifilm X-T100
- Sensor size: APS-C (23.5 mm x 15.7 mm)
- Sensor: CMOS with primary color filter
- Pixels: 24 Million
- Weight: 448 grams
- Viewfinder: YES
- Stabilization: NO
- Touch screen: YES
- Screen size: 7.6 cm
- Adjustable screen: tiltable in three directions
- WIFI: YES
- Flash: YES
Specific features of the Fuji X T100
- 4K Photos
- Multiple focus
- Video 4K 15 frames/second
Handling the Fujifilm XT100
The look of the Fuji cases is very inspired by the argentic. You like it or you don’t like it. Personally, cameras have made me dream since I was a child. So I love the looks of the Fuji cases. The X-T100 is available in black or silver. I have a slight preference for black, which gives a little modernity to the retro look.
Lightweight case, you can barely feel it in your bag when you go for a photo trip. For traveling, this Fuji XT100 hybrid is very practical especially with the 15-45 mm lens which is very small.
It would almost feel like going on holiday with a compact camera. And yet, it’s a hybrid with interchangeable lenses and APS-C sensor that will enable you to progress in photography!
Still on the look, the left wheel gives a little more retro style and when you press the latch, the flash opens. There, again, this little wheel and this latch, are my childhood memories coming back. But don’t worry with the Fuji XT100 we are well in the modern world. We will come back to this in more detail later in the article.
So much for the look, a little superficial and yet oh so important to appropriate your camera and have fun going out with it.
Ergonomics, wheels and buttons
From an ergonomic point of view of the case, the handling of this Fuji is quite pleasant. A small detachable handle is included in the pack that allows you to lock your right hand when you want a better grip. Personally, I also have a strap that locks around my wrist and that I use on all my cases. It is a small accessory that I recommend to all my relatives (read below).
But even without a wrist strap, the XT100’s handling is pleasant. Enough space for your thumb, we don’t risk touching buttons unintentionally. The housing coating is not smooth, which also prevents the hand from slipping. Anyway, I loved taking pictures with the Fuji XT100!
On the Fujifilm X-T100, there are three wheels. The main one to choose the shooting mode: automatic, scene, aperture, speed or manual. This is very convenient for quickly changing settings. For example, on vacation, I oscillate a lot between landscape scene mode and portrait scene mode. The other wheels are used to adjust the exposure or photo style. Small reproach: too bad it is not written directly on the wheels for a better understanding.
I, who photograph a lot with my viewfinder and have small hands, the wheels are very practical. Their positioning is ideal for changing settings. They are also very well notched. Medium-sized, they can be adapted to all types of hands.
There is also another small wheel to adjust the aperture or speed, depending on whether you are in aperture or speed mode or manual.
As for the buttons on the back of the case, they protrude sufficiently to provide easy access to the settings. No risk of entangling fingers or inadvertently clicking. In addition, they provide access to the most important settings quickly: white balance, focus point, shooting (single, burst, 4K…) or the self-timer. And of course on the menu! Only the video button is really tiny and difficult to press. A little tip: the ” loupe ” button allows you to access many settings with a ” click “.
Fujifilm X-T100 Menus
The menus are quite austere but rather simple. The first thing to do is to read the very complete User Manual that comes with the box. My advice: read it with the case in front of you and make the changes as you go along. After a few hours, you can easily use the XT100 to take pretty pictures! In addition, you will find plenty of photo tips in the manual if you are a beginner. The menus are not tactile, it’s a bit of a shame but we’re on an entry-level camera.
Fujifilm X-T100 Screen
The screen of the Fujifilm X-T100 is of good quality. You can choose to have little information that interferes with the taking of the picture by having the essential information. I was quite sceptical about the quality of the screen and frankly I am very pleasantly surprised.
Another point is that the screen is partly tactile. You can configure the touch screen in several ways: trigger the picture by pressing the screen or focus on a specific point or area. You can also change the photo style in a tactile way. And another very important element, you can switch from AF-S to AF-C or Manual AF in a tactile way. These settings quickly become interesting to have on hand when you have a little more control over your camera.
In addition, the screen can be tilted or rotated 180°, ideal for making selfies… In 24 Million Pixels quality!
Fuji XT100 Viewfinder
At first, I was also sceptical about the quality of the viewfinder. Finally, we have a good quality viewfinder for a camera of this price. And to take beautiful pictures and improve, having a viewfinder is essential! The screen is good, but sometimes the outside brightness does not allow you to see well on the screen. When the weather is too sunny, personally, I prefer to photograph with a viewfinder. In addition, for better stability when zooming, especially on an unstabilized Fuji XT100, shooting with the viewfinder helps to avoid blurring. In short, the viewfinder is life!
When unpacking the case from its box, the lack of recoil of the eyepiece left me perplexed. I have to say that I wear glasses and I am used to a very prominent eyepiece on my main case. In the end, I didn’t feel any discomfort. Namely, a small wheel on the left of the viewfinder allows you to adjust it. Be sure to adjust the viewfinder the first time before incriminating Fuji or your ophthalmologist!
Another positive point of the Fujifilm X-T100: the built-in flash! It starts with the latch to trigger the flash, you’d think you were back in the era of argentic cameras, it’s too classy. I’d like to have it on all my cameras!
The flash is very easy to use, you take it out and hop it goes off. I specify this because this is not necessarily the case for all boxes. Very practical, in case of back-light, for example, you press the flash latch, it goes off at the same time as the shot and hop, your picture is successful.
Between screen quality, easy handling and accessible menus, not to mention the viewfinder, built-in flash, etc., I am convinced by the Fuji XT100 camera. For a beginner, it is easy to take a quick picture with a Fujifilm X-T100. Then take the time to take an interest in the settings to get better later.
Fujifilm X-T100, our review
After several weeks of photographing with the Fuji XT100, what is our opinion on this box?
Whether it is the photos of our son or our stay in Annecy, we brought back beautiful memories of holidays with families. The Fuji X-T100 has good color management and automatic modes and scenes work well.
Fujifilm X-T100 and beginners
It is a real pleasure to photograph with a large 24 million pixel APS-C sensor in this entry-level case. This was the first time I bought a hybrid camera at this price and the surprise was pleasant. The Fuji XT100 lives up to all expectations.
Shooting in automatic mode or scene mode is very easy. No need to know a lot of settings, just choose the type of photo you want to take: landscape, portrait, sport, animal, night scene etc, and the camera alone chooses the appropriate settings. I have tested the scene modes a lot and the quality of the photos is there. The colour rendering is also accurate.
In addition, if you prefer to be discreet and travel light, with the Fuji X-T100 and 15-45mm lens, you look like you have a compact camera in your hands.
Beginners, you have trouble succeeding in taking pictures of sports, of children running? In 4K Photo mode, the camera records a sequence of photos in 4K quality. Then, you only have to extract the best photos by selecting them directly on the camera. This feature is more interesting than continuous shooting because you will get more pictures. And so you will have less risk of having blurry pictures.
In multi-focus mode, again the camera records a 4K sequence and you choose where to focus once the picture is taken. To take original photos when you are a beginner, it is a good way to train.
The Fujifilm X-T100 is capable of filming at 4K 15 frames per second. This is a bit slow to make successful videos in good quality. So I rather tested the video in Full HD mode with 60 frames per second. The result is correct but on some videos the background is degraded. On the other hand, the autofocus system is doing quite well.
Travelling with the Fuji XT100
If you’re looking for a hybrid camera to travel with, then the Fujifilm X-T100 should please you! It’s very lightweight! You can barely feel the body when you have it in your hand, especially with the XC 15-45mm lens.
For young parents, like us, who travel with a young child, it’s a real plus to have a hybrid camera that enables you to take good pictures without getting in the way. Carried between diapers, wipes, toys and other necessities for young children, the Fuji X-T100 followed us on our adventures in Annecy. Even carrying our son in a baby carrier, I was able to keep the Fujifilm XT100 in my hand without discomfort.
The big plus of this box is also to be discreet when travelling. If you don’t want to take out a large eye-catching camera in busy and touristy places, you’ve found the right camera for you!
Finally, in the evening, when you enter your hotel room, with the Wifi function, you will be able to transfer your photos to your smartphone or tablet using the Fujifilm app. In few minutes, you can share your best holiday photos to… taunt your friends!
The quality of the X-T100’s photos is there! We have fond memories of Lake Annecy and our son who discovered swans for the first time. Good handling, good color rendering, easy to use and powerful automatic mode… It is easy to start with the Fuji XT100. I particularly appreciated it with the 50-230mm lens (supplied as a kit).
Fuji XT100 Photo Gallery
Namely, the photos we publish are not retouched and are in reduced quality so as not to make the page heavier.
With which lens(es) to buy the Fujifilm X-T100?
The Fujifilm X-T100 body is sold in two packs with one or two lenses. A body pack + lens XC 15-45mm and a body pack + lenses XC 15-45mm and XC 50-230mm.
Fuji XT100 + XC 15-45 mm
The Fujifilm XC 15-45mm lens is a versatile lens that you can’t do without! Ideal for travel because you can go from the wide angle, 15 mm, (grandiose landscape, architecture) to the portrait, 45 mm, without changing lens. In addition, weighing just 135 grams, it is a lightweight on the XT100. So it’s an interesting versatile zoom. And besides, it’ s stabilized. My only reproach: there is no sun visor provided with the lens.
Fujifilm X-T100 + XC 15-45 mm + XC 50-230 mm f4.5-6.7
The best pack with the Fujifilm X-T100, in my opinion, is to take the pack XC 15-45 mm + XC 50-230mm. With the Fujifilm XC 50-230mm, you will have a lens with a super zoom! Portrait, close-up landscape, distant photo,…., personally, these are the type of photos I prefer, even when travelling. It’s between 50 and 230mm that I take my best pictures. Being away from the subject is the best way to give a different perspective to a shot. Important to know, this lens is stabilized. This lens is a little less discreet than the XC 15-45mm but it is a shame to do without it.
Our favorite lens kit is the Fuji X-T100 + XC 15-45 mm and XC 50-230mm, it is with these two lenses that we took the Fujifilm X T100 on vacation in Annecy.
What accessories for the Fujifilm X-T100?
What else should I buy in addition to the XT100 before going on a trip?
Which memory card for the Fuji X-T100
With the Fujifilm X T100, you will need an SD card to save your photos. But be careful, don’t choose just any model. For a minimum of time to record your photos between shots or to record videos in 4K quality, it is important to buy a memory card with a sufficiently fast writing speed. In addition, a 64 GB SD card is a minimum for travel (for ten days).
Additional battery for Fujifilm X T100
To go on a trip with the Fujifilm X-T100, you will need to buy an additional battery. With an autonomy of 350 shots (a big half day of photography for me), we prefer to leave serenely with two batteries. However, Fujifilm can be blamed for the fact that the official battery is quite expensive! It’s a real shame… On the other hand, Fuji uses the same battery for all hybrid cameras in the X-T range so if you ever buy another camera body, you won’t need to buy more batteries.
In addition, the battery is charged via a cable connected to the device. For this reason, we also opted for an external charger in order to be able to recharge both our batteries at the same time. This increases the purchase price but it will be useful for a long time.
Screen protector for Fujifilm X T100
The Fuji XT100’s display is tiltable, but cannot be flipped over to protect it when you are not shooting. To avoid scratches and ensure a longer life span, we have purchased screen protectors. It is a very small purchase that allows you to feel more serene when your camera is in the middle of a well-filled bag.
Peak Design wrist strap
In your Fuji X-T100 pack, you will find a strap to carry your case around your neck. Added to the removable handle, the Fuji’s grip is pleasant to hold. Nevertheless, instead of the strap, especially when I carry my son in a baby carrier, I have a specific strap. Very practical, it locks at the wrist, which protects against any risk of letting go of the camera. It also avoids having the camera press on the neck. It’s my little trick that I share with all my friends. In addition, if you have two cameras, two attachments are provided which allows you to juggle between the two with only one strap.
Fujifilm X-T100, test and review, in short!