The Fujifilm X100T – Rory’s Review

The Fujifilm X100T (£797.00 Calumet Photographic) is Fujifilm’s third incarnation of their X100 series, with a range of new features to improve your photographic experience and bring the camera more into line with Fujifilm’s X-Series compact system cameras. Yet perhaps the most interesting refinement is its new advanced hybrid viewfinder, which enables an electronic view of the subject to be projected into the lower-right corner of the optical viewfinder, giving you a handy visual check of correct focus during shooting.

While the X100T gains plenty of changes over its predecessor, its imaging core remains the same. So it has a 23mm f/2 lens (equivalent to 35mm on a full frame camera) and a 16.3-million-pixel, APS-C size X-Trans CMOS II sensor.

Fujifilm-X100T-a_dThe sensor also has phase-detection elements in its centre to assist with autofocus. An X-Trans processor completes the package. A sensitivity range of ISO 200-6400 is available for raw file photographers, with an expanded range of ISO 100-51,200 if you’re a photographer happy to shoot only JPEGs. The X100T includes an excellent auto ISO set-up, which allows you to set maximum and minimum ISO sensitivities, along with a minimum shutter speed you’re happy to use. This means you can leave the camera set on auto ISO for handheld shooting and just forget about it.

Enabling the camera to use the full raw ISO range, and set a minimum speed of 1/80sec to minimise blurring from camera shake or subject movement. Auto ISO is also available in manual-exposure mode and now takes into account the exposure-compensation setting, which gives a really useful method of shooting.

One useful X100T feature is the dynamic range setting, which allows you to expand the highlight dynamic range before detail clips to white. The DR 200% setting adds an extra stop, and DR 400%, 2 stops. The penalty is that each imposes a higher minimum sensitivity setting – ISO 400 for DR 200%, and ISO 800 for DR 400%, which inevitably reduces image quality a little. Personally, I use DR 200% in high-contrast conditions and tend to avoid DR 400%.

Colour output can be controlled using the camera’s film-simulation settings. In addition to the familiar Provia, Velvia and Astia options, Velvia being my personal favourite, the X100T gains Classic Chrome, which looks rather like Kodachrome.

Actress Roselle Fuji X100T

A couple of more-muted Pro Neg settings are optimised for accurate skin tones when shooting portraits, and several monochrome options are on offer too. I had the chance to capture a few shots in the studio using the camera for a portrait of actress Roselle (pictured). The camera is made for the Street Photographer or the PhotoJournalist, but It can still be used in the studio if you are feeling creative.

Continuous shooting is available up to 6 frames per second, which is more than enough given the fixed 35mm-equivalent lens. The Fujifilm X100T has a small built-in flash, along with a hotshoe to attach more powerful units, such as speed lights or studio lighting.

As is now almost common in cameras, it also has Wi-Fi for connection to a smartphone or tablet, allowing both remote control of the camera and easy image sharing. It’s quick and easy to set up, and works very well.

Try before you buy with Calumet Rental – reserve the Fujifilm X100T here.

 

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