Fujifilm has announced the X-T100, the first model of a new line in the excellent but increasingly over-mature X-Series of mirrorless cameras. This is a relatively inexpensive camera that combines the aesthetics of Fujifilm with conventional mainstream design.
The form factor is generally SLR-like, and the rear controls are almost identical to the X-T20, often considered the best entry point in the X-Series. However, there is hardly a handle, while the electronic viewfinder tilts "Dome" backwards to reveal a pop-up flash, and there is a horizontal tilting touch screen. The X-T100 also eliminates Fujifilm's dedicated shutter speed and exposure compensation knobs for traditional PASM controls, such as the entry-level X-A5; There are two unmarked dials on the top of the camera, but it is not clear what they actually do.
Oh, and it comes in gold.
Another thing the X-T100 shares with the X-A5 is the sensor – it's a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor that does not use Fujifilm's own X-Trans color array instead the same Bayer layout used by every other camera maker on the planet. Opinions are generally shared about the benefits of X-Trans; Some swear by the color and noise performance, others complain about the impact on RAW processing workflows.
The X-T100 is a pretty unremarkable camera. So who is it for? Well, it's also likely to be a pretty good camera for the price, and one that does not require new users to adapt to some of Fujifilm's idiosyncrasies.
The X series gets a bit confusing, so here's how I & # 39; d (extremely short) characterize the current lineup in ascending order of price:
- X-A5: entry-level model without viewfinder, can be used like a point-and-shoot, folding screen works well for selfies  X-T100: entry-level model with viewfinder , usable like any other camera
- X-T20: entry-level model for "Fuji Way" – compact SLR design, X-Trans sensor, film-style controls, touchscreen
- X-E3: essentially identical to X -T20, but with rangefinder design
- X-T2: Pro-level SLR model
- X-Pro2: Pro-level rangefinder style model, optical viewfinder
- X-H1: high-end SLR Model, in-body image stabilization, ideal for video
All of these cameras of course have an attractive retro design d compatibility with the best APS-C lenses from Fujifilm. The X-T100 makes sense if that's the main reason you want a Fujifilm camera, and you know you want an electronic viewfinder. It's basically a cheaper X-T20 that works more like something that Canon or Sony could have done.
Fujifilm will sell the X-T100 in the US on June 18th. It only costs $ 599.95 body-only – $ 100 more than the X-A5, $ 300 less than the X-T20 – or $ 699.95 bundled with the new 15-45 mm f / 3.5-5.6 power Zoom lens.