With the release of the X100, the company’s first flagship compact, about three years ago, Fujifilm established its turnover from a dying film company to a reputation of making high-quality photography equipment with photographers in mind. After the release of the X100S that corrected many of the initial X100S quirks nearly two years ago, Fuji is back in the market with a new model, the X100T, better than ever before.
Hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder
Fuji has updated the X100T’s hybrid viewfinder with even more advanced features. One of the biggest complaints of Fuji’s previous iterations of the hybrid viewfinder as featured in the X100, X100S and X-Pro1 was that it was hard to accurately frame, let alone focus up-closely, using the optical viewfinder.
Fujifilm wanted to make the optical viewfinder experience as pleasing as possible, and such, the X100T now features a real-time parallax corrected frame for much more accurate framing. Users will no longer need to be guided using two focus frames as in the previous Fuji cameras with optical finders.
As for more accurate focusing, the optical viewfinder of the X100T will display a real-time electronic magnification of the selected focus point, which means no more blurred shots during street photography. It also means that manual focus is now possible (not that it was impossible before, but highly impractical) using solely the OVF. Of course, focus peaking and split-image display is also present in the new X100T, which makes that camera even more ‘rangefinder-like’. Of course hardcore Leica fans will disagree here, but what Fuijfilm is doing now pretty unique and downright amazing. Is it a true Leica killer? Only time will tell.
Other new features
With the Fuji X100T boasting a switchable electronic/mechanical shutter, shutter speeds up to 1/32000 of a second are available using the electronic shutter, while the mechanical shutter still retains the top speed of 1/4000 of a second.
The back screen also boasts a much higher resolution, larger screen. 3.0 inch with 1.040k-dot resolution now puts it at par with other manufacturers, while the X100S previously featured a 2.8 inch screen with 480k-dot resolution.
Other changes of the Fujifilm X100T are more minor. Fuji changed a bit the control layout of the new flagship compact, with 1/3 stop aperture control, and also a 3-stop adjustable EV compensation dial. Wifi support is also added on the new X100T, as well as the Classic Chrome film simulation that first appeared on the X30 very recently.
What stays the same
The X100T still retains the same 16MP sensor with phase-detection autofocus as featured in the X100s, with the 23mm f/2 lens still unchanged. The X100T still has the built-in ND filter of previous generations, and although video quality has somewhat improved, it still features a top resolution of 1080p @60fps.
The price? 1299.99$, costing the same as the previous X100S at release. The camera is coming in mid-november, but you can pre-order
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