Fujifilm pioneered the big sensor and compact camera paradigm at photokina 2012 with its X100 model. It’s since released a successor, the X100s, and at photokina 2014 Fujifilm unveiled its third-generation device, the X100T.
It’s an evolutionary product, given that the X100T is based on the same CMOS sensor with an APS-C format and Fujifilm’s unconventional X-Trans color filter pattern; however, Fujifilm advanced the camera’s options and controls in almost every way. This means that the Fujifilm X100T takes similar photos as its predecessors, but entices with a superior user experience in what is already an attractive camera class, the compact shooter.
The X-Trans sensor is what makes this camera special. It achieves a certain cinematic effect through a novel arrangement of the red, green, and blue filters.
However, the problem is that the X-Trans CMOS creates the opposite effect while shooting videos. Photographs turn out special and different in a good way, but videos recorded with this sensor appear as though they were shot at a lower resolution, and suffer from an unusually high amount of artifacting.
In testing Fujifilm X100T at Photokina, this still seems to be the case, and the X100T seems like it’ll appeal more to photographers than videographers. As with the predecessor, it shoots at the maximum resolution of 16 megapixels, while it records 1080p videos with 60, 50, 30, 25, and 24 frames per second. Its lens offers only a fixed focal length at 35 mm, further suggesting that it’s intended for a specific set of photographers.
Those photographers will find that the X100T has an excellent viewfinder though, and it represents the biggest advancement in relation to the previous model. It’s a hybrid viewfinder, offering electronic and optical mode along with a 2.3 million dot LCD panel. It also has a certain darkened tab, enabling the projected image to remain perfectly visible under poor lighting conditions.
Settings information displayed within the viewfinder has also been redesigned and it changes orientation along with the camera, all while focusing and shooting. This means that even while using the optic viewfinder, the user can enjoy the realistic experience of manual camera control.
In terms of design, the Fujifilm X100T offers a natural grip, and despite nonstandard dimensions for a compact, it doesn’t tire the hand the least bit, not even when used for an extended period. The aperture is adjusted on the lens ring, and users can now do this in 1/3EV steps, not whole steps as before. The upper surface is dominated by exposure dials, as well as the additional dial for exposure compensation.
The camera will cost $1,299 on the American market.