Fujifilm's new X100T combines sexy, retro vibe with enhanced tech

Old school looks but a hybrid viewfinder that could just be a gamechanger
Fujifilm's new X100T combines sexy, retro vibe with enhanced tech

Fujifilm's new X100T is an upmarket compact camera with a 32mm F2 fixed lens. Its stylish retro design rather harkens back to cameras like the original Olympus PEN model. Look past the vintage vibe, though, and you'll see the X100T has some interesting things going on.

The advanced Hybrid Viewfinder is X100T's selling point here, which combines the data and precision of an electronic viewfinder with the comfort of a traditional optical viewfinder. It promises to make image composition easier than ever while reducing that annoying lag you would get with a full electronic viewfinder.

Polish and power

How does this sparkly new viewfinder work? What happens is that it enables focusing that feels just like you're using a mechanical rangefinder. You can easily switch from optical viewfinder mode to electronic rangefinder mode by pushing the OVF/EVF switching lever. You can also fiddle with shooting effect reflection settings and preview them from within the viewfinder.

As to the LCD on the X100T, Fujifilm's fitted in a high-definition 1.04M-dot 3” LCD.

Fujifilm also said it increased the frame coverage on the X100T to 92 per cent, from 90 per cent on the X100S. Other neat additions: real-time parallax correction for better accuracy, and the ability to select focus peak highlights, digital split images and the magnification of the focused area.

The X100T uses a 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor and EXR Processor II. Its body has die-cast magnesium on the top surface and bottom, while its aperture ring, exposure compensation dial and shutter speed dial now have grooved patterns for better feel and grip.

If you miss film, but can't be bothered with processing then you can try Fujifilm's 'Classic Chrome' film simulation that tries to emulate the real thing. Other features worth noting is full HD video capture at 1080p with manual focus available during recording as well as Wi-Fi support.

The X100T is priced at US$1299.95 (RM4194.97) and comes in silver and black. Local availability and pricing not available at press time.

[Source: Fujifilm]