The camera I have been waiting for has finally arrived in my hands. The Fuji X100T was announced back in September as the successor to the much acclaimed X100S model. It was not a huge update to the camera. But, as for myself, I felt it worth waiting a couple months for the release to get some of the added new features. Released just last week, I finally got to play with this just a little today.
Back in September, I rented the X100S for a trip to Chicago and fell in love with the camera. I knew right away that this was the kind of camera that I have been looking quite a while for. Being able to carry only a small fixed lens camera while walking the streets of Chicago was quite freeing and I even left most of my DSLR gear at home while on the trip.
This is just a quick post to go over some of my initial impressions from holding and using the camera briefly just today.
I opted for the all black version. The X100T still uses the same 23mm f/2.0 lens and the same 16.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor. Some obvious physical improvements include a larger LCD, which is also brighter and has more resolution than the previous X100S. The exposure compensation dial adjusts for +/- 3 full stops rather than the previous 2 stops. Also the menu buttons on the back, which was one of my main complaints in usability on the “S” has been reconfigured and redesigned. Good riddance to the spinny dial on the back that seemed to unintentionally change all kinds of setting at the wrong times. I notice some of the buttons on the back of the camera are noticeably smaller and that may cause some frustration for some.
The Focus mode switch on the side was another complaint and it seems much better quality this time around, switching easily from Manual to Continuous to Single. The aperture dial also allows adjustments in 1/3-stop increments. Its size and feel in the hand remains what I remember with the “S”, which is a good thing. I’m already digging just having this around. It will never be a chore to have this with me at all times.