2017-01-19

Fujifilm X100F vs X100T vs X100S - Review

Today, Fujifilm have announced three new cameras, the Fujifilm X-T20, the medium format mirrorless GFX 50S and this, the Fujifilm X100F.

The Fujifilm X100F brings a number of improvements over its predecessor, the X100T, which was the successor to the X100S. In this review, we're having a look at all three to see what's changed.

Fujif X100F vs X100T vs X100S Review


Comparing the Fujifilm X100F vs X100T vs X100S


Image Quality & Sensitivity


Sporting the newly developed 24.3 megapixel APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS III imaging sensor, the new X100F has the highest resolution of the line-up, beating the 16.3 megapixels found in both the X100T and X100S.

Despite having 1.5 times the number of pixels than the X-100T, the new X-100F benefits from enhanced signal processing technology to control digital noise.

This results in improved ISO sensitivity in the Fuji X100F vs X100T and the X100S, which now includes ISO 12,800 in the regular range, while it's still expandable to ISO 51,200.


No Low Pass Filter


Saying the Fujifilm X100F has 'no low pass filter' may sound like it's missing out on something, but what it actually means is that the X100F will capture more detail in its images vs cameras that include Low Pass Filters..


Low pass filters were designed by camera manufacturers to reduce or completely eliminate the effects of MoirĂ©, the strange patterning or banding that occurs when there is a very fine repeating pattern in the image. It occurs when the image going through the lens onto the sensor reaches a frequency that is very close to that of the sensor grid. This often occurs with fabrics where the sensor resolution can’t handle the fine pattern. 

However, the way a low pass filter works is by ever-so-slightly blurring the frequencies the sensor can’t deal with, which means the image is marginally less sharp than it could be.

As digital cameras have become higher and higher resolutions with bigger sensors, the number of fine patterns and frequencies in the real world that the sensors can’t cope with has become less and less, and therefore their usefulness has also declined.

By doing away with them (note: they’re actually just redesigned, not removed), cameras like the Fujifilm X100F and its predecessors the X100T and X100S can capture more detail with less blurring at the edges of fine details. 




Improved Autofocus Speeds and Functions

Autofocus speed has been greatly improved in the X100F vs the X100T, with the Contrast AF now covering 85% of the imaging area, the data read speed has also been doubled to achieve greater AF performance. 

The number of AF points in the X100F has been greatly improved from 49 points in the X100T and X100S to 91 in the X100F, and with approximately 40% of the imaging area covered with Phase Detection AF, the precision and speed of autofocus is unmatched in the latest model, especially in low light situations. 



Fujifilm X100F vs X100T vs X100S Specs Comparison


Features
Fujifilm X100F
Fujifilm X100T
Fujifilm X100S
Imaging Sensor
24.3 Megapixels X-Trans CMOS III Sensor
16.3 Megapixels X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
16.3 Megapixels X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
Video Recording
Full HD
Full HD
Full HD
Video Frame Rate
Max. 60 fps
Max. 60 fps
Max. 60 fps
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 200 – 12800
ISO 200 – 6400
ISO 200 – 6400
Low-Pass Filter
None
None
None
Number of Focus Points
91
49
49
Focus System
Contrast AF + Phase Detection AF
Contrast AF + Phase Detection AF
Contrast AF + Phase Detection AF
EVF Size
Hybrid 2.36 million dot LCD
Hybrid 2.36 million dot LCD
Hybrid 2.36 million dot LCD
LCD Screen
3.0 inch 1.04 million dot TFT LCD
3.0 inch 1.04 million dot TFT LCD
2.8 inch 0.46 million dot TFT LCD
Touchscreen
No
No
No
Memory Slots
Single SD
Single SD
Single SD
Wi-Fi Capabilities
Yes
Yes
No
Weight
469g
440g
445g
Dimensions
126.5 x 74.8 x 52.4mm
126.5 x 74.4 x 52.4mm
126.5 x 74.4 x 53.9mm


The Fujifilm X100F is available to pre-order now in black or silver from Park Cameras for £1,249.


Further Reading


If you've enjoyed this review, you might be interested in our review comparison of the Fujifilm X-T20 vs X-T1.

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