Wouldn’t it be nice to head out to the streets with a compact rangefinder styled, retro looking camera? Packed in a decent APS-C sensor coupled with a fast 35mm lens and all your imagination captured through the brightness and clarity of an optical viewfinder?
Well, that was photokina 2010 when Fujifilm announced the FinePix X100! Now, four years on and Two versionS later, let’s see what the latest incarnation of the ultimate street shooter X100T has to offer!
Looks wise, its unchanged. It’s the same X-Trans sensor, same EXR II processor and same fujinon EBC lens there too, not exactly exciting stuff but if it’s not broken, why fix it? As it is, its already a great lens + sensor combination that produces beautiful images.
So what is uniquely X100 that you don’t find on any other compact cameras? Its the hybrid Viewfinder.
Those of you using the X100/S will be familiar, a quick toggle of the viewfinder selector on the front will alternate between the electronic viewfinder and the optical viewfinder with the overlay of 35mm frameline. Typically, I like to see, and shoot in the OVF mode though I’ve had my fair share of over-exposed pictures. On the other end of the spectrum, I know I’ll nail each and every exposure when shooting with the EVF but then somehow, lose that Leica-ish rangefinder shooting experience.
Just when you thought you can’t have the best of both worlds, how smart of Fuji to come up with the new X100T that features an advance hybrid viewfinder!
A quick push of the VF selector toggle to the right alternates the OVF and the EVF. When in the OVF mode, a quick toggle of the VF selector to the left will bring up a tiny box overlay showing the focus point area. Needing just a quick glance to confirm the correct exposure and focus accuracy before clicking the shutter – brilliant idea really!