Fuji X-T100 in TOP-themed livery (also available in Dark Silver
and Black) with 23mm ƒ/2 "Fujicron" lens
Speaking of retro (weren't we just speaking of retro?), oracular and gradually more venerable Oren Grad, curator of the Not-So-Stately Oren Manor View Camera Museum and Graveyard, writes of the new Fuji X-T100:
Very compact; what look like tolerably usable controls; EVF; very attractive price; access to all those compact primes that are real products now and not something speculated for the future...and a 24-MP sensor with a plain Bayer color filter array, not the ill-conceived X-Trans.
Assuming that the implementation isn't horribly botched and that the camera is decently responsive and hand-and-eye-friendly in use, I think this is a brilliant move on Fuji's part. I hope they sell a grillion of them.
To which I can only add, to the idea of the X-T100 with the "Fujicrons" (as pictured): yum, yum.
I guess the closest competitor to this would be the E-M10 Mark III: similar size, similar price, similar place in the "DSLR-style" lineups. Although the new Fuji's sensor is larger in dimensions and number of pixels.
(Thanks to Oren Grad)
UPDATE from Oren: "For those who asked: I intensely dislike the artifacts associated with demosaic of the X-Trans CFA, and think that the claimed benefits don't come anywhere near compensating for that flaw. More's the pity, because otherwise I think the Fuji product line has much to offer. I suspect it would have done just as well in the marketplace without X-Trans, though of course there's no way we can ever know for sure. All that said, if you like the X-Trans 'look,' more power to you—use it and enjoy! Everyone's entitled to their own taste."
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Brian Stewart: "This camera is going to be an interesting test of how many people have been wanting to buy a Fuji X, but were put off by the X-trans sensor. It's the first camera since the original X100 to have both a Bayer sensor and an EVF (not counting the medium format GFX, and noting that the X100 also had an OVF). Prior to this, if you wanted both Fuji and Bayer, you had to forgo the EVF. What will Fuji do if it's a runaway success? The price point won't do it any harm either."
pyzz (partial comment): "For me the Bayer filter on this cam is rather a drawback."
Hotspur Closser: "I feel like I’m in Bizzarro World, because the champagne-colored Fuji looks more like an old Oly than Olympus’ own retro-styled OM-D. My heart jumped when I first glanced the photo, as I thought perhaps you were letting us know that B&H found a stash of OM-4Ti's hiding in their warehouse (one can only dream, I guess)."
Mike adds: Hmm, maybe that's why I like it. Here's my glamour portrait of the old OM-4Ti:
Not the champagne-paint one, though, sorry.
Thom Hogan: "To those asking about the X-Trans comments (i.e., 'ill-conceived'; remember, I didn't write that, I'm just throwing in my comment!):
"You only have to shoot an X-T2 and an X-A5 side by side to see a difference down in the pixels. The Bayer X-A5 produces some of the cleanest and easiest-to-convert raw data I've seen in APS-C, while the X-Trans X-T2 can be finicky in low level detail to get it to look right. At normal viewing distances, you don't notice the difference. Push the results up to maximum output, and you'll struggle to get low-level detail on the X-Trans looking 'natural.'
"Bayer himself tried for years with different filtration patterns to get 'better' results. His comments about all the dozens of alternative patterns he tried and why he rejected them are worth reading.
"Personally, I think Fujifilm spent money mostly to create a marketing message with X-Trans (i.e. to be unique). But you only get 6% more luminance data and 6% less color data, and you also get a tougher to convert data pattern. I don't see the clear benefit (that's different than saying ill-conceived ;~).
"The X-T100 seems to use the same sensor as the X-A5, only with phase detect pixels added. If it performs like the X-A5 sensor—which I expect it to—that will make the X-T100 a real powerhouse camera in the smaller camera space, in my humble opinion."