Fujifilm North America has unveiled the Fujifilm X100T, which is the third generation of the X100 series that changed the face of high-end compact cameras.
The X100 series is a collection of classic-styled, fixed-lens cameras by Fujifilm that was first released in 2011.
The X100T boasts of the same 23mm f/2 prime lens that is found in its predecessors, the X100 and the X100S. However, it also includes the same engine, sensor, lens and body as the previous two generations of the X100 series.
The upgrades in the X100T compared to the X100 and X100S are mostly subtle, but for camera enthusiasts, the changes are a welcome addition to the much-raved about compact camera line.
The biggest change for the X100T is the improvements on the camera's Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder, which now includes an electronic rangefinder. The electronic rangefinder allows users to focus on the subject as if the X100T had a mechanical rangefinder, with the feature activated by simply pressing the OVF / EVF lever while using the optical viewfinder.
Another change for the camera's viewfinder is that the frame coverage of the X100T has been made bigger to 92 percent, from the previous coverage of 90 percent, with the field of view of the camera now able to be more accurately compared to the actual photo subject.
The X100T, in another big change, now also comes with built in Wi-Fi support to put the camera in line with most of the cameras that are being released into the market today.
The X100T also featured improvements in the layout of its controls and its operation. The back of the camera has undergone much simplification, with the buttons decreased in size and the AE / AF-L and drive buttons moved for easier right-thumb operation. The four navigation buttons have also become unlabeled and completely customizable by the user, bringing the total number of programmable buttons to seven. The dials have also been tweaked to work better in terms of operating them.
The X100T comes with a slightly bigger LCD screen, which increased from 2.8 inches to 3 inches. The resolution of the LCD screen is also much higher now, with 1.04 million dot resolution.
"Overall, though it's not the most exciting update, the X100T looks like it still has enough steam to make it respectably through another year," wrote CNET's Lori Grunin in a review of the new Fujifilm camera.
The Fujifilm X100T features a 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and has an intelligent hybrid autofocus of 0.08 seconds, a start-up time of 0.5 seconds, a shutter time lag of 0.01 seconds and a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds.
The camera will be released in the middle of November in colors silver and black. The retail price for the camera is set at $1,299.95.