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Nice quality, features, style, but ergonomics were a deal breaker
November 30, 2018
I have child now and don't travel internationally much anymore, so I thought it was time to trade in my large and bulky but venerable Nikon DSLR for a smaller more nimble mirrorless camera. I did a lot of research watching videos on YouTube and reading reviews and loved the image qualities and features I was seeing from Fujifilm. The X-T100 was the best priced for me because I wanted to buy a higher-end lens with the body and spend less than $1,000 total.
Within the first 10 minutes of holding it I knew I had made a mistake buying this camera... It has a beautiful look with great features, but is sadly one of the most unergonomic camera I've ever held. As a man with slightly largish hands, even with the optional included grip put on it, it was super uncomfortable to hold because it's just too small and has too little area for the fingers. I couldn't pick it up without my thumb mashing some of the buttons on the back by accident.
I'm accustomed to high quality glass so I bought it with the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 lens rather than the XC 15-45mm kit lens. The higher quality XF lenses are notably heavier which makes the small camera quite front-heavy. With the tiny area with which to hold the camera including it's tiny thumb rest area, after holding it for 10 minutes as I explored the menus and took a few test shots I was feeling strain in my hand already. There was no way I was going to be able to enjoy shooting with this camera.
I typically shoot raw, but I liked the look of some of the film simulations so I set it to RAW + JPG. The still image quality was good but the video had a strange, annoying over-sharpened look that was not adjustable and that I honestly hated at first site. I wanted the camera in large part to take stills and video of my child, so the over-sharpened look of the video combined with the lack of ergonomics to make it a deal breaker. I wiped down any finger prints, put each component back into their respective plastic bags and place in the box and returned it. I bought a Nikon D5600 instead and love it. The Nikon D5600 is light but has a nice grip so I can pick it up and hold it firmly and comfortably with a single hand which is something that I couldn't do as well with the smaller X-T100. If you can't pick a camera up and hold it firmly and comfortably with one hand, then smaller size is not a helpful asset.
I really do like what Fujifilm is doing in general and if a future model has better video and a larger grip in this price range then I would take another look at it. For now though I can't recommend this camera unless you've handled one already and know that you can be comfortable with its ergonomics (or lack thereof.)