Recently many people are starting to use Mirrorless camera. The word “mirrorless” indicates that the camera does not have an optical mirror or an optical viewfinder like the DSLR, but an electronic viewfinder which displays what the camera image sensor sees. There are a range of mirrorless brands, but in this article we are going to focus on Fujifilm. Let us see the two types which are X-T100 and X-A5.
The Fujifilm X-T100 is the company’s least expensive X-series camera to include an electronic viewfinder. As the X-T1000 is known as the more professional design of Fujifilm X-A5.It shares most of its main characteristics with the X-A5. Here are the characteristics that they share:
• 24.2 MP APS-C Bayer sensor
• ISO range of 200 to 12800 with 100,25600 and 51200 extended values
• Mechanical (30s-1/4000s) and electronic shutter (30s-1/32000s)
• Continuous shooting speeds of 6fps and 3fps
• Hybrid AF system (contrast and phase detection) with 91 areas and single point, zone AF and wide/tracking AF options
• 4K Burst and Multi Focus Mode
• Hot shoe with TTL flash compability
• Built-in pop-up flash
• WiFi and Bluetooth
Let’s see the difference between these two X-series
If you are familiar with the X-T family of Fujifilm you can immediately tell that the X-T100 belongs to this family. The body is wrapped in black faux leather covering and the anodized aluminium top plate comes in three color variations: black, dark silver and champagne gold
The X-A5 has the look of a rangefinder camera due to the lack of a viewfinder on top. It is mostly made of plastic but the top plate is metallic and for the leathering covering it offers black, pink or brown faux leather.
Both cameras have a PSAM dial, control dial and on/off switch.
However the X-T100 has an extra function dial on the left that is customizable according to Jonas Rask (Fujifilm ambassador). In the Default setting, the dial is automatically assigned to the best options for each shooting mode.
The X-A5 has a small built-in grip out front whereas the X-T100 includes an optional grip that attaches via a plug to the camera body. The additional grip is to improve handling but it is optional.
Size and weight
X-T100 has a dimension of 121 X 83 X 47.4 mm while X-A5 is slightly smaller with 116.9 X 67.7 X 40.4 mm. Since it is smaller the X-A5 only weighs 361g while X-T100 is 448g, this weigh is including the battery and SD Card. Due to the protruding viewfinder the X-T100 remains larger and heavier than X-A5 even though it is smaller and lighter than most X-T cameras.
The significant difference between these two Fujifilm cameras is from the viewfinder. The X-T100 has a built-in electronic viewfinder while the X-A5 does not.
The OLED viewfinder is a 0.39-inch type with a 2360K dots of resolution, 100% coverage, 0.62x magnification and an eye point of 17.5 mm. A clear view of scene in conditions where the rear screen might be difficult to see, such as bright sunny days is an the advantage for having a viewfinder.
LCD Monitor Articulation
How the rear LCD monitor articulates also shows the difference between Fujifilm X-T100 and X-A5. For the tilt range of X-A5 only in the region of 45 degrees, it can tilts upwards to 180 degrees to facilitate selfie shooting as well as downwards. TheX-T100 utilises a brand new three-way tilting mechanism that rotates up, down and to the side.
For other specifications of the LCD they are identical: 3 inches in size with 1040K resolution and touch sensitivity. Touch operation includes pinch zoom, drag to move around the image and additional functions using flick gestures.
The XT-100 can manage 26 JPG frames in a single burst at 6fps or an unlimited number of frames at 3fps. On the other hand X-A5 only manages 10 JPG frames at 6fps or 50 frames at 3fps.
The X-A5 pop-up flash can be found on the top-left whereas X-T1000’s can be found on the viewfinder. The X-T100 has guide number of 5 at ISO 100, while X-A5 only has 4.
Video Recording Time
The X-A5 is capable of continuous recording in 4K for 5 minutes or 14 minutes in Full HD. In contrast, the X-T100 is able to record up to 30 minutes whether it is 4K or full HD resolution. It is the first model in X-series that has the limit to the default 30 minutes.
As mentioned before, both of these Fujifilm cameras are capable of filming in 4K at 15fps or Full HD at 60fps. High Speed movie mode that allows to record HD video up to quad speed for slow motion clips is also a feature that they share.
X-T1000 has a RAM that is twice the size in X-A5 which makes some features in X-T1000 works a lot faster. It is known that X-A5 has 20 shots longer battery life, since it can shot up to 450 shots while the X-T100 can only shot up to 430.
Other than the lighter weight and the smaller size of X-A5, it also has a built-in optical image stabilization and sensor shift stabilization that X-T100 does not have. The X-T100 has a dual tone LED flash however the X-A5 does not offer this feature. It is also known that the Fujifilm X-A5 is aimed at beginners and social photographers.
Fujifilm X-T100 vs X-A5
Overall, since X-T1000 is known as a sibling to the X-A5 the differences are not that significant. Only a few features that X-T1000 has major improvements than X-A5. Bugdetwise the X-A5 does come a bit cheaper than the X-T100 however as mentioned before the X-T100 is the least expensive camera to have an electronic viewfinder. This time, it all comes down to X-T100 putting in a few more bucks to have slight better features than the X-A5, it is the best deal.