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Fujifilm X-T100 vs X-T20 – Which is Better?

The X-T20 and the X-T100; two brothers in the Fujifilm X Series, separated by… 80? No, there has to be more than that. And there is.

Actually, let’s not start out talking about differences; first let’s look about what the two cameras share – a good chunk of ‘X-T’ DNA for starters. The X-T100 may be billed as entry level, with the older X-T20 a mid-range model, but the main X-T body aesthetic of a central electronic viewfinder (EVF) is the same. It’s an identically spec’d EVF, too, being a 2,360K dot OLED with 0.62x magnification. And of course they’re both blessed with the ever expanding range of Fujifilm lenses, as well as the company’s laudable commitment to firmware updates.

Fujifilm has a great track record of updating its older models with newer features found on cameras like the X-T100.

It’s the same numbers again when it comes to shutter speeds with a range of 30secs to 1/4000sec (or 1/32000 with the electronic shutter) on both. And both bodies also have a built in flash as well as a hotshoe for expansion to lights like the EF-42 TTL flash. Wi-fi comes as standard, but neither body has weather sealing.

So what are the big things separating them; let’s find out…

The Fujifilm X-T20 has been around for well over a year longer than the X-T100. It’s still a little more expensive, so does the newer camera present a good option?

1. Price

Obviously price is a defining factor in most purchases, but though the X-T100 is an entry level X Series camera, and priced accordingly, the mid-level X-T20 isn’t that much more of an outlay, maybe £200 more at the time of the newer camera’s launch. This may widen as the X-T100 comes into stock, but how significant it is will depend on your budget.

2. Video

Both have 4K, but while the X-T20 offers this at 30fps, the X-T100 is limited to 15fps. Practically this means 4K video isn’t as smooth in playback. Full HD video is up to 60fps on both, however. When it comes to video duration, though, the X-T100 has the better performance, giving 30mins of 4K or Full HD video, whereas the X-T20 is limited to 15mins in Full HD and 10mins in 4K.

The entry level X-T100 uses a standard APS-C sized CMOS sensor, in comparison to the mid-range X-T20’s X Trans III sensor.

3. Sensor

The cameras have a very similar resolution, the X-T100 with 24.2 megapixels and the X-T20 with 24.3 megapixels, but their sensors are very different beasts. The X-T100 has a regular APS-C sized CMOS sensor, but the X-T20 uses Fujifilm’s X-Trans III chip, as found in its leading X Series cameras. The X Trans sensor design promises improved colour accuracy and detail, and it doesn’t use an optical low-pass filter. ISO range is the same – 200 to 12,800, and extendable to 100-51,200.

The X-T20, despite being above the X-T100 in the X Series range is slightly smaller and lighter.

4. Size and weight

It’s a minor difference here, but the X-T20 is indeed smaller and lighter, measuring 118.4×82.8×41.4mm and weighing 383g, including battery and card. The X-T100 is 121x83x 47.4mm and 448g including battery and card. It’s probably not enough to make a difference to your shooting trips unless you’re seriously weak though, as both are light and easy to hold. Both have a decent enough build – the X-T100 has an anodized aluminum top cover and the X-T20 uses magnesium alloy.

5. Screen

Both models have a 1040K-dot 3in tilting screen, but the X-T100’s is arguably more versatile, pivoting as well as tilting. Therefore it can be used for selfies in a way the X-T20’s can’t, twisting around to be visible from in front of the camera. Both are touchscreens, and have similar functions – so long as you upgraded the X-T20’s firmware, both it and the X-T100 will offer touch shooting, touch AF and AF point selection, and gesture controls in image review.

The X-T100’s screen is capable of flipping around to be seen from the front of the camera, making it great for selfies.

6. Controls and handling

Button placement is obviously different, and it’s here that the X-T20 may appeal to more advanced users. Like other higher-end models in Fujifilm’s X Series, the X-T20 has separate dials for shutter speed and exposure compensation, as well as a control dial on the front and the rear of the body. There’s also a focus lever on the front to control AF mode (manual, single AF and continuous AF). The X-T100 instead uses a typical DSLR style mode dial, along with two function dials that can be customised, and a single control dial on the rear. There’s no focus lever on the front.

The X-T20 has a similar top-plate layout to the higher-end X-T2.

7. Shooting speed and AF

X-T20 certainly shoots faster, with a top burst mode of 8fps compared to 6fps on the X-T100. The X-T20 gets faster still when shooting with the electronic shutter, at 14fps. It can keep this up for longer, too, before the frame rate slows: at 14fps the X-T20 is quoted at 42 Jpegs, 23 lossless compression Raws or 22 uncompressed Raws; and at 8fps this jumps to 62 Jpegs, 25 lossless compression Raws and 23 uncompressed Raws. The X-T100 meanwhile, shoots 26 Jpegs at 6fps; the number of Raws will obviously be fewer still. When it comes to AF, both use a hybrid system, but the X-T20 has more selectable areas; 325 versus the X-T100’s 91. The X-T20 has some more advanced modes in its AF-C (continuous) mode, but both cameras feature subject tracking.

The X-T100 lags behind the X-T20 in shooting speed, but at 6fps it’s still no slouch.

8. Power

Despite using the same battery, the X-T100 claims a greater battery life, if only by some 80 shots – but those could be important shots. The X-T100 claims a 430 shot life, compared to 350 on the X-T20. This is carried over to video, with 90 minutes of 4K on the X-T100 and 50 minutes on the X-T20.

The X-T100 has superior battery life to the X-T20, so you can keep shooting stills and video longer.

Summary

What’s clear from this comparison is that the cameras are closely spec’d, but the X-T20 wins in most areas – as it should, being a mid-range versus an entry level body. But the X-T100 does run it close in some places, such as better battery life and greater functionality in its flip out screen (and modes to make selfies easier). If you want to shoot 4K video, the X-T20 is the one, but if you’re shooting Full HD, which is plenty for most people, there’s no difference in spec and the X-T100 can do it for longer. The iconic X Trans III sensor is a big pull for the X-T20 though; along with the manual dials and vintage aesthetic, it’s the beating heart of the X Series proposition. And you can certainly make a good case for the greater price of the X-T20, even though it’s over a year older.