Ken Rockwell reviews the Fuji X100T

The Fuji X100T launched recently and was available for pre-order for a while.  I did get my much awaited Canon 5D Mark III but I have been waiting for this day.  In classic Ken Rockwell style the much awaited review of the Fuji X100T is here. And what stood out in this review were the first 3 sentences that Ken Rockwell adds to the heading of this review

The World’s Best Digital Camera.
The World’s Quietest Camera. 
The Pro’s Fun Camera.

More from his review:

The Fuji X100T is the world’s best digital camera because no other camera has its ability to capture great photos perfectly in any light, all usually on the very first shot. It’s also the world’s quietest camera, with a completely silent electronic shutter.

So far so good.

The X100T has an astonishing combined optical and electronic finder that allows perfect viewing of anything in any light. A lever push selects each one, and even shooting with the optical finder the just-shot image can pop up for review! New in the X100T is the ability to use the optical finder and have an electronic inset at the bottom right to magnify a focus area. No other brand of camera can do any of this.

I have used the X100S in the past and the T brings some good  improvements as well.  If you already own the X100S; you may not find these improvements enough for you to upgrade.  It’s a great camera if you don’t own one. The image quality is excellent. Read the review and the sample images that Rockwell posts.

The X100T is a mechanical jewel, made at least as well as a $7,000 LEICA M240, with all-metal dials, lenses and top and bottom covers.

Those metal dials and lens top makes me want one right away.

Just like the older versions, ergonomics are superb. The X100T is designed for photographers, not computer programmers. The X100T has all the dials and controls we need right at our fingertips, not buried behind a function button.
The aperture ring now has third-stop clicks, and hallelujah, it has slightly deeper detents at the full stops so we can set them by feel. LEICA still can’t do this; their half-stops are all the same.

Trust me, to have aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation as analog dials is awesome.  We already carry a pocket size camera with us - in my case its the iPhone. And lugging around a Canon SLR is not an option. The X100T does not fit the pocket but its a good camera if you are looking at doing some serious photography and have it handy in your bag. 

If you are still an iPhone person, try the Manual for iPhone app - gives you all the goodness of manual control in digital format.