Fujifilm X100T Panorama Mode

Without a wide lens, one option for the Fuji X100T is to shoot panoramas. Under first glance, the X100T’s panoramas seem as good as the ones from the X-T1 and X-E2.

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and it has the same difficulties

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but on closer inspection, you can see motion blur which does not happen that often with the X-T1 or X-E2.

The default shutter speed for motion panoramas appears to be 1/220 which should be good enough for most panoramas (I’m not sweeping that fast and if you sweep too slow, the cameras don’t like that either, so after a lot of practice, I’ve found that sweet spot).

The blur bothers me because I know the sensor can do better (it is the same sensor as in the X-T1 and X-E2). My guess is that it has to do with having no image stabilization since the blur reduces at 1/500, but at faster shutter speeds, you also increase your chance of banding.

Night panoramas

I did not have high hopes for this shot.

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I expected this to be a blurry, misaligned, unusable mess, but although it has motion blur, it is still rather enjoyable.

Vertical panoramas

There is a lot of distortion at the top of vertical panoramas. I can’t say for sure, but I seem to get fewer of them with the X-T1 and X-E2. Anyway, cropping them makes them more useful anyway. Slowing my panning at the top would probably help, but keep in mind, the camera doesn’t like it if you take too long to take a motion panorama.

I would love a 90° panorama option (in addition to the 120° and 180° option). Hear that, Fuji?!

(FYI there is no option to crop panoramas in-camera. Since in-camera cropping only crops to the same proportion, a panorama crop would need additional options to work.)

Tip: If you are expecting to get error-free, in-camera panoramas on-the-fly without a tripod, forget it. Even on a tripod, you are unlikely to get error-free panoramas. Believe me, I’ve tried for almost two decades.

Also don’t expect distortion-free panoramas. That’s usually done with complex software (and still may not get the image correct) and motion panoramas are focused on quick-and-easy.

What in-camera panoramas are about is getting the impression of the wider scene that can’t be captured with conventional lenses. Even a 10mm (crop factor) lens covers only about 109°. Any wider and it would fisheye.

So are the panoramas on an X100T as good as on the X-T1 or X-E2? Not without adjusting to 1/500 and taking a higher risk of banding, but shooting them is significantly quieter.

Will I avoid shooting panoramas at slower speeds? Not necessarily. They may not be perfect, but neither is taking multiple shots and stitching them on a computer.

Taking motion panoramas are just another option or tool in the toolbox.

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