Fujifilm last year introduced the X-T1 which was nothing less than a tremendous camera which was designed so as to appeal to the section of serious photographers all around the world. That one had a great image quality, was great in ergonomics and a world-class viewfinder. It easily became everyone’s favourite camera. However, it came with a expensive price tag and a bit of heft. Although none of that deterred serious photographers from betting their money on the X-T1, but what if you are more of a casual photographer who wants something like the X-T1 without that kind of investment or the bulk?
That’s exactly where this year’s Fujifilm X-T10 comes in. It’s basically a shrunken down version of last year’s phenomenal hit X-T1 which can cost you less and preserves most of all that which made the X-T1 great. The X-T1 was loved by a lot of enthusiasts and pro photographers because of the shooting experience it provided. Like many Fujifilm’s cameras, the X-T1 enables its users to take control and manually adjust settings, push its buttons, flip its switches and even toggle its dials. That kind of control makes the entire process of photography fun and the X-T1 made sure that you get the best results for all those manual manoeuvres by its fast performance and superior image quality.
A Lot Like its Big Brother
To be a real alternative of the X-T1, the X-T10 needed to provide similar levels of control and shooting experience. On paper, it definitely has the right kind of blend. It is equipped with the same image sensor and the same processor as well. There is a striking similarity in the design and with many controls of the camera. Both these camera also resemble in electronic viewfinders, the X-T10 however has a smaller one. This definitely contributed in a good way to keep the price down of the X-T10.
Everything about this camera is smaller than the X-T1. This makes it much easier to handle and carry around in a bag or in a sling over your shoulder. The downside of this is that to some people it might feel a little more cramped when they are shooting. The grip isn’t as comfortable and one has to be really conscious while placing their right thumb so that they don’t end up accidentally triggering a switch or a button.
The LCD and the viewfinder are a little smaller than those on the X-T1 and they might not be as impressive, but still they manage to do a pretty decent job. In most cases, the X-T10 can definitely be regarded much similar to its elder brother, the X-T1.
Various controls on the Fujifilm X-T10 have been simplified for casual users. The metering switch that rests below the camera’s shutter speed dial is now gone and the camera’s dedicated ISOdial that resides on the left has also now been replaced by a drive dial. The camera’s front function button is also now integrated in the camera’s front command dial which is another smart way of making use of the limited amount of space that’s available on the X-T10.
Though some controls have definitely changed, however, those that are important definitely remain. For instance, the X-T10 provides a quick access to apertures, shutter speeds, exposure compensation and a wide variety of various other parameters like ISO, white balance and autofocus modes through the camera’s seven fully customizable function buttons. So, those who have been using the X-T1 will surely feel at home while holding the X-T10.
Apart from that, there are other various additions on the X-T10 so as to appeal to the novice photographers. A simple auto-switch, for instance, will at that very instant put the camera onto a point-and-shoot mode regardless of other controls that are set on it. There is also an in-built pop-up flash for much more basic fill lighting.
The X-T10 performs much like its elder brother – the X-T1. With the same 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor and the same fast processor, picture quality of both the two cameras is almost indistinguishable. Noise in the images is limited and those clicked at high-ISO also seem to have a nice, film-like graining to them. Color reproduction of the camera is extremely pleasing and very much natural even in those conditions where lighting might not be sufficient. There are various different ‘film simulations’ available as well that are just a tap away. They can easily provide different looks and moods for the images that come right out of the X-T10.
The X-T10 also debuts a more capable and new autofocus system. It’s a lot faster, tends to have a lot more tracking points and includes all sorts of modern capabilities that are nowadays prevalent in cameras like fast face and eye detection. In practice, it can definitely be regarded as the best autofocus system which Fujifilm has ever employed in its cameras. Though it won’t be able to keep-up with larger DSLRs, however, the frustrating autofocus experience for which Fujifilm cameras were earlier known is finally gone.
Some Catching-Up to Do
Video, for instance, is one area where Fujifilm still lags behind the results that one can get with Samsung, Sony or Panasonic cameras. Though it can make a 1080p at various frame rates, but the video quality that’s produced isn’t as detailed or you can say pleasing to watch as produced by other cameras. So, that’s one factor which one must consider of they are going for this camera.
Apart fromt he video section, The X-T10 also lacks a touchscreen. However, it has an in-built Wi-Fi which can let you remotely take control of the camera or simply transfer your images to your Android phone or iPhone on the go. The X-T10 also lacks the weather sealing that comes with the X-T1, however, that’s rarely a thing to worry about if you are using a waterproof lens.
The X-T10 definitely has all that it takes to turn a serious and boring photography session to something fun and creative. This camera can give immense fun and pleasure to while clicking and that is probably the most apt description for it. Not all cameras are able to provide what the X-T10 can offer and that too at such a comparatively low price tag is something impressive.