Back in 2014 Fujifilm released the seriously impressive X-T1, an advanced CSC that offered optical excellence, superb build quality and intuitive handling. Our one reservation was its rather steep body-only price of £1049. A year later, and at less than half the price, Fuji is releasing the more enthusiast-aimed X-T10. Maintaining much of the key spec and the retro SLR design of its acclaimed older brother, will this camera be a perfect blend of affordability and performance, or will the sacrifices made in the name of value be too great?
At its core the X-T10 has exactly the same 16.3MP APS-C sensor and EXR II processor combination found in the X-T1, X-100T and X-E2. All of these cameras were applauded for their excellent image quality, so this should reassure potential users of the X-T10’s ability to perform. The camera’s native ISO goes from 200-6400 (expandable to 51,200), while its burst mode offers 8fps, albeit only for seven RAWs – a disappointing reduction from the X-T1’s much larger buffer, which offered 23 RAWs and JPEGs simultaneously.
The X-T10 also boasts the same hybrid AF system as the X-T1, but takes advantage of Fuji’s latest AF technology with its new wide/tracking mode, something only available on its predecessor via a firmware update. We found the system responsive and accurate in most conditions. Focus peaking, eye/face detection and auto macro functions are also present.
Other features and handling
The camera’s 2360k-dot viewfinder offers bright and sharp coverage of 100% of the frame, with what Fuji claims is the world’s shortest display lag-time of 0.005sec. While its excellent resolution matches that of the X-T1, it does have a smaller 0.62x magnification. The rear monitor on the back of the camera is a 3in tiltable LCD, however its resolution has been reduced from 1040k-dot to 920k-dot.
The X-T10 is capable of shooting Full HD (1080p) video at 60fps, has in-built stereo mics and an input for an external mic. The camera has no headphone port for audio monitoring. Like virtually every current CSC, Wi-Fi is present for remote shooting and image transfer, but it does lack NFC (Near Field Communication) for fast connection. An in-built flash has been added to the X-T10, while a sync port has been removed. Battery life is unchanged at 350 shots per charge.
Smaller and lighter than the X-T1, the X-T10’s body feels reassuringly well-built. While the weather-sealing found on the flagship model has been removed, you wouldn’t actually expect it on a model of this price. The camera has a smaller grip but still feels comfortable in the hand, while offering excellent access to controls. Our one gripe is the overly-recessed front finger dial, which is not as tactile as it could be. The menu and quick menu systems provide clear setting and function selection. A new scene recognition auto mode will help new users get the best out of the camera in any situation, while there are seven customisable buttons, which is one more than on the X-T1.
For those looking to make the step up from a compact, or upgrade from an older CSC model, the stylish Fuji X-T10 is an excellent choice, offering impressive image quality and intuitive handling. The camera lacks the advanced video functionality of Samsung’s NX500 and the more usable burst mode of Panasonic’s G7, but overall it feels more premium than both. The X-T10 is an excellent all-rounder and great value for money with an RRP of £499 body-only. Highly recommended.
- Camera: Fujifilm X-T10
- Price: £449 (Body only as of June 2016)
- Kit lens: XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II
- Effective resolution: 16.3MP
- Sensor: 24x16mm APS-C X-Trans CMOS II
- Processor: EXR Processor II
- LCD: 3in 920k-dot tiltable
- Viewfinder: 2360k-dot OLED with 100% coverage and dioptre
- Autofocus: Hybrid AF (49 points in standard AF modes and 77 in Wide/Tracking mode)
- ISO: 200-6400 (expands to 51,200)
- Shooting speed: 8fps for 7 RAW files
- Video: Full HD (1080p) at 60fps
- Pop-up flash: Yes
- Other features: Wi-Fi, external mic input, HDMI output, film simulation mode
- Battery life: 350 shots
- Card type: SD, SDHC, SDXC
- Size (WxHxD): 118x83x41mm
- Weight: 381g
- Visit: www.fujifilm.eu/uk
This review was first published in the September 2015 issue of Practical Photography - download back issues here.