Fujifilm X-T1 Review
|Full model name:||Fujifilm X-T1|
(23.6mm x 15.6mm)
|Viewfinder:||EVF / LCD|
|Native ISO:||200 - 6400|
|Extended ISO:||100 - 51,200|
|Shutter:||1/32000 - 30 seconds|
|Max Aperture:||2.8 (kit lens)|
5.1 x 3.5 x 1.8 in.
(129 x 90 x 47 mm)
includes batteries, kit lens
|Full specs:||Fujifilm X-T1 specifications|
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The Fuji X-T1 is a great example of the retro genre. Don't let its surprisingly compact, vintage-styled body fool you, though: It's wrapped around cutting-edge technology, including a class-leading electronic viewfinder and Fuji's exclusive X-Trans sensor technology. The Fuji X-T1 also boasts blazing-fast performance and top-notch image quality, but is it the right camera for you? We roamed the continents in search of our answer. Read our in-depth Fuji X-T1 review, and find out if it's finally time to shelve your DSLR and join the mirrorless crowd!Pros
Excellent image quality; Solid, weather-sealed body; Retro design that actually makes sense in a digital camera; Very low viewfinder lag for single-servo shooting; Fast burst shooting with great buffer depths; In-camera Wi-Fi connectivityCons
Exposure compensation dial is easily bumped; Four-way controller buttons are hard to press; Significant viewfinder lag for burst shooting; No raw files above ISO 6,400; Default settings strongly limit JPEG dynamic rangePrice and availability
Available since February 2014, the Fujifilm X-T1 is priced at around US$1,300 body-only. A kit version bundling a non-weather sealed 18-55mm XF lens debuted at the same time, priced at around US$1,700. A variety of new accessories are also available, including a weather-sealed vertical battery grip with duplicate controls for portrait-orientation shooting, three hand grips of different sizes, a grip strap, an all-leather case, and more. From September 2014, the Fuji X-T1 is available in one additional kit, bundling Fujifilm's XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens for a total price of US$1,900, about US$300 below the combined list pricing for both lens and camera body when purchased separately. From December 2014, the X-T1 will also be offered body-only in a new color choice. The Fuji X-T1 Graphite Silver will also include a leather strap and aluminum hot-shoe cover to the kit bundle. It will also offer a high-speed electronic shutter function up to 1/32,000 second, a Natural Live View mode that will help with low-light framing by disabling exposure preview and film effects in the electronic viewfinder image, and a new Classic Chrome film simulation. (It isn't yet clear if these features will be added to the Black version at the same time.) List pricing for the Fuji X-T1 Graphite Silver is set at US$1,500, a premium of US$200 over the standard Black version.Imaging Resource rating
4.0 out of 5.0
$1199.00 (33% more)
20.3 MP (20% more)
Also has viewfinder
$1699.00 (53% more)
24.3 MP (33% more)
Also has viewfinder
From the Firmware Files: Stopped by our review to refamiliarize yourself with the X-T10 after a break, or just bought yourself a second-hand one? If so, you'll want to check to be sure that your firmware is up to date. There have been more than a few firmware updates since the Fuji X-T10 launched, the most recent of them (as of May 2017) taking place just last summer.
Want your whistle wetted with some of the new features you may find after upgrading? You can expect to gain access to a raft of brand-new functionality and tweaks, including improved manual focus accuracy, focus limiter support for the XF100-400mm lens, better EVF performance, Windows 10 support and more besides.
You'll find the full change log described in past Firmware Friday roundups, which you can find most easily by researching past Fuji X-T10 stories on Imaging Resource here. And be sure to watch our Firmware Friday series in future to keep up to date with all the latest firmware news!
Fuji X-T10 Review
07/08/2015: Performance test results posted
07/30/2015: Field Test added
10/19/2015: Print quality added
10/19/2015: Image quality comparison added
10/21/2015: Conclusion added
05/23/2017: Added info on recent firmware updates.
Want the absolute latest and greatest? If so, you'll want to check out the Fujifilm X-T20, a successor to this camera which brings with it a huge raft of improvements, as you'll find out in our Fuji X-T20 preview!
If you prefer to spend a little less to get the previous generation, though, the Fujifilm X-T10 remains pretty readily available. And it's certainly one heck of a camera, as our 2015 Camera of the Year awards made clear. The Fuji X-T10 earned itself mention as a Camera of Distinction in the Intermediate Mirrorless category, drawing praise for its small, affordable body, approachable user interface, handy Film Simulation modes and excellent kit lens.
The Fujifilm X-series family continues to expand, this time with their new premium interchangeable lens camera -- the Fujifilm X-T10. The X-T10 can be considered the younger sibling to the rugged, higher-end Fuji X-T1. Whereas the larger, weather-sealed X-T1 is aimed at advanced enthusiasts and professional photographers, the new lighter, sleeker X-T10 is focused on mid-range, intermediate-level photographers and enthusiasts.
Situated above or next to the X-E2 and below the X-T1 in Fuji's line-up, the Fuji X-T10 offers a lightweight, travel-friendly camera but with X-T1-like traditional viewfinder design rather than the off-center, rangefinder-esque design of X-E2.
Like the X-T1, the new X-T10 uses the same 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans II CMOS chip with on-sensor phase-detect autofocus pixels and is powered by Fuji's latest EXR Processor II image processor. Combined, this gives the little X-T10 a sensitivity range of ISO 200 to 6400 equivalents, expandable to cover a much broader range from 100 to 51,200 equivalents. The pairing also provides swift autofocus that, in our testing, proved equal in performance to that of the X-T1, as well as reasonably fast startup (by mirrorless camera standards) and minimal shutter lag.
The Fuji X-T10's OLED electronic viewfinder takes a lot of its cues from the X-T1, offering the same 2.36-million dot resolution and 100% coverage. The display panel it's based around isn't quite as large, though, with a 0.39-inch diagonal versus 0.5-inches for the X-T1. And the magnification ratio of 0.62x is quite a bit lower compared to the XT-1's expansive 0.77x magnification (35mm equivalents). Eye-point has also been reduced, from the X-T1's generous 23mm from the eyepiece, to just 17.5mm in the X-T10.
Returning to autofocus for a moment, the Fuji X-T10 -- as with the recently-updated X-T1 -- features the company's new Zone and Wide/Tracking AF modes. In addition to the standard 49-point single-shot AF mode, the new Zone and Wide/Tracking modes make use of a larger, wider 77-point area for greater subject tracking across the frame.
Over the 77-point array, using Zone AF setting in either AF-S or AF-C modes gives photographers the choice of a 3x3, 5x3 or 5x5 AF-block section with which to focus. For the best AF speeds, particularly with faster moving subjects and with AF-C mode, using the 3x3 or 5x3 Zone on the central AF area will make use of the X-T10's on-sensor phase detect AF points. With the Wide/Tracking AF mode, which is great for unpredictable moving subjects, the camera will automatically select the AF point of all 77 AF points while in AF-S mode. In AF-C mode, the user is given a starting AF point, and the camera will continuously track the subject across the frame.
The X-T10 is well-equipped to capture fast action with burst speeds up to eight frames per second with continuous focus. Note, though, that in Continuous High (CH) burst mode, the focus area is restricted to the central phase-detect AF points -- a 3x3 block in Single point AF mode and a 5x3 grid in Zone and Wide/Tracking modes.
The X-T10 also includes a new Auto Macro AF mode, which will automatically detect close-up focusing and eliminate the need to press the Macro button -- which subsequently frees the Macro function button to be customized to another mode or function. Also, the AF algorithm has been improved in Movie mode for smoother full-time autofocus.
The Fuji X-T10 with strap and leather half-case (case sold separately).
Full HD video recording is available up to 60fps with a bitrate of 36Mbps. Both 30fps and 24fps (50p/25p available for PAL regions) frame rates are also available. Continuous video recording tops out at about 14 minutes with 1080p, but if you drop down to 720p video, then recording time is extended to around 27 minutes. 720p video includes the same set of frame rates as Full HD.
Lastly, as with other recent Fujifilm cameras, the X-T10 includes a total of eleven film simulation image presets, including their most recent one: Classic Chrome. The X-T10 also includes various shooting effects and filters, such as Toy Camera, Dynamic Tone, and Soft Focus. The camera also features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, which allows geotagging, image transfer, wireless Instax printing, and remote stills shooting capabilities with the companion smartphone app.
Fuji X-T10 Field Test
Classic Style. Modern Features.
Introduction. The Fujifilm X-T10 takes many of the features that made the Fujifilm X-T1 a favorite among photographers and puts them into a smaller, lighter, and more affordable camera body. The overall results are excellent, and the X-T10 is an enjoyable camera to use. With retro styling, numerous physical controls, a great 16 megapixel X-Trans sensor, and impressive good performance, the X-T10 taps into the past while still moving forward.
Key Features. The Fujifilm X-T10 has a 16 megapixel X-Trans CMOS II APS-C sensor. The X-Trans color-filter pattern is designed to reduce moiré and false color and eliminate the need for the sensor to have an optical low-pass filter. The sensor is designed to produce sharper images than a sensor that has an optical low-pass filter. With a RAW ISO range of 200-6400 and a JPEG ISO range of 100-51,200, the X-T10 can capture excellent images across a wide variety of shooting conditions. The X-T10's 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder has only 0.005s lag, which is currently the world's shortest lag time for an OLED electronic viewfinder, according to Fuji. The AF sensor is fast as well, capable of acquiring focus in as little as 0.06s, and is upgraded with new "AF Zone" and "wide tracking" modes.
Fuji X-T10 Walkaround
A look at Fuji's latest X-series ILC
The Fujifilm X-T10's design borrows heavily from the X-T1 with its deeply retro-inspired aesthetic complete with sharp lines and angles as well as numerous controls and dials. The body construction is compact and lightweight with both the top and bottom plates made from die-cast magnesium, and the three main dials along the top plate are made from milled aluminum. Although unspecified, presumably the middle body section is polycarbonate.
Starting with the top deck of the camera, on the right hand side, you have the main control cluster. The large shutter speed adjustment dial provides a range from 1/4000s down to one second, plus Time, Bulb and Auto. As on the X-T1, there's also a specific marking for the 1/180s second flash sync speed. Apart from the manual shutter speed dial, you can adjust the shutter speed down to 30s, and up to a whopping 1/32,000s if you enable the electronic shutter, by using one of the command dials.
Fujifilm X-T10 Image Quality Comparison
Pitting the X-T10 against its rivals (and its sibling)
Here, we feature crops from our laboratory Still Life target comparing the Fuji X-T10's image quality to its more expensive sibling, the X-T1, as well as against several competing APS-C models -- and one Micro Four Thirds camera for good measure -- which all sit at similar price points or product categories: the Canon T6i, Nikon D5500, Panasonic G7 and Sony A6000.
NOTE: These images are from best quality JPEGs straight out of the camera, at default settings including noise reduction and using the camera's actual base ISO (not extended ISO settings). All cameras in this comparison were shot with our very sharp reference lenses. Clicking any crop will take you to a carrier page where you can click once again to access the full resolution image as delivered straight from the camera. For those interested in working with the RAW files involved: click these links to visit each camera's respective sample image thumbnail page: Fuji X-T10, Canon T6i, Nikon D5500, Panasonic G7 and Sony A6000 -- links to the RAW files appear beneath those for the JPEG images, wherever we have them. And remember, you can always go to our world-renowned Comparometer to compare the Fuji X-T10 to any camera we've ever tested!
Fujifilm X-T10 Print Quality
What will it look like when framed on your wall?
A quick note before we get into the print size breakdown below: The Fujifilm X-T10's JPEG images have pretty well-controlled sharpening, using the default settings. This is a very good thing, in terms of ability to apply careful sharpening in Photoshop, post-capture, but also means that prints made without further sharpening don't have quite as much "pop" as ones from other cameras that, frankly, over-sharpen. While these print quality evaluations are based on default JPEGs without further processing applied, it should be noted that precisely because the X-T10's in-camera sharpening is restrained, careful manual sharpening on the computer could yield up to another full print size at low ISOs.
So with that note, let's take a look at the results...
Fujifilm X-T10 Conclusion
Should you buy the X-T10, or its flagship sibling?
Back in early 2014, Fujifilm launched the X-T1, a flagship for its mirrorless camera line. It was a heck of a camera, but it also came with a pricetag that put it firmly in enthusiast territory, and beyond the reach of many consumers.
Not everybody really needs that much camera, though. Arguably, entry-level shooters would do better to spend a bit less on their camera body, and a bit more on the lenses they'll be using with it instead. (Far too many are content to stick with just the kit lens, an optic their camera likely far outperforms. In the process, they rather defeat the purpose of buying an interchangeable-lens camera.)
That's where the Fuji X-T10 comes in. With the X-T10, Fujifilm takes the basic concept of the X-T1, then pares it down a bit in favor of a more affordable pricetag and a more approachable interface. If you want features like weather sealing, a deep buffer, or a really large electronic viewfinder image, you'll still want to look to the X-T1 instead, but if you need to balance budget against features as many of us do, the X-T10 gives you a lot for your money.