[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text]If you’re serious about photography, whether as a profession or a hobby, you need a high-quality camera. However, if you’re new to photography, you may not want to spend a thousand dollars or more on new equipment. In that case, the Fujifilm X-T10 may be just what you’re looking for: a versatile, lightweight camera that offers special features equally desirable to expert and amateur photographers.
The Fujifilm X-T10 is a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera with an electronic viewfinder. The lack of a reflex mirror makes it lightweight and portable. Its retro design is a throwback to the film cameras of yesteryear, and it comes in two colors: black and silver. The body was designed to be easy to grip and more compact than its predecessor, the X-T1. The unassuming built-in flash blends fluidly into the overall design scheme; even when popped up, it doesn’t draw attention to itself. External dials on the top plate allow you to check your settings even before turning on your camera. Accessories sold separately include a metal hand grip and a protective leather case.
The X-T10 is an interchangeable-lens camera equipped with Fujifilm’s original X Mount. Buyers can choose from several kit lenses, including the higher-quality XF and the more compact XC. The real boon for experienced photographers is the available M Mount adapter that allows you to use a variety of lenses with the X-T10. The M Mount adapter is sold separately, but if you already have a collection of lenses, it has the potential to save you money in the long run.
- Quality of Image
The Fujifilm X-T10 incorporates a number of factors to give you excellent image quality:
- Sensitivity: The Fujifilm X-T10 has a maximum ISO of 51200 for capturing scenes in low light. The sensor’s circuits and components have been redesigned to keep colors bright and reduce the graininess or “noise” that often occurs at higher sensitivities.
- Lens Modulation Optimizer: Zoomed images also tend to become grainy and indistinct, but the Lens Modulation Optimizer of the X-T10 combats this by compensating for blurriness caused by the periphery of the lens or diffraction, producing an image that’s dimensional and sharp.
- Autofocus: In the past, mirrorless cameras’ performance has fallen short due to sluggish autofocus. However, manufacturers of mirrorless cameras have stepped up their game in recent years, and Fujifilm is no exception. The X-T10 has six different AF modes and comes with an Intelligent Hybrid AF for fast autofocus even in low-light conditions. Eye detection focuses on the eyes of a subject, resulting in better portraits, and advanced subject motion prediction helps accurately capture subjects in motion.
- Film Simulation: Fujifilm has applied its research from over 80 years of processing film to recreate the advantages of film in the digital format. The X-T10 provides eleven Film Simulation options to apply various film effects to your images, and these effects can be applied after the image has been captured if you shoot in RAW.
- Smart Features
The X-T10 is designed to sync up wirelessly to your tablet or smartphone for ease of transferring photos from your camera. You can then use your smart device to browse photos or videos still on your camera and choose which ones you want to transfer. But perhaps the best feature is the ability to use your smart device as a remote for your camera. Adjust settings such as ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, and focus; once you’ve got the picture set just the way you want it, trigger the camera from anywhere, even when you’re in the picture.
Pros and Cons
Mirrorless cameras like the Fujifilm X-T10 have their strengths and weaknesses like any other product. While versatile, the X-T10 may be more suited to some situations than others.
- Speed of Shooting: Mirrorless cameras are able to take more pictures in rapid succession because they are not slowed down by the motion of a reflex mirror. The X-T10 offers you both low-speed and high-speed continuous shooting.
- Movie-Making: Video can be recorded either through the viewfinder or the LCD display, which is an advantage of mirrorless cameras over DSLR competitors.
- Image Preview: The X-T10 has two options for previewing the image: the LCD display and the electronic viewfinder. The LCD has a lag time of only 0.005 seconds, making it virtually real time, while the viewfinder automatically adjusts for a clear view regardless of conditions.
- Low battery life: Because the X-T10 has both an electronic viewfinder and an LCD display, it eats up the battery pretty quickly.
- Lens Limitations: Mirrorless cameras such as the X-T10 tend to have fewer lenses available to them than their closest competitors, DSLR cameras. However, this is improving as the industry continues to evolve, and for those who have a collection of lenses already, the available lens adapter may compensate for that lack. Specifically, as it relates to the kit lenses available with the X-T10, there’s a tradeoff either way: the XF is made of metal and has a higher resolution and larger aperture but is more expensive, while the XC is made of plastic with a lower aperture but costs less.
What People Are Saying
The design of the Fujifilm X-T10 was strongly informed by customer feedback, and customers in their turn have responded to the X-T10 in a largely positive way. Many expert photographers who have used and reviewed this camera give it uniformly high marks as an artistic as well as a technical tool. Most make specific mention of the freedom it affords them by its compactness and the lighter weight of not only the camera body itself but also its lenses. They also mention the versatility of transitioning from formal shooting with a tripod to spontaneously getting out into the field with camera in hand. It is appreciated specifically for its utility for landscape and wildlife photography, especially in regard to its portability. Several praise the performance in terms of its technical specifications, while others report that the X-T10 has led them in new artistic directions and rekindled the joy they take in photography. Other frequent accolades are in regard to film simulation options, as well as the vibrant color and image quality. The straightforward design of the external controls and the ability to adjust settings to an individual style is also frequently admired. In 2016, the X-T10 was honored with a TIPA award for Best Mirrorless CSC Expert.
However, the X-T10 is not without its critics. Some are disappointed in the 16-megapixel sensor, finding it outdated, while others find it adequate to their purposes. Subject tracking has been found to be inadequate to detect faces and objects when the autofocus is continuous. While the X-T10 has an exceptionally wide ISO range, the maximum sensitivity is limited to 6400 when shooting RAW. The flash is said to be weak, but its use is optional and other features that compensate for low light may make it unnecessary. One of the biggest criticisms is that the X-T10 lacks weather sealing and is therefore vulnerable to the elements; others find weather sealing superfluous, and some point out that one must also invest in weather-sealed lenses. Other criticisms relate to the camera’s physical construction and handling, citing a surfeit of plastic components and poor ergonomics. Another criticism with regard to design is that neither the battery nor the memory card can be changed while the camera is on a tripod due to the placement of the mount, a potentially significant downside due to the large battery drain. Recording video is noted to be a weakness of the X-series overall, although it is improving with time and further development.
The X-T10 currently boasts a 4.7 out of 5 average rating on Amazon. Out of 118 customer reviews, 80% of customers gave it a five-star rating, 14% gave it four stars, and 4% gave it three stars. The two-star and one-star ratings each had one reviewer. However, those ratings seemed to be based more on customer service issues than the performance of the camera itself, although the one-star review did make mention of plastic used in the camera body.
Who Should Buy It
The Fujifilm X-T10 is a versatile camera offered at a relatively low price point. It is an attractive option for entry-level photographers who want to make an investment in their future success without breaking the bank.
Experienced photographers, particularly those who learned their craft on film cameras, appreciate the X-T10’s analogous features and design to the cameras of the past. Nostalgia is frequently cited as part of the X-T10’s appeal.
Photographers who are frequently on the move and don’t want to be slowed down or thrown off balance by heavy equipment value the small, featherlight, portable camera body. However, photographers with larger hands may find the ergonomics insufficient, and photographers who frequently shoot in harsh weather conditions would do well to find a camera with weather sealing.
In short, the Fujifilm X-T10 is a high-quality, affordable camera that has something special to offer photographers at all levels of experience.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]