Which Fujifilm X Series Camera Is The Right One For You? The Easy Answers

Fujifilm is another mirrorless brand that has received a lot of attention from the photography community in recent years, with their X Series bodies and unique X-Trans sensor technology not only setting them apart from DSLRs in terms of their size, weight, and appearance, but also from other mirrorless brands in terms of their unique color rendition and image quality.

But with Fujifilm now into their second generation (or third, depending on who you ask) with the release of the X-Pro 2 and the X-T2, there are many options for photographers looking to get into the Fujifilm X-Series. Today we break it down for you and rank each camera based on your intended use for it. Obviously it is not this simple for everyone, but these breakdowns and rankings should at least give you a good starting point in terms of what cameras to research further depending on where you feel you fall in our ‘use case’ spectrum.

Also be sure to check out our feature on pretty much every lens for the Fujifilm X series system.

The Professional

Are you looking to use your Fujifilm mirrorless camera as a primary camera for professional purposes? Then this is the section for you as we break down which Fujifilm X-Series mirrorless cameras you should be looking at when making your decisions.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm X-T2 review initial product images (9 of 12)ISO 2001-2200 sec at f - 2.0

 

In our pre-production impression post we had the following to say about the Fujifilm X-T2:

“From what I’ve seen of the pre-production sample of the Fujifilm X-T2, the results are very good. To be fair though, I’ve only spent maybe an hour or so with the camera and a good portion of that was trying to take good product photos and shooting a model with an off-camera flash.”Read Our Full Review Here

As an X-Pro 2 owner and shooter myself (in a professional setting), I really wanted to go with my baby here, but truth be told, the X-T2 is the better option for the majority of professionals due to its slightly more advanced AF system, video functionality, and things like its compatibility with the battery grip which allows you to have and use up to three batteries in the camera at a time. However, if you aren’t a photographer that is shooting fast moving subjects, shooting 4K video, or needing extended battery life with the battery grip, then the X-Pro 2 is still a great choice (but being the more expensive of the two, still makes it hard to recommend over the X-T2). However, one of the killer features is the optical viewfinder.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm X-T2 review initial sample images (1 of 7)ISO 2001-1000 sec at f - 2.8

 

So here are our rankings for the Fujifilm X-Series ecosystem in terms of being ideal for a Professional as a primary camera.

  1. X-T2 (Preview) – Buy
  2. X-Pro 2 (Review) – Buy
  3. X-T1 (Review) – Buy
  4. X-T10 (Review) – Buy
  5. X-E2s (Review) – Buy
  6. X-E2 (Review) – Buy
  7. X-Pro 1 (Review) – Buy
  8. X-A3 (N/A) – Buy (Pre-Order)
  9. X-A2 (N/A) – Buy

The Semi-Pro or Secondary System

Are you a semi-professional photographer (making some taxable income off of your photography), or a professional looking for a secondary mirrorless camera to your primary kit? Then this is the section for you.

julius motal the phoblographer fujifilm xt1 review-1

 

In our review we had the following to say about the X-T1:

“The Editor’s Choice Award is an obvious one. The photo world has been abuzz with talk about the X-T1. It’s got the right mix of vintage design and contemporary technology. “Read Our Full Review Here

In a case such as this, having the absolute best, or latest tech isn’t as high of a priority. One of the best parts about Fujifilm’s system is that they are constantly upgrading, updating, and improving their current cameras – they aren’t just focused on releasing new cameras and forgetting about their previous customers. In the case of the X-T1, it is one of the best deals in the mirrorless market right now at just under $1,000. For that you get a killer design, Fuji’s top tech from the last generation, weather sealing, etc.

If you want to save a little more (about $200 or so) you can pick up an X-T10, which is most of the X-T1 in terms of performance, just with some body tweaks and no weather sealing.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm XT10 first impressions (11 of 15)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 4.0

 

So here are our rankings for the Fujifilm X-Series ecosystem in terms of being ideal for a semi-pro or as a secondary camera for a professional:

  1. X-T1 (Review) – Buy
  2. X-T10 (Review) – Buy
  3. X-T2 (Preview) – Buy
  4. X-Pro 2 (Review) – Buy
  5. X-E2s (Review) – Buy
  6. X-E2 (Review) – Buy
  7. X-Pro 1 (Review) – Buy
  8. X-A3 (N/A) – Buy (Pre-Order)
  9. X-A2 (N/A) – Buy

The Hobbyist or Non-Professional

Do you just like photography and are looking for a good all around camera to capture things as you see them? Maybe pictures of family outings, or the occasional travel photo while on vacation? Then this section is for you.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm XT10 first impressions (9 of 15)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 4.0

 

In our review we had the following to say about the Fujifilm X-T10:

“It’s been a little while since I awarded a camera with an Editor’s Choice Rating due to trying to overhaul evaluations over how camera companies are stepping up their game. The Fujifilm X-T10 really deserves it. By far, this is the best APS-C sensor of any camera in a comparable realm and it shows with the image quality. Fujifilm took a great deal from its award-winning X-T1 and put it in a smaller package for a consumer that can’t reach for fruit as high. The result: a really kick ass camera.”Read Our Full Review Here

Since having the latest and great, highest image quality, and fanciest features likely aren’t a concern for a hobbyist or non-professional, our pick for the best Fujifilm X-Series right now is actually the X-T10. This camera offers some of the best mirrorless performance out there and is more than enough camera for most people who just want good pictures from a small package with the option to interchange lenses. If you are more of a fan of the rangefinder style, than the X-E2 or X-E2s would also be great choices to consider.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm XT10 first impressions (1 of 15)ISO 2001-1000 sec at f - 1.4

Alternatively, the newly announced X-A3 looks fairly promising if the style and color choices fit your taste. We were not great fans of the previous X-A/X-M cameras, and we have not yet had a chance to give the X-A3 a go, which is why we were/are hesitant to recommend it at this point. If they are much like the previous generation, then we would say to stay away in favor of one of our other recommendations. The potential is there for a good budget/entry-level option though, so be on the look out for our review once we get our hands on one.

So here are our rankings for the Fujifilm X-Series ecosystem in terms of being ideal for a hobbyist or Non-Professional just looking for a good camera for when pictures need to be taken:

  1. X-T10 (Review) – Buy
  2. X-E2s (Review) – Buy
  3. X-E2 (Review) – Buy
  4. X-A3 (N/A) – Buy (Pre-Order)
  5. X-T1 (Review) – Buy
  6. X-T2 (Review) – Buy
  7. X-Pro 2 (Review) – Buy
  8. X-Pro 1 (Review) – Buy
  9. X-A2 (N/A) – Buy

So there you have it. Fujifilm’s X-Series ecosystem of cameras broken down and ranked depending on where you fit into the photographer spectrum. We hope this has been helpful for those of you looking to get into a Fujifilm mirrorless rig. If you would like to see more camera system breakdowns similar to this one drop us a comment, like, or email and let us know!