First Impressions: Fujifilm X-T10

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The Fujifilm X-T10 is a camera that takes the winning formula behind the X-T1 and tries to bring it down to a more consumer-friendly level. Sticking to the retro inspired design, the XT10 has lots of dials for photographers to play with and gives the company’s excellent image quality in an overall smaller size.

It’s a beautiful piece of machinery with a 16.3MP APS-C X Trans CMOS II sensor, EXR processor II, a 2,360K dot OLED viewfinder, WiFi, 8fps shooting capabilities, a built in pop-up flash, and lots of Fujifilm film renderings. And so far, we’re surprised to say that it’s delivering the best image quality that we’ve seen yet.

Tech Specs

Specs taken from the B&H Photo listing

  • 16.3 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
  • EXR Processor II
  • 0.39″ 2,360k-Dot 0.62x OLED Viewfinder
  • 3.0″ 920k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF with 77 Areas
  • Up to 8 fps Shooting and ISO 51200
  • Film Simulation Mode, Electronic Shutter
  • Built-In Pop-Up Flash

Ergonomics

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The Fujifilm XT10 has an APS-C sized sensor at its heart with a 1.5x crop factor. The rest of the camera’s front is really simplistic with a lens release, control dial, and focusing type dial. You’ll also see a bit of a grip here on top of the leatherette textured feel.

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Come to the top of the camera and you’ll start to see lots more. Here you’ll find the exposure dial, custom function button, video record button, hot shoe, shutter release and on/off switch. Plus there are two more dials in the form of exposure compensation and the drive mode. Unlike the X-T1, if you want to have quick access to the ISO, you’re better off programming it to another dial of some sort.

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The camera’s back houses the viewfinder, LCD screen, button, dials and a little extra grip to support your thumb. If you’re more of the type of person who prefers to use the LCD screen, then you’ll enjoy that it tilts forward and backward.

Build Quality

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The Fujifilm XT10 feels very nice in the hand. While it doesn’t have weather sealing, what you’ll be very satisfied with is the clicky dials that feel so great to the touch. Fujifilm’s build quality and attention to detail/aesthetics has taken them a far way in the mirrorless world. The company simply really knows how to build cameras and build them well.

Ease of Use

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The XT10 has a different interface from the company’s higher end cameras. Instead, this is what we see with the Fujifilm X30. In some ways it simplifies things by putting more info in one spot though the higher end of the pack may want to know more about their focusing spot than anything. With other cameras, the focusing area takes up more screen space.

Autofocus

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We’ve been testing the camera with the 35mm f1.4 X and the 16mm f1.4 so far, and the camera seems a bit slower to focus than the XT1 and pretty much on par with the Fujifilm X-Pro1. That isn’t a bad thing if you’re casually shooting–and this camera isn’t meant for the more demanding pros anyway.

Image Quality

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With the company’s classic chrome rendering, you’ll be able to get some of the best image quality that you can get from any camera out there. We’re specifically talking about the colors here more than anything. They’re absolutely beautiful but still need a bit of tweaking to get the most from them.

At the higher ISO settings, you’ll being to see loss of details at 6400 though the image noise isn’t so drastic. We’re going to have to do more work to test the files and we’ve only had the camera for a couple of days so far.

Here are more samples.

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First Impressions

The Fujifilm XT10 so far is shaping up to be quite a beautiful and powerful camera. There’s a lot to like for the consumer and even for the enthusiast. One of the company’s biggest strengths is its lenses–and that’s only going to make this even easier for us to fall in love with the camera.

Stay tuned for our full review.