Fujifilm XS10: IBIS Will Be Great, But Weather Sealing Is A Must-Have

A new mid-range camera called the Fujifilm XS10 sounds excellent, but Fujifilm needs to break their trend of omitting weather sealing from their more affordable cameras.

Brace yourselves. Another new camera might be with us soon—this time in the flavor of Fujifilm. Speculation has been rife for some time about a possible new mid-range camera from Fujifilm. It appears that it might be called the X-S10. This new SLR style camera will compete or replace the current X-T30, or it could even sit alongside the X-T30. Another new line from Fujifilm might complicate things, though. Not a whole lot is known about the new Fujifilm XS10. Still, we have a few ideas regarding what it should have. Let’s talk about this after the break.

Fujifilm’s lineup of cameras has been growing steadily over the years. If the X-S10 is real, the number of models available would be a little overwhelming. The Fujifilm XS10 would join the X-TX line, the XT-XX, the X-A, the X-E series, the X100 line, and the X-TXXX line. Not to mention that you can also still get your hands on the X-H line too. Whether or not the new Fujifilm XS10 will be replacing one of the previously mentioned series is not known. What is known is that the Fujifilm XS10 will be an SLR style camera and not a rangefinder style.

The Fujifilm XS10 – What’s Known So Far

All we know about the Fujifilm XS10 so far is that this mid-range camera could be with us this October. According to reports from Fuji Rumors and Mirrorless Rumors, the Fujifilm XS10 will have IBIS, which is a big win. Details are still scarce in regards to the sensor too. Nobody is sure if it will have the same CMOS 24mp sensor found in the quite brilliant X-T200, or if it will sport an X-Trans sensor. As for pricing, some suggest that it will fall somewhere between the X-T200 ($699) and the X-T4 ($1,699). A safe bet would be to say it could be roughly $999 upon launch.

What We Want In the Fujifilm XS10

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For us, we would be okay with the Fujifilm X-S10 having either one of the sensors mentioned above. They are both brilliant in their own ways. We are thrilled that the Fujifilm XS10 will apparently have IBIS too. IBIS in 2020 should really be a standard feature. We would love to see the 3.69 million dot EVF from the X-T4. However, it will more likely have a lower resolution viewfinder. A fully articulating screen like the one that can be found on the X-T200 would be excellent. The 3.5-inch touchscreen and the touch-friendly interface is what should become standard on Fujifilm cameras. Dual UHS-II card slots, enhanced eye AF, and animal AF would be excellent too.

All of the above would be great. Still, more than anything else, we’d love to see the Fujifilm XS10 be fully weather sealed. Fujifilm has skimped on weather sealing in their mid-range cameras in the past. This is something that really needs to be addressed. The X-T30 is a brilliant camera, but the lack of weather sealing is a deal-breaker. The same can be said about the X-T200, the X-A7, and the X-E3. Like IBIS, weather sealing really should be standard in 2020. There’s really no need to exclude this key feature from any camera that will probably push $1,000.

What Would You Like To See?

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The Fujifilm XS10 could be an exciting camera. There seems to be a new push in the market for pretty high spec’d cameras around the $1,000 mark. We can’t help but think that an APS-C Fujifilm XS10 with IBIS and weather sealing would sell like hotcakes. Many Fujifilm users have been crying out for a smaller SLR-style camera with these two features for a while. What would you like to see in a new mid-range camera from Fujifilm? Let us know in the comment section below.

Brett Day

Brett Day is the Gear Editor at The Phoblographer and has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. Brett has his own photography business that focuses on corporate events and portraiture. In his spare time, Brett loves to practice landscape and wildlife photography. When he's not behind a camera, he's enjoying life with his wife and two kids, or he's playing video games, drinking coffee, and eating Cheetos.