Fuji has changed the game moving back to retro controls and design on their cameras since the introduction of the Fujifilm x100 in 2010 . They've done so with style, finesse and quality much to the appreciation of the camera enthusiast. Using Fuji's depth of experience creating film, they have digitally simulated the organic look of their film stocks into the X series. A feat in itself for its wide use and popularity relative to the kind of traction others are able to generate.
Hype or Highs (Reality)?
So is all the rave justified? I believe they are! Fujifilm has always taken a non-traditional approach in designing their sensors. From the super CCD (2003), the super CCD EXR (2008) to the X-trans sensors of today, Fuji has innovated and differentiated itself from the pack by designing proprietary sensors that focused on color reproduction and overall quality of "still images." Taking cues from analog film photography, Fuji designed the arrangement of red, green and blue photosites more randomly than in conventional Bayer array sensors. This minimizes moiré effects eliminating the need for a low-pass filter, which, in turn, boosts resolution and sharpness. Video and other bells and whistles are secondary as of this post.
Image Quality (Samples)
'I have only shot with an X-T10 on three occassions and the results were nothing short of my high expectations. With only a Fujinon 18-55 F2.8-4, I produced out of the camera jpg files that CAN RIVAL post processed images in color, skin-tone, contrast, sharpness and detail. Being adept at Photoshop that's a tall claim.
To hopefully illustrate my point here are some ambient shots in Chinatown. Adjustments in post include contrast and vignette tweaks as well as those discussed below.
Yet another new mall. That Asian kitty with her paw up is actually calling customers/ money. She's a popular figure/ symbol for luck to the Buddhist Chinese. -Some lens distortion on the widest-end at 18mm (still less than what you would get on a Nikkor 24/1.8G). Converging lines were corrected in post.
I'm looking forward shooting with the camera more and fitting it with primes in the future when I start missing 1.x apertures.
Overall, the controls are different/ confusing compared to my Nikon bodies or DSLR's in general. For instance shutter speed manual adjustment uses the front wheel/ dial instead of the rear wheel/ dial. You need to flip a SWITCH on the LENS to shoot in Aperture Priority Mode. They become intuitive the more I use it though.
Auto Focus Performance
AF is spot on, fast and confident in both Viewfinder and Live View shooting Modes. Hunting only happened on one frame during the three (3) iccassions I shot with the camera. Manual Focus using the lens focusing ring with auto zoom preview in the LCD and viewfinder is nifty and effective for that purpose.
Auto ISO is handy and well-implemented. Use it with the compensation dial to tweak exposure to taste. The output from the full auto mode is so good that you can forget everything you know about photography and just shoot like you would with an iPhone. Just flip a lever and your are in "photography for dummies" mode. You can further adjust the look of the photo using the compensation dial next to the shutter release and also applying very specific scenes settings (i.e.: fireworks) to tailor your shot futher without leaving auto.
Some limitations I don't like are:
You can't rotate images when reviewing them....bad for chimping vertical shots. Image review time is limited to 0.5 and 1.5 secs and continuous. I have mine set on 1.5 but the display shuts-off in less than a sec! (Scouts honor) No LCD/ camera standby. Just auto-off which is totally alien in the DSLR world.... a real "WhattheF" moment!
Size and Weight
The camera is light and portable that's why I bought one but for top quality photography, I still prefer using a hefty DSLR. Buying a Fuji leather body cover helped made the grip chunkier to hold so it feels more secure and stable now for my medium to large sized hands.
XT-10 Compared and Final Notes
All the great stuff I just mentioned about great image quality straight out of the camera is not as unique to Fuji nowadays. Cameras have started removing AA filters on their sensors too with perhaps tweaks on the design of the sensors and processing algorithms so that Jpgs appear razor sharp, detailed and saturated. Check out the user galleries in flickr for the Nikon D5500 and D500 and compare them with the latest camera in the X Series X-Pro2.
I have actually decided to get a Fujifilm X-T10 over the new highly regarded LUMIX GX-85. If you're all about "Still Photgraphy" and want an easy to carry camera, I think this is the best out there in terms of image quality, value and design/ styling.
Here are the images of the X-T10 with a brass shutter button accessory and Fuji brand leather body case.
The blog is about the Philippines... the less photographed side of it. My hope is that as I develop the series, the story I tell about trivial life in the country resonates with its readers.