Test Review: Fujifilm X-T10

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The New Fujifilm X-T10

The New Fujifilm X-T10

The X-T10 is Fujifilm’s newest X-series camera. The camera has an APS-C-sized sensor made by Fujifilm (X-Trans CMOS II) and offers an image resolution of 16 MP.

The test box shot shows a slight shift of neutral gray tones into the yellowish or greenish area of the colour space. Detail reproduction is very good; even the metal elements on the circuit board or reflections of the chrome sphere in the centre are shown clearly.

The test box shot shows a slight shift of neutral gray tones into the yellowish or greenish area of the colour space. Detail reproduction is very good; even the metal elements on the circuit board or reflections of the chrome sphere in the centre are shown clearly.

Comments on Image Quality
Colour: The Fujifilm X-T10 performed well in our colour test. The colours in standard mode are highly saturated (117.5 percent average colour saturation). Some nuances are highly overdrawn like darker blue nuances and darker green tones, while red nuances and especially skin tones are shown with a more natural saturation. The automatic white-balance system caused a shift of gray tones into the green and yellow area. This is noticeable in our test box shot (gray background) and our portrait shot (nearly white background).

The Fujifilm X-T10 had very nice skin tones and high differentiation of red colours (the fabric of the t-shirt).

The Fujifilm X-T10 had very nice skin tones and high differentiation of red colours (the fabric of the t-shirt).

Sharpness: Anti-noise filtering generates a smoothing effect on fine details. The X-T10 compensates for this effect by additional sharpness filtering. This is noticeable in our model’s hair in the portrait shot, for example. The high-resolution test result of 3124 of 3264 lines per picture height is accompanied by some over-shoot effects and “clipping” warnings by our ImaTest software. Due to this effect, hard contrast lines in the image may show a double contour line.

Noise: The Fujifilm X-T10 keeps luminance noise to a very low level. The y-factor stays far below 1.0 percent; even in ISO 6400 mode, it is only 0.61 percent. The camera achieves this effect by increasing the anti-noise filtering. This filter system keeps colour noise on a low level too. Colour noise artifacts (smoothed by filtering) are only noticeable in images taken with ISO 3200 and ISO 6400, and they are really inconspicuous. The dynamic-range results are a little disappointing for a Fujifilm camera with X-Trans CMOS sensor. The X-T10 achieved a maximum of only 10.3 f-stops.

The new Fujifilm offers a lot of function buttons and set-up dials. Using the lens system in “A” mode and the “A” setting on the shutter-speed dial places the user in (program) automatic mode.

The new Fujifilm offers a lot of function buttons and set-up dials. Using the lens system in “A” mode and the “A” setting on the shutter-speed dial places the user in (program) automatic mode.

Comments on Handling
The X-T10 is the newest of Fujifilm’s mirrorless system cameras in the X-series. It is a less expensive and, in some aspects, more “basic” version of the top system X-T1. The body of the camera is a little smaller and lighter (by 60 grams) than the X-T1, but the design remains retro-style, especially when you look at the clearly defined edges and the “prism bulge” on the top of the X-T10. But the new camera uses an electronic viewfinder system with a very small LCD. This electronic viewfinder has a 2.36-million-dot resolution and a really brilliant, crisp image, but it isn’t as large as the X-T1 version (with the same resolution). While the X-T1 offers a 0.77x factor for the field of view, the X-T10 viewfinder offers a 0.62x scaling factor. Nevertheless, working with the X-T10 viewfinder is very comfortable. The camera has a lot of additional features like an electronic level system as overlay function. In addition its focus peaking makes manual focusing more comfortable.

It is very comfortable to handle the camera. The many function elements and set-up dials give direct access to shutter speed, aperture size, EV compensation and more. Shutter speed can be controlled by the large dial on the top, offering standard EV steps like 1/250, 1/500 and 1/1000 second. Intermediate shutter-speed settings can be reached by pressing the set-up dial on the back. Using the “Q” button on the back starts a quick menu on the screen that allows the user to set up important settings like image size, file format and more directly. Using the lens ring to change aperture size is as comfortable and intuitive as working with an analogue SLR system, but the lens ring of the Fujifilm X-T10 can be used for additional parameters too.

The interfaces of the X-T10 are located on the left-hand side of the camera. In addition to USB and HDMI, the camera offers a combi port that can be used as microphone jack or as an interface for an optional remote control (2.5 mm).

The interfaces of the X-T10 are located on the left-hand side of the camera. In addition to USB and HDMI, the camera offers a combi port that can be used as microphone jack or as an interface for an optional remote control (2.5 mm).

The camera offers many individual settings and customer-defined functions. The photographer can change the direction of the focus dial on the lens system, for example, because lens focusing is based on a servo system that allows the reversal of direction from “near” to “infinity” settings. With many other settings that can be defined by the user, beginners maybe a bit confused, while professional users will value the maximum flexibility.

The LCD monitor isn't fully articulated but can be flipped up- and downward. The camera can toggle automatically between the electronic viewfinder (with eye sensor) and this screen.

The LCD monitor isn’t fully articulated but can be flipped up- and downward. The camera can toggle automatically between the electronic viewfinder (with eye sensor) and this screen.

The camera doesn’t offer an internal stabilization system and instead depends on an optical stabilization in the lenses. Fujifilm has some lenses with these systems, but they also have many wide-angle and lenses like the 56 mm, the 60 mm macro and others with no stabilization system. And of course using many third-party lenses, which are mounted by an adapter system, would mean working without image stabilization.

For easy menu navigation and parameter set-up, the camera has a parameter dial near the top and a 4-way control field on the back. The “Q” button opens a quick menu for basic camera functions and image parameters.

For easy menu navigation and parameter set-up, the camera has a parameter dial near the top and a 4-way control field on the back. The “Q” button opens a quick menu for basic camera functions and image parameters.

Pros
+ compact-system camera with a high quality finish
+ electronic viewfinder with very high resolution (2.36 million RGB dots), but not as large as the very big X-T1 viewfinder
+ easy handling with a lot of filter effects including film simulation like “classic chrome”
+ Wi-Fi function

Cons
– swivel LCD not fully articulated; LCD an only be flipped up- and downward
– the many function settings in the menu navigation may confuse or overwhelm beginners
– no internal image (sensor shift) stabilizer; stabilization depends on optical systems by the lenses

This review is based on precise lab tests conducted by BetterNet GmbH and provided by the Technical Imaging Press Association (TIPA). TIPA is the largest family of independent photo and imaging magazines worldwide. Photo Life is an active member of TIPA.

SPEC SHEET: Fujifilm X-T10
BASIC TECHNICAL DATA:
Resolution 4896 x 3264
Resolution sensor 16.7
Size of sensor (in inches) 0/0.00
Size of sensor (in mm) 23.6 x 15.6
LENSES:
Focal length (wide angle; 35-mm equivalent; in mm) 27
Focal length (tele; 35-mm equivalent; KB in mm) 83
Focal length (wide angle; real; in mm) 18.0
Focal length (tele; real; KB in mm) 55.0
Speed 2.8 – 4.0
Macro 30 – 40
Manual focus, controlled by function elements no
Manual focus, controlled with lens ring yes
TAKING PICTURES:
Start-up time (in sec) 0.75
Shutter delay without pre-focusing (in sec) 0.19
Shutter delay with pre-focusing (in sec) 0.01
Continuous shooting speed (frames per second) 8.0
Max. burst during continuous shooting speed 8.0
Fastest shutter speed (in sec) 1/32000
Long time exposure/shutter speed (in sec) 30
Self-timer yes
Exposure Settings:
Aperture pre-setting, shutter-speed pre-setting, manual exposure settings,
automatic bracketing, time-lapse photography
Exposure programs 14
White balance:
Auto yes
White-balance settings 7
Individual white balance yes
ISO:
ISO min 200
ISO max 6400
ISO steps 16
Manual ISO control yes
FLASH:
Integrated flash yes
Flash Mode:
On, off, automatic flash, slow-sync, anti-red-eye, rear-curtain sync
External Flash:
X-sync no
Accessory shoe yes
FILE FORMATS:
Standard file formats JPEG, RAW, DCF
JPEG compression grades: 3
LCD AND PREVIEW:
Size (in inches) 3.0
Resolution of LCD (in pixels) 920000
Zoom mode during preview yes
Index during preview yes
Slideshow during preview yes
VIDEO:
Video available yes
Max. width 1920
Max. height 1080
Picture frequency 60
POWER SOURCE:
Rechargeable battery yes
Battery type Li-Ion
Battery charger included yes
Power connector no
Power supply unit no
STORAGE SYSTEM:
Supported memory cards SD card, SDHC card, SDXC card
PC CONNECTION:
PC connection USB 2.0, HDMI, WLAN
TV out PAL/NTSC HDMI
DIMENSIONS:
Dimensions (width x height x depth; in mm) 118 x 82 x 40
Weight (body without battery and memory card; in g) 381
ACCESSORIES:
Docking station no
Printed manual yes
Manual on CD yes
Bag no
Remote control no

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