Fujifilm has done well with digital cameras that combine the latest autofocus technology and fast operational speeds with a retro style that triggers a touch of nostalgia among its potential audience, largely passionate about photography.
While its black livery, leatherette surface and grip isn’t a major change from models like its manufacturer’s X-Ditching0 and X-T4 cameras, the new X-S10 is more modernist in appearance. and in sensation – similar to a Sony E-mount camera in fact.
It achieves this contemporary style while retaining the retrospective Fuji features, including its film simulation modes and fun retro effects, such as a pinhole-style “toy camera” or a monkey-lens miniaturization mode. tilt and offset.
Unsurprisingly, the camera behaves like a model that entices new mirrorless users to switch from smartphone to mind, with touchscreen operation offered. However, this price is not negligible really places it in the territory of enthusiasts. So is this an entry-level model with ideas above its station?
As with its manufacturer’s existing X-Ditching0, the base spec here is 26 megapixel resolution delivered via an APS-C sized sensor, which at one point would only be in a much larger DSLR.
But with the removal of the traditional mirror mechanism of a DSLR – hence why cameras, including the X-S10, are called mirrorless models – this one is compact enough that even with a 18-55mm zoom lens bolted to the front, it can pretty much be squeezed into a roomy jacket pocket or man’s bag.
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Fujifilm X-S10 review: design and handling
The Fuji X-S10 lets you compose and view photos and videos through a traditional eye-level camera viewfinder (EVF), or a 180 ° swivel LCD screen directly below – meaning your nose leans against said screen. when using the electronic viewfinder. This monitor can however be rotated to face the subject for anyone looking to take selfies or demo videos for YouTube and the like.
Here too we get the familiar top-plate dials, with no less than three command dials falling under your finger or thumb to scroll through images, magnify them, or quickly access the features we need. For more precise selections, a titchy and therefore inevitably tedious joystick is provided on the backplate instead of a familiar four-way control pad.
It might sound neater, but we found ourselves using it with caution. We were sent the X-T4 in black with a large 16-80mm zoom, such a lens specification meaning that it’s as adept at capturing landscapes in its widest setting as portraits and close-ups at its maximum telephoto setting.
However, pairing it with the already solidly built camera body makes for a combination that is overall heavier and bulkier than the X100V and X-Ditching0 models that are found below in the Fuji line. That said, it’s still a more compact and portable proposition than a mid-range DSLR with an equivalent lens range.
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With a magnesium alloy construction, one of Fuji’s arguments for this camera is that it is a lightweight option. But at 450g, it actually belies that feeling sturdy and stocky in the palm.
Aside from the too small joystick, the build quality is excellent and the dials mentioned above have just what it takes. The largest and most prominent is next to the camera’s viewfinder and is used for selecting shooting modes, which here sees the usual settings of the program, aperture priority, priority to speed and manual, attached to four generous custom modes, an automatic mode, a camera filter and video mode.
This type of setup will be familiar to anyone who has used a consumer DSLR camera or has pointed and photographed an older digital camera and avoids having to dig through menu screens to find such features.
Fujifilm X-S10 review: specifications
While 26-megapixel stills are the primary specification here, the Fuji X-S10 gives users the expected 4K resolution video at a standard capture rate of 30 frames per second. It slightly improves on X-Ditching0 by alternately offering Full HD video up to 240 fps, for anyone looking to shoot sports or action footage and replay it 10 times slower than usual to study each physical detail.
Another real benefit is the built-in image stabilization in the body to prevent camera shake and the resulting image blur when shooting handheld without flash. Handy, as there is no built-in pop-up light here, just a free accessory shoe to attach an optional accessory flash.
Regular shooting is also a big plus, given that the camera can achieve capture speeds, again for these action sequences, of 8 fps using its mechanical shutter, or up to 30 fps. using its electronic shutter. Unlike more professional cameras, we get a single SD card slot rather than a dual one, but at its price point under £ 1000 that’s hardly a deal-breaker.
The Fuji X-T4 retains the X-Ditching sensor and processor – two of the key camera components that are normally replaced and updated for successive generations. So what has changed or improved here?
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We’ve already covered the new shutter and built-in image stabilization unit in our intro. Like most successive generations of digital cameras, additions to these include the fact that the camera’s autofocus performance has also been increased, improved in the areas of eye detection and faces, and now being more precise in tracking moving subjects.
Fittingly, given the “4” in the model name, the X-T4 can also deliver us 4K resolution video, here at up to 60 frames per second relatively cinematic. Alternatively, we can get creative in Full HD resolution thanks to an impressive 240fps capture speed for extreme slow motion results. Perfect when you want to capture every move in sports!
Given these data-hungry demands, the X-T4 luckily has two SD card slots available under a flap on its side, and we’re able to record on them at the same time.
Test of the Fujifilm X-S10: performances
The story of Fuji’s X-S10 is high-end but user-friendly. While there is the usual array of small function buttons on the top plate and back of the camera, the easiest and fastest way to use this camera is to simply turn the top dial. on the “auto” setting, to capture it, aim and photograph.
Fortunately, we found that the camera’s autofocus is laser-like in its precision, capturing the face of a squirrel on a tree, for example, a few feet away. So even if your subject is quite small and touching, the X-S10 can spot it.
Officially, Fuji claims that the camera is, in some cases, as quick to find focus as a 0.02 second blink of an eye.
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Having the electronic viewfinder activate immediately when it detects a nearby eyeball also speeds up operation and turns off the larger touchscreen below without the need for further button presses.
It also prevents your nose from bumping into the LCD screen and inadvertently resulting in a photo. As with the other models in the series, deliberate finger pressure on the screen will direct the AF to that particular point and simultaneously trigger a photo.
Fujifilm X-S10 review: sample images
We enjoyed playing around with the filter effects, accessed by turning the top plate mode dial and Fuji’s film simulation offerings. Our reliable workaround among these settings is the Velvia roll film reproduction option, which increases saturation, really bringing out the blues and greens in landscape scenes with a stunning effect.
The 18-55mm f / 2.8-4 kit lens that we attached manages to keep detail commendably in the corners of the frame. And, when used with the full telephoto / full zoom setting, we were able to achieve defocused backgrounds that isolated our subject and prevented any background distraction, which is perfect for portraits. In short, the Fuji X-S10 is sort of an all-rounder.
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Fuji X-T4 review: verdict
As usual with Fuji, the X-S10 is attractive to a few markets; namely a general public via mirrorless converters for the first time with relatively deep pockets who want to get more convenient control than their smartphone allows, as well as existing photo enthusiasts who want a relatively simple option for their camera bag and their daily use.
While we personally prefer the handling of the compact X-Ditching0 from the same manufacturer, with its mix of manual and automatic operation and traditional photographic-friendly functions, dials and levers, the conclusion here is that the X-S10 offers something for everything. the world.