The Fuji X-T1 is one of our favorites due to its sturdy construction, retro appearance reminiscent of SLR cameras, classic controls, and exceptional image quality. Other wonderful small systems or mirrorless cameras are now available, but the Fuji X-T1 is one of our favorites.
We are not the only ones who feel this way; it has also garnered a lot of support from amateur and professional photographers who are searching for a more compact (and funkier) alternative to an SLR camera.
There is the Fuji X-T10, a somewhat more compact mini-me version of the Fuji X-T1 that utilizes the same APS-C format 16-megapixel X Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor as the Fuji X-E2 and Fuji X100T. The Fuji X-T10 is available.
This sensor also has phase detection autofocusing points, which are an integral component of the camera’s hybrid AF technology. Fuji says that this system has a focus time of under 0.06 seconds.
Fujifilm X-T10 Build Quality
Even though it does not have the weather-resistant design of the X-T1, just like the other CSCs in the X-series, the X-T10 is extremely beautifully put together. It has a structure that is pleasingly sturdy thanks to the use of die-cast magnesium alloy. It has the appearance and feel of a high-quality piece of equipment and is a fitting addition to the X-series family of products.
The X-T10 doesn’t appear to be that much smaller than the X-T1 whether viewed from the front or the back. The new camera, on the other hand, seems to be quite a deal more slender when viewed from above.
Fuji lists the dimensions of the X-T10 as 118.4 x 82.8 x 40.8mm, which is equivalent to 4.7 x 3.3 x 1.6 inches, with a minimum depth of 31.9mm, which is equivalent to 1.3 inches. In comparison, the dimensions of the X-T1 are given as 129.0 x 89.8 x 46.7mm, which is equivalent to 5.0 x 3.5 x 1.8 inches, and a minimum depth of The body of the X-T10 weighs 331 grams (11.7 ounces), whereas the X-T1 weighs 390 grams (13.7 ounces).
The front and back grips are also less obvious, but they nevertheless function extremely well, and the camera feels secure and comfortable in your hand owing in part to their super-grippy coating. I carried it around by the grip for around two hours with the Fujinon XF50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR lens installed, and although it was a touch front-heavy, it felt secure the entire time.
Fujifilm X-T10 Performance
The Fujifilm X-T10 has the same X Trans CMOS II picture sensor and processing engine as the Fujifilm X-T1, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise how high the quality of the photographs produced by the new camera is. Particularly remarkable for a camera with only 16 megapixels is the degree of detail that can be captured by it. This is possible in part because the architecture of the sensor does not call for an anti-aliasing filter, which helps prevent more interference.
Noise is very effectively controlled across the native sensitivity range. Even at the highest setting (ISO 6,400), photos have a good resolution even though the camera is set to its highest sensitivity.
JPEG files recorded using this option have an even pattern of luminance noise that is evident at 100%. Despite this, the files still appear decent, and sufficient detail is present to generate attractive A3 (11.7 x 16.6-inch) prints.
Raw files, as is customary, include some chroma noise, but this can be readily managed, allowing you to strike a nice balance between the noise and the quality of the image.
I would avoid using the maximum setting unless it was necessary to get an image because there is noticeably softening at normal viewing or printing sizes. The JPEGs captured at the lowest expansion setting, ISO 12,800, are pretty good, and even ISO 25,600 produces reasonable results. However, I would avoid using the maximum setting unless it was necessary to get an image.
Fujifilm X-T10 Autofocus
One of the most common complaints regarding the focusing performance of earlier X-series compact system cameras was their inability to track moving targets. The modifications to the focusing mechanism that were introduced by the X-T10, and which are currently being sent out to the X-T1 with a firmware upgrade, are aimed at solving the issue, and there is a significant improvement.
In the Continuous Autofocus mode, it can now pick points or zones around the frame, and the camera will track the subject within the zone or around the frame. Previously, Continuous Autofocus only allowed for a single-point selection.
Even when shooting in Continuous High mode, it is possible to choose between nine individual points or, as described in Build and Handling, move the zone across 15 points. The greatest flexibility is offered when the camera is set to the Single-shot or Continuous Low mode when taking pictures.
In Continuous Wide/Tracking mode, the autofocus performs a fair job of latching onto a moving subject and tracking it throughout the frame; nevertheless, crowded surroundings can be a distraction, and Zone AF or Single point mode is generally a better option than Continuous Wide/Tracking mode.
As long as the active zone or single point is maintained over the subject, the camera performs a decent job, and it can produce crisp photographs in the majority of situations even when the light is low. On a cloudy day and in a covered location, I could get consistently crisp photographs of skateboarders. On a bright sunny day, I could capture consistently fine images of cyclists racing in a triathlon.
Fujifilm X-T10 Specs
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Max resolution||4896 x 3264|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||17 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)|
|Processor||EXR Processor II|
|Color space||sRGB, AdobeRGB|
|Color filter array||X-Trans II CMOS with primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100-51000 (JPEG), 200-6400 (Raw)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||100|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||51200|
|White balance presets||8|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|File format||JPEG (Exif 2.3)Raw (RAF format)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||77|
|Lens mount||Fujifilm X|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD (RGBW)|
|Viewfinder magnification||0.93× (0.62× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Exposure modes||ProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual|
|Flash range||5.00 m (ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe or wireless)|
|Flash modes||Auto, forced flash, slow synchro, flash off, rear-curtain synchro, commander|
|Flash X sync speed||1/180 sec|
|Drive modes||SingleContinuous HighContinuous Low|
|Continuous drive||8.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (10sec. / 2sec. Delay)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (+/- 1 to +/- 3)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p, 24p)|
|Storage types||SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (HDMI Micro (Type D))|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone, cable release)|
|Battery description||NP-W126 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||350|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||381 g (0.84 lb / 13.44 oz)|
|Dimensions||118 x 83 x 41 mm (4.65 x 3.27 x 1.61″)|
|Timelapse recording||Yes (Setting: Interval, Number of shots, Starting time)|
|GPS notes||via smartphone|
Fujifilm X-T10Final Verdict
When a manufacturer below an existing model introduces a new camera model, the biggest challenge for the manufacturer is to make the new model appealing without taking away from the appeal of the existing model. We believe that Fuji has done an exceptionally good job with the X-T10 in this regard.
The X-T1 is now selling on the market for a price that is substantially more than the price of the new camera, which is enticing, but the general construction and feel of the new camera are very comparable.
The most notable distinctions between the Fujifilm X-T10 and the X-T1 are, in addition to the price, the absence of weatherproofing, the reduction in the size of the electronic viewfinder, and the removal of the sensitivity dial.
There is still a lot to offer enthusiast photographers thanks to the fact that the traditional exposure controls are still present, along with many of the features of the X-T1 (including, but not limited to, the sensor and processing engines).
An easier path to the drive modes and a fully automatic override switch, which gives the camera control of exposure, white balance, and color, are added to the new features that make the camera more user-friendly for inexperienced photographers.
Pros & Cons
- Excellent build with traditional controls
- Good value for money
- High-quality images
- Lacks the weatherproofing of the X-T1
- Sensitivity expansion and Advanced Filter options are JPEG-only
- Tilting rather than vari-angle screen