Fujifilm X-T200 Review

The Fujifilm X-T200 is a kind of bridge between the simplistic mirrorless versions of the company and its more compact cameras. With external exposure sensors and conventional handling, Fujifilm is perhaps better known for its classically-designed X-series cameras. In its X-A series, it also manufactures entry-level mirrorless cameras targeted at first-time users and smartphone upgraders. The X-T200, with simpler settings for novices but an optical viewfinder like the more sophisticated versions, lies right in the middle of these two camera ranges.

With a (much) improved rear screen, quicker encoding, proper 4K video with a ‘digital gimbal’ mode, and upgraded autofocus, the X-T200 follows on from the Fujifilm X-T100. It’s so much safer than Fujifilm may want to look out so its more upmarket cameras don’t start cannibalizing sales, but we think the distinctions are pretty obvious after spending a bit of time with this camera. On paper, the X-T200 looks like a match for the X-T30, but it’s obviously a smaller, smoother camera in your hands. Get this if you like the X-A7 but wish it had a viewfinder. If you want an X-T30 but don’t have enough dollars, we’d recommend saving up for a little while. The X-T200 isn’t any cheaper and might be a disappointment.

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Fujifilm X-T200: Key Features

Fujifilm has been cautious to maintain its better X-series cameras one step behind the lower-end X-T200. The X-T3, X-T30, X-Pro3, and the latest X100V portable, it does not have the 26.1-megapixel X-Trans sensor, making do with a standard 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor. In its own right, this has proven a very good producer, so it’s not the downside that it might seem.

In order to accommodate 4K video at up to 30fps (unlikely the insufficient 15fps in the X-T100), Fujifilm has upgraded both the sensor and the processor in this camera with 3.5x faster processing that is said to minimize any ‘rolling shutter’ effect. This camera can also capture ‘HDR film’ that blends images in a form that we have yet to investigate at multiple exposures, and a ‘digital gimbal’ that uses an in-camera gyro and an electronic stabilization algorithm to smooth out the footage. However, this would decrease the field of vision, presumably because the camera needs room to be able to change the framing.

The X-T200 can consistently fire at 8 frames per second and, along with improved face and eye recognition, has an upgraded hybrid AF system covering the entire picture.

And the X-T200 is 80g smaller than the old X-T100, which was not a heavyweight of its own, considering the current 3.5-inch 16:9 vari-angle rear screen. It will come in Silver, Dark Silver, and Champagne, and will usually be bundled with the Fujinon XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ package lens.

Fujifilm X-T200: Build and Handling

Any of the X-T200 and more sophisticated Fujifilm cameras, such as the X-T30 and X-T3, are instantly apparent. It’s much smaller, with a more plasticky feel for a start, and lacks the external shutter speed and controls of the lens aperture. Instead, it’s set out just like standard digital cameras – a calculated move, we’re advised, to make it more readily understandable for novices.

It’s a bit more than just a basic ‘novice’ camera, however. For popular camera settings, it has twin control dials, adjustable feature buttons and a ‘Q’ fast menu. It is part of the more basic mirrorless camera series from Fujifilm, but it has features and controls to accommodate most mid-range cameras.

Compared to higher-end X-series models, such as the X-T30 onwards, the lightweight construction and plastic construction sound a little inexpensive, but the X-T200 nonetheless looks like a well put together camera that has put a bit of thought into its architecture. Interestingly, there’s no four-way controller on the back; instead, a small joystick has been added by Fujifilm to set the AF point and navigation menu. It’s nice in some respects because it keeps the back of the camera mostly free of buttons which could get pushed unintentionally – and because the large flip-out panel doesn’t leave a lot of space for controls anyway.

The joystick is fine, but a central press ‘OK’ operation has been introduced by Fujifilm, which is a bit too quick to unintentionally trigger. It’s the persistent question of multi-function controls-when you want to ‘press’ you’click ‘.

However, the large 3.5-inch vari-angle touchscreen is the star product. The X-A7 is the only other Fujifilm camera that has this, and it’s a shame that you don’t have this on the higher-end models as well. The computer has a 16:9 ratio that’s great for recording and it flips round to the front for selfies and vlogging.

The outside controls of the X-T200 are more complex than they seem. There’s a single control dial for most cameras in this market, but the X-T200 has three. Two of these are on the right side of the frame, one near the release of the shutter and one below the release where the thumb lies, but on the left side of the camera there is a third, wider dial. This loops by default through the various Film Emulation models, displaying the present style on the left and the alternate versions on the right in a split-screen rendition. It’s a great plan, executed beautifully.

We like the Fujinon XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ package lens in general, too. It is quite small and its power-zoom feature means it retracts to make the camera/lens kit very lightweight when the sensor is turned off. However, the zoom operation is not very quick, and we can never remember which way to turn the ring in/out to zoom. When flipping between stills and video or beginning filming, it often tends to shunt about for no apparent reason. A mixed blessing may be electronic zoom control from the camera body.

This lens’s minimum focal length of 15 mm is typically longer than the average kit lens, giving an equivalent focal length of 23.5 mm-not bad at all. On the other hand, for a kit lens, the 45mm limit (67.5mm effective) is pretty short.

Fujifilm X-T200: Performance

The minimum focal length of this lens of 15 mm is usually longer than the normal kit lens, giving a 23.5 mm comparable focal length-not bad at all. On the other hand, the 45mm cap (67.5mm effective) is pretty short for a kit lens.

Our normal laboratory research protocols have been postponed by current coronavirus lockout constraints, but we will update the analysis as soon as they are done.

We find the experience with autofocus very mixed. The click AF and touch shutter options are truly useful for still photography. The AF modes are rather complicated and most cameras offer two (focus mode and range of focus point/area) with three menu choices. The focus mode options of the X-T200 are basic enough (single AF, continuous AF), and the AF mode options are plain enough-single location, region, wide/tracking and all-but there is a third Focus Area menu where the position and size of the AF point can be set, and there is some confounding crossover with the AF modes here. This menu is disabled for certain AF modes, and you can adjust the size of the focus point and even the area (single point, region, full) with others in a way that duplicates or contradicts the AF Mode menu.

It shouldn’t take long for owners to find out all of this, but camera novices and beginners may feel like they’ve been thrown into the deep end.

A little more hit and miss appeared to be the AF output in burst and video modes. When shooting, we tested an aggressive dog playing fetch with a lot of action all across the frame and into the camera and got some pretty hit and miss outcomes. We’ll try a slower dog next time (or a bit more practice).

A nice concept is a digital gimbal. It helps, we presume, to keep topics focused by changing frames. However, it only works with Full HD footage. When you choose this, the 4K feature is disabled.

Fujifilm X-T200: Specifications

Sensor: 24.2MP APS-C CMOS
Autofocus: Hybrid phase/contrast AF
ISO range: 200-12,800 (exp. 100-51,200)
Max image size: 6,000 x 4,000
Metering modes: 256-zone, multi, spot, average
Video: 4K UHD, 30/25/24p
Viewfinder: OLED EVF, 2.36m dots
Memory card: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS I)
Max burst: 8fps
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Size: 121.0 x 83.7 x 55.1mm
Weight: 370g (including battery and memory card)

Fujifilm X-T200: Conclusion

We liked the original X-T100 for its clean lines and user-friendly features, but the X-T200 adds a large, vari-angle touchscreen, vastly better 4K camera features, and enhanced autofocus. The app is geared at first time consumers, but it’s still a strong camera. As long as you don’t equate it to the Fujifilm X-T30, the X-T200 looks like a professionally made and well built camera. The XC 14-45mm kit lens has a convenient wide-angle focal length, but the slow and inaccurate electrical zooming is irritating.

The X-T200 is a perfect camera for the photographer who wants a fast and sophisticated photo-quality body. It looks as though it has turned towards lower-cost still photography and more towards the film, but with the price rising to a different degree. We like X-T200, and we particularly like the wide 3.5-inch touchscreen. If only higher-end X-series cameras got it! We’d like it a lot better if it didn’t cost too much.

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