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5th Edition - What X-Series Camera Should I Buy?

Posted by Leigh Diprose

 

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With a range of X-Series models currently on offer, I thought it would be a good idea to release the latest edition of this guide to help inform you where each X-Series camera sits in the current range.  

Like the previous articles in this series I hope this real world guide can answer some of the questions you might have about a particular X-Series model, however if by chance your burning question can't be answered by reading this, then feel free to type it in the comments section below.

To start with I've mapped out the current range of X-Series cameras to provide you with a basic visual guide on how the image quality differs between each current model. I also mapped out a vertical graph on the same chart to provide insight into where each X-Series camera would sit from a enthusiast and professional users point of view.

 

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 FUJIFILM X-T1 & X-T1 GRAPHITE SILVER

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Now with Version 4.0 Firmware the Fujifilm X-T1 is a camera that certainly has got a lot of photographers talking.

The Fujiflm X-T1 certainly boasts some amazing features, which include a brand new auto focus system, a super fast electronic shutter, a classic chrome film simulation mode and so much more! The biggest update to come out in Firmware version 4.0 has been the camera's faster AF focusing system. Whether it's sports, portraits, wildlife, landscapes, weddings or street photograhy the X-T1 is now an 'allrounder' because of this. 

The new focus system (which is the same as the new X-T10) can be broken down into different categories. I would recommend watching the following video that explains the new focus system further.

 

 

It's also worth a mention that the 8-frames-per-second high speed continuous shooting mode doesn't miss a beat with the newly developed UHS-II SDHC memory cards combined with the new auto focus system. What's even better is the camera maintains focus in between each individual frame. I really think this has opened the doors to the sports and wildlife photographers out there who need fast focus and a high frame rate.

Probably the hardest choice you'll have to make when it comes to this camera is deciding the colour!

The new focus system also has auto macro freeing up another button that can be used for other purposes.

Whistles and bells aside, the X-T1 black and graphite silver certainly have got everyone talking. Why? Well it's really simple actually, this is the camera that every serious Fujifilm photographer has been asking for. Let me explain, firstly there were many people who wanted a X-Series camera that would survive rain, hail or shine, Fujifilm answered in the form of this magnesium alloy, weather sealed body. Secondly the buttons and dials have been developed to put all of the controls in front of the photographer. One of these changes has been the additional ISO dial, which not only frees up the function button on the top of the camera, but it also allows the photographer to change their drive modes underneath the ISO control (on a separate dial). Photographers will also be seeing more clearly thanks to the massive, and I mean massive, electronic viewfinder which you only have to look through once to fall in love with. 

Photographing with the Fujifilm X-T1 is simply a joy. One feature you'll appreciate is camera's ability to photograph in low light situations, personally I've found the image quality to be superb at ISO 3200. Images are clean with minimal noise. If you go to the opposite end of the scale when light is plentiful, the new electronic shutter (from 1/4000 second to 1/32,000 second) becomes a huge benefit to those photographing in bright conditions with the XF 56mm f1.2, XF 56mm f1.2 APD or new XF 90mm F2 lens. 

I almost forgot to mention one of the most important elements of this camera, the accessories! One stand out accessory which I think every landscape photographer will need will be the optional Fujifilm XT1 Battery Grip. Let me explain why, I'll have to take you back to the X-E2 for the full explanation. The Fujifilm X-E2 is a great camera, there's no doubt about it, but it does have a slight downfall when compared to the X-T1. When a landscape photographer goes out on a shoot they will typically have a tripod quick release plate screwed into the base of the camera. The disadvantage is the tripod quick release plate blocks both the battery and the memory card, making it quite frustrating and time consuming for the photographer to change either of these....not anymore....enter the X-T1. The Fujifilm development team have been working hard on a solution and now the X-T1 is here their work is done! The X-T1 now has the SD memory card slot on the side of the camera and when the XT1 battery grip is in place it also has a side loading battery! Now landscape photographers can leave their quick released plates mounted permanently! Problem solved!

Okay, to sum up. I personally would buy this camera, firstly for the image quality, secondly for the auto focus system closely followed by the weather resistant body and lastly for the light weight design. Saying this, I would highly recommend this camera for the professional landscape, wedding, commercial and street photographers. Since the release of the new Firmware Version 4.0 I would also recommend this camera now for sports and wildlife photographers.

You'll find this camera a joy to use and I could confidently say you will be amazed by the image quality, especially at high ISO's like 3200. So, I challenge you to get one of these cameras into your hands and have a play around and decide for yourself.

 

 

FUJIFILM X-T10

 

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There's a lot of hype when a new Fujiflm X Series camera model is announced and when the Fujiflm X-T10 came to market it certainly had it's fair share of excitment....and comparison.

Don't be fooled though by the 'baby brother of the XT1' as this camera stands by itself, due to it's unique form, functionality and the same image quality that X-Series users have grown to love.

A few of the noticable asthetic differences between the X-T10 and X-T1 can be found on the top of the camera. The X-T10 lacks a dedicated ISO dial, however this isn't a problem due to the vast number of function buttons that are scattered around the camera. A user simply needs to press and assign the ISO menu to one of these buttons and they'll be photographing in no time. You may also notice a new 'Manual / Auto' switch that has appeared on top of the X-T10. What this means for the photographer is they could have full control over the camera in manual mode, or if they decided to give their camera to someone who's never picked one up before, they just need to flick the switch to Auto and the camera will take care of the settings for them.

If you've used the Fujifilm X30 before you won't see much difference when looking through the viewfinder of the X-T10, it's essentialy the same one. You'll notice a difference if you've come from the X-T1 though due to it's larger sized viewfinder. Putting the X-T1 aside, the X-T10's viewfinder is still very easy to see through and a joy to photograph with. The resulting image quality is exactly the same as the more expensive X-T1.

What the X-T10 brought to the X-Series system was quite remarkable. Upon release we saw the new Auto Focus system for the first time, it's something Fujifilm users were asking for and it seems the Fujifilm R&D department listened (again) to your feedback. Fujifilm's support has continued to wow fans with the roll out of this focus system to the X-T1 in Firmware Version 4.0, however it's unclear whether or not this feature will roll out to other X-Series cameras in the line up.

So, why would you choose the X-T10 over another X-Series camera?

Well the way I would put it is, if you don't mind a camera that has a smaller viewfinder and no vertical battery grip accessory then the X-T10 is for you. Also if the camera will be used by muliple people who have no or little understanding of how to use a camera then the X-T10 is a perfect option due to the full automatic over ride - it's the perfect family camera.

 

 

FUJIFILM X-E2


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Bound by precision and class, the Fujifilm X-E2 is everything you were ever hoping a high end camera should be. Not only does the new Fujifilm X-E2 look great but it also delivers exceptional image quality thanks to some clever gadgetry. Found within the inner workings lies a second generation X-Trans CMOS sensor, which performs effortlessly when capturing a scene, and coupled with the second generation processor this combination is simply unstoppable. In my opinion this camera is a work horse, offering faster focus, better video and more operational versatility, it's like the previous Fujifilm X-E1 put on a black dinner jacket and said 'shaken, not stirred'.
 
Some notable features also include the same Lens Modulation Optimiser (LMO) found in the X30 & X100T. Explained: This clever feature knows every characteristic of the lens and camera so if there is any diffraction which may occur within the image, the LMO corrects it without altering the perfect optical data in your photo! Ultra cool! Fujifilm have also added a few custom function buttons, which allow you to customise a specific function to them. This feature gives the controls back to the photographer so they can conjure up their own shooting solution - the result smiles all round :)

It should also be noted due to phase detection pixels found in the newer sensor, focus modes have been improved. Digital Split Image, Focus Peaking Highlight and Manual Focus form the new 'focus arsenal'. So now the result should be a smoother, faster, and more accurate focus (when compared to the X-E1). It's hasn't been confirmed whether or not there will be a new firmware updates for the X-E2, one can only hope.
Based on my experience with this camera, I would certainly stack the X-E2's image quality up against a more expensive full frame digital SLR from other brands. This camera would be the perfect travel, street shooter or just general workhorse, whether it's capturing weddings, studio portraits or commercial jobs, the X-E2 should handle it. 

 

FUJIFILM X100T

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The Fujifilm X100T is almost physically identically to the previous X100s, however it's on the inside where most of the changes have taken place. After listening to photography community around the world Fujifilm updated the old Hybrid Viewfinder to a new one, the photographer now has the option to adjust brightness as well as select a new electronic rangefinder mode. Looking at the final image results on the back of the X100T should be much easier, as the camera now features a larger 3.0 inch 1.04 million dot LCD screen. 

The X100T has also had some adoptions from other models in the X-Series range like the ±3 stop exposure compensation dial found on the X-T1. There's also been an electronic shutter added (also found on the X-T1 & X-T10), which allows photographers to shoot at 1/32,000 of a second. Additonally Fujiflm updated the lens to include 1/3 step incriments on the aperture ring, something many photographers had asked for.

The film simulation modes where also added to with the new "Classic Chrome' mode, which was originally introduced to the X-T1 Graphite Silver. When this film simulation mode is selected it will certainly take many photographers back to the days of shooting 'classic films' which were normally associated with wedding or portrait photography.

Lastly the X100T now features 7 customizable function (Fn) buttons which enables the user to assign multiple functions. I find these function buttons extremely handy when photographing. Having used various systems in the past, I'm now able to customise my photogrpahy setup so I don't miss a shot. It's like I can have my own personal setup which is unique to me. What's even better is the team who developed the X100T have gone a step further to allow the user to change what is displayed in the Quick (Q) menu, making it really easy for a photographer to personalise their own shooting menu.

Overall this camera has been highly praised by the photography community due to it's features and superb image quality. It would be safe to say that this camera has found a home in many photographers bags, and will continue to do so.

 

  

FUJIFILM X30

 

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If I were to buy a small compact pro camera this would be it. Why?

Let me tell you, the Fujifilm X30 has been built on top of the popular X20 with lots of added bonuses. Bonuses like a Real Time Viewfinder, a finder which is said to be the largest, fastest and brightest in its class at the time of release. I know if I was looking through a camera I would want the best view, wouldn't you?

The battery life is now approximately 1.8x longer than the X20 thanks to the bigger NP-95 battery so you won't have to spend your life looking for a wall socket to charge your battery. An additional bonus is the X30 features the same Wifi remote camera shooting found on the X-T1. If you're ever out and about then this transfer function is a great way to share your photos.  The Wifi will also allow you to geotag, transfer images wirelessly, view and obtain images, print to an Instax Share Printer and PC save, not bad for a compact hey?

You may have already read about the new 'Classic Chrome' film simulation mode?

If you haven't, this mode is also found on the X-T1, X-T10 and X100T. It will allow the photographer to replicate the 'classic' slide films you may have used in the past. Classic Chrome can provide a very pleasing look if you're taking portraits or just want to have a bit of fun. The Fujifilm X30 also features a control ring around the lens that can be turned to change your shutter speed or aperture and various other settings.

There are a host of many other features found on this camera, too many to write here, so if you would like to know more about the camera I would recommend watching one of the Fuji Guys' videos seen here. Billy's an expert when it comes to talking about X-Series cameras.

My personal view of the camera is that it's been well thought out. With the history of X-Series cameras I think Fujifilm have really learned from the community and created this range of cameras with much thought and attention to detail. I think the X30 will be a welcome model for many professional, enthusiast and amateur photographers photographing locally or abroad. 

 

 

 

FUJIFILM XQ2

 

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The 12 megapixel Fujifilm XQ2 still shares the same size as the previous XQ1. Boasting a stylish control ring located around the lens, the operation of this camera has been well thought out. The control ring can be customised to operate some of your favourite settings, like exposure compensation, shutter speed or aperture making it an great feature to have. 

I would recommend this camera if you are after something lightweight and portable. When held in the hand, the XQ2 feels like it should be explored, the high resolution large 3 inch LCD provides a window into a photographic world. Owners will be able to use the stabilised 4x optical zoom to get closer to their subjects, while maintaining a clear sharp image. With a remarkable aperture range of f1.8 - f4.9, the lens itself has been designed by Fujinon to withstand low light situations, especially at the wider angle of 25mm. This camera is a must have for any photographer wanting a point and shoot compact that is small and lightweight.

I hope you found this latest edition helpful and If you have any questions about any of the cameras mentioned in this article please let us know.

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