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What Should You Expect When You Use The X-T10?

Posted by Leigh Diprose

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Well by now you should have heard about the all new Fujifilm X-T10, if not let me lift up that rock you’ve been hiding under.

The X-T10 is quite an interesting little camera that packs a punch in terms of performance and quality.

I’ve had a few people ask me whether or not the X-T10 will be a good option as a backup body and in my professional opinion I would say yes to the fact that the image quality is superb like the X-T1, however if you own a X-T1 I would likely say you might find this camera slightly different to your flagship body. It doesn’t take long though to get used to the workings of the X-T10 as they’ve kept the setup very similar. On the other hand though if you own a X-E2 or an X-E1 then this newer camera is definitely worth a look as well.

The differences on the X-T10 when compared with the X-T1 can mostly be found in the button configuration, viewfinder, on board flash and weather sealing. Apart from those four major differences the X-T10 still packs an incredible image quality that many X-Series photographers rave about.   

You would think that removing the ISO dial on the camera would actually inhibit your photography, this certainly wasn’t the case for me when I started using this camera. This is because, the clever people behind the design have strategically integrated 7 custom function buttons around the camera that make it super easy to program in popular functions like ISO and Focus Modes. I found by changing the video record button (function button) to an ISO button allowed me to easily operate the camera the way I wanted it to work. Having this simple custom ability surrounding the camera really does make quite a difference in how you photograph the world around you. So, no matter what camera you’ve used previously I’m sure you’re hands will be at home when you hold the X-T10.

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Something to note about the X-T10 is also the size of the camera. Personally whenever I photograph with this camera I find I’m in the need for a hand grip (which is currently on order). This hand grip is essential for me due to large hands and I also find that it balances the body with the larger XF lenses currently in Fujifilm’s range.

So I suppose I should answer the most common question I’m asked…
Should I buy the X-T10 or X-T1?
Well here are my thoughts in summary.

If you’re a sports photographer or wildlife photographer I would recommend you go with the X-T1 (remember there’s a $200 cash back on the X-T1 at the moment). The reason I say this is due to the fact that the X-T1 is able to use UHS II memory cards (around 280MB/sec), which means you’ll be able to record 8 photos per second for a longer period of time. The X-T10 doesn’t have the ability to record photos as fast as the X-T1 as it can’t use UHS-II memory cards to their full capacity.

If you photograph landscapes, street photography or documentary photography then I would say the X-T10 would be a perfect camera due to it’s small lightweight form. The X-T10 certainly isn’t going to take away from what the X-T1 or X100T offers, but rather it will offer something of a smaller camera (when compared with the X-T1) and more lens choices (than the X100T). What I like about his camera for these photography genres is that you can still use the electronic shutter and all the film simulation modes that many of the photographers have fallen in love with.

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Now about those wedding photographers out there, the X-T10 currently is a camera that’s turning a lot of heads due to the incredible focus system found within its appealing body. This revolutionary focus system will be rolling out to the X-T1, but considering the X-T10 had it first I would strongly recommend that wedding photographers pick up this little camera and give it a go. Why? Because it really does change the way you shoot. I’ve found that since I’ve used the X-T10 I’ve been enjoying the zone focus modes and low light shooting hasn’t been a problem. It’s this very reason I would recommend you obtain one of these cameras as a backup body. I’m not saying it’s going to replace an X-T1 or a X-Pro1, it won’t. What I’m saying is it will just be very handy (and smart)  to have a not-so-expensive camera in your bag as a backup that still offers the same image quality that you require for weddings.

So hopefully this is a small insight in what you should expect with the X-T10 when compared against the higher priced X-T1 camera. Now, this of course is my observation on the camera based on my own use. I’m sure many of your views may differ. What I would encourage you to do though is head into your local Fujifilm stockist and pick up one of these camera and actually give it a go. That’s the only way you’ll know, and if the X-T10 isn’t for you, you probably find the X-T1 fills that gap (especially with the $200 cash back on at the moment).

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