Price: $1190 with 16—50mm lens (street price)
King of high ISO
THE LOW-DOWN: This 16mp camera with an APS sized X-Trans (unique to Fujifilm) sensor is a slightly more affordable version of the highly praised X-T1. It has most of the features of the more expensive camera but with a less elaborate viewfinder. It still has a version of the digital split image focusing aid for manual focus. The 2.36m dot viewfinder is outstanding, complemented by a good resolution tilting LCD. The magnesium alloy body is true to the Fujifilm design form, looking and working like a classic film SLR, down to a threaded socket in the shutter release for a cable. Aperture is selected with a conventional lens ring and shutter speed with a body-top dial. Put them both to A and the camera is fully auto.
LIKE: The stand-out feature of the X-T10 is its high ISO ability. At ISO3200 there is no discernible noise even in open shadows where it could be expected to cluster. Combined with excellent colour and sharpness the camera output is virtually in a class of its own.
DISLIKE: The tiny shutter release button is taking retro too far. And putting the SD card in the battery compartment is unforgivable in a $1200 camera that is bound to be used on a tripod.
VERDICT: Fujifilm’s pricing is confusing. They are currently offering $200 cash-back on the X-T1 which make it about the same price as the X-T10. Consult your local retailer, but you’ll need to be quick. The offer ends on 31 July. These two cameras are the pick of the APS mirrorless category. They are expensive compared with Sony and Samsung offerings but they offer just about enough features to justify the price difference. And the Fujifilm lens range is outstanding.