Fuji X-T1 vs. X-T10
Fujifilm will be releasing a new camera on May 18th, 2015. The new Fujifilm X-T10 is in many ways similar to their flagship mirror-less camera the X-T10, but will come at a lower price of $799 (body only). Despite the name and similarities in form between these two cameras, the XT10 is more the successor of the less popular rangefinder style X-E2 when it comes to marketing position than the X-T1. The reality is that, since the X-T1 is currently Fujinon’s best selling mirror-less camera ever, it made more sense to produce a lower priced DSLR type body than a successor to the X-E2.
For those of you in the market for a new Fuji camera, I thought a Fuji XT1 vs. XT10 might be useful.
Fuji X-T1 vs. X-T10 comparison
Both cameras have the same 16.3 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor. Although it’s about time that Fujifilm developed a higher megapixel version of their X-TRANS 2 sensor, it is still highly regarded and will cater to most photographers needs. ISO capabilities have not changed, with a minimum ISO 200 when shooting RAW (extended to ISO 100 in JPEG) and a maximum of ISO 6400 for RAW images (extended to 51,200 in JPEG).
The XT10 also has the same Intelligent Hybrid Auto Focus system with 49 individual AF points in a 7 x 7 grid and nine central phase detect points. AF tracking has always been a weakness of Fujifilm cameras, but a new operating system unlocks a new array of autofocus modes and options. The firmware adds a new ‘Zone’, and ‘Wide/Tracking’ style that uses ‘spilt’ AF points (77) across a wider area. The Zone mode has either 3×3, 5×3 or 5×5 focus zones designed to work with the continuous AF mode, where the centre AF point tracks moving objects. With the Wide/Tracking mode, the camera tracks moving subjects across the full 77-point AF area, not just following horizontal and vertical movement but also back and forth movement. A new Firmware 4.0 upgrade will be released for the black and graphite X-T1 too with this new functionality.
One of the most exciting developments is the addition of a traditional mode dial that will allow you to change the XT10 to something like the P/S/A/M exposure mode. It’s a big change for Fuji, who seem to be expanding from a full or semi-manual operation to the ability to shoot in Auto mode. Auto mode automatically detects the scene you’re shooting and adjusts parameters accordingly. I’m sure their consumer research department figured that this was a lacking feature that was hurting sales, especially in the advanced amateur segment.
Body, Dials and functionality
The XT10 is around 10% smaller and lighter at 118.4mm x 82.8mm x 40.8mm and weighs 381 gr (XT1 is 129mm x 89.8mm x 46.7mm 440 gr). As a cost-cutting measure, weather proofing was omitted from te XT10. A feature that I’m sure many photographers are not willing to pay extra for. It does have five dials, although the ISO dial from the XT1 is now a mode dial as I explained earlier. It also has a hot shoe and is rumoured to feature a built-in flash as well.
No compromises have been made when it comes to the Electronic viewfinder. And as we know the XT1 has one of the best EVF’s out there with 2,360,000 dots. 0.62 x magnification, 100% coverage and a 0,05 lag time. The 3 ” LCD screen has a slightly lower resolution of 920,000 dots and is fixed, as opposed to the tiltable LCD with 1,040,000 dots.
You’ll still be able to control the camera via Wi-Fi with the Fuji remote app for Ios and Android, and transfer images to your smartphone or tablet.
You’ll be able to fire around 350 shots with the unchanged NP-W126 battery. Mirror-Less cameras use the sensor to get your image to the EVF, so this means the sensor is always on, making them burn through batteries fast. Make sure to get at least one extra battery if you want to be able to shoot all day. (I have four, and at times it’s barely sufficient).
The X-T1 can use UHS II memory cards (around 280MB/sec), which means you’ll be able to record eight photos per second. The X-T10 can’t use UHS-II memory cards at top speeds, so sequential shooting and saving will be slower.
The same video options are available: 1080p 60/50/30/25/24 fps (with manual exposure). We’ll have to wait until the next serious Fuji camera update (I mean with a new sensor) to have better video functionality. I would currently not advise you to buy any Fuji camera if you’re serious about video. It’s fine for an occasional movie for non-professional use though.
The Fuji X-T10 has a lot going for it. In fact when comparing the Fuji XT1 vs. XT10; there are few differences. You’ll be able to take the same images with this smaller and cheaper camera, and if you don’t mind the lack of weather proofing and the new mode dial, I would seriously consider buying the new X-T10.
I would not go for the Kit lens XC 16-50 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II, instead start with the excellent Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-f/4.
Purchase and availability
The Fujifilm X-T10 is now available for purchase worldwide here: Fujifilm X-T10 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body is now available for purchase, with XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens, Black $1,099.95 with Free Expedited Shipping