Enter the X-T10

July 18, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I decided to get the amazing value X-T10, which was recently launched, to back up my X-T1 to form my main pair of X-T bodies.  The X-E1 is still a great camera but does feel a bit sluggish compared to these newer ones for some work such as weddings or chasing an active 4-year old, so it will be shooting mostly manual lenses and landscapes from now.

 

There is not too much to say about the X-T10 in many respects as the internals and processing styles are all identical to the X-T1, with which I am very familiar.  I have set it up sympathetically to all my other X-bodies keeping as much in common between them as possible, with only minor differences to deal with ergonomic changes between them.

 

Here it is and compared to my X-T1.  The X-T10 has the 23mm f1.4 mounted while the X-T1 has the bigger 16mm f1.4

20150713-_DSF229820150713-_DSF2298 20150713-_DSF230020150713-_DSF2300 20150713-_DSF230220150713-_DSF2302 20150713-_DSF229420150713-_DSF2294 The smaller size of the X-T10 is apparent in images but it actually feels smaller than a visual comparison with the X-T1 would imply.  It still handles really nicely and feels much the same, just smaller and lighter.  The grip is definitely less substantial and perhaps the biggest difference noticed, which may feel a bit more awkward with larger lenses.  The build quality still feels really great with a satisfying degree of "heft" and very tight tolerances....the gaps around the flash are so tight you would hardly know it has a pop-up!

 

Ergonomically there are differences but it all makes sense and when first shooting it, it felt like an old friend and we got down to business straight away without any faffing.  I quite like the point and shoot mode accessed by the flick lever under the shutter speed dial, as it means there may be a chance of getting an untrained shooter to get a shot in focus when I hand them the camera!  Great that it uses the same battery as the X-E and X-T cameras too....a sensible choice that makes a very practical difference to usability and ownership.

 

I have set up the 7 custom settings (basically jpeg file rendering settings) exactly the same as my X-T1 and X100T (see those posts for details).  The function buttons have much in common too, but I needed to allocate one to ISO as the ISO dial of the X-T1 has been swapped for a drive mode dial on the X-T10.  I have set the function buttons to, ISO, movie, focus mode, focus point selection, image quality, shutter type and wi-fi.

 

The Q menu set up is also similar and gives priority to flash settings, dynamic range and face-detection; basically anything important that I could not fit on the function buttons.  The remainder of settings are nice to have but not necessarily essential.  Here is a snap of it as set up.

20150717-_DSF552320150717-_DSF5523 In use the camera feels just as responsive as the X-T1.  The EVF, although smaller, is still big and easy to use by any standards and importantly, manual focus using peaking is still easy and a revelation compared to a DSLR.

 

The new focus system looks promising and I used it today for some snaps of Theo "graduating" from Pre-School.  In poor indoor lighting the camera, with the 23mm lens at f2, managed to lock on to individual kids within a group using zone focus mode with, or without face-detection, with only a couple of misses.

 

Because it does not have an ISO dial I have configured auto ISO on all of my custom settings and have set up the 3 available auto ISO options to deal with subjects needing different shutter speeds.  If ISO needs to be changed to another of the auto or fixed options, it's as simple as pressing the front command dial and using it to scroll to the desired setting....easy.

 

I think the little pop-up flash will be a useful thing to have for fill, though it won't be as fun as the X100T for daylight portraits due to the very modest sync speed of 1/180th sec.

 

This camera simply has to be a hit with its mature and effective ergonomics, great quality, small size and performance which is all that 95% of people need 95% of the time.  It also is conspicuously good value and, like all the Fujis its real ace is that its such a pleasure to use.


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