Fujifilm’s X-S10 is a 26MP interchangeable-lens digicam that shoots high-quality 4K video and comes with a deep grip and a distinct, although glorious, management scheme than most different Fujifilm cameras.

The corporate describes the X-S10 as a cross between the corporate’s X-T30 and the X-H1 cameras: You get the heart from the previous and the design and in-body picture stabilization characteristic (in a brand new miniaturized type) from the latter. The X-S10 digicam is focused towards each starting and skilled customers who might have Canon or Nikon DSLRs and wish one thing somewhat extra ‘acquainted’ than a typical Fujifilm digicam. And, with a value of $999 for the physique – $100 greater than the X-T30 – it isn’t essentially out of attain for that viewers.

Key specs

  • 26MP X-Trans BSI-CMOS sensor
  • 5-axis in-body picture stabilization
  • On-sensor part detection
  • 3″, 1.04M-dot absolutely articulating touchscreen
  • 2.36M-dot OLED digital viewfinder
  • 30 fps burst taking pictures with crop (as much as 20 fps with out)
  • DCI and UHD 4K seize at as much as 30p with F-Log assist
  • Exterior mic and headphone sockets
  • 325 photographs per cost utilizing LCD
  • USB Energy Supply assist
  • Single UHS-I card slot
  • Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
Photograph taken with a pre-production X-S10.

ISO 160 | 1/800 sec | F5.6 | XF 16-80mm F4 @ 19mm (28.5mm equiv.)
Photograph by Jeff Keller

The X-S10 may be very a lot a mix of the prevailing X-T30 and X-T4 when it comes to specs. You get the identical sensor, processor and efficiency of the X-T4, however with issues just like the EVF decision and single, slower SD card slot on par with the X-T30.

You can purchase the X-S10 in three kits:

In contrast to most different Fujifilm cameras, the X-S10 solely is available in black.

What’s new and the way it compares

Many of the options on the X-S10 are well-established at this level, so on this part we will give attention to a couple of issues on this digicam that you just will not discover on different Fujifilm fashions.

New IBIS unit

Being a smaller digicam, it is no shock that the X-T4’s IBIS unit wasn’t going to suit into the X-S10. So, the corporate designed a brand new one that’s 30% smaller and lighter than the X-T4’s. A brand new movement sensor makes the unit extra environment friendly, and the X-S10 has a redesigned circuit board that reduces energy consumption.

There is a very small distinction in stabilization efficiency on the X-S10 versus the X-T4: simply half a cease. It provides 6 stops of shake discount on all unstabilized Fujifilm lenses save for the XF 16-55mm F2.8, which weighs in at 5.5 stops. Most stabilized Fujifilm lenses fluctuate from 5.5 to six stops, save for the XF 80mm macro, which provides 5 stops. These variations primarily need to do with how a lot protection the lens provides outdoors the sensor space, not essentially whether or not the lenses have their very own stabilization.

Refined auto and scene modes

Those that follow auto and scene modes will acquire a couple of new options. The X-S10 now has an ‘auto’ Movie Simulation mode which can choose between Provia (Commonplace), Velvia (Vivid) and Astia (Comfortable) relying on the scene. (Customers can nonetheless manually choose any of the Movie Simulation modes provided.) In our testing, the digicam appeared to err on the facet of choosing Provia, at the least with portrait taking pictures.

{Photograph} taken on a pre-production digicam.

ISO 160 | 1/320 sec | F5.6 | XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 @ 55mm (82.5mm equiv.)
Photograph by Jeff Keller

Befitting its mid-range (or ‘extra photographer pleasant’) standing, now you can use any AF space mode in Auto or Scene modes, from spot to zone to vast/monitoring. Earlier cameras had been locked within the ‘vast’ mode.

Lastly, Uncooked taking pictures is now accessible in these modes, quite than the photographer being ‘caught’ with JPEG.

New joystick performance

The joystick (formally generally known as the ‘focus lever’) works a bit otherwise on the X-S10 than on different Fujifilm fashions. Now, once you press it inward, it ‘punches in’ to the chosen focus level. The clickable rear dials on different Fujifilm fashions operated this manner by default. Merely nudging the stick in any course means that you can choose the main target level, and you can too use the dials to pick out the main target space mode (single-point, zone, vast/monitoring).

You may change the features of the joystick to a restricted extent. Pushing the joystick straight inward will help you change the main target space as an alternative of punching in (or you may assign it to do nothing), whereas nudging it in a course can solely alter the main target level’s measurement and place (quite than additionally permitting you to alter the main target mode with the dials).

It may also be assigned to modify between detected faces in a scene should you allow this functionality within the menus. It may be discovered as ‘Setup -> Button/dial setting -> Focus lever setting’. For ’tilt,’ we advocate inserting it in Direct AF Level Choice / Face choose.’ If you don’t need the digicam to be preoccupied with faces in a scene, you merely press in on the joystick, and you may return to choosing your AF space your self.

Sadly, the X-S10 does not keep in mind whether or not you have opted out of the face choice mode in favor of choosing your personal level after an influence cycle. You will must push the joystick in every time you begin up the digicam to get out of face choice mode. Nonetheless, we like the power to have all of this accessible from the AF joystick, as an alternative of requiring a customized button for ‘Face Choice’ as we have seen on earlier Fujifilm cameras.

Up to date Movie Simulation mode interface

Now, once you swap Movie Simulation modes, which you are able to do utilizing the top-left dial or the menus, you may press the Q button to see an outline of what every mode does, together with a picture resembling a basic movie field.

In comparison with…

The closest opponents to the X-S10 in our opinion are the Nikon Z50, Olympus OM-D E-M5 III and Sony a6600. The Nikon is a bit cheaper, however lacks the in-body picture stabilization of the X-S10, E-M5 III and a6600. It is also price stating that the Olympus and Sony value a couple of hundred {dollars} greater than the Fujifilm. (Sony provides the a6400 for much less, though once more it does not have stabilization.)

Fujifilm X-S10 Nikon Z50 Olympus E-M5 III Sony a6600
MSRP (physique) $999 $859 $1199 $1399
Sensor res. 26MP X-Trans 21MP 20MP 24MP
Sensor measurement APS-C APS-C Micro 4/3 APS-C
Picture stab. In-body Lens solely In-body In-body
LCD sort Absolutely articulating Tilting Absolutely articulating Tilting
LCD measurement/res 3.0″ / 1.04M-dot 3.2″ / 1.04M-dot 3.0″ / 1.04M-dot 3.0″ / 921k-dot
EVF res / magazine
Constructed-in flash Sure Sure No No
Burst w/AF 20 fps 11 fps 10 fps 11 fps
Video res. 4K/30p 4K/30p 4K/30p 4K/30p
(1.23x crop)
Log F-Log
(8-bit inner, 10-bit over HDMI)
No OM-Log
Mic / headphone socket Sure / Sure (with adapter) Sure / No Sure / No Sure / Sure
SD card velocity UHS-I UHS-I UHS-II UHS-I
Battery life (LCD) 325 photographs 320 photographs 310 photographs 810 photographs
Weight 465g (16.4oz) 450g (15.9oz) 414g (14.6oz) 503g (17.8oz)

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Physique, controls and dealing with

As talked about earlier, the general design of the X-S10 is completely different than nearly all of Fujifilm cameras, although it does resemble the a lot bigger X-H1 from the entrance, and is analogous with the X-T200 to the left of the grip. Its DSLR-shaped physique has a outstanding EVF ‘hump’, on which you will discover the built-in flash, together with a big handgrip.

The X-S10’s construct high quality is so strong we questioned if it was weather-sealed (sadly, it isn’t)

The X-S10’s construct high quality may be very strong, to the purpose the place we questioned if it was weather-sealed (it isn’t). The one components that really feel plasticky are the 2 unlabeled dials on the highest plate and the door that covers the HDMI and USB ports.

The handgrip is deep and well-designed, and provides you quick access to the entrance dial and close by buttons. Controls on the rear plate are pretty sparse, but it surely appears like the correct quantity for the digicam’s audience. However, we discovered ourselves wishing for a devoted swap for focus mode, like many different Fujifilm choices.

Maybe essentially the most notable factor that differentiates the X-S10 from the X-T30 and X-T4 is that, as an alternative of getting devoted dials for shutter velocity and publicity compensation, there is a conventional mode dial after which customizable command dials in your publicity parameters. Whereas Fujifilm traditionalists might scream in horror, the swap to a mode dial is a part of the corporate’s outreach to each newbies and extra skilled upgraders from DSLRs who search one thing extra acquainted.

The LCD and digital viewfinder specs are unremarkable for this class. The previous is 3″ in measurement and has a decision of 1.04 million dots. The standard touchscreen options are right here: you may faucet to focus, change menu choices and swipe via images you have taken. The OLED viewfinder has 2.36 million dots, a magnification of 0.62x and a refresh price of as much as 100 fps in ‘Increase’ mode: the identical as on the X-T30.

‘Increase’ mode takes the viewfinder as much as 100fps

The digicam does not have the intelligent ‘slider’ interface once you’re searching via Movie Simulation modes, and there are no selfie modes such as you’ll discover on the (lower-end) X-T200 and X-A7.

The X-S10 additionally has Fujifilm’s normal Auto ISO conduct, providing you with three units of ISO ranges you may customise, every with a minimal shutter velocity threshold. There is an ‘auto’ setting for the shutter velocity, but it surely solely permits for 1/focal size speeds, with no choice to bias it quicker or slower.

The X-S10 makes use of the identical NP-126S battery because the X-T30, and never the upper capability NP-W235 pack discovered on the X-T4. The official CIPA battery life is 325 photographs per cost when utilizing the LCD. Except you are utilizing Wi-Fi loads, you will possible do fairly a bit higher. The digicam might be charged and operated over its USB Sort-C connector, although to do the latter you will want a USB PD appropriate energy supply.

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Picture high quality

As a staff, we discover Fujifilm’s default Provia profile to present pleasing coloration response throughout quite a lot of conditions. Out-of-camera JPEG.

ISO 200 | 1/ 60 sec | F2.8 | Fujifilm XF 27mm F2.8
Photograph by Carey Rose

Our take a look at scene is designed to simulate quite a lot of textures, colours and element varieties you will encounter in the true world. It additionally has two illumination modes to see the impact of various lighting circumstances.

As you may count on given its sensor and processor, the Fujifilm X-S10 turns in primarily an identical picture high quality to the higher-end X-T4. That implies that Uncooked element seize is strong in opposition to its 24MP friends. Noise ranges at larger ISO values additionally look nice, however we do assume there may be a little bit of noise discount happening that’s serving to to tamp down on some chroma noise.

JPEG coloration appears to be like glorious as effectively, with pleasing yellow tones which might be freed from green-tinge and blues are largely freed from magenta. Fujifilm’s JPEGs do not offer you fairly as a lot nice element as Sony’s a6600 at decrease ISO values, however at larger ISO values it places up an excellent present of element whereas tamping down on distracting noise.

Dynamic Vary

The Fujifilm X-S10 has loads of dynamic vary for many functions. The out-of-camera JPEG of this picture confirmed practically white-clipped sky within the prime left nook, and pitch-black lake reflections on the precise facet of the body. These had been simply recoverable as soon as the Uncooked file was pulled into Photoshop. You may also make a few of these edits in-camera, in addition to fine-tune the JPEGs.

ISO 160 | 1/200 sec | F5 | Fujifilm XF 27mm F2.8 | Processed in Adobe Digital camera Uncooked
Photograph by Carey Rose

The Fujifilm X-S10’s dynamic vary is, once more, an identical to the X-T4. The sensor has what’s known as a ‘twin acquire design’. Because of this at very low ISOs, you get most dynamic vary, and at larger ISO values, beginning at ISO 800, you get rather less complete dynamic vary however you additionally get much less shadow noise. As we might count on, this implies the decrease ISO settings are a contact noisier, when lightened, in comparison with this better-optimized mode.

That stated, the brightened ISO 160 picture is not dramatically noisier than the native ISO 3200 end result. This means that in its low acquire setting, the digicam is not including an excessive amount of noise to the pictures. This implies you may underexpose a picture with the aim of utilizing a low ISO to protect spotlight data, quite than utilizing the next ISO setting, with out an excessive amount of of a noise penalty; or you may shoot at ISO 800 mode as an alternative of a better ISO with primarily no noise value.

This low quantity of learn noise means it is affordable to scale back publicity and lighten shadows on the time of seize, once you’re taking pictures high-contrast scenes at base ISO. Total, the X-S10’s Uncooked recordsdata ought to give loads of processing latitude.

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In contrast to many opponents, the Fujifilm X-S10 doesn’t provide an animal-specific AF mode, so this picture of a really pleasant and affected person mallard was made utilizing a single level over the topic’s eye. But additionally, goodness, ISO 3200 appears to be like mighty good lately. Out-of-camera JPEG.

ISO 3200 | 1/ 320 sec | F5.6 | Fujifilm XF 18-135mm @ 135mm
Photograph by Carey Rose

The X-S10’s autofocus system is a match for the X-T4’s. Because of this you get quite a lot of space modes, together with a ‘monitoring’ mode when utilizing steady autofocus, which reveals the person a inexperienced field on the topic the digicam is monitoring, and the X-S10 helps you to place the field within the body to specify the topic you wish to monitor.

For sports activities and motion, we won’t wholeheartedly advocate the X-S10’s topic monitoring

There’s additionally a face and eye detection system that may be enabled or disabled through a customized button. This mode kind of sits on prime of your normal AF mode, and may so select through the menus, you might have the choice of utilizing the AF joystick to toggle between faces in a scene, or to override the system altogether and offer you a normal AF space if you wish to give attention to a non-human topic in a scene the place there are human topics.

To evaluate monitoring efficiency, we now have a bicycle owner weave across the body in a means the digicam cannot essentially predict. As you may see, the Fujifilm X-S10 struggled with searching out and in of focus, identical to we noticed on the X-T4. We use the XF 50-140mm F2.Eight zoom for this take a look at.

Should you’re a sports activities or motion photographer, we won’t wholeheartedly advocate utilizing the X-S10’s monitoring. You will get higher outcomes utilizing a single level or ‘zone’ of autofocus factors and observe the motion your self, and you might wish to fine-tune the AF customized settings for actually unpredictable motion. However for informal customers, the face / eye detection and topic monitoring will possible be efficient for many pictures.

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Click on or faucet the video above to leap to listening to our resident video skilled, Jordan Drake, give his tackle the X-S10 as a video digicam.

The X-S10’s video options are primarily the identical because the X-T30’s, however they’re nonetheless price a fast point out.

The digicam captures oversampled DCI and UHD 4K video, at body charges of as much as 24p and 30p, respectively. Fujifilm estimates you could document as much as 30 minutes of 4K video, thanks partially to a brand new warmth dispersion system that makes use of the magnesium alloy entrance plate as a warmth sink. The X-S10 may seize excessive velocity Full HD video at as much as 240 fps.

The magnesium alloy entrance plate is used as a warmth sink to permit longer recording instances

As in stills mode, the X-S10 can benefit from its succesful on-sensor part detection system for face and eye monitoring, although sadly, that is the one type of monitoring you get in video (you can’t use topic monitoring on a non-human topic). As with stills, the digicam means that you can rapidly swap between faces utilizing the joystick. Sadly, it could possibly typically be a bit unpredictable and hunt in the midst of your clips, because it does not appear know what to do if it briefly loses the face it was monitoring. The in-body picture stabilization system is alongside alongside for the trip, and shake might be diminished additional with digital IS (which provides a 1.1x crop).

We did discover that the stabilization is incredible for retaining handheld static photographs from shaking an excessive amount of, however it is going to sometimes battle you somewhat bit should you’re doing an intentional pan.

Video high quality is actually a match for the X-T30 (and the X-T4 in comparable modes). This implies nice total element seize in 4K, and respectable however moiré-prone Full HD seize. Its 4K footage is mainly head-and-shoulders above what’s doable on Canon’s EOS M6 Mark II, a little stronger than Nikon’s, and actually near the Sony a6600 (although with out the Sony’s very noticeable rolling shutter artifacts).

The digicam helps flat F-Log recording for preserving the choice to color-grade later, however solely captures 8-bit 4:2:Zero video internally. For extra versatile 10-bit 4:2:2 output, you will want an exterior recorder or the higher-end X-T4, which may document such footage internally. When F-Log is in use, you may activate the View Help characteristic, which provides you a really feel for what the footage will appear like when graded. The X-S10 additionally options the Eterna profile, a favourite of video shooters.

To hurry issues up, you may obtain LUTs (look-up tables) instantly from Fujifilm for each F-Log and Eterna, to get you just about ready-to-go footage you could tweak additional should you so want.

One new characteristic that video shooters might recognize is that the digicam now counts up from zero seconds when recording, quite than counting down from regardless of the capability of the reminiscence card is.

The X-S10 has 3.5mm mic socket, and provides a headphone connector should you connect the included USB dongle. Audio ranges might be adjusted, and each wind and low minimize filters can be found.

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What we like What we do not
  • Beautiful picture high quality
  • Glorious grip, snug dealing with
  • Sturdy video characteristic set
  • Efficient in-body stabilization
  • Compact measurement, good construct high quality
  • Can use USB-C port for headphones with included dongle
  • Improved management/enter in Auto modes
  • USB charging
  • Autofocus monitoring efficiency lags behind the competitors
  • Viewfinder is a bit small
  • Extra customized buttons could be good
  • No separate charger included
  • So-so battery life
  • Auto ISO might be extra versatile

The Fujifilm X-S10 is a kind of cameras that’s certain to tick a whole lot of containers for lots of people. At a recommended value of $1000 body-only, it isn’t what most common shoppers would contemplate ‘low-cost,’ however should you’re into pictures and want to get a critical digicam that may perform a little little bit of all the things, the X-S10 represents actually strong worth for cash.

Dealing with is a selected robust go well with. The mode dial and triple customizable management dials make the X-S10 a simple digicam to rapidly manipulate settings with. We do want there was one other customizable button or two, however the touchscreen (with customizable ‘swipes’) and AF joystick are welcome.

Processed in Adobe Digital camera Uncooked.
ISO 160 | 1/600 sec | F5.6 | Fujifilm XF 27mm F2.8
Photograph by Carey Rose

Picture high quality is past reproach. With 26MP of decision (plus an efficient in-body stabilizer that will help you get essentially the most out of that decision), a lovely and tuneable JPEG engine, and a broad lineup of high-quality lenses, the X-S10 churns out actually incredible pictures. Video options are additionally robust, with detailed 4K seize, Log recording and the choice for utilizing an exterior mic and headphones.

The Fujiflm X-S10 is a simple digicam to advocate for photographers of all types

So are there any actual downsides to the X-S10? Essentially the most vital is when it comes to autofocus. Whereas single autofocus and utilizing a single level or zone in steady autofocus work effectively, the X-S10’s topic monitoring is solely behind the competitors at this level. Apart from autofocus, we discover that the viewfinder is on the small facet and we want the Auto ISO settings had been extra versatile.

However actually, the Fujifilm X-S10 is a simple digicam to advocate for photographers of all types. Should you’ve been eyeing the Fujifilm lineup for some time however did not essentially want devoted shutter velocity, ISO and aperture dials which have change into signature on their mid-and-high-end cameras, the X-S10 is effectively price a glance.

In comparison with…

In opposition to Sony’s a6600, the Fujifilm X-S10 has extra pleasant controls, a greater touchscreen interface and extra video options. However, Sony’s autofocus implementation is solely very good and you might discover there are extra affordably priced lenses at your disposal.

When pitted in opposition to the Nikon Z50, Fujifilm’s X-S10 has extra decision, however dealing with is sort of a wash (each cameras deal with exceedingly effectively). Quicker burst speeds and some extra video options might sway customers within the Fujifilm’s favor, however the Nikon is a reliable all-rounder as effectively.

The Olympus E-M5 Mark III is our final comparability, and can also be a incredible possibility. Its smaller and decrease megapixel sensor means it could possibly’t match the Fujifilm X-S10’s 26MP of decision nor its dynamic vary, however the Olympus is an efficient match when it comes to taking pictures velocity, plus it’s extremely well-built.

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Images are from a pre-production digicam. Fujifilm has requested that Uncooked pictures not be made accessible for obtain.

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