Fuji X-S10 evaluate: Huge options in a simplified package deal


(Pocket-lint) – The Fujifilm X-S10 has arrived to shake up the Japanese digital camera maker’s typical dial-heavy design with one thing altogether simplier. Properly, that is the way you may see it in case you’re already invested in an X-series digital camera, such as the X-T4.

However the X-S10 is not actually for current Fujifilm customers, that is the corporate’s long-distance wave to potential Canon and Nikon customers in some regard – those who, since these firms pushed arduous in EOS R and Nikon Z respectively, in all probability cannot sustain with the anticipated money stream of such dear our bodies and new lenses.

Now, the X-S10 is not ultra-budget by any means – as in, it is underneath four-figures, reasonably than costing a few grand – however as a stable funding it’d make sense. It is received a lot of the X-T4’s capabilities – the identical sensor, the identical autofocus system – however at a reduce of the fee. So what offers?

X-S10: Design

  • Physique dimensions: 126 x 85.1 x 65.4mm / Weight: 465g
  • 2.36m-dot digital viewfinder (EVF)
  • 3-inch vari-angle LCD touchscreen
  • Single major mode dial
  • Not weather-sealed
  • New giant grip

The principal factor concerning the X-S10 is that it would not have a sequence of dials strewn about its physique. Not less than, not in the identical method as most Fujifilm X-series cameras – which usually have a shutter dial, publicity compensation dial, ISO sensitivity dial, and aperture ring on the lens (this one would not go away, relying on the lens). The S10 as a substitute opts for a single major mode dial to regulate between Auto, Customized (4 setups), and the Guide (M), Aperture (A), Shutter (S) and Programme Auto (P) modes.

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That does not imply it will be a cinch to make use of for whole newbies questioning what the entire “P, S, A, M” letters above are all about. However in case you’re used to your digital camera format being extra menu and button led – a la Canon – then this Fujifilm is prone to make a bit extra sense.

Conversely, nonetheless, we discover it extra complicated. As a result of we at all times use the devoted publicity compensation dial and the shutter dial, so a fast look lets us know what fastened setting we have chosen reasonably than having to have a look at the display or leap into numerous menus. It is every to their very own viewpoint, we suppose, however we favor Fujifilm’s distinctive promoting level of a number of dials – because it units the model aside from others.

However what about these different dials you may see? They’re thumbwheels, the 2 top-positioned ones – one in every of which lapses over the rear tip of the digital camera – which could be rotated to make fast changes to varied settings. It is these that make sure the X-S10 continues to be simple sufficient to make use of and fast to make changes. That, in spite of everything, is a part of the purpose in shopping for a devoted digital camera as of late – it’s important to have some hands-on bodily management, in any other case the telephone in your pocket would doubtless have extra enchantment.

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By way of specification the X-S10 would not fairly match as much as the X-T4 – as you’d count on, given the value variations. The S10 shouldn’t be weather-sealed, for instance, however we doubt that’ll have an effect on an enormous portion of customers (and if it does then there are different, pricier choices, throughout the vary). The built-in digital viewfinder is tremendous, however not fairly as excessive decision within the S10 both – not that it seems poor to the attention by any means.

The X-S10 is a bit smaller than a lot of Fujifilm’s different X-series cameras, and lighter too, whereas the design incorporates a big grip – making certain that, no matter lens you may have hooked up to the entrance, it ought to proceed to really feel balanced.

X-S10: Efficiency

  • 8fps burst mode (20fps w/ digital shutter)
  • 5-axis in-body picture stabilisation
  • 425 selectable AF areas

We have solely had the X-S10 for a brief interval – actually a day – so have not been in a position to take heaps of images utilizing it, given our different duties. However it’s clearly a performer that avoids the standard “entry-level” stamp. 

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The autofocus system, for instance, is similar one as you will discover within the increased spec X-T4. So it is a corker.

The digital camera makes use of an enormous 2.16-million phase-detection pixels embedded throughout its sensor’s floor, with 425 AF areas, designed to cowl the total width from edge to edge. Meaning you may focus wherever within the area of view. The AF level could be adjusted between quite a lot of level sizes, too, through the use of the rear thumbwheel.

In the event you’re extra into computerized capturing or wish to use your fingers on the display then that is attainable too. Press the place you wish to focus and hearth the shutter, which makes utilizing the digital camera tremendous simple – or you may change this off and use the rear joystick management for precision as a substitute. We favor the latter, however the digital camera caters for all types of makes use of.

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Pace is respectable too, with an eight frames per second (8fps) burst mode most, or 20fps utilizing an digital shutter. That is best for capturing fast-moving topics – and that autofocus system actually can sustain. Or it might probably auto-track faces and eyes in each people and animals, to assist get that good shot.

With an honest lens on the entrance and the X-S10 must be a formidable capturing machine. Nonetheless, it is probably not destined to come back boxed up with the perfect Fujifilm glass – because the goal right here is retaining the fee down.

Of the 4 choices on supply – body-only, 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6, 18-55mm f/2.8-4, 16-80mm f/4.0 – we would counsel getting the 18-55mm for the quicker aperture potential, which provides higher choices for capturing in low gentle, increasing background blur, and sustaining sharpness at stop-down aperture settings.

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There isn’t any purpose you may’t put any Fujifilm X-series lens on the entrance of the digital camera although, and there is a lot to select from. So whether or not it is zoom, macro, telephoto, wide-angle, or no matter floats your boat, the vary of choices are right here in case your pockets can handle it.

X-S10: Picture High quality

  • 26-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor
  • ISO 160-12,800 (80-51,200 ext)
  • 12 Movie Simulation modes

So to picture high quality. Like we are saying, we have solely had time to shoot a handful of pictures. However there aren’t any surprises – with the identical 26.1-megapixel sensor as discovered within the X-T4, the standard you will get from the X-S10 is way the identical.

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Certainly, the X-S10 even features a reworked model of the 5-axis picture stabilisation system that you will discover within the pricier digital camera. Right here the mechanical unit has been made smaller to suit into this smaller physique, however that is seen hardly any discount in functionality – and it is a actually nice system to help handheld pictures in staying that further bit sharp.

As for the precise picture high quality. What we seen, having taken pictures all through the ISO sensitivity vary, is how clear the pictures look even on the a lot increased settings – which means even low-light pictures will look nice (just like the ISO 12,800 instance under). That is as a result of this sensor is bottom illuminated, with the copper wiring placement beneath the photograph diodes within the sensor, to be able to create a cleaner sign path.

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There’s an entire host of Movie Simulation modes too – we depend 12, though Fujifilm tells us there’s 18, shrug – if you wish to emulate traditional movie inventory. That ranges from Sepia, Monochrome, to Professional Neg, Velvia, and extra.

Simply as we mentioned of the X-T4: the X-S10’s picture high quality is exemplary. Though, as we mentioned within the part previous to this, loads of that comes all the way down to the lens on the entrance of the digital camera.

X-S10: Video

  • 4K30 video most (no crop)
  • 1080p at 240fps attainable
  • 3.5mm mic jack
  • Clear HDMI out

Video is on the rise in patrons’ expectations, so the X-S10 ensures an honest spec on this regard too. It is attainable to seize 4K Extremely-HD high quality at as much as 30fps (25/24p are additionally accessible), with a devoted mic jack for recording off-camera audio in case you so want.

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The HDMI port will cater for 10-bit in order for you a clear 4:2:2 out, too, or it is 8-bit direct to card. There’s only a single SD slot to the bottom of the digital camera, by the battery port. Oh, and there is USB-C charging of the battery direct into digital camera, which is nice.

First Impressions

The Fujifilm X-S10 is a brand new proposition by way of design. It is making an attempt to simplify the multi-dial format of different X-series cameras to enchantment to an entire new viewers. Whereas it could pare again the dials, although, it would not essentially pare again the digital camera data that you will want to make use of it.

Whereas the design is new, the function set is a well-recognized proposition: inside this small physique is a extremely succesful autofocus system and picture sensor – the identical as you will discover within the pricier X-T4 digital camera. So the smaller physique does not imply compromising the core pillars of picture high quality and capabilities, which is nice information.

So how has Fujifilm reduce a number of hundred kilos out of the X-S10 in comparison with the X-T4? The construct is completely different, it isn’t waterproofed, whereas a number of the admittedly wonderful options – such because the digital viewfinder – aren’t as top-end in spec.

Whether or not you will discover the absence of a number of dials a perk or a ache is all the way down to your view on what a Fujifilm X-series digital camera must be all about. However now there’s the choice and thus the selection – and with a lot deal with a lot pricier full-frame cameras from Canon and Nikon, and Olympus about to bow out of the Micro 4 Thirds sport (properly, probably, perhaps), we are able to see why the X-S10 is swooping in to try to make a reputation for itself.

Writing by Mike Lowe.

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