Andy Westlake tests Fujifilm’s X-T10, which promises the best bits of the popular X-T1 at a lower price
Fujifilm’s X-system cameras have used the same 16MP X-Trans CMOS sensor and EXR Processor for a while now, which means that the X-T10 gives much the same image quality as other recent Fujifilm cameras, including the X-T1. This isn’t a bad thing, as these cameras are capable of giving very fine results, with particularly attractive JPEG colour output.
High ISO images tend to look particularly good, with excellent noise suppression and colour retention. But infuriatingly, Fujifilm limits raw format recording to ISO 200-6,400, so you’re stuck with the in-camera processing and can’t apply your preferred noise reduction at higher sensitivities.
The unusual colour filter array also means that X-Trans image files tend to look different to those from conventional Bayer cameras, when viewed at the pixel level. Not all raw converters can handle raw files, either, although Adobe Camera Raw and Capture One can both produce good results.
The X-T10’s 16-million-pixel sensor resolves essentially as much detail as it possibly could in our test chart shots, at around 3200l/ph at ISO 100. It drops only slightly on raising the ISO, still achieving around 2900l/ph at ISO 1600, and 2700l/ph at ISO 6400. Naturally, at the higher JPEG-only sensitivity settings noise has an increasing impact, and by ISO 51,200 it reduces the resolution to just 2200l/ph.