Andy Westlake tests Fujifilm’s X-T10, which promises the best bits of the popular X-T1 at a lower price
So has Fujifilm’s attempt to make a cut-down version of the X-T1 been successful? Overall, I’d have to say it’s worked pretty well. While the X-T10 obviously isn’t quite as desirable as its big brother, it’s a sensibly considered package that fits most of the X-T1’s best bits into a simpler, more approachable package. Indeed, in some respects, it’s actually a nicer camera to use. The more tactile D-pad makes it easier to set the AF area to match your subject, and ISO sensitivity can be set up to be much quicker and easier to change.
In typical Fujifilm fashion, the X-T10 delivers consistently attractive JPEG files out of the camera, which is great if you don’t want to spend all your time in front of a computer processing raw files. It’s also a gateway to the spectacular Fujinon lens range, including such fine designs as the XF 35mm f/1.4R and the new XF 16mm f/1.4R. Admittedly, many of these lenses are pretty pricey, but Fujifilm has recognised this and started the process of producing a range of cheaper, slightly slower primes that should be well suited to the X-T10, starting with a 35mm f/2 that’s due to appear later this year.
Crucially, if you compare the X-T1 to its similarly priced competition, it’s a very attractive package indeed. For example, compared to the recently announced Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7, it’s smaller, better built and offers a more engaging user experience. Compared to the ageing Sony Alpha 6000, you get a more immersive viewfinder and more attractive JPEG output, wrapped up in a DSLR-like design that photographers appear to prefer. Even at its launch price, the X-T10 looks like great value for money. For photographers thinking of downsizing a bulky DSLR kit, as well as for beginners making their first steps into an interchangeable-lens system, it would be a great entry point to the brave new world of mirrorless cameras.