Back in October last year, Fujifilm announced the X-S10, a compact mirrorless camera with a whole bunch of features.
I have had one here for a little while to play with, and I have decided I like it A Lot.
Inside its compact body, the X-S10 sports a 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 Sensor, Fujifilm’s own high speed image processing system called X-Processor and a image stabilisation system lifted from the X-H1 model, but miniaturised to fit the smaller body.
The rest of the internals are from the X-T30 model.
If you know your Fujifilm models, then you know what you have is a lightweight camera with pro features. And suitable for photographers and videographers alike as the X-S10 also shoots 4K video (among other frame sizes of course).
As mentioned, this is a smaller form factor than many similar cameras, but a big selling point is the large grip, designed say Fujifilm, specifically to give more stability when using larger lenses. My test unit camera with an 18-55mm lens, so that didn’t really apply in this case, nonetheless I did appreciate the bigger grip to aid in stability.
The rest of the body and controls are pretty stock standard, meaning that the first time user to this camera should have no issue graduating from another make / model. Perhaps Fujifilm may look at a couple of extra Fn buttons though?
If you are jumping from another Fujifilm model, you may find some differences.
For example, there’s a traditional mode dial and customizable command dials for exposure parameters instead of dedicated dials for shutter speed and exposure compensation as on say the X-T30. This, Fujifilm says, is to assist those coming from DSLRS and prefer a similar setup.
A nice feature is the Film Simulation modes, where Fujifilm has included 18 different analogue “looks” based on Provia, Velvia and Astia film stock, letting you choose from vivid to soft and standard “looks”. These can also shoot in RAW mode for those that like to tinker with images after the fact, as against simply using JPG.
Another excellent feature is the autofocus tracking system. This shows a green box on the subject being tracked by the camera. Additionally, an eye and face detection system is available and uses the X-S10’s joystick to choose a face to focus on.
Of course this can be turned off and standard AF used to focus on something other than a face in a scene where there are people.
I can see this feature especially good for sports photographers eg track and field.
Of course our main interest is video, and here the X-S10 shines.
As mentioned earlier, you can shoot 4K in either 24p or 30p, and up to 30 minutes. This limitation is due to heat, but Fujifilm says it has built a new heat dispersion system into the X-S10. I had no issues in my tests, so I wonder if ambient temperature is a factor in this.
In HD up to 240fps is available by the way for the slo-mo pundits. Again, excellent for sport video. Face and eye tracking is also available for video shooting, but bummer – you cannot track inanimate objects.
As we have come to expect from Fujifilm cameras, in video mode the image stabilisation is fantastic. The subsequent image quality is up there – and better in many cases – than any of the opposition can throw at it I think.
The X-S10 supports flat F-Log recording letting you colour grade later, although only capturing 8-bit 4:2:0 video internally. The View Assist feature, which gives you a feel for what the footage will look like when graded can be used when using F-Log. And a bonus is that the X-S10 features the popular Eterna profile.
In short then, whilst there are a couple of niggles, primarily a smaller than ideal viewfinder in our opinion and needing USB-C to charge (there is no dedicated charger), the positives far outweigh any negatives.
On the positive side, although the USB-C is used to charge to X-S10, it also doubles as a headphone port.
Add to that the excellent image quality and stabilisation and beautiful ergonomics, especially the bigger grip, and this is a winner.
As I said, we like it A Lot and are sad it has to go back.
The Fujifilm X-S10 body retails in Australia for AUD$1749 inc GST. If you opt for the body + lens kit, this retails at AUD$1899 inc GST and includes the FUJINON Lens XC15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ. Another option is the X-S10 body and FUJINON Lens XF16－80mm F4 R OIS WR for AUD$2649 inc GST.
For more information, visit https://fujifilm-x.com/global/products/cameras/x-s10/