Fujifilm XF10 Review: Discreet and simple but capable of becoming a “good friend” of street photographers
Introduced last summer, the Fujifilm XF10 has been discreetly launched, with the label (according to the brand itself) being a “simple, lightweight and traveler-designed” model. However, a few “details” (a fixed optics of 28mm ƒ 2.8 and an APS-C sensor) caught the eye and suggested that this model had much more to say. We had the opportunity to give it a try and we’ll tell you.
Such arguments made it clear that this would not be a simple contract. In fact, street photographers have not overlooked their similarities with the Ricoh GR, a model originally dating from 2013, whose third (and expected) version was presented at the last Photokina (which should be ready later this year).
The Ricoh is a classic camera in this area, the street photography, which stands out due to a sober body (which goes unnoticed), but some “guts” are quite powerful, thanks to that sensor whose size we almost never find in a compact and optical fixed and quite luminous thought to contribute its part to the quality of image. The Fujifilm XF10 follows this pattern by making a suggestion that can easily compete with this camera.
So it’s more than obvious to travelers that the Fujifilm XF10 is a model for street and / or city photography and has more to do with house models like the X70 or the X100F. These are the upper levels of the house catalog in terms of compact design with fixed optics, leaving the Fujifilm XF10 in the lowest (and most economical) part, which regrettably avoids the well-known X-Trans sensor. But let’s look at the main features:
Fujifilm XF10: Specifications
|SENSOR||24.2-megapixel effective APS-C CMOS with primary color filter|
|OPTICS||Fujinon 18.5 mm (28 mm equiv.) Ƒ2.8|
|SENSITIVITY||200 to 12,800 ISO (extended from 100 to 51,200 ISO)|
|STORAGE SUPPORT||SD, SDHC and SDXC cards (UHS-I)|
|FILE FORMATS||JPEG (EXIF 2.3) and RAW (RAF format)|
|EXHIBITHION TIME||4 to 1 / 4,000 sec / 4 to 1 / 16,000 (mechanical / electronic shutter)|
|CONTINUOUS SHOOTING||Maximum of 6 fps (approx 13 JPEG photos)|
|MONITOR||3-inch TFT LCD (1,040K points)|
|MAXIMUM VIDEO QUALITY||4K 3840 x 2160 15p|
|CONNECTIVITY||IEEE 802.11b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.1|
|DIMENSIONS||112.5 x 64.4 x 41 mm|
|WEIGHT||278 grams (with battery and memory card)|
Design, construction and ergonomics
The design in champagne color and imitation leather is attractive but certainly less discreet if what you want is a camera to go completely unnoticed in street photo.
The finish is good and gives a sense of robustness. Aesthetically, the camera is quite attractive, though undoubtedly less discreet than the black version. However, it must be said that the model does not attract much attention, and of course, hardly any photographer will think that the photographer has intentions, say “professionals,” according to the camera he wears. In this way, it suits the premise of being discreet and not “betraying” the photographer.
Incidentally, the design is minimalist, especially on the back, where in principle only a few buttons are available. This follows the trend initiated by Fujifilm to largely abandon the touchscreen and the small joystick that replaces the crossbar on all models. The rest of the controls have more than what appears in principle.
And if you get the impression at first glance that there are hardly any controls that can help with manual lighting, it turns out that there are up to three: a small wheel that surrounds the trigger, another, much larger that fulfills the function the same applies to the lens and a third to the right of the trigger.
The grip is small, but it does not exist as in other advanced compacts that do without it. This and the rubber overhang on the right back facilitate gripping with the right hand. It is also ideal to lean to the left by providing your fingers to (if necessary) push the wheel around the optics. is the area that highlights the body of the camera.
By the way, we find here one of the biggest drawbacks that we see in design. The camera does not have a lens shutter system. To protect it, an external cover is used, which can be worn next to the hand strap. The result is a bit uncomfortable because the lid is often clogged, although it is certainly better than a loose lid that knows where it is.
And since we’ve gone into negative aspects, we also mention the biggest problem we find: the total agility of the rear LCD. This is something that severely restricts use if we want to shoot at a different angle than usual (for example, with the camera at chest height). This is certainly perceived as unnoticed in street photography.
Moreover, we did not particularly like the arrangement of the three buttons on the back (two directly above and one already on top of the camera). These are the playback buttons (for viewing photos), the drive (for selecting the shot type and deleting photos), and Fn (customizable with various functions). The first two, because they have an awkward application situation (you do not know exactly which hand to use for it) and the third because you’re so small that it’s hard to tone (and end up not being used enough) ,
Touch handling “delicate”
When using the screen as the main interface, the experience is quite similar to taking photos with a mobile phone and of course moving away from the usual in more classic compact like the Ricoh GR
This kind of “modern” dealings is something the Ricoh GR obviously lacks, and although he will have the third version, he will have to see how he implements them. In any case, the Fujifilm XF10 characterizes the handling in a decisive way. The truth is that the experience is more like photographing with a cell phone, which of course differs from the classic use of the simplest compact.
The bad thing, as we commented in the analysis of the Fujifilm X-A5, is that the screen of the camera has little to do with that of a mobile phone. The answer is not the same and, above all, the size is much smaller. The number of icons appearing on the screen makes it easy to lose oneself, which also causes unwanted things (and others that are hard to get what we want), and ultimately the management is messy.
This is more or less what happened to us when contacting the X-T100, which uses the same touch interface. Although it is not something exclusive for this brand (and it will certainly be minimized with practice), we would say that Fujfilm is not a bad idea to “give it a ride” to make things easier.
The same would have to do with the question of wireless connectivity. Again, many attempts have been made to connect the camera to the mobile phone. Of course, we are not experts on this subject, and we understand that they are different things, but we still do not understand why it is so easy to connect some devices (like a portable speaker), and it’s so complicated to do this with a camera.
The other important item to handle is the use of the small joystick, which is useful and comfortable. Of course, its use is sometimes a bit uncomfortable (and uncomfortable) because sometimes you can select the option you want by simply pressing it. For others, press the OK button below. If you need to select values in the Quick Menu (such as ISO or the various White Balance options), you will need to use some of the wheels if the joystick is much easier to use directly.
In short, the management of the camera is improvable , although obviously it is not a serious problem, only something that simply needs some practice to be assimilated and, therefore, should not serve at all to discard it.
Benefits and focus
If you move to this section, you need to pause for a moment to get a point. If we initially said that this camera belongs to the family of Fujifilm compact street, the fact that it has a lot of technology to do with the new models (Fujifilm X-T100 and Fujifilm X-A5) we have already mentioned. Because the touch interface is not the only thing they share, so both the sensor and the processor and the other features match those of the models that are the simplest in the X family in practice.
This is not a bad thing a priori, as we do not speak of a high-end camera, of course. However, it is convenient to know to evaluate the benefits and outcomes that it offers, for example, based on the focus. Due to the fact that this is obviously not a camera that should detect fast movements, the focus behaves well under normal conditions, but with some nuances.
There is also a special focus mode snapshot that sets the focus point in two distances (two or five meters) and closes the iris to get more depth of field. However, it is clear that under these circumstances we can not change the parameter at any moment (so it is better to use classical methods). Therefore, for street photography, especially when the light is scarce, it is more than convenient to study the camera well and practice with its various settings so as not to fill the card with blurry and / or blurry photos (by the way), stabilizer not ).
In terms of autonomy, there is not much to say because it seemed very right. As usual our measurements were not very accurate, but it seems that the 330 frames that Fuji declares can be run with a single load according to the specifications.
For the rest, like all Fujifilm, the camera includes a lot of more or less known features such as the usual movie simulation modes, digital filters, panoramic mode, interval shooting, 4K shooting bursts, etc. Things that go a little out of the classic camera concept but certainly complete the model to make it more attractive (although they are not used very often).
Noise and image quality
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