Fujifilm XF10 Review: Discreet and simple but capable of becoming a “good friend” of street photographers

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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).

Fujifilm XF10 Review: Discreet and simple but capable of becoming a "good friend" of street photographers

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 Review: Discreet and simple but capable of becoming a "good friend" of street photographers

Fujifilm XF10: Specifications

SENSOR24.2-megapixel effective APS-C CMOS with primary color filter
OPTICSFujinon 18.5 mm (28 mm equiv.) Ƒ2.8
SENSITIVITY200 to 12,800 ISO (extended from 100 to 51,200 ISO)
STORAGE SUPPORTSD, SDHC and SDXC cards (UHS-I)
FILE FORMATSJPEG (EXIF 2.3) and RAW (RAF format)
EXHIBITHION TIME4 to 1 / 4,000 sec / 4 to 1 / 16,000 (mechanical / electronic shutter)
CONTINUOUS SHOOTINGMaximum of 6 fps (approx 13 JPEG photos)
MONITOR3-inch TFT LCD (1,040K points)
MAXIMUM VIDEO QUALITY4K 3840 x 2160 15p
CONNECTIVITYIEEE 802.11b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.1
DIMENSIONS112.5 x 64.4 x 41 mm
WEIGHT278 grams (with battery and memory card)

 

Design, construction and ergonomics

Fujifilm XF10 Review: Discreet and simple but capable of becoming a "good friend" of street photographers
As we said earlier, this camera follows the idea of the Ricoh GR, but there are of course some differences in design, handling and, of course, features. Undoubtedly, we first come across a much more eye-catching design of the unit that we were able to prove. And as you can already see, “our XF10” looks pretty elegant, with a golden body (champagne, as they call it) and a metallic touch, as well as a piece of brown faux leather material that covers the little handle.

 

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.

Fujifilm XF10 Review: Discreet and simple but capable of becoming a "good friend" of street photographers

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.

Fujifilm XF10 Review: Discreet and simple but capable of becoming a "good friend" of street photographers

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.

Fujifilm XF10 Review: Discreet and simple but capable of becoming a "good friend" of street photographers

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”

Fujifilm XF10 Review: Discreet and simple but capable of becoming a "good friend" of street photographers
As mentioned earlier, much of the work falls on the back screen. Using the touch interface, you can select the focus point, open and adjust various customizable menus (through finger gestures), share photos, and zoom in Playback mode.

 

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.

Fujifilm XF10 Review: Discreet and simple but capable of becoming a "good friend" of street photographers
Fujifilm XF10 at 1/30 sec, f / 5.6, ISO 800

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.

Fujifilm XF10 Review: Discreet and simple but capable of becoming a "good friend" of street photographers
Fujifilm XF10 at 1/17 sec, f / 4,0, ISO 3200

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.

Fujifilm XF10 Review: Discreet and simple but capable of becoming a "good friend" of street photographers
Fujifilm XF10 at 1/70 sec, f / 5.6, ISO 200

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.

Fujifilm XF10 Review: Discreet and simple but capable of becoming a "good friend" of street photographers
Fujifilm XF10 at 1/1350 sec, f / 3.6, ISO 200

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.

Fujifilm XF10 Review: Discreet and simple but capable of becoming a "good friend" of street photographers
Fujifilm XF10 at 1/80 sec, f / 6.4, ISO 200

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

Fujifilm XF10 Review: Discreet and simple but capable of becoming a "good friend" of street photographers
Fujifilm XF10 at 1/125 sec, f / 2.8, ISO 200

Let us now turn to this important section. We need to refer again to what we said about its similarity to the Fujifilm X-T100 and Fujifilm X-A5, and to remember the most important thing we mentioned at the beginning: that your sensor is the same as it is and therefore it is Bavaria CMOS instead of the famous Fuji X-Trans.

Fujifilm XF10 Review: Discreet and simple but capable of becoming a "good friend" of street photographers
Extension to 100% of the previous photo. Fujifilm XF10 at 1/125 sec, f / 2.8, ISO 200

This, as we verified with those models, is not a problem considering that these cameras are not directed (in principle) to users too demanding. However, if the person buying it is a street photographer with a certain requirement, it should be taken into account.

In any case, the result is not bad at all. As we mentioned about the mentioned cameras, the photos that this sensor gives us have a very acceptable quality, with a high level of detail , good dynamic range and noise levels up to ISO 3,200 . In addition, the result of the objective is as expected, with a good performance in the corners and without distortions or appreciable vignettes.

Fujifilm XF10 Review: Discreet and simple but capable of becoming a "good friend" of street photographers
Fujifilm XF10 at 1/13 sec, f / 16, ISO 3200

On the negative side, the jpeg shots provided by the camera have some grip, and the processing used by default to eliminate potential noise is somewhat aggressive, making the result look like a watercolor (at high ISO values). , Of course, do not forget that a compact model is a sensor of considerable size, so the results offered should undoubtedly surpass those of many cameras in this segment and, of course, mobile phones.

Fujifilm XF10 Review: Discreet and simple but capable of becoming a "good friend" of street photographers
Detail of the previous photo at 100% and without noise reduction. Fujifilm XF10 at 1/13 sec, f / 16, ISO 3200

Fujifilm XF10 sample photos

Fujifilm XF10, our opinion

This being the case, our experience with the Fujifilm XF10 has been generally satisfactory. It is not a camera that falls in love or attracts attention, but it is certainly very interesting for a certain type of photos. Of course we would not recommend it especially for trips, but (as we have commented) clearly for street photography .

Fujifilm XF10 Review: Discreet and simple but capable of becoming a "good friend" of street photographers
Fujifilm XF10 at 1/3 sec, f / 16, ISO 200

What we liked least because it complicated our life in the test was the handling, which is a bit confusing when complicated by a very complete tactile user interface on a small screen. However, it is certainly something that should not be considered, first, because it is always good to have many options; Second, because everything is a matter of habituation to the way of working.

Therefore, the Fujifilm XF10 is a great choice for street photographers who want to have an affordable camera with a great sensor at their fingertips. If the photographers in question have certain “concerns,” perhaps the ideal is that the XF10 is an addition to a superior model (which owns the X-Trans).

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Fujifilm XF10 Points
71%
  • Features
  • Design and ergonomics
  • Controls and interface
  • Performance
  • Image quality

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