By Jeff Meyer; CameraJabber
Reprinted with permission
If you’ve decided to make the leap to mirrorless cameras, Fujifilm’s range of X-series cameras – as well as its medium format GFX line – should be among your considerations. Superb sensors, elegant retro design and beautiful image quality are all hallmarks of Fujifilm cameras. But which is the best Fujifilm camera for you?
Fujifilm is having a real purple patch with its X-Series cameras, but it can be difficult to know which is the right one for you. We’ve tested all the models currently available. In this guide we’ve rounded up the best Fujifilm cameras you can buy today for the different types of photography or video you want shoot, as well as the best prices.
Best Fujifilm camera for Video
- 4K @ 60p
- F-Log recording
- 10-bit recording
The X-T2 was a very successful camera for Fujifilm, so the company hasn’t messed with the winning formula for the X-T3. The things that everybody loves about the X-T2 are still there but there are lots of improvements.
Fujifilm has taken a big leap forward with video for the X-T3. The headline spec is 4K/60P 4:2:2 10bit recording to an HDMI device. However, there’s also 4K/60P 4:2:0 10bit internal recording to an SD card. It’s even possible to record both simultaneously.
What’s more, video can be recorded in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC or H.265/HEVC. The bit rate can be set to 200Mbps for 4K/60P 4:2:0 10bit recording. The compression can be set to All-Intra (4K/29.97P, 25P, 24P, 23.98P, and FHD/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 25P, 24P, 23.98P when H.265/HEVC is selected. Not compatible with H.264.)or Long GOP (4K/29.97P, 25P, 24P or 23.98P). And when ALL-Intra is used the bitrate can be set to 400Mbps.
F-Log recording is also possible and can be used when recording video internally or externally. Fuji’s has also reduced the minimum sensitivity for shooting footage in F-Log and with the Dynamic Range (DR) set to 400% ISO640.
Fujifilm claims that a new noise reduction process along with 4K Interframe Noise Reduction reduces the level of noise visible at ISO 12800 by around 2EV.
A firmware update towards the end of 2018 will also allow the X-T3 to shoot Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) compatible footage.
- C4K video with F-Log and 200Mbps
- 5-axis image stabilisation built-in
- Superb viewfinder
The headline video features of the X-H1 are its C4K (4096×2160) and 200Mbps shooting capability long with F-log recording that operates when the footage is saved to an SD-type memory card.
There’s also a new ‘Eterna‘ Film Simulation mode that is intended for use in movie mode. This calibrates the camera to output footage that resembles the appearance of cinematic film, reining-in the colour saturation and delivering rich shadows.
Footage is 8-bit and has 4:2:0 colour when recording to a memory card or 4:2:2 when recording to an external device. Slow motion fans can shoot Full-HD footage at up to 120p.
The Dynamic Range setting for video can also be set to 400% and this is claimed to extend the range to 12EV.
An internal mic (24 bit/48 kHz) is provided but there’s a 3.5mm port to connect an external mic for sound recording. If you want to connect headphones, however, you’ll have to invest in the optional Vertical Power Boost grip VPB-XH1. This grip also extends the 4K video recording time to 30mins at a time.
Good news for multi-camera shooters is that the X-H1 has a Time Code option.
Best Fujifilm camera for street photography
- Fujinon 23mm f/2.0 (35mm equivalent)
- Optical viewfinder (OVF) and 0.48-inch 2,360,000-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF)
- Up to 325 AF points, 49 phase detection
The Fuji X100F is the fourth generation of the Fujifilm X100 line of APS-C format compact cameras. It has traditional exposure controls and a hybrid viewfinder that lets you choose between an electronic or optical system.
Like the previous X100 models the X100F has a Fujinon 23mm f/2.0 lens which produces an angle of view equivalent to a 35mm lens on a full-frame camera. As well as allowing fast shutter speeds the large aperture gives you tight control over depth of field and there’s a 3-stop ND filter built-in if you need it in bright conditions.
Fujifilm has given the X100F the same 24.3Mp X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro processor as are found in the X-T2 and X-Pro2 and together with the lens they enable the camera to capture a high level of detail. Fuji’s Film Simulation modes are on hand to get jpeg images looking great and ready to share straight from the camera using the built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.
- Excellent sensor and processor combination
- Superb Film Simulation modes
- Fast, accurate autofocus system
Inside the X-E3 is Fujifilm’s 24.3Mp X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor and X-Processor Pro processing engine combination that appears in the X-T2, X-Pro2, X-T20 and X100F. As a result, it’s capable of producing high-quality images with plenty of detail and attractive colours that are dictated by the selected Film Simulation mode.
It also has an ingenious touch-control system and a mini-joystick that takes the place of a traditional navigation pad and really improves the handling. It’s a gem of a camera and is smaller, lighter and more affordable than the X-Pro2.
Best Fujifilm camera for weddings
- 8fps burst shooting
- Hybrid AF with up to 273 points
- Dual SD slots
The Fuji X-Pro2 is Fuji’s second rangefinder-style mirrorless system camera and it replaces the X-Pro1, joining the X-T1 at the top of the manufacturer’s camera line-up. It makes a host of improvements upon its predecessor including a new 24Mp sensor, enhanced autofocusing, a better hybrid viewfinder and a new controller for selecting the AF point.
Aside from easier AF point selection and an additional control dial, the X-Pro2’s handling is broadly similar to the X-Pro1’s and it’s designed to appeal to dedicated enthusiast photographers, having traditional exposure controls.
The AF system isn’t quite up to the standard of some competing cameras and the exposure compensation dial has a tendency to get knocked out of position, but the X-Pro2 produces attractive, high quality images.
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Best Fujifilm camera for landscapes and portraits
- 51.4-megapixel sensor
- 14-bit raw files
- Tilting touchscreen
The medium format Fujifilm GFX 50S looks like a bigger version of the Fuji X-T3 with a similar control arrangement and menu, an electronic viewfinder in the middle of the top-plate and dual-tilting mechanism on the 3.2inch touch-screen. One significant departure, however, is the lack of an exposure compensation dial. Instead there’s a secondary LCD screen on the top-plate that shows key information including battery power.
There was a time when medium format cameras were commonly seen in the hands of amateur photographers. Because of the large imaging area the switch to digital technology, however, put their prices through the roof and they became the preserve of professional photographers. And while film medium format cameras were once popular with a wide variety of photographers, including wedding photographers, digital models were more likely to be seen in a studio.
Its larger sensor size means that the 51.4 million effective pixels on the GFX 50S’s sensor are significantly larger than those on the 50Mp Canon 5DS sensor. Consequently the photodiodes receive more light, helping to keep noise levels down and enabling them to detect a wider range light levels so that dynamic range is extended. In fact Fuji claims that the GFX 50S’ 14-bit raw files have a dynamic range of 14EV.
When you look at the images from the GFX 50S it becomes clear that you’re using a camera with a larger than average sensor. The results are superb with lots of sharp detail, noise is controlled very well throughout the native sensitivity range and subjects can be isolated very precisely through shallow depth of field.
Best Fujifilm camera for beginners
- High-quality viewfinder
- Attractive images
- Easy to use
Although it’s aimed at beginners the Fujifilm X-T100 has a nice solid build, a good quality viewfinder and a robust-feeling 3-way tilting screen. In fact, the build quality is so good, it doesn’t feel like an entry-level camera.
Inside it has a regular design 24Mp CMOS sensor rather than the X-Trans CMOS III design chip of X-series cameras further up the Fujifilm line, but it still delivers high-quality results.
You also get 11 of Fujifilm’s superb Film Simulation modes, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity and a straightforward interface. We’re not fans of the power zoom of the XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ kit lens, but on the whole, the X-T100 is a good choice for beginners.
The Fujifilm X-T100 looks and feels like the real deal. It has an excellent viewfinder and screen for an entry-level model and it delivers high-quality images. It’s a good camera for novice photographers. If you want a better AF system or more traditional controls, however, take a look at the X-T20 further up the Fujifilm line.
Best Fujifilm Camera All-Round
- Well-implemented traditional controls
- High-quality, attractive images
- Fast, accurate focusing in good light
If we had to pick our favourite Fujifilm camera it would be the X-T3. If we had to pick our favourite camera, the Fujifilm X-T3 would be right up there.
It has the same mini-DSLR design as the X-T2 it replaces, with an electronic viewfinder at the centre of the top-plate and a traditional exposure control arrangement. However, inside, the 26Mp sensor and 4th generation processor are both new and they enable better image quality and video. There are also improvements to the autofocus and continuous shooting systems which make the X-T3 even more versatile than the camera it replaces.
Best Bargain Fujifilm Camera
- High-quality APS-C format 24.3Mp sensor
- Traditional exposure controls
- Customisable Continuous AF system
The arrival of the X-T3 means that there are a few new X-T2’s available at knock-down prices and some superb value second-hand models. Most of these cameras have been used by enthusiasts who cherish their cameras but have been able to resist the draw of a new model, so they make a great bargain choice.
Although it’s aimed at enthusiast and pro photographers, the 24Mp X-T2 also has a lot to offer novice photographers. All those buttons and dials can be a little off-putting to some, but many beginners love the direct control and they really help you get to grip with the most important aspects of photography.
Best Rangefinder-Style Fujifilm Camera
- High-res EVF
- 24Mp sensor
- 273 AF points
The Fujifilm X-Pro2 has an almost identical specification to the 24Mp APS-C format X-T2 but it has a rangefinder-like design complete with a hybrid viewfinder that allows you to swap between using an electronic and an optical viewfinder. It’s an Advanced Hybrid Multi viewfinder and its possible to overlay a miniature version of the electronic viewfinder on the optical display to help with manual focusing.
The electronic viewfinder (EVF) has a resolution of 2.36 million in the X-Pro2 and there’s a maximum refresh rate of 85fps in High Performance power mode. On the back of the camera, there’s a fixed 3-inch LCD with 1.62 million dots.
There’s also a pretty snappy AF system with 273 AF points.