fuji x-s10

Fujifilm X-S10 first impressions

I have already recorded a video about this camera on your channel... She interested me as an upgrade from my X-T3.

Recently I had the opportunity to briefly familiarize myself with this model in reality.

What is the Fujifilm X-S10?

The camera turned out to be not as light as I expected. It is slightly lighter than the Fuji X-T3, but not so much that it feels too strong. Fujifilm X-S10 weighs 465g, which is almost the same as full-frame Canon RP - 485gr. Below you can see the X-S10 with the Fujifilm XF 56mm F1. 2, and so it seemed to me a bit heavy for this compact camera. I'm already so used to Fujinon XC 15-45mm f3.5-5.6... Although it is a compromise in sharpness and aperture, I adore it for its weightlessness.

Like most modern cameras, the body is made of magnesium alloy. But in this case, you really feel metal in your hands. In comparison, the Canon R6 feels like a plastic toy in the hand (like RP). Fujifilm X-S10 subjectively seemed to me much more premium to the touch than almost the flagship of Canon's full-frame mirrorless camera lineup.

The handle of the X-S10 is expectedly comfortable, the grip is deep. But after the X-T3 there are not enough buttons on the body. The viewfinder is slightly smaller than the older models, but better than the X-T20 / 30. It's nice. Can't think of the X-T20's viewfinder without wince. He was terrible. Not as lousy as the Sony A7 III, but close to that.

camera fuji x-s10 in hand

The back is missing the circular buttons around the menu button. You can get used to it, but in terms of buttons, the X-T3 is certainly better. Above, there are no familiar retro discs so characteristic of Fujifilm cameras. But the screen is rotatable. In general, you need to get used to the body, but that's okay.

This cell has matrix image stabilization... But after the tests Fuji X-T4, I no longer hope for IBIS from Fujifilm. In the flagship, he is frankly weak. I found in Internet photo showing how stubs look in different models Fujifilm X-H1, X-T4 and X-S10... Obviously, no miracles can be expected from the X-S10 in this regard. The coolest stub on the market is now in Canon R5, but I want to tell you, it still does not replace a steadicam or a tripod (as well as straight arms).

fujifilm ibis

As for the image quality, I personally do not see the point in writing about anything in detail here. I tested X-T4 vs X-T3 and did not find the difference. The X-S10 will be similar. These are the best crop cameras on the market. I think that says it all. They have nuances with the choice of optics - the native XF-line is greatly overrated and largely outdated. Fortunately, there is new fixes from Viltroxthat cover a wide range of tasks.

Another new and nice feature is video at 240 frames per second. In his initial review I was pleasantly surprised by this innovation. Even in the announcement of the X-T4, I was sure that at last the APS-C crop moved the mic 4/3 off the pedestal of cameras with the best slow motion and matrix stub. My credit was overwhelming. The 240fps quality on the Fujifilm X-S10 and X-T4 leaves a lot to be desired. It's not even fullhd as stated in the specs. Feels comparable to mine GoPro 4 Black at 240fps 720p. Disappointing.

However, I still want this camera myself. What stops me is the issue of overheating when shooting video. I use Fuji X-T3 to write my blogs. On average, I write videos for 30 minutes, but often longer. It is important to me that the camera does not overheat when recording in 4K. I have not done such tests yet, so the final verdict is postponed.

A little help

Fujifilm X-S10 Is the representative of the new intermediate line from Fujifilm. It sits roughly between the X-T4 and X-T30. The younger X-T20 and X-T30 are unfortunately not suitable for long-term 4K video recording. Firstly, they have a limit of 10 minutes before the next press of the REC button - this is inconvenient. Second, they overheat when recording 4K and just start to shut off.

The manufacturer claims that the X-S10 has a new cooling system and it will be able to write longer. Until you check it, you won't understand. After all, with a stub and 240fps, they also said something ... but the recording limit of 30 minutes on the X-S10 at least inspires hope.

Viltrox AF 23mm f1.4 review for Fujifilm cameras

In 2020, Viltrox has delighted users of the Fujifilm X System with new high-aperture lenses. These are the Viltrox AF 23mm f1.4, 33mm f1.4 and 56mm f1.4 line. I checked out the 23mm version as soon as it became available for purchase.

The problem with the Fujifilm X-mount crop system is that the line of native optics is quite expensive and, in my opinion, is clearly overrated by the manufacturer. Prior to the release of this line from Viltrox, users of the system had a choice to wear adapters and non-native optics or go broke on the native Fujifilm.

By the way, the Viltrox lenses already exist for the system Canon EF-M.

So what is the Viltrox 23mm f1.4?viltrox 23mm f1.4

This is an autofocus lens weighing 260g in a tightly assembled sturdy metal body. It looks stylish, feels in the hands - I'm not afraid of this word - premium. The included metal hood is a luxury even for native optics from many manufacturers.

It has the same manual aperture ring as native lenses. Minus - no clicks when rotating, value change f-stop happens as in video optics.

The lens is average in size. As for a full frame lens at f1.4, it's just tiny. As for a lens for a small camera, it is rather big, but also not huge. Its weight does not burden, although in the background XC 15-45mm f3.5-5.6 certainly not easy. Everything is relative.viltrox 23mm f1.4Image quality

Center Viltrox 23mm f1.4 is sharp at all times. The edges suffer from unsharpness up to about f4. At f5.6, detail is excellent across the entire frame.

I do not recommend shooting group portraits with this lens at apertures up to f4 - people around the edges will suffer from blur.

Chromatic aberration is present at open aperture. We close the aperture a little and they disappear - a classic of the genre. Quite normal behavior for an f1.4 lens. There is no such perfectionism that lenses give Sigma ART on the open. But there is also no characteristic glow inherent Canon EF 50mm f1.4 on the same open f1.4.

If compare it to Canon EF 35mm f2 IS (and this full-frame lens has the same field of view and equivalent aperture), Canon's 35k optical quality will leave no stone unturned from Viltrox. But do not be upset, because with the native Fujinon 23mm f1.4 these lenses go side by side.

fujifilm x-t3 + viltrox 23mm f1.4

Boke

The lens with a focal length of 23mm is not the best possible lens. But the aperture f1.4 when shooting at a distance of up to 1 meter allows you to quite well separate the subject from the background. The nature of the bokeh is ambiguous and depends on the shooting distance. If the bokeh is strong - if you are shooting something or anyone large enough - then the drawing is pleasing. But if the bokeh is not very pronounced - that is, when shooting from a distance of 1.5 meters - the bokeh looks ragged and unpleasant.

Auto focus

The Viltrox 23mm f1.4 lens is equipped with a stepper motor (STM) focusing motor. This means that it focuses smoothly (as much as possible on Fuji) and fast (no problem with that). Autofocus is silent, unlike Fujinon 23mm f1.4, which is inferior to this lens not only in autofocusing mechanism, but also in design.

Total

The lens has some optical flaws that can be more forgiven, given the cost of $ 300. or about 1/3 of the price of the native Fujinon 23mm f1.4, which is also not devoid of flaws and not to say that it is clearly superior to Viltrox optically. But in terms of constructiveness and autofocus, the native lens is straightforward to merge with the new Chinese competitor.

viltrox 23mm f1.4

Overall I'm happy with this lens. It is pleasant to take it in hand, it looks beautiful on a carcass and removes it decently. I appreciate the aesthetics of Fujifilm cameras, this lens does not spoil it, but successfully complements it. Plus, it is a highly functional prime lens for all occasions. The combination of a versatile focal length and good aperture makes it the main camera for my Fujifilm X T3... This is a lens that can be used 80% of the time on the camera and you will not feel discomfort in any conditions - whether it is evening shooting, shooting in a tight room, landscape photography or even wedding.

23mm cropped or 35mm full-frame equivalent - a very useful and comfortable focal length for a wide range of tasks. The lens focuses confidently on photos and video, and in general not so bad optically. I can recommend to everyone in a row for everything :)

An overview of the entire current Viltrox line for Fujifilm.

November 2020

Fuji-xt4 mirrorless camera

Should you buy the Fujifilm X-T4?

Fujifilm X T4 - a new flagship from Fujifilm with an APS-C size sensor (crop x1.5). Many people know the previous model Fujifilm X-T3 (which I own), so I will start from differences between them.

The main differences from the X-T3:

1. Matrix stabilization. Prior to that, only the X-H1 could boast of such technology from Fuji. Now you have 4k 60fps and matrix stabilization in one cell. At the same time, according to Fujifilm, the matrix stub X-T4 exceeds the X-H1 by 8 (!) Times. In fact, after my tests, I realized that there is a very weak matrix stub.

2. Extended battery. Good news, because battery life has always been a weak point of Fuji cameras. The capacity has increased from 1260mAh for the X-T3 to 2350mAh for the X-T4. In numbers, it looks like it almost doubled. But the manufacturer himself says that the number of shots has increased from only 390 to 500 frames. A very average figure. It's strange that with an increased charge (up to 2350mAh), the camera produces fewer photos than the same Canon R, which is capable of taking about 900 photos on one battery. Fuji added to camera energy saving mode in addition to the usual normal и boost... Personally, I only shoot on boost, because at normal the screen often lags.

3. Dimensions and weight. The camera is slightly larger and slightly heavier (by 68 grams) compared to the previous model. It seems a little, but it can no longer be called a light mirrorless. I miss being compact X-T20.

fuji x-t3 vs x-t4

I personally really liked how they divided the photo and video mode. Plus to the ergonomics.

 

Fuji-xt3-vs-xt4 buttons4. Full rotary screen. Bloggers can cheer. Finally, the older model from the Fujifilm line has a full-fledged swivel screen. I talked a lot about this flaw in first review of the X-T3... Now the camera is fully usable for bloggers. Although I already got the hang of filming and so on X-T3)

Fuji x-t4 screen

5. The declared resource of the shutter is 300 actuations... I would attribute this purely to marketing advantages. Fuji produces amateur cameras... Not many people will bomb weddings on them. When I sold my four-year-old Canon 5D mark III it had a mileage of 147k. Given the public's love for new products, such cameras are unlikely to last 4 years in the same hands. And the replacement of the shutter is not at all such an expensive horror-horror as they used to imagine it.

6. Improved autofocus. Whichever new camera you are considering, the manufacturer will always swear by a fundamentally improved focusing system. Moreover, the pursuit is following the speed with which Fuji has no problems (unlike cameras Panasonic/Olympus). Autofocus problem on Fujifilm cameras is not smooth transition from one subject to another (regardless of the settings in the menu).

A nice bonus: the autofocus sensitivity has been increased from -3Ev to -6Ev. Although I had no problem focusing in the dark on the X-T3, cameras do. Sony.

7. Color settings. Added profiles: Eterna Bleach Bypass, Classic Neg and Color Chrome Effect Blue... For subtle lovers, let's say. But the two types of white balance are correct. Now in stock white priority and atmosphere priority... Features long found in Nikon and Canon cameras.

The camera can now issue 16-bit tiff files. A very specific feature for people closely associated with printing. But for large format printing, I would look at cameras with a large matrix size.

8. Modes of video recording. 4K 60fps has not changed, as well as 10-bit video with a non-working h265 codec. I think the breakthrough feature of the X-T4 is 240fps (with x1.29 crop). Until now, only the Panasonic GH5S camera has had such a slow motion. Now the Panasonic micra has finally lost its trump cards and, in my opinion, will smoothly leave the market. following Olympus... Just like the micra, the Fuji X-T4 has an effective matrix stabilizer and impressive slow-motion. I'm still pleasantly surprised at the 120fps quality on the Fuji X-T3.

It's good that there is now a preview when recording Log-video - F-Log View Assist. You can immediately see the contrasting image when recording the log curve. This was not enough.F-Log_Assist Fuji x-t4

Fly in the ointment: removed the headphone output with a 3.5mm jack. Headphones can now be connected using a USB type-C adapter.

9. Price... Recommended price tag for X-T4 = $ 1700. We are currently selling from $ 1800. At the same time, the X-T3 can now be purchased for $ 1200. Are the aforementioned improvements worth half the price difference? It's up to you, of course, but in my opinion, no. Over time, both cameras will drop in value. I think in a year X-T4 will cost $ 1300 and X-T3 = $ 800. But will they be as interesting after the release of other new products? The question is rhetorical. The price is based on this - sell the pies while they are hot. While people are excited about new parameters and "relevance»Cameras, sales will be at the maximum, hence the price is high.

Globally, the revolution did not happen. It is difficult to pull more megapixels out of the crop (as the experience with the 90D has shown), the video modes have undergone minor changes, like everything else. Nevertheless, the camera is interesting for those who can easily part with the above amount of money. But you have to understand that there are competitors with full-frame sensors. We will talk about them further.

About competitors

In the Ukrainian market at the moment (mid-2020) Fuji X-T4 is even slightly more expensive than full-frame Canon EOS... The reason is simple - hype. New items are always sold at a good markup. When i did Fuji X-T3 review, the price of the body from Fuji was significantly lower than the full-frame mirrorless from Canon. But even then I warned that the price difference is deceiving. Looking at the Fuji camera kit with native optics and enough batteries, the camera was on par with a full-frame camera with similar EF optics.

Now the Fuji crop is frankly more expensive. In my opinion, photographers definitely do not need to look in this direction. whatever one may say, the full frame takes better. But there is still a more budgetary Canon RPstill giving better photo quality than crop. The problem is that some people deludedthinking that new cameras should shoot fundamentally better. When buying such equipment, you must honestly be aware that you are taking a toy to play with. Don't think that your photos will be fundamentally better from the new camera. It is much more important to competently work with light, composition, choose a suitable location, etc. But that's about photography. In terms of video, Fuji on paper more advantages over Canon cameras.

Fujifilm X-T4 also competes with Nikon Z6, which has a full-frame sensor, matrix stabilization and a lot of other goodies. Fuji has more marketing gimmicks regarding video - like 10bit or 4K 60fps. I would not dwell on them. 10bit there are conditional workers, tk. h265 codec is not friendly to editing and overloads even powerful computer hardware... Anyway, 10bit is not at all the flexibility that raw files have. The difference from 8bit is not at all as big as marketers are trying to promote it. Nikon Z6 is in my opinion a more interesting hybrid camera for the money.

About competitive Sony cameras I am not speaking because I do not consider them worthy of attention in principle.

So to buy or not?

People loyal to the brand will undoubtedly be interested in it and most likely purchase a new product. Is it worth take a camera for a beginnerbecause she's cool? My opinion is no. It makes no sense for a beginner to significantly spend money on a relatively expensive technique. And a person with experience should already be clear which functions he needs, and which are pure marketing.

By the way, the optics for this system have already become better. An alternative has appeared overrated lenses from Fujifilm... Now there are inexpensive and high quality fixes:  Viltrox 23mm f1.4, 33mm f1.4 and 50mm f1.4... I bought the 23mm f1.4 and am very satisfied. So the system develops and becomes more accessible. As for the Fujifilm X-T4, after my tests I was convinced that it's not worth it. X-T3 can do all the same, only weighs less and costs less

July 2020