I'll tell you about three modern cameras from Fujifilm.
Where do we start?
- First, you need to understand that they all shoot the same way. Don't assume that the X100V has any difference in photo / video quality from the X-E4 or X-S10. They have the same sensors and the same image processing / reading. They will differ in the picture ONLY due to different lenses.
- Secondly, the main differences between them relate exclusively to design. He will be discussed in this article.
In general, all these cameras are positioned by the manufacturer as amateur in the Fujifilm line, therefore, in each of them, the functionality is cut down on trifles. So for example, X100V writes video in fragments of 10 minutes (X-S10 writes video for 30 minutes). All of these cameras have F-Log, but it is written in 8 bits, so when you apply loot, an unpleasant posterization can appear. To summarize, the restrictions apply to video filming and buttons. For a photographer, the possibilities are exactly the same. The differences, again, are in the design. Fujifilm's Crop Cameras for Maximum Video Capability are Presented in Models X-T3 and X-T4.
X100V can be called X-Pro3 with a non-replaceable lens.
- This camera, like the X-Pro3, is equipped with a hybrid rangefinder optical / electronic viewfinder.
- The second feature is a fixed 23mm f2.0 pancake lens.
- The third feature is the built-in electronic neutral density (ND) filter, which dampens approximately 3 stops of exposure. Nice to play with, but if you really need an ND filter, you need to buy it and wind it up separately.
The coolness of this lens is in its compactness. Similar Fujinon XF 23mm f2.0 larger if purchased separately.
Fujifilm X100V has a flip-up screen that moves in only one plane.
The X-E4 is the most compact of the cameras in this roundup. At the same time, she has the least comfortable grip - the payback for compactness. But this camera can be put in your pocket if you use the stock Fujinon XF 27mm f2.8 lens.
As you can see in the photo below, the screen can be folded back to shoot video in selfie mode.
All three cameras are equipped with USB-type C, micro Hdmi and microphone input. I would like to remind you that the model X-pro3 lacks HDMI output.
The Fujinon XF 27mm f2.8 lens disappointed me with focusing in video mode. Sitting down and writing a video blog with AF tracking with these optics is a bad idea. The focus is constantly walking back and forth. For photographers, AF is buzzing, but it will work :)
By the way, my X-E4 overheated while recording 4K video after 19 and a half minutes. But this is not a bad result considering that the X-E3 only withstood about 7 minutes of 4K video recording.
Fujifilm X-E4 also received a very minimalistic design. Here they removed the wheel under the thumb (in the X-E3 it was) and the AF type switching in front. Buttons for setting everything in a row are desperately lacking, but enough for amateur photography.
The X-S10 is positioned by the manufacturer as a blogging camera for video recording. So it is.
But it will also delight photographers with a comfortable grip. I find the grip on this camera to be the most comfortable of Fujifilm's crop cameras. Even the X-T4 holds up worse than the X-S10. But this same grip makes the camera a little bigger than the X-E4 and you definitely won't put it in your pocket.
A very nice difference between the X-S10 is a fully rotatable screen, which is a rarity for Fujifilm cameras.
This screen makes the model really attractive for video content creators. It barely overheats when recording in 4K. I had a couple of cases in six months, but this was due to the included matrix stabilizer... By the way, I forgot to say that it is here, but in the other two models it is not. Well, okay. I don't pay much attention to this technology, because it does not fundamentally change anything.
In terms of controls, the X-S10 has quite a few buttons relative to the X100V and X-E4. But after X-T3 I personally lacked many controls. But I'm used to it. So, everything is learned by comparison.
There is no such thing as the best camera. For example, I sincerely do not consider the X-T4 the best in the lineup, although it is a flagship with the maximum of everything that is possible for a crop. Moreover, the X-T4 is the leader among crop cameras not only by Fujifilm, but also among other brands. But for me this camera is too big and bulky. The cameras in this review are much more compact and lightweight.
The choice of a specific model depends on your needs and requirements. And also from such a factor as simply like / dislike, lies in the hand / does not lie in the hand.
More details about these cameras can be found in my video review:
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