Fujifilm is said to be capable of delivering uniquely magically cool JPGs that don't need any processing. It was interesting for me to check this thesis. At the same time, most Fujifilm cameras have APS-C crop sensors. About Fujifilm medium format I wrote separately, here we do not touch on this topic. I was interested in comparing whether JPG photos from Fujifilm really outperform JPG photos from other cameras and even from full-frame cameras.
For this test, I took mine Fujifilm X-S10 and Nikon Z6 II, which they gave me for the test.
I will show you 2 photos, one for crop, the other for full frame:
Try to guess where what was filmed. Both there and there - in-camera JPG without additional processing. In full frame nikon and cropped fuji, I set the settings for maximum dynamic range right from the camera. The answer will be in my video.
The following photos are already the result of processing raw files from both cameras. Try to determine where is the crop and where is the full frame.
I deliberately chose a challenging backlit scene. I must admit, in web resolution, I myself do not see any difference after processing. But there is a difference when you process these raw files. It will also make a difference if you want to print these photos in large sizes (from A2).
Considering the difference in price between a good full frame with optics and a crop camera with crop optics, an APS-C camera would be the rational choice. But for those who still want the maximum (which is hardly distinguishable when viewed at incomplete resolution), of course it is worth looking towards cameras with large matrices.
I told you more about my experiment in this video:
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.
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).
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.
In April 2020, Fujifilm released an update to its flagship crop mirrorless camera lineup - Fujifilm X T4... And now, recently (November 2020), I had the opportunity to test this camera and compare with my Fujifilm X T3... To be honest, I'm not impressed at all.
From my point of view, this camera has 2 chips that set it apart from its predecessor: a rotatable screen, matrix stabilization, and 240fps video. Matrix stabilization works so-so - you can tell in the video that it is not. And 240fps is comparable in quality to 240fps on my old GoproHero 4 Black - very weak. But 120fps is good - the same as on the X-T3. But the camera has become larger, heavier and more expensive.
In general, I think it's not worth the candle. Photo and video quality is virtually identical to the previous model. And the new firmware on the X-T3 has equalized these models in terms of autofocus speed and accuracy.