Fuji has announced the newest addition to its X-Series range of mirrorless cameras and the XS sees the brand approach things differently. With a more modern design, the camera is best described as a mid-range offering, but here’s all the importantly things you need to know about the X-S10…
One – Resolution:
The X-S10 is built around a APS-C X-TransTM CMOS 4 sensor that serves up a resolution of 26-megapixels. While there are higher res Fuji models on the market, 26-MP is more than enough to make prints up to A3 in size and also allow for some cropping.
Two – Simpler design:
Fuji is well known for its retro styling, but with the X-S10, the brand has taken a step back and the X-S10 features a more modern, compact design. This is evident in the mode dials on the top plate of the camera. The X-S10 also boasts a notably deep hand grip, which come as good news to those who want a strong hold of their camera body.
Three – Tweaked IBIS:
Fuji’s engineers have been busy and the X-S10 features a newly developed, smaller IBIS system to make the most of the smaller body design. In fact, the 5-axis In Body Image Stabilisation system offers photographers up to 6-stops of compensation, which is sure to make a big difference when shooting in low light conditions or with a longer lens – where shake is more prominent. Fuji says the IBIS system is actually approx 30% smaller in volume and weight than the previous versions.
Four – Ready to go:
If weight is an issue and you prefer your cameras to be small and portable, then the X-S10 should please as it tips the scales at only 450g. While there are lighter mirrorless cameras out there, the X-S10 certainly won;t weigh you down, making it suitable for carrying around all day long.
Five – Speedy burst mode:
If you’re looking to shoot actions such as sports or wildlife then you need a camera with a decent burst rate and the X-S10 doesn’t disappoint, offering a burst rate of 8 frames per second using the mechanical shutter or an astonishing 30 frames per second using the electronic shutter. This should be fast enough to ensure you don’t miss split-second moments.
Six – Advanced AF system:
Speed is nothing without precision and the X-S10’s fast burst rate is complimented by an advanced autofocus system that takes advantage of 2.16 million phase detection pixels. What’s more, the autofocus system can lock on to subjects in as little as 0.02 seconds in some cases and can focus in very low light (even down to -7.0 EV).
Seven – Get creative in-camera:
Fuji has always been well known for its Film Simulation modes and the X-S10 offers no less than 18 options to help you get creative in-camera, including ETERNA Bleach Bypass, which Fuji says helps photographers create a beautiful, de-saturated, high-contrast look. The X-S10 also offers an updated Scene Position mode that automatically adjusts shooting settings to suit a given scene.
Eight – Versatile LCD :
Along with a Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), photographers can line up compositions using the vari-angle LCD that not only flips 180-degrees but also supports what Fuji calls three boost mode including Low Light Priority, Resolution Priority model, and Frame Rate Priority. The vari-angle LCD will also be of interest to Vloggers who want to present to camera.
Nine – Impressive video options:
Videographers will be pleased to hear that the X-S10 boasts some impressive movie making specs, including 4K video that Fuji says is generated from the amount of data equivalent to 6K to ensure the footage is in high resolution with low noise. Videographers can choose to shoot 4K/30p 4:2:0 8-bit video onto an SD card or 4K/30p 4:2:2 10-bit video to an external source via the HDMI port. Videographers can get creative by using the Full-HD slow motion mode, recording at 240p to produce up to 10x slow-motion footage.