Hands on with the Fujifilm X-S10 – the Smaller, Cheaper XT-4 Stills Alternative Fujifilm is shrinking down the XT-4

This week seems to be one of the busiest for the camera industry in 2020 with the new Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II cameras, the Panasonic Lumix BGH1, and more cameras and other accessories by several other manufacturers we feel like the camera industry is trying hard to fight the bad vibe of 2020. Earlier today Fujifilm introduced the more compact mirrorless X-S10 camera which shares many of the features of the flagship X-T4 but in a smaller, lighter, and more importantly less expensive body.

Fujifilm looks at the X-S10 not necessary as a sort of mini X-T4 but actually as a hybrid between the X-T30 and the larger X-H1 and indeed it brings components and design elements from both these cameras. The design in general is a little less “fuji” and a bit more traditional to help draw in users who might not necessarily feel all that comfortable with the retro look and somewhat more complex operation of the higher-end Fujifilm cameras.

Especially as a stills camera the X-S10 seems to have quite a bit to offer with a tied and true APS-C 26MP X-Trans sensor (also found on the X-T4), 3-inch touch articulated monitor, very impressive 20 frames per second continuous shooting speed with AF, a 2.3 million dot EVF and quite a few dials as well as a built-in flash not to mention a built-in stabilizer and USB-C PD power.

A new look – Fujifilm X-S10

The video side isn’t as advanced as that on the X-T4 but you can shoot up to 4K 30p but interestingly enough also 1080p at up to 240p which is impressive. It does have a mic and headphone jacks (the second one only using the USB- dongle though).

The X-S10 main specs

  • Sensor – 26MP X-Trans (same as the X-T4).
  • Image stabilization – A miniature 5-axis IBIS.
  • LCD – 3″, 1.04M-dot fully articulating touchscreen.
  • EVF – 2.36M-dot OLED.
  • Continuous shooting – up to 20 fps (30fps with a crop).
  • Video – DCI and UHD 4K capture at up to 30p with F-Log support
  • Battery – 325 CIPA (with LCD).
  • Physical connections – USB C PD, mic, and headphone (with a dongle).
  • Storage – one UHS-I card slot.
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
  • Price$1000 starting mid-Novmeber 2020.

Fujifilm also introduced a new XF10-24mm F4 R OIS WR lens which will start selling in November 2020 for $1000.

B&H look at the X-S10 by Fujifilm

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Chris and Jordan from DPR with the X-S10

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Gordon Laing  X-S10 compared to the X-30

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The XF10-24mm F4 R OIS WR by the Fuji Guys

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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