Fujifilm is looking to follow up on the success for the X-T1 with a simplified, less expensive model – the Fujifilm X-T10. While it’s a similar SLR-like design to the X-T1, the X-T10 is a much smaller digital camera that’s similar in size to Olympus’s OM-D E-M10. Like the E-M10, it hides a pop-up ﬂ ash at the leading of its viewfinder prism, and forgoes weather-sealing. However, with Fujifilm’s familiar 16MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor present, it guarantees to offer exactly the same exemplary image quality because the X-T1. These can be clicked inwards to function as buttons, aided by the rear dial engaging manual focus aids, and the front one being user-configurable. In typical Fujifilm fashion, the Fujifilm X-T10 is situated around conventional analogue controls, with top-plate shutter rate and aperture dials complemented by an aperture ring on most Fujinon lenses. In addition, there is a top-plate drive mode dial, plus twin dials embedded into the front and rear of the body. The viewfinder is the exact same 2.36m-dot OLED unit as formerly seen in the X-E2, offering a 0.62x magnification and 100% coverage. Below the EVF is a 3in, 920k-dot LCD that tilts upwards by 90° for waist-level shooting, and downwards by 45° for high-angle shots. Regrettably, it is not touch-sensitive though. The boxy, high-shouldered design of the X-T10 can look a bit odd from some angles, but it offers some real advantages.
The tall human body gives both more area for settings, and much more room for your right hand to hold. Indeed with a cleverly sculpted handgrip and grippy rubberised coating, the X-T10 feels secure in-hand for such a tiny digital camera. Particularly, the X-T10 comes with similar autofocus system built-in that Fujifilm recently announced in a firmware upgrade for the X-T1. This adds new modes for concentrating on moving subjects – a weakness of previous X-system models. Overall, the X-T10 looks like it’ll be a very capable camera at an attractive price, and we’re looking towards getting hold of an assessment sample. Available from mid-June, the Fujifilm X-T10 will cost £499 (body-only), £599 with the XC16-50mm lens, or £799 with the XF18-55mm. Wide Tracking mode can follow subjects moving over the frame, while Group mode can use sets of AF points positioned in a user-selected area of the frame to keep subjects moving relative the camera in focus at up to eight fps. Other features include Full HD movie recording and built-in Wi-fi.