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Fuji X-T10 Hands-On: First Looks At The X-T1 Alternative

By Hanssie on May 18th 2015

fujifilm-x-t10Fuji has proved themselves a force to be reckoned with in the mirrorless market. While Sony still holds the top slot in the heart of mirrorless consumers (except this one), Fuji has been quietly releasing quality lenses and camera options for those that are looking for a DSLR alternative. With the announcements of the Fuji XF 90mm f/2, a versatile macro lens and the much anticipated Fuji X-T10, the budget friendly alternative to the Fuji X-T1, Fujifilm is continuing to cement its reputation in the market.


There’s no doubt that the 90mm will be just as fantastic as the rest of the current Fuji lens lineup, but will the lighter, smaller and cheaper X-T10 be a solid contender against its meatier and pricier big brother, the X-T1, or any of its competitors like the A6000? Two of our favorite sites, The Camera Store TV and DigitalRev give us a hands-on look to see if the X-T10 lives up to expectations.

Watch ‘Fuji X-T10 Hands-On Field Test’ | The Camera Store TV

Watch ‘Fujifilm X-T10 Hands-on Review’ | DigitalRev

The Verdict

Chris from CSTV thinks that the X-T10 is great for people trying to get their toes wet in the mirrorless market. It has the image quality, design and features of the X-T1, and same terrible video capabilities. It’s not a camera that’s recommended for wildlife and sports shooters.

Kai from DigitalRev calls it a “watered down X-T1” or an “X-T1 lite.” Image quality is still great, but Kai points out the missing dials such as the dedicated ISO dial and metering dial, which “geeky hipster nerds” will be sure to miss. The X-T10 is also not weather sealed like the X-T1 and the low light AF performance is “noticeably weaker.”

So, is the X-T10 a good alternative for you? Of course, as will all camera gear, that is up to you and your needs. Are you going to give the X-T10 a whirl? Comment below.

You can pre-order the Fuji X-T10 at B&H for $799.95 now.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Chris Jones

    I can’t front, I wanna like the xt-10 because it’s cheaper and has a lot of the features, but it’s so ugly!

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  2. Yankel Adler

    Love their videos

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  3. Phil Bautista

    Kai got it wrong on the ISO dial. As Chris explained, control over ISO can be done with either the front or rear dials which are programmable. It may not be a dedicated dial like the X-T1 but, for the price, I can live with this change.

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  4. Dustin Baugh

    It looks like a digital Holga Camera.

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  5. J. Dennis Thomas

    I’d give it a shot if it were an interchangeable lens X100/or XPro hybrid OVF/rangefinder style camera. I’ve come to hate centered viewfinders. The off-center VF is much more comfortable and with an EVF it’s a no-brainer. Just goes to to show that like it or not mirrorless is still catering to the DSLR crowd by making their flagship camera the XT-1 more DSLR like.

    While the XPro-1 was the flagship previously, that ship has sailed and I don’t see an XPro-2 coming over the horizon.

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  6. Tosh Cuellar

    The guys at DigitalRev crack me up, good reviews with a health dose of humor.

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    • Ed Rhodes

      love their videos, you can tell that they have a good time when filming

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  7. Dave Haynie

    Fujifilm’s being smart on this one.. all of the mirrorless companies have discovered that GAS is their friend. You buy an X-M1 or an X-E2 or now the X-T10, an A6000, an OM-D EM-10 or one of the Pen PL series, basically just to dabble. Before you know it, you have a whole system if you’re not careful. I wasn’t. I started with an Olympus Pen E-PM1 and one lens, which was my answer for a broken P&S that really never satisfied me, quality-wise. Three years later and while I still have my Canons, I’ve moved to all FF on Canon, and have two OM-D bodies and seven lenses for the OM-D system. Honestly, they just kind of appeared!

    And actually, the X-E2 has been around for awhile and already is a close match to Sony’s A6000. And they have the X-M1 and X-A2 at lower-still price point, and even the X-Pro1 isn’t all that expensive. But the X-T10 is taking a page from the Olympus book and making a more affordable version of their flagship DSLR-replacement camera, rather than a more rangefinder/P&S class model that just gets you in the door.

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  8. Rob Harris

    As someone who has a X100T, I will pass on the X-T10. I may find a descendent of the X-T1 with a couple of Fuji prime lenses in my hands in a few years though. I really like the photos from my Fuji, but I like the overall capabilities of my Nikon better. I see a full frame Nikon in my future before another Fuji. I only wish Tums would alleviate my GAS. :)

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