Fujifilm X-S10 Camera – Your Daily Travel Companion
After months of rumors and overwhelming speculation, the release date of the Fujifilm X-S10 camera has finally arrived. Photography blogs are all buzzing, and the same questions are on everybody’s minds- Does the X-S10 live up to all the hype and is it worth its pricetag? Well, here’s my take on it.
Not too long ago, I’ve had the honour of trying out the Fujifilm X-S10 camera, and as a professional travel photographer, I can tell you that this camera is nothing short of spectacular. It possesses a range of features that would work splendidly for all sorts of photography styles, and as a whole, is generally very similar to the flagship model, the X-T4.
Here’s everything you need to know about the newest Fujifilm X-S10 camera.
Summary of Fujifilm X-S10 Camera
- 26.1 MP Sensor
- 5 Stop IBIS (Stabilizer Function)
- 4K 30fps Video Recording
- 60fps, 120fps, 240fps HD Video Recording
- Lightweight (Approx: 475gram)
The X-S10 At First Glance
The moment you pick up the X-S10, you’ll notice how incredibly small and light the camera feels in your hands. It is about 475gram on my weighing scale. While this might sound trivial, the size and weight of a camera is essential for photographers, especially those who travel often or who might need to hold and carry their equipment for extended periods of time, such as during events or festivals.
An added advantage the Fujifilm X-S10 camera has is that it uses an XF-mount, allowing the camera body to be paired with a range of the best available lenses in Fujifilm’s repertoire.
An In-Depth Look At The Main Features
Amongst the much-discussed rumors about this new model is whether in-body image stabilization (IBIS) would be included- and I’m happy to lay the speculation to rest by reporting that yes, it does indeed. Over the years, IBIS has grown into an increasingly essential tool in the field of photography, and the fact is, a lot of mid-range models tend to overlook the importance of it, giving the X-S10 a huge advantage over others.
Here are a few images that showcase the X-S10’s 5 stops IBIS performance. Do note that these images were all taken handheld, which only further illustrates the importance of IBIS.
Another key feature of this model are its sensors, which are the exact same as Fujifilm’s current flagship model, with 26.1 megapixels. Coupling that with its 4K video resolution and up to 240 FPS slow motion feature, there is no denying that the X-S10 is a top performance camera, designed to produce high quality and resolution images and videos. Regardless of the type or style of photography you’re interested in, this model is perfect for unleashing your creativity.
During my time with the X-S10 camera, I’ve also noticed that the noise level in higher ISO settings is extremely well managed. Working alongside the incredibly accurate HDR function as well as the in-built flash function, these features make it possible to capture beautiful shots even in extreme lighting conditions, which is highlighted in these following images.
In addition to all the features mentioned above, the X-S10 camera also has an advanced face / eye detection and a flip screen feature, both of which would help in the process of creating social media-intended content. From lengthy YouTube video series to casual selfies for Instagram, it has never been easier to focus and capture the best moments of everyday life.
Here is the comparison of different ISO setting of photos in unedited JPG.
Key Highlights of X-S10: Film Simulation and Filters
One of the aspects of the X-S10 camera that I was continually impressed by, was the gorgeous vibrancy of the resulting images. Fujifilm has always been known for its colour accuracy and reproduction, and recently, with the latest developments in its film simulation and filters, the pictures I’ve managed to capture with the X-S10 camera were absolutely stunning, even in their raw, unedited form.
Here are a few shots that show off the spectrum of colours that this model can replicate.
Much like modern day smart phones, this camera contains several easy-to-use filters, to unleash creativity without requiring any editing. Some of these filters would include the TOYO filter, which adds a warmer tone to the pictures, giving it a more old-timey vibe, as well as the Toy Effect filter, which creates a bokeh effect at the top and bottom of an image.
On top of that, various Film Simulation options can also be applied to both images and videos to lend different types of feel and colour to them. On their own, the contrast and reproduction of colours might be rather subtle, but when compared to each other and the original, the differences will be glaringly obvious.
Here are a few images using different Filter and Film Simulation options.
Before and After Editing
Although, editing is part of modern photography. But, I always try to shoot as accurate as possible, in order to minimize editing or straight out of camera. This is due to my work nature as a travel photographer. I have to edit my photos in a short span of time like during lunch break or in the night before I sleep. The main reason is that I need to edit all my photos on a daily basis, so that I do not have any editing backlog.
I will like to showcase the difference of the photo before and after editing.
At the end of the day, Fujifilm X-S10 is a camera that clearly boasts some utterly fearsome qualities and features, bringing much-needed stabilizers, sensors and filters to the market of mid-range cameras. All of these features would help reduce the time needed for post-production and editing after the shoot, and more often than not, might even be perfect for print or publication SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera).
I personally love the size and weight of the camera. It really suits any traveler who wants a decent shot, and without a heavy bag. My only fuss – The camera lacks of 4k 60fps. Other than that, everything is almost perfect.
The X-S10 is simply a mirror of the flagship model with slightly fewer features, but still capturing the essence of the X-T4, and even possesses the same high quality sensors. It is a no-frill camera that can easily be used for everyday shoots or even professional productions without fear of loss in quality. Let the camera show you just what it’s capable of.
(Disclaimer: I am Fujifilm X-Photographer, currently using GFX system. This camera review is based on my user experience from the 2 weeks of testing. The photos taken are straight out of camera from Fujifilm X-S10 camera in their JPG form. No editing to any of the images, unless otherwise stated for comparison purpose.)