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Top 8 Fujifilm Cameras Reviewed

Rating: 5.00 based on 1 Rating
Igor Letilovic
December 15, 2016 By Igor Letilovic
Top 8 Fujifilm Cameras Reviewed www.sleeklens.com

As the popularity of mirrorless cameras rises to previously unseen heights and with every manufacturer giving all they got to take a slice of the pie that is mirrorless camera market it’s only natural that we should give some attention to Fujifilm and some of their best efforts to come out on top as one of the best around. As you’ll soon come to realize, there are really some quite interesting and diverse offerings in their line-up. So as usual, let’s start with the most affordable camera and end it with some exotic ones.

8 Best FujiFilm Cameras

Fujifilm X30Go to Amazon
As the tradition dictates, the first item on this list will be the most affordable one out of the bunch and that place belongs to the Fujifiilm X30.
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Pros
  • Lovely retro design
  • Plenty buttons and dials
  • WiFi capable
  • Rear tilting screen
  • Sturdy built
Cons
  • Small body
  • Noise noticeable at higher ISO settings
  • Takes too long to wake from sleep mode
  • Limited exposure compensation
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It's a compact mirrorless camera with above the average sensor size and a lens with a useful zoom range and maximum aperture. It's built around a 12 megapixel 2/3 inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor with EXR Processor II providing it with all the necessary power. While this sensor isn't as big as the 1-inch sensors we usually find in these types of cameras, it's still noticeably bigger than the 1/2.3 inch sensors found in a lot of cameras in its price range, so we have no complaints here.

The image quality you can expect from this camera is rather good. You can get a lot of detail in your shots at lower ISOs and also benefit from good dynamic range if you end up with some over or underexposed areas in your photos.

The noise performance is also very respectable for such a relatively small sensor and you can get usable images up to ISO 1600. At an ISO of 3200 there's a little too much noise for our taste, but at least the amount of detail retained is still ok if you decide to shoot in RAW. If you aim to get the most detail out of X30, we suggest you use RAW capture when shooting at ISO of 800 or above because the JPEG algorithms apply too much noise reduction at these ISO values and we believe that so much processing really isn't necessary. The same applies to video quality, it's good at normal ISO values while some noticeable noise creeps in at 1600 and 3200.

The body of the X30 is another of its strengths being made out of magnesium alloy and looking very sharp and retro-like. There's also a lot of manual controls available for a compact camera with as much as three dials. There's also a very useful articulated 920,000 dot 3-inch TFT-LCD and a large high resolution 2,360,000 dots EVF - Our only complaint here is the omission of a touchscreen which is a pretty normal affair these days on many cameras. We understand that some corners had to be cut to keep it competitive price wise, we just wish that this wasn't one of these cuts.

The AF system in X30 consists of 49 focus points and its performance is average at best. You won't have many problems with it in regular use, but it can be quite hesitant to focus correctly while you're shooting extreme macro or portrait photos when you aren't holding the camera in landscape. Unfortunately, the situation for video isn't any better and you'll get much better results when using manual focus helped by the focus peaking.

Back on the more positive note, the lens on the X30 is of very high quality; besides having such a useful aperture range it's also sharp, exhibits minimal distortions and is also quite resistant to flare because of Fuji's familiar EBC coatings. Its Wi-Fi capabilities are also very good and give you an easy way to connect to your smartphone or a tablet with Fuji Camera Remote app. The app itself is well thought out and easy to navigate through and also serves as a replacement for the missing touchscreen by giving you the ability to use tap to focus on your smart device. Other noticeable features include a pop-up flash unit, 12 fps burst rate, RAW support, micro-HDMI port and a battery life for 470 shots.
Fujifilm X-A3Go to Amazon
We are only on the second camera on this list and it's already a one with the large APS-C sensor. Seems like Fuji are very serious in trying hard to make this new camera a best seller. 
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Pros
  • Articulated screen
  • WiFi capable
  • Touchscreen
  • 1080p video
  • Timelapse recording
  • Light body
Cons
  • No Image Stabilization
  • No Built-in Viewfinder
  • No External Viewfinder
  • Low Battery Life
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The X-A3 is built around company's new 24 megapixel APS-C sensor, replacing the older 16 megapixel X-Trans sensor. It's backed up by EXR Processor II that makes the X-A3 a speedy little beast with fast start-up times, AF speed of around 0.3 seconds, little to no shutter lag and short interval shooting times.

The AF system itself sports 49 autofocus points for single AF mode and 77 points for subject tracking. When talking about its design, it's a classic Fuji, with sleek metal parts combined with faux leather accents and a slew of manual controls. It all looks very attractive and you even get a choice of three different colors (brown, red and black).

The screen of the back is an articulated TFT-LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 1,040,000 dots. With it you get some interesting features like Touch AF, Touch Shoot and Touch Zoom. It is also optimized towards taking selfies with modes like Smile Detection, Buddy Timer and Group Timer. These are all there to help you take a photo of yourself or your friends without even touching the camera. So much though has went into this that even the Eye Detection AF is activated when the screen is tilted upwards. Lastly there's the Portrait Enhancer mode which offers different ways to change the tonality of skin tones in your photos.

Curiously enough, there is no viewfinder. It seems that the only explanation for it missing would be that Fuji wanted to distance this camera away from its more expensive models which are aimed at more advanced photographers and market this camera as a more casual camera that everybody can use and get great pictures with. The whole focus on taking selfies really proves that Fuji decided to portray the X-A3 as a camera for youngsters.

Another fact that supports this theory is the addition of types of color filters and effects. First, there are Film Simulation modes. They are essentially something along the lines of Instagram filters but made to mimic the tonality you could get while using different types of film back in the day. Some of these are Provia, Astia, Classic Chrome, Monochrome and Sepia. In addition to those you also get some fun filters like Fisheye, Toy Camera, Miniature, Soft Focus, etc. When It comes to controlling your exposure you get a very wide ISO range of 100-25600, fast shutter speeds up to 1/32000 of a second when using the electronic shutter and a maximum flash sync speed of 1/180 sec. While there's no 4K video recording, you do get the option of recording at 1080p at 60 frames per second and there's also Focus Peaking available to help you focus more easily.

Since this is a camera targeted at a younger audience it's only natural that it comes with Wi-Fi built-in and all the expected functionality that comes with it. A little disclaimer at the end; the X-A3 does sound like a camera that was build as a tool for having fun with and also for light hearted photography in general, and it is. But one shouldn't overlook the fact that it still comes with freshly made large APS-C sensor and the ability to use any of the Fuji's high quality glass, so it's still a really capable camera for those who take their photography more seriously and plan to do more with their camera than just taking selfies.
Fujifilm Finepix S1Go to Amazon
While Fuji aren't know that much for being a company that makes a lot of superzoom cameras, they still make an interesting one from time to time and Fujifilm Finepix S1 is certainly one of them.
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Pros
  • WiFi Capable
  • Articulated screen
  • Manual focus
  • AE bracketing
  • 1080p Video
  • Timelapse recording
  • Long battery life
  • 50x Optical Zoom
  • 5-axis Image Stabilization
Cons
  • No touchscreen
  • Heavy body
  • Price
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It boasts a 16 megapixel 1/2.3 inch sensor that sits behind a 24-1200mm lens with a maximum aperture of f2.8 - f.5.6. That's a huge zoom range that equals to 50x in compact camera terms. Because of that large lens S1 looks more like a DSLR than a compact camera.

The lens itself also has optical image stabilization as well as a digital; you can combine both to get better results than using the optical stabilization by itself. While it doesn't feel very premium in the hand it still shaped ergonomically and easy to use.

There aren't as many manual controls as with some of Fuji's more premium cameras, but there are still two dials available as well as all the buttons you would expect for adjusting things like WB, ISO, AF modes and others. On the back, you'll find the 3 inches 920,000 dot vari-angle TFT-LCD screen and 0,2-inch viewfinder of the same resolution. They aren't the best around but fall in line with what you'd expect in this type of camera.

Before we touch on the rest of the feature set, we should say a few words about the image quality. As is the case with all the superzoom cameras with a smaller sensor the image quality is average at best. At wider angles picture quality can be good, but when you reach the telephoto range it gets noticeably soft. Noise performance isn't great either and you should only go above ISO 800 if you really need to.

To help you with low light shots, Fuji implemented a Pro-Low-Light mode in which the camera takes a burst of four photos with different ISO levels and combines them into one less noisy image. It really does work like promised but at the cost of reduced detail in your photos. On the positive side, you do get the RAW support which is rarely found on any cameras sporting a 1/2.3 inch sensor. Also, any other aspects that determine the image quality like distortion, chromatic aberrations and vignetting all well control and never really noticeable in everyday images.

Macro performance is also good and you get the option to either shoot at a distance of 1 cm at the widest angle or 1.3 m at the longest. Lastly, to help your photos stand out a little, you get different kinds of filters like Toy Camera, Miniature, Pop Color, High-Key, Fish-Eye, Soft Focus, etc. You also get some of the Fuji's familiar film simulation modes like Chrome, Black and White and Sepia. It's obvious you won't be buying a superzoom camera with a 50x zoom range to get the best image quality, you're buying it solely for the convenience of having such a range. It's important to keep that in mind when looking at the S1 just from the image quality standpoint.

Some other specifications worth mentioning are the 1080p 60 fps video recording with stereo sound, a pop-up flash as well as hot-shoe for external flash use, HDR and panorama modes, mini-HDMI port, Wi-Fi and a battery life of 350 frames when using the Auto mode. In conclusion, the Fujifilm Finepix S1 is a "Fine" camera indeed. While not having the best image quality, it still offers an impressive number of features in one package you can always lug around with you.
Fujifilm X70Go to Amazon
If you want a general purpose camera that's easy to use, has great image quality and looks good, than the Fujifilm X70 might be your cup of tea.
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  • Articulated Screen
  • WiFi Capable
  • Touchscreen
  • 1080p video
  • Long Battery Life
  • Manual Focusing
  • Manual Exposure
  • External Microphone Port
  • Timelapse Recording
Cons
  • No Image Stabilization
  • No Built-in Viewfinder
  • Heavy Body
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No Panorama Shooting
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In many ways it can be considered as an upgrade for the camera on your phone as it's also build around a large touchscreen and a fixed wide angle lens. The sensor in the X70 is Fuji's venerable 16 megapixel X-Trans CMOS II APS-C sensor that can already be found in many of their more premium models.

To make sure you can get the most out of that sensor Fuji decided to couple it with a Fujinon 28mm f2.8 lens. Other than it being of high quality and gathering a good amount of light because of that f2.8 aperture it also has an impressive minimum focus distance of 10 cm making it very versatile lens indeed.

Almost every part of X70's body is made out of metal with some plastic parts here and there mostly for doors protecting the ports. It feels and looks like an old film camera, but a lot slimmer than the rangefinder style cameras back in the day. There are two major things that separate it from those cameras when you look at it and these the tilting touchscreen and the lack of a viewfinder. Considering how closely the X70 resembles those retro cameras, it's quite strange that Fuji didn't include the viewfinder to complete the whole package. At least the screen itself is really good, so you're not completely left in the dark.

To finish the story about the body of the X70 we should also mention that it comes with integrated Wi-Fi, micro-HDMI port, build-in flash unit with a maximum range of 7.9 meters and a lithium-ion battery that's rated at 330 shots. The X70 sports a Hybrid AF system which makes use of both the contrast and phase detection AF and combines them both to help you get more accurate focus. It's not very fast, but it is precise, even in low light. You'll also get some useful AF modes like Zone AF, Wide/Tracking and face/eye detection. There's also a Touch AF mode which enables you to use the touchscreen to select a desired focus point, which is very useful to have. Now, let's say a few words about image quality.

The X70 produces pleasing images all around. There's plenty of detail captured with no noticeable over sharpening and colors come out accurate and neutral. Noise performance is also great and you'll be able to get very usable images even at very high ISO values. The story is the same with RAW, so we have no complaints here. One thing you do have to keep in mind is that the lens (albeit pretty resistant to everything from distortions to vignetting) is a little soft wide open and you'll need to stop down to at least f5.6 to get really sharp images. One interesting feature you get with the X70 is the digital teleconverter. It works only in JPEG mode and it digitally turns the 28mm lens into 35mm or 50mm by cropping into the sensor.

As expected, there is a noticeable decrease in image quality and some artifacts do appear, but honestly it isn't that bad for casual use and for those photos that you just plan to view on your computer screen or post online. Those who plan to print their images shouldn't use this mode. If you wonder why we still haven't said anything about the video recording on the X70, It's because it just isn't very good. It's ok for a casual video here and there, but nothing more than that. This is a camera for taking photos and you should treat it like one and forget about video.
Fujifilm X-T10Go to Amazon
If you like what Fujifilm X70 has to offer but you wished it had an ability to change lenses and a viewfinder, than you'll certainly like the X-T10.
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  • WiFi capable
  • Electronic Built-in Viewfinder
  • Face Detection Focusing
  • Articulated screen
  • Light body
  • 1080p video
  • External Microphone Port
  • Timelapse Recording
Cons
  • No Image Stabilization: No Touch Screen
  • Low Battery Life
  • No Environmental Sealing
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Anyway, you look at it, it's a well-rounded camera, especially considering its price. It comes equipped with a very well known 16 megapixel X-Trans CMOS II APS-C sensor. The image quality it produces is very good and fits perfectly into the balanced nature of this camera. You can get plenty of detail out of your photos, but not as much as with some of the 20 or 24-megapixel sensors found I many mirrorless cameras today.

One advantage you gain for sacrificing some detail is the improved low light and noise performance and it sure holds true with the X-T10. Fuji fine tuned their JPEG algorithms to retain a perfect balance between noise and the amount of detail so you'll get very usable shots even at ISO as high as 6400, which is hardly the case with many APS-C cameras these days. Of course, you can do even more tuning in RAW, but interestingly enough when shooting above ISO of 6400 you can only shoot in JPEG mode.

Another impressive thing about this sensor is its dynamic range. In short, it's excellent and directly comparable with the latest Nikon cameras which were touted as the best in this regard when it comes to APS-C sensors. Unfortunately, when it comes to video quality, the story is pretty much the same as with the X70; it's below par. It's pretty obvious that the X-Trans sensor was designed with stills in mind rather than video and is optimized in that way. So, if you care a lot for video quality and you're looking for a camera that you plan to do some serious video work with then you should probably look elsewhere. If that's not the case, then please, continue reading this article. Let's say a couple of words about the hardware in and on the X-T10.

The whole body including all the dials and the raised viewfinder heavily resembles the SLR cameras of the 80's and it makes this camera a pleasure to look at. It's almost entirely built out of magnesium alloy with some nice rubber accents on the front of the camera and its grip. All this equals to very positive feel in the hand and makes you confident that you've purchased a high-quality product. The screen on the back is a tiltable 3 inch TFT LCD with a resolution of 920,000 dots while the viewfinder is an EVF unit with a resolution of 2,360,000 dots and a magnification of 0.62x. Usually, we would complain about the lack of a touchscreen but it kinda makes sense on this camera with its philosophy being that it should be used as a retro camera, meaning you should rely on using all the available buttons and dials instead of tapping on the screen.

These are so well made that we doubt that many will miss the touchscreen after using them. Other hardware features include a built-in Wi-Fi, micro HDMI port, orientation sensor, pop-up flash, 8 fps burst rate and a battery life of 350 shots. In conclusion, the X-T10 is a well priced, well specced and well-made camera that should satisfy anyone who desires a high-quality photography tool but without the bulk of carrying a DSLR.
Fujifilm X100FGo to Amazon
Fuji’s X100 series of cameras have always enjoyed a lot of popularity among street photographers and all of those users looking for a stylish and capable camera that offers a shooting experience similar to film rangefinder cameras in the days of old. The X100F is the newest addition to that lineup and one that takes all the good things about its predecessor and improves on them in almost every way, leaving you with a lot more polished and feature a complete camera.
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  • WiFi capable
  • Manual focus
  • Manual exposure
  • Useful Hybrid viewfinder
  • AE Bracketing
  • Built-in ND Filter
  • 1080p video: Timelapse recording
  • Fast AF performance
Cons
  • No Image Stabilization
  • No Articulating Screen
  • No Touch Screen
  • Heavy Body
  • No Weather-Sealing
  • No 4K Video Recording
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The biggest change over the has to be the image sensor. The X100F now sports Fuji’s newest 24-megapixel X-Trans sensor which promises to bring a lot more detail into your photos when compared to the older 16-megapixel one, but without any penalty to the already impressive noise performance and dynamic range. The lens on top of it is still the same high-quality 35mm equivalent unit found on the older X100T, which is good, since we really never had any complaints about that lens. The maximum available ISO range of 51200 is now also available for both RAW and JPEG shooting, so the limitation of only being able to shoot at an ISO of 6400 when shooting RAW is gone.

Aside from the obvious improvement in image quality, the X100T is also a noticeably faster camera than its predecessor. The biggest change here is the new Hybrid AF system which has a lot more focus point than the older one found in the X100T. There’s a total of 325 focus points at your disposal (169 of them being based on contrast detect AF). All of this means that the X100F has the ability to focus faster in all lighting conditions and also predict subject movement more precisely resulting in a lot better continuous autofocus performance. The burst rate speed also received an improvement as you are given the ability to shot at 8 fps instead of 6 fps. The buffer size has also been increased from around 25 JPEGs on the X100T to around 60 JPEGs. Battery life also received an improvement and now sits around 390 shots per charge, instead of the 330 shots found on the previous model.

The body of the X100F is similar to the one of the X100T, but there are also some changes found here. The X100F now has two control dials instead of only one and also the new ISO dial that’s combined with the shutter speed dial on the top of the camera. This improves handling and usability immensely and makes this one of the most important upgrades over the X100T. It also makes the lack of a touchscreen much easier to swallow, since even without it the X100F is not a hard camera to use, even if you’re not an advanced user or a professional photographer. The viewfinder and the screen remain unchanged, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The screen is still sharp and large enough for most uses and the combination of an optical and electronic viewfinder still gives you an excellent shooting experience rarely found on any other camera.

The X100F is still primarily a stills camera, since there were no notable changes made to the video mode. You can still record the same 1080p footage at 60 fps, which now looks better than on the X100T, but still not as good as on some of its competitors or those having 4K capabilities. At least there’s the ability to connect an external microphone, something that is still useful to have on any camera, no matter how good its video mode really is.
Fujifilm X-T2Go to Amazon
We are almost at the end of our list and we've saved the best for the last. The Fujifilm X-T2 has been released quite recently so it will be fun to take a look at something completely new.
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  • 4K capable
  • WiFi capable
  • Articulated screen
  • Weather-sealed
  • Electronic Built-in Viewfinder
  • Face Detection Focusing
  • Light body
Cons
  • No Image Stabilization
  • No touchscreen
  • Low battery life
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This is a flagship camera in almost any regard, so prepare for some killer specs. First, there's the new 24 megapixels X-Trans CMOS III sensor. Although the previous iteration of Fuji's X-Trans sensor did produce some nice looking images in all conditions, the amount of detail was still limited because of the lower resolution and also, the video quality suffered quite a bit. Has Fuji managed to solve both of these problems with the new sensor? We are happy to say that they did.

The new sensor could really be called a work of art, in a way. It produces very detailed images in both RAW and JPEG modes, with no over-sharpening halos or artifacts in JPEG. The noise performance is even better and even comes close to some full-frame cameras. That means that you can safely crank up those ISO values without worrying too much that you'll end up with unusable results. Lastly, the dynamic range is also very impressive for an APS-C sensor and you'll get a lot of room if you plan on playing with exposure of your shadows and highlights. It's actually pretty amazing how good today's APS-C sensors have become and it seems that the gap between them and the full-frame sensors is slowly closing, meaning that the general rule that you must go with full-frame to get great image quality isn't really valid anymore. One really major improvement over the older sensor is the video quality.

Fuji finally stepped up and included 4K video capture in one of their cameras and one that's of really good quality. It's easily comparable to almost every other camera out there that can record 4K video and it even surpasses some. Also, in addition to those improvements, the X-T2 also gains the microphone jack, more control over the autofocus and a flat F-Log gamma profile. There is one limit because of its size and that's the maximum recording time of 10 minutes when you're shooting in 4K. If you want to extend that then you'll need to opt-in for a Power Booster Grip which extends it to 30 minutes. That time is increased because of the additional two batteries that can be found in the grip itself. It also sports another useful feature, the headphone socket.

The AF system in the X-T2 is also a major step ahead from the ones found in the previous models of X-series. It has 325 AF points, 169 of which offer phase detection. That phase detection area is used for subject tracking and covers a nice center portion of the image sensor. It's not spread as widely as on some more expensive DSLRs, but it’s still enough to get you good tracking performance. It could still use some improvement when focusing in low light, but since there are so many other improvements to be found, we'll let this one slide.

Let's round up this mini review with some other honorable mentions when it comes to specifications. You'll get the ISO range from 200 – 12800 (expands to 100 – 51200), shutter speed range from 30 – 1/32000 sec and a maximum burst rate of 14 fps. On the hardware side, there are a 3-inch tilting screen, an EVF with a magnification of 0.77x, dual SD card slots, USB 3.0, W-Fi and micro-HDMI.
Fujifilm X-Pro2Go to Amazon
As we come to a close of this article, it's only natural that the last product in it comes with a "Pro" label in its name.
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  • High Shutter Life Expectancy
  • Electronic and Optical Built-in Viewfinder: WiFi Capable
  • 1080p video
  • Weather-sealed
Cons
  • No articulated screen
  • No touchscreen
  • No image stabilization
  • Low battery life
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While it's hard to beat a camera like the new X-T2 the X-Pro2 still has some advantages over it although it came out some months before it. Let's end the comparison between the two right from the start because the X-Pro2 is a unique camera in its own right and deserves a review of its own.

For all of you who liked the X100T and it's focus on being a rangefinder style camera through and through, but you were still pushed away by the lack of the ability to change lenses then you should really like the X-Pro2. It follows a similar design philosophy with everything from its design to its operation. You get the same hybrid viewfinder found on the X100T, which is a big deal for everyone who wants the ability to acquire critical focus with their large aperture prime lenses which perfectly fits the X-Pro2 as a street shooting camera or a portrait camera.

Besides that, there are also the full benefits of having a perfect shooting experience no matter the lighting conditions you're shooting in and all the different overlays and additional information to see through the viewfinder that's not available on many other cameras. To ensure you get the best available image quality possible, Fuji included a 24 megapixel X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor which is a much-improved version of the older 16 megapixels one.

In addition to the obvious increase in detail in your images you get with the much-increased megapixel count, you also gain improved noise performance and dynamic range. The older sensor already had great noise performance and dynamic range, but it's been so improved on the X-Pro2 that it almost reaches the performance of the larger full-frame sensor cameras. That is a great news to all those that wanted a particular APS-C camera for whatever reason, but always knew they had to deal with the compromise of image quality being limited right from the beginning no matter how expensive the camera they wanted was.

One area which never was a big focus in these types of cameras is the video recording, but the story has changed a little on the X-Pro2. While it lacks the 4K video recording of many cameras in this day and age, it stills produces quite pleasing 1080p footage at a maximum frame rate of 60 fps. Detail is rather good, noise is low and there's a very little amount of rolling shutter. When it comes to focusing, you get the option of using continuous AF or manual AF with the assist of focus peaking. To round things up when it comes to video, Fuji also included a microphone jack.

When it comes to AF performance for stills the autofocus system in the X-Pro2 consists of 273 AF points, 169 of which offer phase detection. You get an option to manipulate those phase detection points with Zone AF which lets you select between few predefined sizes of the PDAF area. The AF, in general, is pretty accurate and fast in Single AF mode but depends a lot on the lens you're using when it comes to continuous AF. To be honest, this really isn't your replacement for a sports camera. It will work perfectly when it comes to street shooting, but in other more extreme conditions, it will yield mixed results at best.

To round up this review, we should also mention some other features of the X-Pro2 that couldn't be explained in that much detail as the more important ones. On the hardware side of things, you get a magnesium-alloy body that's also weather and dust resistant, Wi-Fi, micro-HDMI port, a very high-resolution TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1,620,000 dots and a maximum framerate of 8 fps.

We hope we’ve given you a good overview of what Fuji has to offer when it comes to their best products and that you’ll appreciate their efforts in making cameras that really stand out from the crowd with their distinctive design and unparalleled build quality as well as some of the best image quality you’ll ever find on a mirrorless camera. As this article proves, they really do stand tall in the ever growing and competitive camera market.

The Selection Criteria

There are a lot of important factors to consider when complaining a list like this one and picking the best cameras out of the bunch isn’t always an easy thing to do. The first thing we had to do is to figure out the most logical way to separate each camera into a set number of points that perfectly describe its feature set and overall capabilities. After a long though process, we decided on a list of nine most important factors that will allow us to easily differentiate one camera from another and let you choose the best one for you with more ease. Let us examine each of those in more detail, so you can get a better understanding of how we decided what cameras deserve to be on this list.

Design – While it may sound like something that is purely subjective and only relates to how good are the looks of a particular camera, it is also something that relates to how its built and is it comfortable to use. It’s important to find a camera which has the right balance between an attractive design and comfort, but since your camera is primarily a tool for taking photos and videos we will always favor functionality over good looks in our reviews.

Price/Product rate – It’s true that there is a number of professional users out there who aren’t worrying too much about the asking price for their cameras because they need the best of the best for their work and can’t satisfy with anything less. Most of the users, however, are always on a look out for a product with a great price to features ratio and we will gladly help them in making the right decision. When choosing a camera to feature on a particular list, we are always looking for a product that offers enough compelling features no matter its price point, so the end user ultimately feels happy about their purchase and that they are sure that their hard-earned money was well spent.

Weight – While it’s not the most important factor when choosing a new camera, it certainly is when you’re buying one that you’re planning to carry with you often or if you’re, for example, travelling a lot and you don’t want to be burdened by the weight of your camera too much and enjoy your trip instead. This is especially important in the case of a compact and mirrorless camera, where portability is one of their main selling points. You also need to take into account the build quality, which will also add some grams to the total weight of the camera. So, you’ll need to decide if you want a camera that’s lighter and easier to work with or you want a more durable and substantial camera that will be slightly less portable.

Waterproof capabilities – Protection from the elements may not be the first thing on someone’s mind when buying a device with electronics inside of it, but many advanced and professional users who are always shooting in different weather conditions find this an important factor when buying a new camera. To keep things in the right perspective, we usually won’t judge an entry-level or even a mid-range camera on the account of its water or dust proof capabilities, but we certainly will for a more expensive one where it’s expected that it has enough protection to be able to withstand any shooting scenario you throw at it and work its magic any time of the day.

Grip – One of the most important things to consider about your new potential purchase. It’s of utmost importance that the camera is designed in a way that it fits comfortably and securely in your hand without any chance of being dropped while you’re shooting with it or simply holding it while walking or taking a look at the scenery. This is where some manufacturers drop the ball when designing a camera with all metal or all plastic construction, but without the necessary parts that provide a good grip like some rubber or faux leather accents on the front and the back of the camera. What’s also important, especially with larger cameras, is that it has a deep enough grip on its front and the one that allows for your fingers to comfortably wrap around it and allow you to hold your camera with confidence and without the fear of dropping it.

Image quality – This is possibly one of the main reasons to why someone decides to buy a dedicated camera. While there are many other benefits to buying a camera, as stated on this list of different metrics, image quality may be the one that takes the cake. It’s true that our smartphones have become very capable in taking decent looking photos and videos, but a lot of them still haven’t come close to most compact cameras in terms of image quality, let alone more advanced ones. So, there’s a big chance that you’re looking into buying a dedicated camera to get even better quality photos or videos and you’ll want to know how capable each model of camera is in this regard. When examining image quality of a particular camera we are always taking into account things like sharpness, color balance, noise performance, dynamic range, JPEG algorithms, lens quality and sometimes even of features that allow you to tinker with the look of your photos directly from the camera itself like different filters and picture styles. You can rest assured that you’ll easily be able to pick a camera from our list if image quality is one of your most important factors when buying a new camera.

Adaptability – The importance of adaptability varies from one type of camera to another and so does its importance as a factor to take into account when purchasing a new camera. So, it depends if you’re buying, for example, a compact camera which usually isn’t very expendable and are made to work out of the box and with almost no input from the users aside from using the camera. On the other hand, mirrorless cameras and DSLRs are a completely different story. It’s important that they don’t come with proprietary, but with universally compatible connectors for accessories like flashes, microphones, headphones or memory cards, so a lot of choices can be given to users in choosing the right one for them. Even more important is the choice of lenses that are given at your disposal. While most of the camera manufacturers offer a decent selection of first-party lenses, some of them don’t offer much in terms of alternatives coming from third-party companies. We will certainly take something like into account when choosing the right camera for you and make sure you’ll be covered as much as possible in this regard.

Ease of use – Making an intuitive user interface that’s easy to navigate and a control layout that won’t require you to re-learn everything you already know about using a camera should be a top priority for every camera manufacturer out there; yet, it isn’t. For this reason, we will always carefully examine each and every camera and make sure that using it won’t become a chore no matter if you’re a beginner or an advanced user. We will also see how much the camera offers in terms of customization and how well it can adapt to your certain needs. This is especially important for mid-range cameras and above, where having a lot of programmable controls and different quick menus is always a desirable thing to have. If we’re talking about a beginner’s camera, we will make sure it has enough modes and features that will help you learn your way around photography and figure out how a particular camera works. No matter the camera type, this is certainly one of the most important things to look for and we’ve certainly got you covered.

Availability – Since we are always dealing with products that come from very respectable and globally familiar brands, availability often isn’t a big issue, except in the case where the camera becomes outdated and it stops being manufactured. When that happens, we’ll make sure to update our articles to bring you the newest models possible, so this potential problem can be avoided in its entirety. Other than that, all of our cameras can easily be purchased online and so can every important piece of gear that they can be equipped with.

FAQs

What’s the best Fujifilm camera on this list?

Well, it depends on what you’re looking for in a camera. If you’re not interested in changing lenses, then that would be the X100T. Otherwise, the X-Pro2 would be your best pick.

Which one of these cameras could be considered the best buy product?

Like with most Fuji cameras, you need to decide if the idea of owning different lenses appeals to you or you just want a camera that works out of the box. The X-A3 is a great choice if you’re planning to invest in a few lenses as it comes with a very competitive price while offering an excellent set of features at the same time. If you’re after a camera with a fixed lens, go for the X30 if you need the ability to zoom in and out or for the X70 if you’re satisfied with a prime lens and also better image quality.

I’m looking for a camera with excellent battery life, which one should I pick?

That would be the Fujifilm X30. With an endurance of 470 shots per charge, it is a definite champion among all other offerings on our list.

I’m planning to shoot some wildlife, but I don’t have the budget to invest in expensive telephoto lenses, which camera should I get?

The clear winner here is the Finepix S1. It offers a massive 50x zoom range which goes up to an impressive 1200mm at its longest end. If you’re looking for a camera that has some serious range, then you can’t go wrong with this one.

I need a camera that provides excellent image quality and gives you a lot of control, but I don’t need the latest and greatest one, what’s the right one for me?

The X-T10 would probably be the best choice for you. It offers a very capable X-Trans image sensor, excellent physical controls and a great electronic viewfinder, all wrapped out in a body that’s made to the highest standards. It also doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, something that we assume is also of interest to you.

What if I need the best image quality, together with a very capable AF system and great construction, but also at a price that won’t break the bank?

You should seriously take a look at the Fujifilm X-T2. It offers the latest APS-C sensor, 325-point hybrid AF system, 4K video recording and a magnesium alloy body, all at a very competitive price for such an advanced camera. You really can’t go wrong with this one as it will certainly fulfil your high expectations you probably have a camera.

I currently own a camera that records 1080p footage and I keep hearing all the buzz surrounding the 4K video recording. I’m considering buying a new camera and getting on the 4K bandwagon, but is it really worth it or is it just another marketing gimmick?

Well, investing in a 4K camera certainly wasn’t a recommendation you would get from many reviewers if you’ve asked that question a couple of years ago. In 2017, the story is entirely different. The 4K recording certainly has its benefits, the biggest one obviously being image quality and it really shows, especially if you watch the footage on a 4K screen. The second one is being able to crop into your footage in post processing with minimal loss in quality, giving you a lot of room for your creativity to run wild in editing. So, there’s no way around it, 1080p resolution is bound to become obsolete with 4K becoming the new mainstream and it’s happening sooner than we expected.

Are Fuji’s cameras really that good or is it just great marketing on their behalf that made them so famous?

We strongly believe that the reason why Fujifilm cameras are so respected and loved among many photographers is because of Fuji’s attention to detail when making a product, no matter its price point. They often try hard to differentiate from the crowd, especially when it comes to image and build quality, as you’ll be able to see by looking at each and every camera at this list. Realistically, not all of their products are perfect, which is something that can be said about every company out there, but they are one of those rare manufacturers that are succeeding in building a competitive camera in every product category and at every price range and this is one of the main reasons to why they’ve become such a household name on the camera market.

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Igor Letilovic

Igor Letilovic

An amateur photographer, songwriter, musician, computer and technology geek and an occasional comedian, I'm a little bit of everything. I always aim to pursue things I'm passonate about and try to look on the positive side of things whenever I can. My mission is to wrap my articles in that aura of positive energy and keep a healthy balance between being serious about my work and spicing things up with a little fun now and than. After all, life's a game and there's always a different way to play it.
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