Following the launch of its spectacular hybrid cameras, the X-H2S and X-H2, Fujifilm has launched one thing that’s turning into a rarity: a digicam designed particularly for photographers.
Positive, the X-T5 can shoot video, however it’s clear from the outset that this mannequin is all about taking photos.
It is also fairly engaging, full with the retro dials and classic attraction that Fujifilm followers will love.
The query is, how does it work? We have spent a while with it, and that is the way it went for us.
In case you’re primarily into pictures and have just a little little bit of a retro attraction, we expect you will be delighted with the X-T5. It seems to be and feels nice and is appropriate with a few of the thinnest lenses on the market. The high-resolution sensor captures wonderful photos and the digicam provides good worth for cash as nicely.
- Wonderful design and dealing with.
- Spectacular photographic efficiency
- Good autofocus and topic monitoring
- Display screen articulation ideally suited for road pictures
- Wonderful IBIS for low mild pictures
- Not ideally suited for recording movies.
- Small buffer for RAW burst capturing
- Physique: 129.5 x 91 x 63.8mm
- Weight: 557g
- Climate resistant physique
- Retro shutter, ISO and EV compensation dials
On the floor, the X-T5 has extra in frequent with the X-T3 than the X-T4. Its direct predecessor leaned into its hybrid capabilities, however it seems to be just like the XH collection now carries the mantle and the X-T5 is drawing on its photographic heritage.
The most important design change is that the X-T5 is again to having a tilting display screen, just like the X-T3, as an alternative of the drop-down display screen discovered on the X-T4. Some will love this variation and others will most likely be much less happy. It is clearly not ideally suited for capturing video, however for stealthy road pictures, however, it is simply the ticket.
There are nonetheless outstanding classic dials on prime of the digicam, very comparable in look to older fashions. There’s nonetheless a entrance and rear wheel too, however this time they are often pressed to entry extra options. As is commonly the case with Fuji our bodies, you may merely long-press them to reassign their operate, a function we have all the time appreciated.
The digicam feels strong and well-built, with out being overly heavy, and it is undoubtedly lighter and extra compact than the XH-series our bodies. In truth, it is also barely smaller than the X-T4.
We did not have an older digicam readily available to straight evaluate, however the grip feels a bit extra angular and pronounced than its predecessors. In any case, it is simple to get a agency grip on the digicam regardless of its compact measurement, and the widening of the rear thumb and sharp angle of the entrance grip work nicely.
Connectivity and screens
- Micro HDMI, USB-C and three.5mm microphone jack
- Twin SD card slots
- 3-inch, 1.84 million-dot tilting LCD monitor
- 3.69 million-dot OLED EVF
Connectivity is in step with earlier XT fashions, too, and once more reminds us that this digicam is not making an attempt to be a video workhorse. Nonetheless, for those who’re completely satisfied to repair a couple of shortcomings, you may actually get the job carried out with these ports.
We have by no means been followers of the flimsy Micro HDMI connector and the shortage of a headphone port is lower than ideally suited for skilled video work, however Fujifilm features a USB-C to three.5mm adapter within the field, and you’ll monitor audio through usb. These connections collectively create a somewhat brittle setup, so it is not one thing we would depend on long run.
Nonetheless, for those who’re strictly taking pictures, none of that issues in any respect. You’ve got acquired your distant port and flash sync, what extra might you want?
For storage, you get two UHS-II SD card slots, making storage media extraordinarily inexpensive and accessible. There are not any high-quality video codecs on board, nor excessive burst capturing speeds, so costly CFexpress playing cards aren’t wanted on this mannequin.
One factor that is curiously lacking from the X-T5 is the interface for connecting a battery grip, so for those who’re a fan of vertical grips, you would possibly wish to give this digicam a miss.
The tilting LCD display screen is crisp and clear with a superb degree of adjustability. We particularly like the flexibility to tilt the display screen to the facet for low-angle vertical pictures. This is not a brand new function – we noticed it on the X-T3 too – however it’s as helpful as ever, and few implement it in addition to Fuji.
The EVF is identical display screen because the X-T4, however has larger magnification, making it a bit simpler to see. It really works nicely and we had no issues utilizing it, however it’s price noting that it falls a bit wanting the stunning 5.76 million-dot 120Hz OLED on the X-H2.
Images and video efficiency.
- APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor: 40.2 MP stills
- Burst capturing as much as 20fps/15fps with mechanical shutter
- Video as much as 6.2K 30fps/4K 60fps/1080p 240fps
- 7-stop IBIS and topic detection autofocus
At its core, the X-T5 homes the identical wonderful sensor because the X-H2, so it got here as no shock that the ensuing photos have been wonderful. As we discovered once we reviewed the X-H2, photos are sharp and detailed throughout the board with the superb colour copy Fuji is understood for.
We discovered the IBIS to be wonderful for capturing in low mild and since that is the center of British winter, we did a whole lot of low mild capturing. The shortage of noise in excessive ISO JPEGs can be very spectacular.
Autofocus was pretty dependable all through, although we would like a faster approach to change between topic detection modes. As regular, we discovered that human faces tracked higher, however the X-T5 did an admirable job capturing wildlife, too.
The X-T5 inherits the X-H2’s extremely quick digital most shutter pace of 1/180,000s, an enormous leap from the X-T4’s 1/32,000s. It additionally comes with the choice to seize extremely high-resolution photos utilizing Pixel Shift Multi-Shot – not one thing we discovered very obligatory, however good to have nonetheless.
The realm the place the X-T5 differs essentially the most from its dearer sibling is within the interface. As hybrid shooters with extra of a video background, we discovered the transition to the X-T5’s dials and lack of a mode change fairly jarring at first. It did not take us lengthy to get used to it although, and there is one thing very satisfying and distinctly charming concerning the retro controls.
One other distinction is in burst capturing, whereas each cameras provide as much as 15fps on the mechanical shutter and 20fps on the digital shutter (with 1.29x crop), the X-H2 has a lot larger stamina, particularly for those who’re recording in RAW.
At 15fps with the mechanical shutter, the X-H2 will enable as much as 400 uncompressed RAW frames earlier than slowing down, whereas the X-T5 slows down after simply 19 frames. Happening to JPEG, the X-T5 provides a way more affordable 119 frames, however this nonetheless pales compared to the X-H2’s 1000+.
We’ve not targeted an excessive amount of on video for this assessment, as from our perspective, leaping to an X-H2 is just about a no brainer for anybody working within the area. Nonetheless, that does not imply the XT-5 is not able to wonderful outcomes, it is simply that the digicam as a complete is extra optimized for stills.
In case you select to shoot video on the XT-5, you will discover that you just profit from the identical nice autofocus and stabilization options because the XH collection. It may’t match the 8K decision of the X-H2, most likely as a result of slower storage media, however you will nonetheless stand up to six.2K at 30fps in 10-bit 4:2:2 with a 1.23x crop .
At 4K you may shoot as much as 60fps with no crop, and taking place to 1080p you may shoot tremendous gradual movement at 240fps. Nonetheless, it is price noting that we discovered 240fps footage disagreeable and noisy, simply as it’s on the XH collection.
The Fujifilm X-T5 is a wonderful digicam that places pictures first. In case you’re a photographer who likes a classic really feel and a tilting display screen, then this is perhaps your excellent match.
A lot of the know-how is inherited from the X-H2, which at present retails for round $200 extra, and for those who shoot a whole lot of video, you will actually wish to go along with the dearer choice. As a bonus, the X-H2 provides a full flippy display screen, full-size HDMI, headphone jack, inner ProRes recording, 8K seize, and better bitrates. All the nice options for those who want them.
In case you do not, nevertheless, it can save you some cash with the X-T5 and be left with a digicam that has a good looking conventional really feel, wonderful picture constancy, and a tilting display screen that is ideally suited for low-key road pictures.