While we expected a “cheaper” version of the X-T4 In the form of an “X-T40”, Fujifilm takes us (slightly) on the opposite side and today launches its X-S10. A new name in the range, where the “S” echoes “stabilization”. Because for the first time for this price level, Fujifilm has integrated a mechanical stabilization system in a compact body.
Fujifilm’s main job has been to miniaturize its stabilization system. If the brand took a long time to integrate such a device into its cases, it is because it refused to buy a component from a third party and decided to develop it from scratch. Lagging behind brands like Olympus, Fujifilm started with the X-H1 in 2018 and took advantage of the different iterations (GFX 100, X-T4) to develop a new more compact version, capable of fitting into a smaller body.
To give you an idea, the stabilization of the X-H1 weighs 92 g and was 16.5 mm thick, that of the X-S10 only weighs 55 g for 12 mm of thickness.
A space saving that comes at a price in terms of performance: the X-S10 benefits from 5-speed stabilization compared to 5.5 speeds for the X-T4. Minimal loss. On the screen and view side, we stay on the components of X-T2/ X-T30. Enough to give the X-T4 a little advantage.
X-T4 electronics, DSLR DNA
At the heart of the animal, the same sensor / processor pair as the X-T4. The nature and image quality between the two devices therefore promise to be strictly identical. Convenient for enjoying the same image rendering with a heterogeneous fleet of devices. If it has less video functionality (4K30p max and not 4K60p, no 10 bit recording internally), the X-S10 should offer an approximate quality for mainstream use.
In terms of handling, however, the X-S10 is no longer a 100% “Fuji X” device in the ergonomic approach. In order to “ erase the specificities of Fujifilm to speak to users of other brands », The company made two important choices. First, the grip is directly inspired by reflexes, with a very pronounced grip. Exit the slim philosophy of historic hybrids.
Second, for the first time in Fujifilm’s digital hybrids, the dial is “SLR” type with P-A-S-M controls, as well as custom C1 / C2 / C3 / C4 mode positions. The photo market is at half mast and is refocusing on a passionate / professional niche that everyone is hunting. Eccentricity is not a must on a case that must sell in volumes (€ 999 bare case).
Big improvement over what an X-T40 would have been: the chassis is not plastic, but magnesium alloy. This guarantees a very good solidity – which, here too, can be described as “reflex”.
Colors: an “Auto” mode reinvented
Since the debut of System X launched in 2012, Fujifilm’s hybrid cameras have carried with them the promise of beautiful JPEG renderings, both in black & white and in color. A promise kept thanks to the brand’s analogue past in film production, but also thanks to its desire to transpose this past into digital form. Of X-Pro 1 to the X-T4, all generations of cameras have made their share of improvements, notably through new digital “emulsions”.
There is no new “film” for the X-S10, but Fujifilm has (finally!) Decided to take the time to take advantage not only of renderings, but also of classic digital development tools. The result ? A new “Auto” mode, which looks set to stir up the industry. Rather than simply applying a “fair and neutral” filter like all manufacturers do or waiting for the photographer to select their digital film, the new Auto mode analyzes the scene and applies a series of filters and adjustments depending on the light, colors and subject.
In one example, Fujifilm demonstrated how the algorithms of the camera apply two renderings (Astia and Classic Chrome) and three settings (exposure, dynamic range, tones) to a scene. What both unblock the shadows, contain the highlights and work on the colors. All while getting a “neutral” RAW on one side and a beautiful JPEG ready to be shared / printed without thinking about anything other than the frame. It may not be 6K or the burst at 156 frames per second, but the impact of this innovation goes far beyond the battle of the numbers.
The X-S10 will be available from mid-November in several configurations:
– X-S10 bare body at 999.99 euros
– X-S10 + XC15-45 mm kit at 1099.99 euros
– X-S10 + XF18-55 mm kit at 1399.99 euros
– X-S10 + XF16-80 mm kit at 1499.99 euros