Following the launch of its spectacular hybrid cameras, the X-H2S and X-H2, Fujifilm has launched one thing that’s changing into a rarity: a digital camera designed particularly for photographers.
Positive, the X-T5 can shoot video, but it surely’s clear from the outset that this mannequin is all about taking footage.
It is also fairly enticing, full with the retro dials and classic appeal 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.
Should you’re primarily into images and have a bit of little bit of a retro appeal, we expect you may be delighted with the X-T5. It seems and feels nice and is suitable with a number of the thinnest lenses on the market. The high-resolution sensor captures glorious photographs and the digital camera presents good worth for cash as properly.
- Wonderful design and dealing with.
- Spectacular photographic efficiency
- Good autofocus and topic monitoring
- Display screen articulation ideally suited for road images
- Wonderful IBIS for low mild photographs
- Not ideally suited for recording movies.
- Small buffer for RAW burst taking pictures
- 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, but it surely seems just like the XH sequence now carries the mantle and the X-T5 is drawing on its photographic heritage.
The largest design change is that the X-T5 is again to having a tilting display, just like the X-T3, as a substitute of the drop-down display 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 taking pictures video, however for stealthy road images, alternatively, it is simply the ticket.
There are nonetheless outstanding classic dials on high of the digital camera, 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 characteristic we have at all times appreciated.
The digital camera 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 reality, it is also barely smaller than the X-T4.
We did not have an older digital camera readily available to straight examine, however the grip feels a bit extra angular and pronounced than its predecessors. In any case, it is easy to get a agency grip on the digital camera regardless of its compact measurement, and the widening of the rear thumb and sharp angle of the entrance grip work properly.
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 consistent with earlier XT fashions, too, and once more reminds us that this digital camera is not attempting to be a video workhorse. Nonetheless, should you’re glad to repair a number of shortcomings, you may actually get the job accomplished with these ports.
We have by no means been followers of the flimsy Micro HDMI connector and the dearth 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 may monitor audio through usb. These connections collectively create a fairly brittle setup, so it isn’t one thing we might depend on long run.
Nonetheless, should you’re strictly taking photographs, 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 taking pictures 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 should you’re a fan of vertical grips, you would possibly wish to give this digital camera a miss.
The tilting LCD display is crisp and clear with an excellent stage of adjustability. We particularly like the power to tilt the display to the facet for low-angle vertical photographs. This is not a brand new characteristic – we noticed it on the X-T3 too – but it surely’s as helpful as ever, and few implement it in addition to Fuji.
The EVF is similar display because the X-T4, however has larger magnification, making it a bit simpler to see. It really works properly and we had no issues utilizing it, but it surely’s price noting that it falls a bit wanting the beautiful 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 taking pictures 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 glorious sensor because the X-H2, so it got here as no shock that the ensuing photographs had been glorious. As we discovered after we reviewed the X-H2, photographs are sharp and detailed throughout the board with the wonderful coloration copy Fuji is thought for.
We discovered the IBIS to be glorious for taking pictures in low mild and since that is the center of British winter, we did loads of low mild taking pictures. The shortage of noise in excessive ISO JPEGs can be very spectacular.
Autofocus was pretty dependable all through, although we might like a faster option to swap between topic detection modes. As standard, we discovered that human faces tracked higher, however the X-T5 did an admirable job taking pictures wildlife, too.
The X-T5 inherits the X-H2’s extremely quick digital most shutter velocity 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 photographs utilizing Pixel Shift Multi-Shot – not one thing we discovered very obligatory, however good to have nonetheless.
The world the place the X-T5 differs probably the most from its costlier 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 swap 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 in regards to the retro controls.
One other distinction is in burst taking pictures, whereas each cameras supply 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 should you’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 presents a way more cheap 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 overview, as from our perspective, leaping to an X-H2 is just about a no brainer for anybody working within the discipline. Nonetheless, that does not imply the XT-5 is not able to wonderful outcomes, it is simply that the digital camera as an entire is extra optimized for stills.
Should you select to shoot video on the XT-5, you may discover that you just profit from the identical nice autofocus and stabilization options because the XH sequence. It may’t match the 8K decision of the X-H2, most likely attributable to slower storage media, however you may nonetheless rise 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 happening to 1080p you may shoot tremendous sluggish movement at 240fps. Nonetheless, it is price noting that we discovered 240fps footage disagreeable and noisy, simply as it’s on the XH sequence.
The Fujifilm X-T5 is a wonderful digital camera that places images first. Should you’re a photographer who likes a classic really feel and a tilting display, then this is likely to be your good match.
A lot of the expertise is inherited from the X-H2, which presently retails for round $200 extra, and should you shoot loads of video, you may actually wish to go along with the costlier choice. As a bonus, the X-H2 provides a full flippy display, full-size HDMI, headphone jack, inner ProRes recording, 8K seize, and better bitrates. All the good options should you want them.
Should you do not, nonetheless, it can save you some cash with the X-T5 and be left with a digital camera that has a ravishing conventional really feel, glorious picture constancy, and a tilting display that is ideally suited for low-key road images.