Fujifilm’s XF10 is a small compact camera with a big sensor

Fujifilm has announced the XF10, a new compact fixed-lens camera that will serve as the successor to the 2016 X70. Like the X70, it combines an 18.5mm (28mm) f / 2.8 lens with a large APS-C sensor in a small pocket body. The XF10 raises the resolution to 24 megapixels and is capable of 4K video (although only at 15 frames per second). There is still a touch screen, but the XF10 now also has the focus point selection joystick as seen in other Fujifilm cameras. The weight has been reduced from 340 g (0.75 lbs) to 280 g (0.62 lbs).

However, the XF10 is not a direct improvement of the X70, and owners of the previous camera may miss several features in the newer model. There is no tilt screen, flash shoe or opening ring on the XF10, and the control scheme is completely different. The XF10 uses a PASM dial instead of dedicated controls for each exposure parameter, and the rear D-pad has been removed, like the X-E3, the emphasis is on touchscreen operation.

Fujifilm is pushing the new "Square Mode" on the XF10, which allows users to change the screen to switch to a 1: 1 aspect ratio for Instagram-ready shots. The camera also has Bluetooth Low Energy support for the automatic transfer of images to a smartphone.

This is not really a camera for purists of the X series, then – Fujifilm seems to be relying on the existence of a market for premium compact cameras that you would use instead of your phone. The XF10 will be available in August for a reasonable price of $ 499.95, and comes in black or golden champagne.

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