Fujifilm launches the new X-S10 budget mirrorless camera with 5-axis IBIS and 4K video. The Fujifilm X-S10 is due to ship in mid-November.
4K video in a compact, stabilized mirrorless camera
The compact X-S10 is capable of 4K/30p video internally (8bit 4:2:0), which can be expanded into 10bit 4:2:2 externally via HDMI to a compatible external recorder such as the Atomos Ninja V.
Furthermore, the Fujifilm X-S10 is also capable of some excellent slow-motion Full-HD recording at 240fps.
On the downside, the camera is limited to 29 minutes recording at a time, and in 4K it can overheat, which would require a cool-down period.
Despite its compact and lightweight body, the X-S10 features a newly-developed 5-axis IBIS with up to 6.0-stops image stabilization. Compared to that in the Fuji X-T4, the IBIS unit is around 30% smaller and lighter.
In addition, the IBIS mechanism is complemented with electronic image stabilization, available for use during video recording. Thus, it makes fine adjustments to framing in line with camera shakes to effectively control motion blurs that typically occur when shooting hand-held.
Video users will also find the dedicated video button on the top panel a nice ergonomic addition. Furthermore, when the Video Record button is pressed while shooting stills, the camera automatically applies optimum video settings.
26 Megapixel APS-C back-illuminated sensor
At just 465g, the new X-S10 is featherweight category, however don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s not capable of great imagery. The Fujifilm X-S10 comes equipped with the a 26.1MP “X-Trans” CMOS 4 sensor, which is also back-illuminated for extra performance.
In addition, the X-S10 ports the high-speed “X-Processor 4” image processing engine from the top-end Fujifilm X-T4, to achieve accurate and high-speed AF performance in as fast as 0.02 seconds.
Flip-out 3-inch touchscreen LCD monitor
The X-S10 also offers improved ergonomics, thanks to its large grip for hand-held stability and the rear LCD monitor, which can flip forward. This means you don’t really need to use an external monitor to frame yourself in a vlogging scenario, or any situation where you have to film yourself.
And for those that prefer to let the camera do most of the work in photos, you can use the advanced “AUTO/SP (Scene Position) mode, which automatically selects optimum settings according to scenes.
More Customizable Features and Film Simulations
Further expanding the customizability of the X-S10, Fujifilm designers have implemented new functions on the Mode Dial on the top panel. And it now has customizable positions C1 to C4, allowing users can assign image quality, focusing and shooting settings. User-defined presets can be accessed quickly for smooth shooting.
Nevertheless, the Fujifilm X-S10 is a Fuji camera after all, so it comes packed with a total of 18 Film Simulation modes. Such include the vivid and high-contrast “Velvia” and high-contrast yet low-saturation “ETERNA Bleach Bypass” which produces impressive atmosphere.
The camera provides a detailed description of characteristics and optimal applications for each of the Film Simulation modes, so that even the first-time users of Fujifilm’s digital cameras can utilize the proprietary color reproduction with ease.
Fuji X-S10 Pricing and Availability
Pricing starts at $999 for the body only, and is also available in kits with a few other Fuji lenses. See B&H pre-order links below for more details.
- Fuji X-S10 Body Only – $999 USD
- Fuji X-S10 Kit with 18-55mm lens – $1,399 USD
- Fujifilm X-S10 kit with 16-80mm lens – $1,499 USD
For full specifications and to see sample photos head over to Fujifilm’s website here.