The Fuji After Two Months
Dec 21, 2016
I love it, it’s far from perfect, but really good. I haven’t had the time to use it as much as I wanted, but here are some rough thought about it.
It’s beautiful, I love its classic look. It doesn’t make for an ergonomical camera, but it’s beautiful to look at and it doesn’t scare people like a big SLR.
The resulting photos are amazing, the 16MP sensor in this camera is really good. The built-in filters are very useful, you can post-process your RAW files, apply filters all in camera, and the resulting JPG have really good quality.
The manual dials and controls are the single thing I love the most in this camera, there’s a dial for shutter time, exposure compensation and aperture (on the lens). I only wish it had an ISO dial.
The lens is fantastic. Built of metal, it looks and feels sturdy and mechanical, and it is very smooth. It’s equipped with optical image stabilisation and has three rings (for focus, zoom and aperture) and two switches to enable/disable optical image stabilisation and automatic aperture. It can do f/2.8 apertures at 18mm and f/4 at 55mm.
Ergonomically, it’s not the best out there, it doesn’t sit in the hand as well as other cameras, but the manual controls make up for this.
The camera is built of magnesium alloy, and that’s great, but the bottom is made of plastic, and that makes it feel cheap sometimes.
While it’s that there’s an iOS app for the camera and it’s useful, it’s also a bit wonky and badly designed.
Auto focus is slow, and you’ll miss some good shots if the subject is moving a lot. With faster AF, it would have been almost perfect.
Video is not great and although it shoots at 1080p at 60 frames per second, the image is too grainy and has a lot of aliasing, I’m guessing that’s because of the weird pattern of color pixels in Fujifilm’s X-Trans sensor.