We've tested seven Fujifilm cameras under our current test bench. Generally speaking, Fujifilm makes versatile cameras primarily aimed at photography enthusiasts. Unlike some of its competitors in the mirrorless camera market, Fujifilm focuses primarily on APS-C cameras, as well as medium format and premium compact cameras. It offers a wide range of lenses to suit every need, and the brand is known for often providing updates and support for older models even as it releases newer models. If you're looking for a camera with the latest digital technology that still honors the back-to-basics mentality of film photography, Fujifilm is a good bet, with models that cater to every experience level.
The best Fujifilm mirrorless camera we've tested is the Fujifilm X-T4. It's a versatile hybrid camera with excellent build quality and a rich feature set. It performs well for photography and video alike, ranking among the best mirrorless cameras we've tested. Its APS-C sensor delivers high-quality images with excellent noise handling capability at higher ISO levels, making the camera well-suited to shooting in low light. Its continuous shooting speed is great, so you can easily capture moments of fast-moving action. It delivers remarkable video quality in more controlled lighting conditions, whether shooting in 4k or FHD. While video looks noticeably worse in low light, it's still very good overall. It has an incredible autofocus system that tracks moving subjects quickly and reliably when recording video. It's less consistent with photography but still performs well overall. It also has a very effective in-body image stabilization feature.
Unfortunately, it's not the most comfortable camera to use, especially considering its price point. The vlogger-oriented Fujifilm X-S10, for instance, is cheaper and feels more comfortable, though its autofocus system performs worse overall. Otherwise, the X-T4's dedicated shutter speed, aperture, and ISO dials make it easy to adjust settings on the fly. It's also decently portable, but it's heavy, so it's not the most convenient camera to take traveling or carry around for long periods. On the upside, it has great battery life that's advertised to last for about 500 photos, though battery life can vary drastically with real-world conditions and usage habits. Overall, this camera's great image and video quality, excellent autofocus performance, and sturdy design make it one of the best all-around cameras we've tested.
The best beginner Fujifilm camera is the Fujifilm X-T200. Like other Fujifilm cameras, it comes with a range of 'Film Simulation' profiles to emulate the look and tone of various classic film stocks. It's a great way for beginners to play around with the look and colors of their photos without doing more in-depth editing. The image quality is excellent right out of the box, with impressive colors and minimal noise at higher ISO levels for low-light shooting. If you want to shoot in RAW, it has good RAW noise handling. The camera is highly portable and lightweight, so it's well-suited to travel or for those who prefer a lighter setup. It has an easy-to-use menu system, and its bright, fully articulated screen makes it easy to shoot from different angles or record vlogs. It offers several video frame rate options, including 4k up to 30 fps without a crop and 1080p up to 60 fps. There's also a high-speed capture mode that records FHD footage at 120 fps, though it can only be played back in slow motion without audio.
Unfortunately, the camera's autofocus system can be unreliable, particularly when tracking moving subjects in photos and when recording video in 4k. Thankfully, it's more consistent when recording in 1080p, but it's still unremarkable and may lose track or shift focus to something in the background. The camera also has a disappointingly short battery life, though battery performance depends heavily on how you use your camera and which settings you use. Its photo buffer is also very small, which may be an issue if you are shooting events or sports with a lot of quick-moving action since you might miss a moment while the buffer empties. Despite these shortcomings, however, this is still an excellent beginner camera that yields high-quality images out of the box and has a portable, retro-style design.
The Fujifilm X100V is the best compact fixed-lens Fujifilm camera we've tested. This premium rangefinder-style point-and-shoot comes with a unique hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, offset from the center of the body, meaning you can maintain an uninterrupted view of your subject. The camera feels well-built with top and bottom plates made of milled aluminum and a dedicated shutter speed and ISO dial. Its screen can also tilt out from the body to help you shoot from lower angles. Its built-in lens is fixed to a 35mm equivalent focal length, though you can buy lens converters at an additional cost if you want to convert it to 28mm or 50mm. Otherwise, the Fujifilm X-E4 looks and feels very similar but with an interchangeable lens design, although it doesn't have a hybrid viewfinder. Like many of Fujifilm's higher-end models, the X100V uses a 26.1-megapixel X-Trans 4 crop sensor, which delivers excellent overall image quality. It has a good dynamic range and impressive noise handling capability at higher ISO levels, so you can shoot in low light without introducing too much noise. Its autofocus system is also good, with 425 advertised detection points and a good object-tracking success rate.
That said, the autofocus is less consistent when tracking faces and does just an okay job of keeping moving subjects in focus when shooting video. It doesn't have in-body image stabilization either, so the camera does a poor job reducing camera shake when shooting handheld 4k video, though it's decent when shooting in 1080p or taking photos. The camera's battery performance is alright, and you can keep using it while it charges via USB, but it has a short battery life when shooting a lot of video and tends to overheat and shut down when shooting 4k video for longer periods. Despite its shortcomings, this is still one of the best compact cameras we've tested.
Fujifilm cameras provide a slightly different shooting experience than competitors like Sony due to the company's dedication to old-school design elements. Think physical exposure control dials, rangefinder-style optical viewfinders, and more limited LCD screens. These elements add up to create cameras that are both fun and intuitive to shoot with, encouraging users to understand the art of photography and engage more closely with their surroundings. While these cameras tend to cater to a similarly old-school crowd, the company also offers a range of entry-level and mid-range cameras to entice beginners and enthusiasts alike, offering great image quality, impressive video features, and good-looking designs.
Unlike some of its competitors, Fujifilm has a more limited lineup of cameras. It focuses mostly on producing high-quality APS-C mirrorless cameras and is one of the few brands to offer more advanced medium format cameras, on top of popular consumer products like the Instax series of instant cameras.
GFX Series: Medium format sensor cameras.
X Series: Mirrorless cameras and premium compact cameras.
Jan 26, 2022: Reviewed article for accuracy with no change to recommendations.
Oct 28, 2021: Checked that picks were still accurate and available.
Many photographers swear by Fujifilm cameras due to the company's dedication to manual exposure controls, relatively lightweight designs, excellent lenses, and color science, despite its lack of full-frame cameras and the consequent boost in image quality that a full-frame sensor can provide. Overall, Fujfilm's long history of producing film and digital cameras and its continued dedication to making cameras that put the art of photography first result in a range of well-rounded cameras to suit various needs.