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The 3 Best Fujifilm Cameras of 2021 Reviews

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Best Fujifilm Cameras

We've tested seven Fujifilm cameras under our current test bench. Generally speaking, Fujifilm makes versatile cameras primarily aimed at photography enthusiasts, but also offers models that are more accessible to newcomers and models that appeal to the needs of modern consumers. It also offers a wide range of lenses to suit every need, although we don't currently evaluate lens ecosystems. 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.

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Best Fujifilm Cameras


  1. Best Fujifilm Camera

    7.8
    Travel Photography
    7.9
    Landscape Photography
    8.0
    Sport & Wildlife Photography
    8.5
    Vlogging
    8.6
    Studio Video
    7.3
    Action Video
    Body Type
    DSLR
    Mirrorless
    Yes
    Sensor Size
    APS-C
    Tested Lens
    FUJINON XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R OIS

    The best Fujifilm camera that we've tested is the Fujifilm X-T4. It's a great all-around camera with excellent build quality and a rich feature set. It performs well for photography and video alike, ranking among the best mirrorless cameras that 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 as well, 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 to carry around for long periods. On the upside, it has great battery life, so it should last you a full day's shooting, 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 Fujifilm cameras we've tested.

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  2. Best Fujifilm Camera For Beginners

    7.4
    Travel Photography
    7.8
    Landscape Photography
    7.1
    Sport & Wildlife Photography
    7.2
    Vlogging
    6.9
    Studio Video
    4.3
    Action Video
    Body Type
    DSLR
    Mirrorless
    Yes
    Sensor Size
    APS-C
    Tested Lens
    FUJINON XC 15-45mm f3.5-5.6 OIS PZ

    The best Fujifilm camera that we've tested for beginners is the Fujifilm X-T200. This entry-level model is very lightweight and portable, especially compared to other interchangeable-lens cameras. It features an intuitive menu system that's easy to navigate using the camera's joystick, although it doesn't have a guide mode to walk new users through settings. Still, it has a bright, fully articulated touchscreen, which is great for shooting from unconventional angles or vlogging. Its APS-C sensor delivers excellent image quality, with great dynamic range and photos that look relatively sharp and noise-free at higher ISO levels. The camera also delivers great overall video quality in 4k. However, the quality noticeably dips when shooting in FHD, and there's a lot of rolling shutter effect that can distort the image when panning from side to side.

    Unfortunately, it lacks in-body image stabilization and does a poor overall job of smoothing out camera shake when recording video. Its autofocus performance is also disappointing, as it struggles to keep moving subjects in focus. While this can vary with settings and usage, it has poor battery life, and you can't use it while charging. It also doesn't feel as well-built as higher-end models like the Fujifilm X-T30, with stiff dials and buttons that feel sluggish. Despite these shortcomings, this model is a great choice for beginners thanks to its lightweight design, excellent image quality, and easy-to-use menu system.

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  3. Best Compact Fujifilm Camera

    7.7
    Travel Photography
    8.1
    Landscape Photography
    7.4
    Sport & Wildlife Photography
    7.1
    Vlogging
    7.8
    Studio Video
    5.0
    Action Video
    Body Type
    Compact
    Mirrorless
    Yes
    Sensor Size
    APS-C
    Tested Lens
    Built-In Lens

    The best Fujifilm camera that we've tested with a compact body is the Fujifilm X100V. This rangefinder-style compact camera uses an APS-C sensor and has a hybrid optical/electronic rangefinder that allows users to look through and engage with their surroundings without interruption from the shutter. It delivers excellent out-of-the-box image quality, with fantastic sharpness and amazing noise handling capability even at higher ISO levels. It also has good autofocus performance for photography, although its autofocus system is more inconsistent when tracking moving subjects while recording video. Still, its overall video quality is great in both 4k and FHD. Plus, its compact size and fixed lens make it ideal for traveling or use on the go.

    That said, the fixed prime lens may be too limiting for some users, as it doesn't afford the same flexibility as a zoom lens might. However, the lens lets in a lot of light, and its 35mm full-frame equivalent focal length is well-suited to capturing everyday moments or street scenes. The camera's battery life is okay overall, and it supports USB charging. You can continue using it while it charges, which is nice, but like many compact cameras, it tends to overheat when recording video, which can cause frequent interruptions. The camera also lacks in-body image stabilization, so camera shake can be an issue, especially when recording video in 4k. If you'd prefer an interchangeable-lens camera with a similar rangefinder-style design, consider the Fujifilm X-Pro3 instead, though it's less portable. Despite its limitations, the X100V is one of the best compact cameras that we've tested, and most users should be pleased with it.

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Compared to other brands


  • Sleek, well-crafted design. Many Fujifilm cameras take inspiration from the company's history by making retro design elements new again, from rangefinders to sleek silver accents. They're also usually fairly lightweight and feel well-built overall.
  • Manual exposure controls. Most Fujifilm offerings sport dedicated shutter speed, aperture, and ISO dials, similar to traditional SLR cameras. While they may take some getting used to, dedicated dials and manual controls can make it easy to adjust settings on the fly.
  • Color science and film simulation modes. Fujifilm's history with producing film has translated to its color science with digital cameras, which also feature 'Film Simulation' modes that mimic the color and tones of famous film stocks, giving you another way to get creative with your photography.
  • Autofocus performance can be inconsistent. Fujifilm cameras can be inconsistent when it comes to tracking moving subjects in photography. They perform better for video, but the inconsistency puts them behind some other competitors for overall autofocus performance.
  • Adequate ergonomics. Many Fujifilm cameras sacrifice ergonomics in favor of size, weight, and portability. Grip is often lacking, although you can purchase external grips and other accessories to help with this.
  • No full-frame offerings. For the most part, Fujifilm only offers APS-C and medium format digital cameras. While some of Fujifilm's APS-C cameras can compete with full-frame cameras, those looking for the RAW noise handling capability and low light performance that full-frame sensors generally offer will have to look elsewhere.

Fujifilm cameras generally 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 solid build quality.

Lineup

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.

  • GFX100 = Flagship model.
  • GFX100S = Smaller variant of the GFX100.
  • GFX 50S = First GFX series model with a smaller body than the GFX100.
  • GFX 50R = More compact variant of the GFX 50S.

X Series: Mirrorless cameras and premium compact cameras.

  • X-T(X) = Flagship interchangeable-lens mirrorless cameras aimed at professionals and enthusiasts.
  • X-T(XX) = Mid-range interchangeable-lens mirrorless cameras. 
  • X-T(XXX) = Entry-level interchangeable-lens mirrorless cameras.
  • X-S(XX) = Fujifilm's newest lineup of mid-range interchangeable-lens cameras aimed at vloggers.
  • X-H(X) = Newer lineup of larger enthusiast mirrorless cameras.
  • X-Pro(X) = Retro rangefinder-style cameras aimed at enthusiasts and professionals. 
  • X-E(X) = Mid-range rangefinder-style mirrorless cameras.
  • X-A(X) = Entry-level rangefinder-style mirrorless cameras.
  • X100 series = Premium digital compact cameras with APS-C sensors and fixed prime lenses.

Conclusion

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.

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