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Fujifilm X-S10 Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.9
Reviewed Jun 08, 2021 at 09:48 am
Fujifilm X-S10 Picture
7.5
Travel Photography
7.8
Landscape Photography
7.3
Sport & Wildlife Photography
8.0
Vlogging
7.7
Studio Video
6.2
Action Video
Body Type
SLR-Style
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
APS-C
Tested Lens
FUJINON XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R OIS

The Fujifilm X-S10 is a mirrorless crop-sensor camera. It delivers great image quality and records reasonably sharp, detailed video in both 4k and FHD, though you may notice some noise when shooting in dimly lit environments. Its in-body image stabilization feature also helps smooth out camera shake in both still photography and video. It's comfortable to use, feels impressively well-built, and has a bright, sharp, fully-articulated screen, along with a wide assortment of ports for using accessories. While its autofocus performance in video is fantastic, it has a hard time maintaining focus on subjects when used for still photography.

Our Verdict

7.5 Travel Photography

The Fujifilm X-S10 is good for travel photography. It delivers impressive image quality out-of-the-box, with minimal amounts of noise even at moderately high ISO levels. The Fujifilm Simulation modes can help give your shots a bit of added flair, though we don't currently test the camera with these modes enabled, and you can only apply them to JPG files. It features a very wide shutter speed range to help you capture both quick moments or take complex long-exposure shots. It's also comfortable to use for the most part and feels impressively well-built. Unfortunately, depending on your usage habits and choice of settings, its single-charge battery life might be insufficient for a long day of shooting.

Pros
  • Impressive image quality.
  • Sturdy-feeling construction.
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Great overall stabilization performance.
Cons
  • Mediocre battery performance.
  • Middling photo autofocus performance.
7.8 Landscape Photography

The Fujifilm X-S10 is a very good option for landscape photography. Image quality is great overall, with excellent noise handling capability even at higher ISO levels, which is good if you plan on shooting in darker environments. The built-in Fujifilm Simulation modes also allow you to give your shots a distinctive look; be aware that you can only apply them to JPG files, and we don't currently test the camera with these modes. Its fully-articulated touchscreen allows you to easily shoot from above your head or below the hip and is bright enough to be easily seen even under direct sunlight. It isn't too difficult to carry around for extended shooting sessions and feels very well-built, though it isn't weather-sealed. However, we don't currently test for that.

Pros
  • Impressive image quality.
  • Sturdy-feeling construction.
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Bright, fully-articulated touchscreen.
Cons
  • Mediocre battery performance.
  • Not advertised as being weather-sealed.
7.3 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Fujifilm X-S10 is decent for sports and wildlife photography. When using its electronic shutter, it can capture up to 20 shots per second without a crop. This, combined with its fast max shutter speed, should help you capture clear stills of fast-moving subjects, like cars on a track. Image quality is great, too, even at fairly high ISO levels. It feels well-built and is quite comfortable to operate as well. Unfortunately, its autofocus system can have a hard time tracking the movement of some subjects and, depending on your usage habits and choice of settings, battery performance is unimpressive.

Pros
  • Impressive image quality.
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Great overall stabilization performance.
Cons
  • Mediocre battery performance.
  • Middling photo autofocus performance.
8.0 Vlogging

The Fujifilm X-S10 is a great option for vlogging. Its fully-articulated touchscreen allows you to monitor your recording even when the camera is pointed at you, and it isn't too fatiguing to carry around. Its ergonomic grip also makes it a little easier to hold while vlogging compared to some other models in Fujifilm's model lineup. Its in-body image stabilization, combined with the FUJINON XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R OIS kit lens' optical stabilization feature, helps the camera do an impressive job of smoothing out camera shake in both FHD and 4k video. Video quality is also good in either resolution, though you may notice some noise when shooting in dimmer environments. Its autofocus system is remarkably effective in terms of tracking subjects' faces, too.

Pros
  • Sturdy-feeling construction.
  • Bright, fully-articulated touchscreen.
  • Exceptional autofocus performance in video.
  • Great overall stabilization performance.
Cons
  • Mediocre battery performance.
7.7 Studio Video

The Fujifilm X-S10 is great for studio video. Video quality in FHD and 4k is sharp and detailed overall, though you may notice some graininess when recording in dimly-lit environments. It supports F-Log shooting for an expanded dynamic range in video and allowing for in-depth color grading in editing, though we don't currently test this function. While it's only capable of shooting 8-bit 4:2:0 color video internally, it can output 10-bit 4:2:2 color video through its HDMI port, which you can take advantage of by using an external recorder. It features dedicated headphone and microphone jacks too. You can also charge it over USB while in use, which is good for extended recording sessions.

Pros
  • Wide selection of inputs and outputs.
  • Exceptional autofocus performance in video.
Cons
  • Basic guide mode for menu system.
6.2 Action Video

The Fujifilm X-S10 isn't for action video. It's too big to be mounted on a chest or helmet and isn't rated as being water or impact-resistant, though we don't currently test that. It's also incapable of shooting natively at more than 60 fps in FHD and 30 fps in 4k, though it does have dedicated slow-motion recording modes for FHD video. Its in-body image stabilization and kit lens' optical stabilization features also reduce camera shake by an impressive amount.

Pros
  • Sturdy-feeling construction.
  • Great overall stabilization performance.
Cons
  • Mediocre battery performance.
  • Not advertised as being weather-sealed.
  • Too big to be mounted on a chest or helmet rig.
  • 7.5 Travel Photography
  • 7.8 Landscape Photography
  • 7.3 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 8.0 Vlogging
  • 7.7 Studio Video
  • 6.2 Action Video
  1. Updated Aug 16, 2022: After running into issues with RawTherapee during retesting for Test Bench 0.9, we decided to process the 'Photo RAW Dynamic Range' test scene in Lightroom instead. The test scene photo has been reuploaded.
  2. Updated Jul 29, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.9.
  3. Updated Apr 22, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.
  4. Updated Jun 23, 2021: Updated 'FHD Frame Rate' with additional information to better reflect users.
  5. Updated Jun 09, 2021: Re-shot and uploaded new 'Image Quality' photos to correct framing issue.
  6. Updated Jun 08, 2021: Review published.
  7. Updated Jun 03, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.7
Design
Portability
Height
3.3" (8.5 cm)
Width
5.3" (13.4 cm)
Depth
2.5" (6.3 cm)
Volume
44.0 in³ (721.6 cm³)
Weight
1.04 lbs (0.47 kg)
Weight With Lens
1.76 lbs (0.80 kg)

If you're looking for something a little more portable for vlogging, check out the Sony ZV-E10.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

  • Mainly made of plastic, but top and bottom plates are made of magnesium alloy
  • Handgrip has a rubberized coating
  • Dials rotate smoothly and have a nice-feeling outer texture
  • Buttons are small, but are clicky and offer good physical feedback
  • Solid-feeling screen and flash mechanisms
  • Battery and SD card compartment covered by a locking hinged door
  • Input and output compartment is covered by a solid locking hinged door
  • Eyecup is wobbly, though this could be unique to our test unit

Design
Body
Water Resistance
No
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
3
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
X Mount
Built-In Flash
Yes
Design
In The Box

  • Fujifilm X-S10 camera body
  • FUJINON XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R OIS lens
  • 2x Lens cap
  • Lens hood
  • Shoulder strap
  • 1x Fujifilm NP-W126S battery
  • Sensor cap
  • USB-C to analog audio adapter
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • Plastic tool
  • Basic manual

8.0
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
Yes

  • Rubberized grip is deep enough to be well-suited for a wide variety of hand sizes
  • Easy to change ISO, shutter speed, and aperture with your eye pressed against the viewfinder thanks to dedicated controls
  • Thumb stick makes it easy to navigate the menu or choose your focus point
  • Menu/OK and DISP/Back buttons lay flat against the body, making it hard to locate them when shooting in selfie mode
  • ISO and Q Menu buttons on top of the camera are hard to reach for users with small hands
  • Left dial switches between built-in film simulation modes but can be remapped to another more commonly-used function
  • Hard rubber eyecup doesn't protrude very far and can be consequently uncomfortable to rest your eye against

Design
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Resolution
2.36 million dots
Advertised Magnification
0.62
8.7
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Fully-Articulated
Screen Max Brightness
785 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.04 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.5 cm)
Touchscreen
Limited
8.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
FujiFilm Camera Remote

  • Joystick allows for quick and easy menu system navigation
  • You can customize function of the buttons and swipe gestures for the touchscreen
  • Q Menu lets you access commonly used parameters and can be customized to add or remove certain functions
  • Some brand-specific terminology for certain features
  • Unlike the Fujifilm X-T30, there's a built-in guide mode, but it's quite limited overall, with some functions not being explained at all

Design
Assistance Functions
Level Display
Dual-Axis, Photo & Video
Grid Lines
Photo & Video
Histogram
Photo & Video
Zebra Pattern
Photo & Video
Focus Peaking
Photo & Video
Waveform
No
7.5
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Interchangeable
Maximum Aperture
2.8 - 4.0
Max Aperture (Full-Frame Equivalent)
f/4.3
Minimum Focal Length
18 mm
Maximum Focal Length
55 mm
Max Focal Length (Full-Frame Equivalent)
84 mm
Optical Image Stabilization
Yes
Luminance
90.9%
Light Falloff
59.3%
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
26.1 MP
Processor
X-Processor 4
Extended ISO Minimum
80
Native ISO Minimum (Base ISO)
160
Native ISO Maximum
12,800
Tested Firmware
Ver.2.20
6.4
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Fujifilm NP-W126S
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
Yes
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
325 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
60 min
Photo General
Photo General
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
Raw File Format
RAF
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Slowest Shutter Speed
900 s
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/4,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
7.1
Photo General
Photo Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
3 fps
High Speed Continuous
7 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
20 fps
Raw Buffer Size
19 Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
10,000 Photos
Buffer Empty Time
2 s

Note: Using the electronic shutter allows you to fire at up to 30 fps, but doing so incurs a crop on your image. Also, shooting at 20 fps with the electronic shutter lowers the JPEG buffer size to 56 shots and increases the buffer clearing time from '0s' to '7.45s' compared to the results shown, which we achieved with the mechanical shutter.

5.9
Photo General
Photo Autofocus
Object Tracking Success Rate
45%
Face Tracking Success Rate
40%
Face Detection Distance
124" (315 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
425
8.3
Photo General
Photo Image Stabilization
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/8 s
In-Body Image Stabilization
Yes
Photo Image Quality
7.8
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Dynamic Range
Dynamic Range At Base ISO
10.0 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/500s Exposure Time
8.5 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/2000s Exposure Time
7.2 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/4000s Exposure Time
6.6 f-stops
8.4
Photo Image Quality
Photo Sharpness
JPEG Sharpness At Base ISO
1.366 pixels
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
1.3792 pixels
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
2.143 pixels
RAW Sharpness At Base ISO
2.900 pixels
RAW Sharpness At ISO 800
2.882 pixels
RAW Sharpness At ISO 3200
2.930 pixels
5.4
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Color Accuracy
Color Difference (dE2000) At Base ISO
12.78
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 800
12.67
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 3200
13.28
9.6
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Noise
SNR 18% At Base ISO
41.46 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 800
39.62 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 3200
38.22 dB
8.0
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
RAW SNR 18% At Base ISO
40.25 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200
39.85 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400
38.27 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800
36.21 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600
33.81 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200
31.13 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400
28.34 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800
25.59 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600
N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200
N/A

Note: This camera is capable of shooting at ISO 100, but only as an extended minimum. ISO 51200 is considered an extended ISO maximum. Results from images taken at those ISO levels may not be fully comparable to other cameras that we've tested.

Photo Image Quality
Test Scene Pictures Download
JPEG Picture At Base ISO Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 1600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 3200 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 6400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 12800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 25600 N/A
JPEG Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
RAW Picture At Base ISO Download
RAW Picture At ISO 400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 1600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 3200 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 6400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 12800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 25600 N/A
RAW Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
Pictures Sample Gallery
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Skate Park Picture
JPEG Skate Park Picture Download
RAW Skate Park Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Polish Church Picture
JPEG Polish Church Picture Download
RAW Polish Church Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Studio Picture
JPEG Studio Picture Download
RAW Studio Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Stairway Picture
JPEG Stairway Picture Download
RAW Stairway Picture Download
Video General
Video General
Video Features
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
4:2:2
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
10 bits
Log Picture Profile
Yes
Recording Light
Yes
Video General
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
Yes
Video General
Video File Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
8.5
4k Video
4k Video Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
Yes
24 fps In 4k
Yes
4k Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
7.0
4k Video
4k Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
204 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
102 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 Bit
Record Time Limit In 4k
30 min
Overheat Recording Interruptions in 4k
2
9.1
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In 4k
8.7
Face Tracking In 4k
9.1
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes
8.0
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
Walking Test In 4k
8.08 pixels/frame
Running Test In 4k
27.79 pixels/frame
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
Yes
4k Video Stabilization Crop
1.13 x
8.3
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
7.5
Test Scene Extract In 4k
9.0
6.2
4k Video
4k Video Rolling Shutter Effect
4k Rolling Shutter
6.0°
Full HD Video
9.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
Yes, with a Crop
120 fps In FHD
Yes, with a Crop
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
FHD Crop At Max Available fps
1.3 x

Update 06/23/2021: We've updated the frame rates for this camera. Like the Fujifilm X-T4, the X-S10 is capable of recording high-speed FHD video in 120 fps and 240 fps, but it only allows for playback of this footage in 10x, 8x, 4x, or 2x slow motion speed. It can't actually playback this footage at high speed, and it doesn't record sound in this mode, either. This feature is available in the 'Full HD High Speed Rec' menu (see here and here). Enabling this feature also incurs a crop.

7.9
Full HD Video
FHD Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
204 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
50 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8 Bit
Record Time Limit in FHD
30 min
9.4
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In FHD
8.7
Face Tracking In FHD
9.8
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes
8.9
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
Walking Test In FHD
3.80 pixels/frame
Running Test In FHD
10.52 pixels/frame
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
Yes
FHD Video Stabilization Crop
1.13 x
7.3
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
6.5
Test Scene Extract In FHD
8.0
7.0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Rolling Shutter Effect
FHD Rolling Shutter
4.0°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
8.7
Storage And Connectivity
Inputs / Outputs
USB
USB-C
HDMI
Micro (Type D)
Headphones
Yes, via Included Adapter
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Fujifilm X-S10 is only available in one color scheme: 'Black', and you can see its label here. We tested it in conjunction with the FUJINON XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R OIS lens, though you can also buy it without a lens at all.

Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant of this camera, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Cameras

Fujifilm X-T30 II

The Fujifilm X-S10 and the Fujifilm X-T30 II are both great starter cameras. They both use the same sensor, so image and video quality is comparable. That said, the X-S10 is more suited to vlogging and video work because of its fully-articulated screen and in-body image stabilization, while the X-T30 II is more portable and has different ergonomics, with dedicated exposure dials and a tilting screen.

Sony ZV-E10

The Fujifilm X-S10 and the Sony ZV-E10 are both aimed at vloggers, but the Fujifilm is slightly more well-rounded. Get the Fujifilm if you need in-body image stabilization and like to have the option to shoot through a viewfinder. However, if battery life and portability are priorities, the Sony is still a great option.

Sony α6600

The Sony α6600 and the Fujifilm X-S10 are both APS-C mirrorless cameras that perform similarly overall. Both cameras have IBIS and deliver excellent out-of-camera JPEGs, although the Fujifilm offers several film simulation profiles to help you play with the look of your photos in-camera. The Fujifilm camera has better RAW noise handling performance at higher ISO settings for low-light situations. That said, the Sony camera has a more consistent and reliable autofocus system, a larger EVF, and a significantly longer battery life. It's also weather-sealed against moisture and dust.

Sony ZV-1

The Sony ZV-1 and the Fujifilm X-S10 are both well-suited to vlogging, but they're also different camera types. The Fujifilm is an interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sensor, so it's more versatile and delivers better overall image and video quality. It also has better internal video recording capability, meaning it can output higher quality video files for more advanced video work. That said, the Sony camera's compact form factor and convenience make it a good alternative if you just want something portable for walk-and-talk vlogging.

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