Fujifilm X-T10 Review
Controls & Settings
The X-T10 has plenty of physical control points. The top plate alone offers dials controlling drive mode, shutter speed and exposure compensation, as well as both a lever to activate a fully automatic mode and a lever to deploy the flash.
The menus in the X-T10 should also feel familiar to anyone who has used any recent Fujifilm camera. In fact, they are nearly identical to the menus on the Fujifilm X-T1, with just a couple of minor variances.
The left-most dial on the top plate of the X-T10 controls the camera's drive mode, and provides access to a total of 9 settings. The first of which is Sweep Panorama, followed by Double Exposure, two spot for Advanced Filters, Single Shot mode, Continuous High mode, Continuous Low mode and two spots for bracketing, (which like Advanced Filters, can also be assigned).
There are a total of 13 different filters users can pick from, to be assigned to the Adv. 1 and Adv. 2 spots. My personal favorite is 'Miniature,' which gives a tilt-shift-style effect. Also, by default, 'CH' is set to the camera's top burst rate of 8fps, and 'CL' is set to 3fps.
User can set BKT1 and BKT2 to control any of the following: exposure, ISO, Film Simulation or white balance. Exposure and ISO can be bracketed in 1/3, 2/3 and 1 stop increments. Film simulations can be bracketed in groups of 3 varying simulations.
Directly to the right of the hotshoe is the shutter dial. It includes and Auto (A) option, which effectively sets the camera to Aperture Priority mode if you have a numerical aperture dialed in, or fully-automatic mode, if your aperture is also set to 'A.' There are also shutter speeds ranging from 1/4000 sec to 1 sec, jumping by full stop increments. In addition, the shutter dial offers a bulb (B) mode, to keep the shutter open for as long as you desire, as well as a Time (T) mode, which lets users override the shutter dial entirely, and instead dial in shutter speeds using one of the command dials. When operating the camera this way, adjustments to shutter speed are offered in 1/3 stop increments.
|The right most dial controls Exposure Compensation with can be biased plus or minus 3 stops, and adjusted in 1/3 stop increments. It can be utilized during both still and video capture modes.|
|The front dial, by default, can be set to control either shutter speed or aperture (this can be toggled in the camera's menu). However, it can also be clicked inward, giving access to a second set of custom functions. You can read about how I set it to control my AF point/size in the shooting experience section of this review.|
|The back dial is also by default set to control either shutter speed or aperture, and like the front dial, it has a secondary set of functions when clicked inward. However, unlike the front dial, its function can not be customized, it always zooms in the frame, on your focus point, when pressed. Which is really handy for checking focus and for using manual focus.|
The X-T10 offers a total of seven customizable buttons, one more than the X-T1. Buttons than can be customized include the video record button on top, the front control dial when pressed inward, the four direction keys on back, and the 'Fn' button, also on the back of the camera. To customize these keys, head to page two of the Set-Up menu and click the first option, 'Buttons/Dial Settings.' In there, you will find an option called 'Function Setting.' There are 24 different options each of the buttons can be set to control, all of which are listed below.
|Functions that can be assigned to the camera's function buttons:|
• Flash mode
• Flash compensation
• Select custom setting
• Face Detection
• Aperture setting
• Wireless communication
• Shutter type
• Preview exposure in manual mode
• Preview picture effect
Customizable Q. Menu
The X-T10's Quick Menu is implemented in a very similar way to the X-T1'S. User can access a total of 16 options from within the Q menu, all of which can be customized and arranged to your personal taste. For example I removed the Self Timer option from a spot on the Q Menu while I've been testing the camera, and replaced it with an option to toggle Face Detect on and off.
I find it very helpful to move the Face Detect option to the Quick Menu for easy access. This can be done by going into the main camera menu, and heading to page two of the 'Set-Up' menu. The first option on that page is 'Button/Dial Setting.' In there, you'll be able to set all of the cameras seven custom function keys (which is the first option). The third option in the list is 'Edit/Save Quick Menu.' Here you can set any of the 16 tabs on the Q menu to display one of any 28 options, including the option to toggle Face Detect on and off.
The other feature we find it useful to add to the Q.Menu is Flash Exposure Compensation - a handy option to have quick access to, which otherwise requires a trip to the main menu.
The X-T10 also offers Custom Settings, which by default, can be accessed in the upper left most position of the Q menu, as well as on page three of the Shooting Menu. Custom Settings can be very useful for saving common configurations used in specific shooting scenarios. The X-T0 allows for a total of seven customized camera set-ups to be saved. Within each of those seven camera set-ups, users can customize a total of nine variables to be set and saved. These variables can not be changed though, unlike those in the Q menu. Variables in the Custom Settings include: ISO, Dynamic Range, Film Simulation, White Balance, Color, Sharpness, Shadow/Highlight Tone and Noise Reduction.
For example, I saved 'C1' to pull up my desired low light shooting settings, which include ISO set to 6400, Dynamic Range set to 400, Film Simulation set to Monochrome, Highlight Tones set to -1, Shadow Tones set to +1 and Noise Reduction Set to +1.
Auto ISO on the X-T10 functions identically to the X-T1 (and most other modern high-end Fujifilm cameras). User can set the minimum and maximum sensitivity of the camera, as well as a minimum shutter speed threshold at which the camera will increase the ISO setting. The top minimum shutter speed you can set is 1/500 sec. There are three slots to save custom ISO configurations.
We've mentioned this before, but its worth reiterating, we'd love to see Fujifilm offer the option to relate the minimum shutter speed to the focal length being shot. Still, the Auto ISO is fairly well-implemented. Users can even use Auto ISO when shooting in full manual, while still being able to adjust exposure compensation.
|Provia / Std||Velvia / Vivid||Astia / Soft||Classic Chrome||Pro Neg Hi.||Pro Neg. Std|
|Monochrome||Mono + Yellow Filter||Mono +
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