Fujifilm X-T10 Review
Video and Wi-Fi
|All video clips were shot at 1080/60p. Click to download one of the original clips (18 sec, 87MB)|
Video quality, is frankly, not very good. All the reasons that make the X-Trans sensor great for stills, make it not so good for video, with false color and moiré proving to be a major issue. Simply put, if video quality is important to you, there are plenty of competing cameras out their from other brands that will give you better results. If you are really curious to see how bad it is, download the original video clip, linked in the caption above, and view it at 100%.
The camera does offer full manual controls during video capture, as well as Auto ISO functionality, which is very helpful when shooting in conditions with changing light. Of course you can also shoot in Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes.
|Shot using the Fujifilm 16mm F1.4 lens, wide open. !080/60p.|
The X-T10 can also use C-AF during video capture, and in practice, it works quite well. Hunting is fairly minimal and AF acquisition happens reasonably fast, though the results are highly lens dependent. I had a lot of success using C-AF with the 16mm F1.4 lens, as seen in the video above. But less successful results using the 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens. In my experience, when zoomed in all the way, AF acquisition takes a painfully long time with this lens.
Film Simulations can also be used during video capture. However Advanced Filters can not, and changes to Highlights and Shadow Tone settings are also ignored once video capture starts. In addition, because the X-T10 technically has no 'video mode,' it can be cumbersome to accurately frame shots before starting video capture, as there is no way to see the 16:9 crop until you hit the video record button.
To be fair, even for seasoned video shooters, the X-T10 offers a fair amount direct controls and useful features. It's just unfortunate that the video quality is so much worse than the competition. On the other hand, for casual shooters looking to occasionally record friends and family, the lackluster video quality might not be a deal breaker.
The Fujifilm Camera Remote app works for both iOS and Android devices. It can be used to remotely capture images, push images to one's device, browse the contents of the camera's memory card or geotag images using GPS info from one's device.
There are a couple of different Fujifilm apps available for iPhone and Android. The Fujifilm Camera Remote is the primary one designed to be used with the X-T10 and includes a broad range of features. There's also a Photo Reciever app that can be downloaded by friends and family, solely for receiving images.
The Camera Remote eapp offers four basic functions: the ability to push images to one's device from the camera, the ability to view the contents of the camera's memory card on a device (and import multiple images at once), the ability to use the GPS in one's device to add location info to images, and the ability to use your smart device to remotely shoot with the camera.
Pairing the X-T10 with a phone or tablet is fairly straightforward. I managed it on an iPhone 5s with no real issues. First, download the app from either the Apple App store or there Google Play store. Once downloaded, turn on your devices Wi-Fi capabilities. Next, go to the 'Wireless Communication' option on page five of the X-T10's Shooting Menu and hit 'Menu/OK'.
You can also select an image you'd like to push to your device, and hit the 'Menu/OK' button, doing so will bring up a bunch of options, the first of which is 'Wireless Communication.' Go ahead and select that option (if you have not already done so in the Shooting Menu), and the camera will display the screen shown below. Once this screen appears, go back to your device and select the identical network, it will start with 'Fujifilm-X-T10' followed by a string of letters and numbers.
|The X-T10 is reasonably simple to pair with your device. I used it with my iPhone 5s with no major issues.|
Once you're connected on your device to the camera's Wi-Fi network, go ahead and open the Fujifilm app and click one of the four options within it. Regardless of which you pick, you'll be presented with another option asking you to connect to the camera, go ahead and hit 'Connect'. If you've done everything correctly a screen will pop on the X-T10 asking if you are sure you want to pair with the device being used (this only happens the first time you connect).
For the most part, pairing the two devices is pretty simple. However, my iPhone does like to play favorites with Wi-Fi networks, which caused a few issues. Once I turned on the Wi-Fi on my phone, it instantly joined our office network. And any time I disconnect from the app, my phone again reverted to joining the office network, forcing me to go back into 'Settings' on the phone and manually disconnect it from the office network, and instead connect it to the camera. To be fair, this is more an Apple issue than a Fujifilm issue, and being outdoors (away from Wi-Fi networks) it isn't a problem.
It is also a bit annoying that anytime you want to switch from one of the four functions in the app to another, you must disconnect and reconnect the device to the camera. The only exception is when using the remote control portion of the app, you can seamlessly go into the image browsing portion, to import media to your device. However, if you are in the image browser, you can not seamlessly go into the remote control portion, unless you originally started in the remote control portion.
As far as remote control from camera apps goes, the Fujifilm one offers a fairly robust feature set. Users have full manual control over the X-T10 when shooting with the app, including the ability to set shutter speed, aperture, ISO, Film Simulation and white balance. And if you are shooting in either aperture priority or shutter priority mode, you can also dial in exposure compensation by up to + or - 3 stops (adjusting in 1/3 stop increments). Additionally, the flash can be activated via the app, as can the self timer. When shooting video, users can control all the same functions as in stills mode.
Of course, from within the app, users can also see a view of what the camera is seeing, in addition to battery life, the number of remaining shots on the card and the AF mode being used.
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