What's new and how it compares

While the updates to the Fujifilm X-T200 are mostly on the inside, its grip and LCD have both gotten larger (considerably so in the case of the display). The result is a camera that's more responsive, comfortable to hold and easier to use than its predecessor.

Key takeaways:

  • New 24MP sensor with faster readout
  • 425 selectable PDAF points and Fujifilm's latest face and eye detection algorithms
  • There's a monstrous 3.5" LCD with an easy-to-use touch-based interface
  • The X-T200 can shoot bursts at 8 fps with autofocus, though the buffer fills fairly quickly and the camera is 'locked up' while it clears
  • Unlike its predecessor, the X-T200 captures un-cropped, oversampled 4K/30p footage.
  • Aside from the more expensive X-T30, X-T200 is the only camera its class to offer a headphone jack (via an included USB-C adapter)

Updated 24MP APS-C sensor

The X-T200's sensor is different than that of the X-T100, in that it uses copper (rather than aluminum) wiring. This is almost certainly the same sensor that's on the entry-level X-A7, and related to the copper-wired sensor first introduced in the high-end X-T2.

The benefits of the new sensor are two-fold. One, the sensor can be read-out 3.5 times faster than on the aluminum-wired model, resulting in less rolling shutter when capturing video or using the electronic shutter. Secondly, it increases the maximum ISO to 25,600, up a full-stop from the X-T100.

Better-performing autofocus (at least on paper)

The X-T200's autofocus system is also like that of the X-A7, with the number of on-sensor phase-detect points increasing from 91 to 425. Fujifilm claims that performance (especially in terms of face and eye detection) will rival that of the firmware-updated X-T3 and X-Pro3, something we'll look at closely in our final review.

We did notice that the camera only allows you to switch between faces by tapping the screen (and not via a button), and you cannot select anywhere else in the frame on which to focus if a face is present (face detection needs to be turned off entirely).

Gigantic LCD, new touch interface

Another feature borrowed from the X-A7 is its enormous fully articulating 3.5" LCD display. Aside from its cheaper sibling, there's no other camera its class to sport a display this large. The screen has a resolution of 2.76 million dots, so no compromise was made there, either. It's also very bright, maxing out at 1000 nits, allowing for good visibility in bright sunlight.

Note that since the aspect ratio of the display is 16:9, there will be black bars on both sides of the screen when shooting at the native 3:2 resolution.

Since the screen takes up so much space on the back plate, the control scheme had to change, which we'll cover on the next page.

The X-T200 has the same touchscreen interface as the X-A7, which gives simple, outcome-orientated ways of adjusting the camera's settings.

Fujifilm has taken advantage of all of the screen's real estate by giving it a really easy-to-use interface. For beginners, the sides of the display are lined with virtual buttons for adjusting things like white balance, focus mode, exposure compensation and 'depth control'. Pressing the Film Simulation button brings up the snazzy interface shown here (video is from the X-A7):

As with all Fujifilm cameras, a customizable Q.Menu is available, either by tapping on the 'Q' on the screen or assigning it to a custom Fn button.

The X-T200's Q.Menu isn't assigned to a button by default, but can be accessed via the touchscreen. Its contents and arrangement can be customized

The main menu is also touch-enabled, and a customizable 'My Menu' is a new addition.

Faster burst speed

The outgoing X-T100 could shoot bursts at 6 fps (with autofocus), though its buffer filled up quickly.

The good news about the X-T200 is that can now fire away at 8 fps. The bad news is that the buffer is still quite small, and after 16 photos the camera will slow down. Other camera functions, such as the menus and playback mode, are unavailable while the camera is clearing the buffer. That's disappointing, but then again, this is an inexpensive camera.

Major video improvements

While the X-T100 could nominally capture 4K video, the frame rate was a paltry 15 fps. That's fixed on the X-T200, which captures un-cropped 4K/30p footage using the full width of the sensor. The camera also offers 25p, 24p and 23.98p options, all of which are oversampled. When recording 4K video there is a 15 minute time limit, probably to avoid overheating.

Dropping down to Full HD (which the company says should look a lot better than on the X-T100) allows for 60p and 50p recording. A 120 fps high-speed mode is also available.

The X-T100 already had a 3.5mm mic input, and the X-T200 has taken things a step further with the addition of a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sort of. While there's no dedicated headphone port, Fujifilm includes a small, L-shaped adapter that plugs into the USB Type-C socket.

Fujifilm has also added a number of tools for audio recording in movie mode. They include internal and external mic level adjustments plus a mic limiter, and wind and low cut filters. The camera can display the audio levels on the LCD or EVF.

The X-T200 offers plenty of audio control for a camera at this price

Three other new video features are digital gimbal, HDR video and in-camera movie trimming.

Digital Gimbal differs from conventional electronic stabilization by using the camera's gyro sensor to smooth out exceptionally shaky video. This feature is only for Full HD because there is a decent-sized crop from the total sensor area, but it worked pretty well in our initial testing. Note that only a few lenses are compatible with the digital gimbal feature at this time: the XC 15-45mm, XC 16-50mm, XF 16mm F2.8 and XF 18mm F2.

The X-T200 has an 'HDR video' feature, but this isn't to be confused with the latest cameras that can shoot footage for HDRTVs. Like some Canon models, the X-T200 appears to be shooting and merging pairs of frames, with one exposed to protect highlights (hence it only being available at half the camera's maximum 60p frame rate). This is a way of including more dynamic range in a standard DR video, as distinct from modes such as Hybrid Log Gamma, which creates video for High Dynamic Range displays.

The in-camera movie trimming does just as it sounds: you select a start and end point, and save what's inside as a new clip.

Clarity filter

The X-T200 now has a clarity 'advanced filter', similar to that offered by the X-Pro3. As in Adobe Camera Raw (and many other photo editors), clarity increases localized contrast, making photos look 'punchier'.

Note that clarity can only be adjusted when the mode dial is set to 'advanced filters' and unlike the X-Pro 3 it's not available in Raw mode.

Compared to...

There a lot of cameras in the X-T200's price range, and since we can't fit everything into a single table, here are the ones we think are most relevant:

Fujifilm X-T200 Fujifilm X-T30 Canon EOS M50 Olympus E-M10 III Panasonic G85 Sony a6100
MSRP (lens kit) $800 $1000 $900 $800 $1000 $850
Sensor 24MP APS-C 26MP APS-C
(X-Trans)
24MP APS-C 16MP Four Thirds 16MP Four Thirds 24MP APS-C
Image stab. Lens only Lens only Lens only In-body In-body Lens only
AF system Hybrid Hybrid Hybrid Contrast detection Contrast detection Hybrid
LCD design Fully artic. Tilting Fully artic. Tilting Fully artic. Tilting
LCD size/res 3.5" / 2.76M-dot 3" / 1.04M-dot 3" / 1.04M-dot 3" / 1.04M-dot 3" 1.04M-dot 3" / 0.92M-dot
EVF panel 2.36M-dot OLED 2.36M-dot OLED 2.36M-dot OLED 2.36M-dot OLED 2.36M-dot OLED 1.44M-dot OLED
EVF mag 0.62x 0.62x Not specified 0.62x 0.74x 0.71x
Burst rate (w/AF) 8 fps 20 fps (e-shutter) 7.4 fps 4.8 fps 6 fps 11 fps
Max video UHD 4K/30p DCI/UHD 4K/30p UHD 4K/30p UHD 4K/30p UHD 4K/30p UHD 4K/30p
4K crop None None 1.6x None 1.1x 1.2x (30p)
1x (24p)
Mic / headphone socket Yes / Yes* Yes / Yes* Yes / No No / No Yes / No Yes / No
Battery life (LCD) 270 shots 380 shots 235 shots 330 shots 330 shots 420 shots
Dimensions
(WxHxD)
121 x 84 x 55mm 118 x 83 x 47mm 116 x 88 x 59mm 122 x 84 x 50mm 128 x 89 x 74mm 120 x 67 x 59mm
Weight 370g 383g 390g 410g 505g 396g

The X-T200 doesn't blow away the competition by any means, though it holds its own, thanks mainly to its huge LCD, un-cropped 4K video and headphone socket. Battery life is on the low side, however.