First impressions

By Jeff Keller

I'll say it up front: The Fujifilm X-T200 is what the X-T100 should have been. The original model was sluggish, had poor autofocus and a 4K/15p video mode that seemingly existed just so that Fujifilm's marketing department could put '4K' on the box. The X-T200 has resolved those issues and, while not perfect, it's a big step forward.

For smartphone upgraders or those new to photography, who don't want to get to grips with of the camera's dials and buttons, the X-T200 should be a real pleasure to use. The 3.5" touchscreen is the best in its class, and the on-screen 'simple menu' has no learning curve. Film Simulation modes are one of the best features on Fujifilm cameras, and the clever 'slider' interface makes it easy to preview each one.

While the camera is well built and easy-to-hold thanks to its new grip, its dials aren't well placed for regular use, several buttons are unmarked, and the joystick is in a bad spot and is 'fiddly.' Battery life isn't great compared to its peers, though using 'economy' mode will let you crank out at least 450 shots per charge.

The autofocus system has been substantially improved

The autofocus system has been substantially improved: it's more responsive, and eye and face detection work well. Switching between detected faces isn't terribly easy though: you can only do so via the touchscreen, rather than a button or dial.

Something that may frustrate some users is that you cannot select another focus area when a face is detected. We hope this is something Fujifilm can address in a firmware update. This behavior is in sharp contrast with the Sony a6100 - one of the X-T200's closest competitors - which has an excellent AF system that works with no nearly zero effort on the user's part.

It's safe to say that Fujifilm has done an admirable job designing the X-T200

While we're yet to measure the quality of the video produced by the X-T200, the specs are very promising. Its 4K footage is oversampled, un-cropped and rolling shutter looks to be on the low end. The camera has a surprising number of manual video controls and both mic and headphone jacks given its price. Even if you're not a hardcore video shooter, the X-T200 will be more than ready when you are.

Based on my initial tinkering with the camera, I think it's safe to say that Fujifilm has done an admirable job designing the X-T200. As someone who likes to fiddle with dials and buttons, I'm not thrilled with its ergonomics, but if I was a smartphone user who wanted the flexibility of interchangeable lenses, I can see myself gravitating to the X-T200: it's an easy camera to just pick up and use.

Add in the option to mount the new, inexpensive 35mm F2 prime lens, and the X-T200 looks to offer an approachable (and comparatively affordable) route into hands-on photography, even if experienced photographers are likely to prefer the X-T30.