Conclusion

What we like What we don't
  • Updated sensor has low noise levels and wide dynamic range
  • Pleasing colors in JPEGs
  • Reliable face and eye detection
  • Gigantic and bright 3.5" touchscreen
  • Well-designed touch interface lets smartphone users avoid dials and menus
  • Dynamic Range settings make it easy to cope with contrast in backlit scenes
  • Mic and headphone sockets (the latter via an included adapter)
  • Good quality oversampled 4K video
  • 'Digital gimbal' feature smooths out very shaky video (though at 1080/30p and below)
  • USB charging
  • You can't select a focus point if faces are detected automatically
  • Poor quality Full HD video
  • No subject tracking in video
  • Joystick is small and not well-placed
  • Eye sensor does not disable when LCD is flipped outward
  • Limited customizability
  • Functionality of left-most dial isn't consistent between modes
  • Buffer fills quickly when shooting bursts
  • Can't adjust exposure compensation in manual modes when using Auto ISO
  • Average battery life

Overall conclusion

The Fujifilm X-T200 is quite a bit different than its predecessor, the X-T100. While the X-T100 tried to be a scaled down version of the X-T20, Fujifilm failed to pull it off, for a variety of reasons.

The X-T200 tries to be a scaled down X-T30 and more. It's a camera that should suit both amateurs who want a lot of physical controls, and smartphone upgraders who like the familiarity of touchscreen operation. And this time, Fujifilm has succeeded.

From most angles, the X-T200 looks like many other Fujifilm X-series cameras, like the X-T30 and X-T3/X-T4. It has a DSLR-style body, plenty of dials on the top (though, thankfully, not as many as higher-end models) and an electronic viewfinder. What makes the X-T200 stand out from the more expensive cameras is its gigantic and bright fully articulating 3.5" touchscreen.

ISO 200 | 1/480 sec | F6.4 | XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ @ 23mm equiv. Image from pre-production camera.
Photo by Jeff Keller

The touchscreen makes it easy for those more familiar with smartphones than traditional cameras pick it up and take photos without ever having to touch a dial. Fujifilm has done a nice job with the touch interface on the X-T200, and with a few refinements, it would be at the top of its class. One thing we would've liked to have seen was adding some actual values (like shutter speed) next to the sliders used on the screen, much like Canon has done on several of its entry-level cameras.

For those who want to go more hands-on, there are three dials and plenty of menu options to choose from, though the X-T200 isn't as customizable as the X-T30, which you'd expect due to market segmentation. That's also why you won't find the Eterna profile or F-Log on this camera.

ISO 200 | 1/450 sec | F5.6 | XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ @ 56mm equiv.
Photo by Jeff Keller

The X-T200's image quality is very good, with low noise levels and good detail capture. Fujifilm's JPEG colors are always great, and Film Simulation modes make it easy to get creative (and hats off to Fujifilm for the clever way to previewing them). The malleable Raw files allow for responding to high contrast scenes without a huge increase is noise. The Dynamic Range modes are a quick way to do the same without having to use a Raw editor.

The autofocus system changed quite a bit since the X-T100 and Fujifilm says it's comparable to higher-end models. The camera can track subjects fairly well, though it's not as reliable at sticky to its target as some of its peers. Face and eye detection work well, though the camera will sometimes decide that an object is a face, which leads to focus and metering issues.

Lastly, there's video, which is leagues better than the X-T100's. 4K video is down-sampled from 6K and looks very good, though 1080 quality is a lot less impressive. Two neat tricks are a 'digital gimbal' mode, which greatly reduces significant camera shake, just like a real gimbal, and an HDR video feature that evens out contrast. However, since both of those modes are shot at 1080, the results don't look great.

ISO 3200 | 1/40 sec | F1.4 | XF 16mm F1.4R @ 24mm equiv. Photo from pre-production camera.
Photo by Jeff Keller

Overall, Fujifilm has created a camera that beginners can easily pick up and use without having to touch a dial, while leaving in features that get close to – but generally don't overlap with – the more expensive X-T30. For the money, the X-T200 is a great value, and its ease of use makes it one of those accessible on the market.


Compared to its peers

The Canon EOS M50 has an easy-to-use interface like the X-T200's, except on a considerably smaller display. Its Dual Pixel AF system is superb, and a bit more capable than the X-T200's, but it isn't available in all modes (notably video). Image quality is very good, though videos are soft, and a huge crop makes wide-angle capture very challenging. Battery life is not great. Fujifilm has a bigger collection of lenses than the Canon, though using an adapter with the M50 offers users a huge selection of EF-mount glass.

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 III is a compact Micro Four Thirds whose main claim to fame is in-body image stabilization. Its sensor is smaller and lower resolution than the X-T200's, though if your photos are being uploaded to social media sites, you won't notice. The E-M10 III does not have on-sensor phase detection, so its subject tracking abilities are not as good as the Fujifilm. The E-M10 III is not as easy to use as the X-T200 (especially the menus), but it does offer plenty of scene modes, fun Art Filters and great-looking 4K video. The Micro Four Thirds lens lineup is enormous.

The Sony a6100's standout feature is its autofocus system, which is the best in this class. It's easy to lock onto your subject, and the camera stays glued to them the whole time. Image quality is excellent, and the battery lasts a lot longer. The a6100 falls short of the X-T200 in terms of video (there's a significant crop at 4K/30p and tons of rolling shutter at 4K/24p) and ease-of-use. If tracking a moving subject is your number one priority then you should consider the a6100, but the X-T200 is a more compelling camera overall.

We've already published a comparison of the X-T200 versus the higher-end X-T30, so we'll keep it brief. If you want a slightly better, higher-resolution sensor, more physical controls and customizability, and fancier video features, steer toward the X-T30. If ease-of-use is more important to you, then you'll be very happy with the X-T200.


Scoring

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Fujifilm X-T200
Category: Mid Range Interchangeable Lens Camera / DSLR
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Conclusion
The Fujifilm X-T200 is a camera with an attractive design, good build quality and fantastic 3.5" display. It can be operated almost entirely via the touchscreen, though it has plenty of dials if you wish to use them. Its photo and 4K video quality are very good, though 1080 quality isn't so hot. It has some nice video features, including mic and headphone sockets and a 'digital gimbal' function. The camera does has some ergonomic quirks, its autofocus is good but not great, and its battery life is average.
Good for
Those seeking a camera with an easy-to-use touchscreen interface or who want a compact, inexpensive camera with a vast collection of great lenses.
Not so good for
Those who want a heavily customizable camera or for whom autofocus performance is a top priority.
82%
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