So I got a loan, or maybe I bought one. Frankly not quite where I saw myself now but whatever, it happened, not proud of that part but something has to settle and either this camera stays with me or the OMD EM5 MKII stays with me. I can't have both. And before anyone asks all cameras are good now. Been saying that for at least a year now...
So first some impressions vs/coming from the X-E1. I took the X-t10 for a good street day and night spin already.
- Love Classic Chrome "film"
- JPEG engine has gone up in complexity- I see that it keeps more detail now.
- Camera is pretty responsive and to my surprise, easy to configure/custom configure the buttons.
- Biggest surprise- the Auto focus is actually pretty good - once you get to grips with what modes to work and what works for what. It even makes the XF35 F1.4 prime AF look fast. Really, an outstanding job from where they where.
- EVF as those with XE2 and XT1 know, is pretty "real time." The lag sure seems to be what Fuji claims because it's the lowest EVF lag I have ever seen.
- Finally the darn exposure compensation button and power button (vs XE1) are solid enough that they won't drift around easily in a coat pocket. This a for me a major pet peeve on the X-E1.
- Exposure metering is crazy insane good- reminds me of the Nikon 1 J5- they pretty much capture the full data.
- To me eye 14-bit RAW seems to show. The tonality just seems a bit better than X-E1.
- Best JPEG engine in the market.
- In high performance mode the camera startup/LCD info comes up very very fast. I was surprised.
Some odd surprises
- DR auto now goes DR100% and DR200% only, not all the way to DR400% which you have to now set manually if you want it. I was concerned at first this meant a lot of highlight burns, but nope, it's actually even an improvement keeping the ISO at 200 or 400 as its base iso. Highlight recovery for DR400% must be quite insane.
- Found a subject that can trigger color moire on xtrans relatively easy (though probably on Bayer also)- fences at an angle. The color moire seems more controllable and instead of the usual green/red-magenta is more yellow & blue.
- Rolling shutter when panning/electronic shutter isn't all that hot. It's relatively easy to trigger. Somewhat similar to the OMD's, maybe a notch worse here.
- Video on Fuji Xtrans is just bad, though I wouldn't call it useless. But if you want video, look elsewhere. That was easy.
- Super real time EVF. Better here than OMD's (and the OMD is pretty good to begin with)
- In extreme low light it becomes pretty noisy, to the point that it renders manual focus peaking pretty useless. But it's very extreme low light. Average street night life scene on the street with some light from he street, or a bar does not touch this point.
The OMD does this very well, keeping it clean.
- Fuji's iOS/iPhone program to control the camera seems more cumbersome to setup/buggier than what I see from Olympus, though not impossible to use once you know what works seamlessly.