I’ve been using the Fuji XF10 for three weeks now, which I think is long enough to share what I like and dislike about this camera, so far. I’m not going to do what everyone else does and compare it to the street shooters go-to workhorse, the Ricoh GR2, or the recently released GR3 (despite the three cameras being very similar).
So what don’t I like? There’s no viewfinder, which is fine, but I’d like the option of attaching a separate viewfinder; however, there’s no hot shoe. (even a cold shoe would do). There’s also no option whatsoever to attach anything to the lens – I think this camera would benefit, performance wise and aesthetically, with the addition of a square hood.
I’ve read a lot of complaints about the XF10’s focus capabilities; personally, I have no real issues with it. No, it’s not super fast, and the continuous mode is, well, I actually have no idea because I never use it. I either use single shot mode autofocus or manual zone focusing. The XF10 is essentially a premium quality point and shoot camera – if you want super fast autofocus, buy a £3000 DSLR. (At the time of writing this article, I did a firmware update, and the autofocus is now substantially quicker)
And that’s just about all I don’t like about the camera… another lug on the right of the body for a neck strap would be handy.
What’s good? The XF10 produces beautiful RAW files straight out of the camera, the auto white balance tilts slightly to the warm side, but I like that, and colour and tone are excellent.
The 28mm 2.8 lens is razor sharp at all apertures and displays minimal distortion – I know 28mm isn’t the ideal perspective for portraiture, but that’s never stopped me. 28mm seems to be the new favourite for ‘Street Photographers’, and I think it’s this genre that Fuji is aiming at; at a time when everyone has a camera on their phone, I’m not sure who else is using compact cameras these days?
The XF10 has a leaf shutter, which makes the tiny flash surprisingly usable for daylight fill-in with shutter speeds up to 1/4000th of a second available. The only downside of using the flash constantly is that the usual 300 shots per battery plummet to around 100.
All of these images are edited RAW, using various presets and ‘personal recipes’. There are several in-camera presets that emulate Fuji film emulsions but only as jpegs (I still don’t understand why some photographers shoot jpegs?)
So for the past three weeks, I’ve just used this camera in the same way as I’d use my iPhone 8+ or Olympus Mju2 film camera – as a snapshot camera. But the Fuji XF10 is more than point and shoot compact; it has a lot more potential – I’m taking it to Amsterdam in a few weeks, I’ll have a go at finding my inner Daidō Moriyama with some proper street photography.