A Review of the Fujifilm X-T10 With The Camera Project
As promised weeks ago, here is the final review video for the Fujifilm X-T10, which you may remember from this post.
For a bulleted list of points on this camera as well as my final opinions, check out the video or the post on Alexandria! My feelings didn't change too much from that summary.
Here are a few more images (JPGs) that came directly from the camera, no filtering or adjustments.
One thing I did want to expand upon however was the way the Fuji treats low-light situations and especially skin tones in low light. You can see in the photo above (a JPG right from the camera) that skin tones have been smoothed like crazy, with what I'm guessing is basically an internally applied surface blur effect. Now I don't know too much about this, how or why the Fuji does it, but I can tell you I looked at these photos and my immediate reaction was "damn we look good!!"
Upon closer inspection, it's clear in many of the low light photos that the areas not in sharp focus, and even ones that are but are of a like value, receive some additional blurring that doesn't seem to be a function of the lens. You can also see it in the succulent photo above. That additional blurring makes sharply focused areas look that much sharper by comparison.
This effect (note: only on JPGs) could be a pro or a con, but for me this might be one of my favorite things about the camera and a huge contributor to the notion of "Fuji magic": shallow depth of field capabilities + film emulation modes + mysterious selective blurring = some very special, dreamy photos. Portraits obviously come out looking amazing, because who doesn't want that perfect skin and supernatural glow??
So I think all this just further backs up my analysis of the Fujifilm X-T10 and who it's for: a specific user who wants unique, awesome stills in a small-ish sized camera.