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Fujifilm X-S10 Full Review - Performance

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Fujifilm X-S10 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.


Fujifilm X-S10 Sample Photos

We found results straight out of the camera were very good, with excellent colour reproduction, and Fujifilm's expected colour reproduction, which many will find very pleasing. The images show a good level of dynamic range, although some may find that images are a little too contrasty at times, so you may want to adjust the image settings if this is the case. Dynamic range can be expanded with the DR100/200/400 options, with this giving improved highlight detail and colour, where it would have otherwise been lost. Exposure is reliable, and we rarely needed to use exposure compensation. Focus is rapid, and reliable, with no issues faced in a variety of shooting conditions.

Another thing worth pointing out is that the camera gives great JPEG results straight from the camera, without the need to process raw files. If you do want to adjust the raw files, you can do this in-camera, making it quick and easy to make quick tweaks or corrections to images, for example, if you've used the wrong white balance setting. Lens correction is built-in to automatically correct any lens issues, including vignetting, and distortion.

When we used the built-in flash, we noticed quite strong red-eye in the photos, however, this can be fixed after shooting using the in-camera image editing options, or alternatively ensuring red-eye reduction flash is set.

In-body image stabilisation (IBIS) works in combination with the optical image stabilisation (OIS) system of the lens attached to the camera (if it has it), and this can result in sharper images, even when shooting at slower shutter speeds.

We used the X-S10 with the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens, and there is a wide range of Fujifilm lenses available.


Fujifilm X-S10 Other sample images

*Sample photos taken with a pre-production camera and may not be representative of final quality.


Fujifilm X-S10 ISO

ISO Noise Performance: Noise is lowest at the lower settings, as you would expect, with fine detail maintained up to ISO800/ISO1600. As the ISO speed increases more fine detail is lost, and noise is more visible, however, some would say that the noise has a "film-like" quality, so isn't as disturbing as some noise. Depending on your needs, you may find the results produced by the camera are quite usable, up to ISO12800. However, at ISO25600, we'd likely want to avoid this setting. The camera does an excellent job maintaining colour saturation, even as the ISO speed is increased. Dynamic range is reduced at the lowest ISO speed of ISO80.


Fujifilm X-S10 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - The camera gives you a number of different auto white balance (AWB) options, including white priority, standard, and ambient priority, this means you can have stronger correction if needed (for example, for product shots where you want a white background), or you can capture the atmosphere of the scene, with warmer tones. The tungsten preset gives a slightly warm result, and for product shots, the white priority option gives better results. AWB performs well under fluorescent lighting, and the fluorescent preset gives a slight colour cast. AWB performs well under mixed lighting.


Fujifilm X-S10 Digital filters

Digital Filters - Multiple film simulations are available, including PROVIA/Standard, Velvia/Vivid, ASTIA/Soft, Classic Chrome, PRO Neg.Hi, PRO Neg.Std, ETERNA/Cinema, ETERNA Bleach Bypass, Classic Neg, ACROS, ACROS+Ye Filter, ACROS+R Filter, ACROS+G Filter, Black & White, Black & White+Ye Filter, Black & White+R Filter, Black & White+G Filter, and Sepia. You can keep the raw files so you can go back and adjust the images later.


Video - There is 4K UHD and 4K CINE video recording without a crop, with frame rates up to 30fps available. You also have the choice of compression, with up to 200mbps available. High-speed video recording is possible, at FullHD resolution, and 240fps (with a crop), or up to 60fps without a crop.

Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) + In-Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS) work together to create fairly stable footage, so you can use the camera handheld to record video, although the camera can struggle to keep footage stable when panning. It's worth noting that if you switch off the OIS on the lens, then this also switches off the in-body image stabilisation. Digital stabilisation is also available, with a crop added to the footage.

4K video produces footage with plenty of detail, with a sharp and clear picture produced. Thanks to the vari-angle screen that tilts forwards, the camera would make a great vlogging option, with face and eye-detection AF working well.

The micro HDMI port lets you output 10-bit 4:2:2 video to an external recorder if required. Internally video is recorded as 8-bit 4:2:0.



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16 Jan 2021 3:02PM
"We would most likely customise this to give us quicker access to white balance, as we found that we ended up having to go into the menus to adjust this (alternatively we could customise the Q Menu to give us quicker access)."
The unmarked function button near the evf (viewmode on other Fuji models) is White balance as default setting.

David 16/01/21.

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