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Fujifilm X-T200 Review

The Fujifilm X-T200 is Fujifilm's entry-level mirrorless camera with built-in EVF, but it doesn't scrimp on features, with a 24mp sensor, 4K video and large vari-angle screen.

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The Fujifilm X-T200 updates the X-T100, and is Fujifilm's entry-level SLR styled mirrorless camera, featuring a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), a 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor, and 4K video recording, as well as a new 3.5inch vari-angle screen ideal for selfies and video.


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Fujifilm X-T200 Features

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The Fujifilm X-T200 is designed to be a great camera for both photographers, and videographers, with "mini-DSLR" styling, an electronic viewfinder (EVF), and a large 3.5inch vari-angle touch-screen.

The Fujifilm X-T200 features the X-Mount, and is compatible with all X-Mount lenses. The camera comes with the compact XC 15-45mm OIS Power Zoom lens which gives an equivalent to 23 - 68mm in 35mm equivalent terms, which is wider than many kit lenses, but doesn't offer much telephoto zoom. Ultra Sonic Vibration sensor cleaning is included, designed to remove dust from the sensor, if any gets on there when changing lenses.

There is a 24.2mp APS-C CMOS sensor (with copper wiring), which has a Bayer filter, and not the X-Trans filter array found on other X-Mount cameras. The camera doesn't feature in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) but does include electronic image stabilisation for video recording. For stills photography, you'll benefit from using a lens with optical image stabilisation (OIS).

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The camera has P, S, A, M shooting modes, giving you manual controls, and there's a bulb mode option letting you take shots lasting up to 60 minutes.

There are 11 Fujifilm film simulations available, including Classic Chrome, and the camera lets you preview the difference before you take the photo. There are additional film simulations available on other Fujifilm cameras (such as Classic Negative, and ACROS), so it's a shame that they aren't all available on the X-T200.

Scene modes include Sport, night, landscape, SP (letting you choose from additional scene modes) and panoramic. The Adv. option is where you'll find the advanced (digital) filters, which include all the usual suspects including "HDR Art", Toy Camera, Miniature, Pop Colour, and more. SR+ is the Advanced Scene Recognition "Auto" mode that uses Scene Recognition to set the best mode for the photo.

Wi-Fi and low-power Bluetooth are built-in, as expected, and this lets you easily transfer images to a smartphone or tablet, with the ability to remotely control the camera, as well as add location data to images from your smartphones GPS.

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Video features and options

The camera has a big emphasis on video features on offer, and with a large 3.5inch vari-angle screen, it would make a great camera for vloggers. In fact, Fujifilm offer the X-T200 as a "Vloggers Kit" with all the things you might need to produce high-quality video content, with a RODE VideoGo Mic, Joby Tripod and a memory card.

On the video front, the camera offers: 4K video at 30,25,24,23.98fps, with the image downsampled from 6K for high levels of detail, and this uses the full-width of the sensor, without crop. The camera has a microphone socket on the side, and you can add a headphone socket with the provided USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter.

There's a digital "gimbal" feature, that stabilises the footage by cropping into the frame, using a built-in gyroscopic sensor. However, this is only available for FullHD resolution video recording, and isn't available for 4K video recording. There's high-speed video recording, as well as HDR video recording, both in FullHD resolution.

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Key Features

  • 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor with copper wiring, Bayer filter
  • Hybrid Phase and contrast-detection AF system, 117 / 425 focus points
  • Face and eye-detection AF
  • 3.5inch vari-angle touch-screen, 2760K dot resolution
  • 2360K dot OLED viewfinder, with 0.62x magnification, and built-in eye sensor
  • 8fps continuous shooting speed
  • Built-in pop-up flash (GN5, ISO100)
  • 4K video at 30/25/24fps, from full-width of the sensor (6K downsampled)
  • Digital gimbal, HDR video (FullHD)
  • 3.5mm microphone socket
  • ISO200 to ISO12800, extends to ISO100 and ISO25600,51200 (when RAW disabled)
  • Wi-Fi / Bluetooth connectivity
  • 270 shot battery life, extends to 450 in Economy mode

Fujifilm X-T200 Handling

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There are a number of dials on the top of the camera, with two on the right, easily accessible when holding the camera, with your right hand. These are used to change settings depending on the mode you're in. There's also a function dial on the left of the camera, which is more difficult to reach and seems somewhat superfluous, however, it's function can be customised. There are two unlabelled buttons on the back of the camera, which means you'll need to read the manual (or on-line reviews) to find out what these are for. These buttons are in fact customisable and are known as the Fn1 and Fn2 buttons. On default settings, the left button toggles the display, and the right button is set to AF-lock.

The focus position joystick control is quite small, and whilst it's probably no smaller than the joystick found on the X100V, X-Pro3, and X-T4, it's position can make it feel a little awkward to use at times.

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The X-T200 weighs 370g including the battery and memory card, and when combined with the 15-45mm lens, which weighs around 131g, the camera makes for a lightweight system.

The tripod socket is positioned right next to the battery/memory card compartment, meaning that you can't leave the camera mounted on a tripod and change the battery or memory card. This won't be an issue for many, but if you're using the camera to record video then you'll find this can be frustrating if you regularly fill the memory card and need to change it.

What is the AF-EV range? The camera can focus in dimly lit conditions, down to -2.0 EV. Face and eye-detection focus can help with photos of people, however, it wasn't as foolproof as we would have liked to see, with the occasional out of focus shot of people.

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There's a microphone socket on the left of the camera. You can use the USB-C connection with the provided adapter to convert this into a 3.5mm headphone socket for audio monitoring.

The 3.5inch vari-angle touch-screen has a high resolution, and a 16:9 aspect ratio, making it ideal for video. You can tilt it out for "selfies" even with a microphone cable connected to the microphone socket. However, when shooting 4:3 stills photos, the screen size if effectively smaller as there are bars on the left and right of the view. The screen looks great, and can be easily adjusted for the best view.

The electronic viewfinder (EVF) has a high resolution, and gives a good view of the scene, with good colour reproduction. There is an eye-detection sensor so that the camera will automatically switch between the screen and EVF, and you'll also find dioptre correction available.

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Fujifilm X-T200 Touch-screen controls

There are a number of on-screen touch controls, letting you easily adjust brightness, background blur, film simulation, and image aspect ratios, depending on the mode you're shooting in. For beginners or those not too concerned about how the changes are made, then this will be easy to use. For those that are used to changing aperture and shutter speeds manually, you may want to skip these controls and stick to the usual photographic controls, which are also available (as long as you're not in SR+ or other auto modes).

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Menus – The menu system is clearly laid out, with colour-coded sections making it easier to find what you're looking for. In the menu system, you can use the MyMenu section at the bottom to add your favourite options to give you quicker access.

Continuous shooting lets you shoot at 8fps, however, you can only take 16 shots before the camera slows down. Switching to a slower shooting speed will let you take more shots.

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Battery life - Battery life is rated at 270 shots according to Fujifilm / CIPA test results, on normal settings. Using the economy setting, battery life is extended to 450 shots. The battery is charged in the camera, using the provided USB Type-C cable.

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