Because Fujifilm’s higher-end X series cameras are among the best available, we anticipated the firm would provide something remarkable when it chose to release a scaled-down version of the X-T20 two years ago.
Even though the X-T100 is a perfect camera, it did not completely blow us away, but Fujifilm did not give up trying to improve it. With the X-T200, the camera manufacturer has gotten quite close to achieving their goal for the second time.
The X-A7 is simply an X-T30 with a viewfinder and is the new entry-level mirrorless camera equal to the X-T30. The X-T200 is quite similar to its predecessor in several respects, including having the same sensor, autofocus mechanism, ISO sensitivity, and ability to record 4K video. Because of this, the X-T200 represents a significant advancement over its predecessor.
At the time of its release, the X-T200 had a price tag that was a little more than that of its predecessor; nevertheless, it has since become one of the best inexpensive cameras available and provides excellent value. It’s also one of the most remarkable cameras for use on YouTube.
When you buy an X-T200 kit, you are spending a little bit more than you would for the X-A7 kit, but you are getting the added feature of a viewfinder in exchange for your money. But does this new camera offer enough of an edge over its competitors to warrant its purchase as an APS-C mirrorless camera suitable for beginners? Let’s find out.
Fujifilm X-T200 Features
It isn’t easy to find reasons to justify paying top bucks on a high-end kit when there are solutions available that are more reasonable, such as the X-T200. However, even though it looks excellent on paper, it is not entirely on par with the X-T30.
First, it is not equipped with the same X Trans CMOS sensor used in Fujifilm’s high-end cameras. Instead, a redesigned version of the APS-C CMOS image sensor can be found in the X-T100. The update in this instance is the utilization of copper cabling as opposed to aluminum wiring.
As a result of the enhancements made to the sensor, the readout speed of the camera is now 3.5 times faster than it was with the X-T100 (which, according to Fujifilm, will lessen the impacts of a rolling shutter), and the highest ISO setting has been increased to 25,600. (which topped out at 12,800 on the older model). We discovered that the upgraded sensor gave some outstanding results, which is something that is also true for the X-A7, which also boasts an update in comparison to the X-A5.
Fujifilm X-T200 Build Quality
There are significant physical differences between the X-T200 and its predecessor, the most obvious of which is the X-deeper T200’s more robust grip. If you plan on holding a camera for extended periods, this makes it a more ergonomic alternative for someone starting in the photography world.
On the other hand, the thumb resting on the camera’s back panel is not in an ideal location. This is primarily because the display takes up the bulk of the area on the camera’s rear, which is a problem we also had with the X-A7.
Due to the limited space available on the back panel, the control arrangement has been reduced to a more simplified form. The four-directional D-pad control arrangement included on the X-T100 has been removed, and in its place, a joystick multi-selector that, regrettably, is awkward to operate has been implemented.
When we used the X-A7, we ran into a similar problem, although it wasn’t nearly as annoying because we didn’t have to get the camera up to our eye. However, while utilizing the electronic viewfinder (EVF) on the X-T200, using the joystick becomes a lot more complicated since you will need to change your grip for the camera to be lifted so that you can frame via the viewfinder. In addition, it is pretty tiny, which may be an issue for individuals with giant mitts.
Fujifilm X-T200 Performance
The X-T200 features a hybrid autofocus system with 425 phase-detection points depending on the sensors. There are four different autofocus (AF) modes that you may choose from to assist you to keep things in focus: single point, zone, broad/tracking, and all. When it comes to the performance of the autofocus, there is very little room for improvement, thanks to an updated AF algorithm.
The X-T200 can pick up your subject without too much prompting in most situations; nevertheless, it is simple to adjust, thanks to the touch-to-focus capability of the camera.
The camera can lock onto a person’s face with relative ease and follow them even when they turn their back to the camera, demonstrating its excellent face and eye identification capabilities. Eye AF continues to perform admirably even when the subject is wearing glasses, which many entry-level cameras cannot accomplish.
During continuous shooting, subject tracking can be somewhat hit-or-miss due to the nature of the process. Although you should be able to salvage a few useable photos from a single burst of shots, there is a possibility that the subject will be entirely out of focus in some of the other images. Because no subject tracking is available in this mode, we had the same problem when taking videos.
Fujifilm X-T200 Image Quality
It is impossible to criticize Fujifilm’s color science, and the X-T200 follows that tradition by generating some fantastic JPEGs. This is one area in which we can never fault Fujifilm. Naturally, what makes any Fujifilm camera stand out from the crowd are the various Film Simulation modes and filters included on board. These modes and filters provide a sense of playfulness and vibrancy to the captured photographs. Although Velvia/Vivid and Classic Chrome are two of our particular favorites, the colors produced by Provia/Standard are equally stunning.
The sensor on the X-T200, just like the sensor on the X-A7, is capable of recording a wide range of tones, which enables us to recover features hidden in the image’s shadows after post-processing. On the other hand, although the X-A7 had the propensity to intensify darker tones, the X-T200 brings them as near to natural as possible, and this is true regardless of which Film Simulation setting you to employ.
Even at an ISO setting of 6400, the photos contain a wealth of information and minimal moiré (patterns of striped lines). It is only at higher sensitivities, such as ISO 12,800 and above, that noise becomes noticeable; nonetheless, we expect that most beginning photographers won’t need to switch to faster speeds.
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Body material||Metal, composite|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Image ratio w:h||4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, ISO 200-12800 (expands to 100-51200)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||100|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||51200|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal|
|File format||JPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (Fujifilm RAF format)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||425|
|Lens mount||Fujifilm X|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder magnification||0.93× (0.62× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||4 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed (electronic)||1/32000 sec|
|Exposure modes||ProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManual|
|Scene modes||PortraitNightFireworksSunsetSnowBeachPartyFlowerTextMultiple ExposureLight Trail|
|Flash range||7.00 m (at ISO 200)|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe)|
|Flash X sync speed||1/180 sec|
|Continuous drive||8.0 fps|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Modes||3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)|
|USB||USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (micro HDMI)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone)|
|Battery description||NP-W126S lithium-ion battery & carger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||270|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||370 g (0.82 lb / 13.05 oz)|
|Dimensions||121 x 84 x 55 mm (4.76 x 3.31 x 2.17″)|
Fujifilm X-T200 Verdict
The X-T100 was the first attempt by Fujifilm that came close to meeting customer expectations; however, this time around, the business was booming. The X-T200, a scaled-down version of the X-T30, is a far more capable entry-level camera than before. This is due to the X-improved T200’s focusing performance, enhanced video capabilities, and increased burst speed. The benefits of having a viewfinder are mitigated, however, by annoyances such as a joystick that is awkwardly positioned and an unreliable eye sensor.