PB: Fujifilm X-T5 Review – 5th Generation X-trans FINALLY Gets The Fujifilm Ergonomics it Deserves

Photography blog published its full lengthy Fujifilm X-T5 review, which you can read here. The Fujifilm X-T5 should make most photographers very happy, but it falls behind the Fujifilm X-H2 in some ways that could be deal breakers for some. I personally hate the X-H2/X-H2S design and wish that Fujifilm didn’t hold back features like 8k from the X-T5. I also really liked the LCD on the X-T4 because I could turn it around and never use the screen or expose it to damage, but I seem to be in the minority with that opinion. Below are some excerpts from the review:

2022 has been a massive year for Fujifilm, with the launch of not one, not two, but three flagship APS-C cameras in the identical shapes of the X-H2 and X-H2S and now the brand new X-T5

…the XT5 marks a return to the familiar control-heavy approach that the XT-series has long been known for, including the now classic Fujifilm ISO, Shutter Speed and Exposure Compensation dials found on top of the camera.

…the same 5th generation sensor and processor as used by the X-H2, thereby providing exactly the same stills image quality as its more expensive sibling.

Those would-be-buyers who were hoping for an XH2 in XT-series clothing will be mostly, but not entirely, satisfied with what the X-T5. What it notably doesn’t offer when compared to the XH2 is 8K video recording, which seems to purely be a marketing rather than technical decision on the part of Fujifilm.

…the XT5 has a much smaller buffer, uses slower memory cards, has a lower-spec EVF, doesn’t have full size HDMI or 3.5mm headphone sockets, and doesn’t support an external cooling fan or a vertical grip, some or all of which may persuade you to forgo the XT5’s traditional controls in exchange for the undoubtedly better specification offered by the X-H2.

..the new XT5 represents a big step forward in many ways for the XT-series, from the 40 megapixel resolution with 160mp pixel-shift mode to unlimited 4K/60p recording with no crop, and from the faster, AI-driven AF system that can recognise a lot more subjects to the improved EVF, even more capable IBIS and longer battery life.

The X-T4 was something of a speed demon when it was released in 2020, so much so that it actually still out-performs the new X-T5. …the lack of a vertical grip option for the newer model is definitely a brave marketing choice on the part of Fuji.

Overall, the Fujifilm X-T5 certainly succeeds in combining the much-loved design of its predecessors with the cutting-edge specification of the X-H2 at a more competitive price-point, and is therefore worthy of our coveted Essential award.

Fujifilm X-T5 Black:
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Fujifilm X-T5 Silver:
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Fujifilm X-T5 Black XF18-55mm:
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Fujifilm X-T5 Silver XF18-55mm:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Moment / Adorama
Fujifilm X-T5 Black XF16-80mm:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Moment / Adorama
Fujifilm X-T5 Silver XF16-80mm:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Moment / Adorama

Fujinon XF30mm f/2.8 R LM WR Macro:
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