Need a hand choosing the best Fujifilm camera? We can help. For most of us, the hottest property in Fujifilm’s range is occupied by X-series compact system cameras.
These mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses are split into two categories, the more advanced of which have mini-DSLR styling with a conventionally placed viewfinder, albeit of an electronic rather than optical type. Favourites include the X-T2, X-T20 and top-end X-H1, which you’ll find at number six, one and two in this guide respectively.
The other category has more regular compact camera styling, without a viewfinder hump on the top panel. These include the X-A5, at number four. At the other end of the scale, there’s the GFX 50S camera – but that’s a specialist medium format body that takes different lenses and is aimed squarely at professional photographers, with a pro price tag to match.
Fujifilm’s range of compact cameras without interchangeable lenses has become relatively sparse. They’re divided into enthusiast-level cameras that include the X100F and X10F, the FinePix S9900W/S9800 bridge cameras, and the FinePix XP120 and XP130 waterproof compacts. So which is the best Fujifilm camera for you? Here’s our pick of the top models.
The best Fujifilm camera overall
1. Fujifilm X-T20
A great all-rounder at an attractive price
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24.3MP | Lens mount: Fujifilm X | Screen: 3in tilting touchscreen, 2,360k dots | Viewfinder: EVF, 2,360k dots | Max continuous shooting speed: 11/14fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Enthusiast
The Fujifilm X-T20 is a brilliant performer that features the same new-generation X-Trans CMOS image sensor as the mighty X-T2 (at number six in this list) and many of its other leading attractions, but at a more affordable price. It boasts the same excellent high-resolution electronic viewfinder as the pricier camera, while beating it with the addition of a touchscreen. Build and handling are quite similar in both cameras; the X-T20 is slightly more compact and lightweight, although it lacks its sibling’s weather-seals and dual memory card slots, as well as some of the additional dials and buttons. Overall, this camera is our pick of the best buy from Fujifilm’s range, giving you great performance at a keen price.
Read more: Fujifilm X-T20 Review
The best top-spec Fujifilm camera
2. Fujifilm X-H1
This is as good as it gets for an X-series camera
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24.3MP | Lens mount: Fujifilm X | Screen: 3in tilting touchscreen, 1,040k dots | Viewfinder: Electronic, 3,690k dots | Max continuous shooting speed: 11/14fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Professional
At its core, the top-grade Fujifilm X-H1 has the same image sensor and processor as the X-T2 (number six), so there’s no shortage of image quality or all-round performance. You get the same maximum continuous drive rate of 11fps, which rises to 14fps if you use the electronic rather than mechanical shutter. Major additional attractions include sensor-shift image stabilisation – it’s the first Fujifilm X-series body to feature this – plus a secondary status LCD on the top panel. There’s also a super-high-resolution electronic viewfinder, which is particularly easy on the eye, and a tilting touchscreen around the back. It’s bulkier than other X-series bodies but there’s no disputing that it’s the new king of the range. If you’ve got a bit more cash, this is the best Fujifilm camera you can get.
Read more: Fujifilm X-H1 review
The best compact-style interchangeable-lens camera
3. Fujifilm X-Pro2
A fantastic compact-style Fujifilm camera with interchangeable lenses
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24.3MP | Lens mount: Fujifilm X | Screen: 3in tilting touchscreen, 1,620k dots | Viewfinder: Optical + 2,360k-dot EVF | Max continuous shooting speed: 8fps | Max video resolution: 1080p | User level: Enthusiast/Professional
The X-Pro1 was Fujifilm’s first X-series interchangeable-lens camera and caused quite a stir. In terms of building advanced features and high-end performance into a relatively small, compact-style body, it squeezed a quart into a pint pot, but the revamped X-Pro2 is better in every way. Based around a next-generation image sensor and processor, it has a new hybrid viewfinder that offers both optical and high-resolution electronic displays, together with a faster 1/8000sec mechanical shutter speed, extra Film Simulation modes and a far better hybrid phase/contrast detect AF system. For a compact-style camera with the advantage of interchangeable lenses, it’s the cream of the crop.
The best value Fujifilm camera
4. Fujifilm X-A5
X-series attractions in a very compact build with a lightweight price
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24.2MP | Lens mount: Fujifilm X | Screen: 3in tilting touchscreen, 1,040k dots | Viewfinder: No | Max continuous shooting speed: 6fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Beginner
A thing of beauty, the Fujifilm X-A5 has a gorgeous retro design with some really clever touches, like its 180-degree tilting touchscreen and Portrait Enhancer for selfies, as well as an advanced autofocus mode that finds the subject's eye. As we’ve come to expect in X-series cameras, there’s 4K movie capture but it’s somewhat hamstrung by a 15fps frame rate. The megapixel count for stills is pretty impressive at 24.2MP but, in keeping with the compact lightweight design, there’s no viewfinder, so you have to rely on the LCD for composing shots. With more stamina than various other X-series cameras, this one has a battery life of around 450 shots.
The best Fujifilm camera for landscapes and travelling
5. Fujifilm X-T100
Relatively compact and lightweight but feature-rich
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24.2MP | Lens mount: Fujifilm X | Screen: 3in tilting touchscreen, 1,040k dots | Viewfinder: EVF, 2,360k dots | Max continuous shooting speed: 6fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Intermediate
Bridging the gap between the X-A5 (number four) and X-T20 (number one), the Fujifilm X-T100 is a recent addition to Fujifilm’s line-up of X-series cameras. It’s compact, lightweight and simple to use, yet features a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and a tilting touchscreen – and all at a very attractive price. In fact, the tilting touchscreen has a larger range of movement than most other X-series cameras. As with the X-A5, 4K video capture is limited to 15fps, but this works well for producing a burst of 4K stills at a relatively fast effective drive rate. Paired with the dinky little Fujinon XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens, it makes a great-value camera kit that’s a particularly good travelling companion, whether you’re trekking into the hills or flying to the other side of the world.
Read more: Fujifilm X-T100 review
The best Fujifilm camera for action sports and wildlife
6. Fujifilm X-T2
Fast focus and sublime design make the X-T2 a winner
Type: CSC | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24.3MP | Lens mount: Fujifilm X | Screen: 3in tilting screen, 1,040k dots | Viewfinder: EVF, 2,360k | Max continuous shooting speed: 11/14fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Enthusiast
With a legendary autofocus system that’s brilliant for tracking even fast, erratically moving objects, the Fujifilm X-T2 is a great camera for action sports and wildlife photography. Although there’s no touchscreen, the camera has a handy lever on the back panel that neatly falls under the thumb, and this can be used for instantly shifting the autofocus point or area. As with other X-series cameras, the availability of top-quality yet relatively compact and lightweight telephoto lenses is a further bonus. Premium build quality and design incorporates extensive weather-seals and dual memory card slots, both of which being further bonuses for sports and wildlife photography, as you can shoot whatever the weather and instantly create backups of unrepeatable shots. The X-T2 is a refreshingly lightweight camera with real heavyweight performance, and top-grade image quality to match.
Read more: Fujifilm X-H1 vs X-T2: specs compared
The best compact Fujiflm camera
7. Fujifilm X100F
Quite heavy in build and price for a compact camera, but sensational nonetheless
Type: Compact | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24.3MP | Lens: 35mm f/2 (effective) | Screen: 3in fixed LCD, 1,040k dots | Viewfinder: Optical + 2,360k-dot EVF | Max continuous shooting speed: 8fps | Max video resolution: 1080p | User level: Enthusiast
The Fujifilm X100F is the latest of the company’s highly acclaimed X100 series, and it’s quite simply the best Fujifilm compact camera there is. Headline attractions include a 24.3MP APS-C format X-Trans image sensor, together with a clever hybrid viewfinder that combines optical and electronic modes, and an excellent 35mm f/2 prime lens. As on the X-T2, there’s a handy lever around the back for setting the AF point, and the overall layout of dials and buttons is perfectly suited to demanding enthusiast photographers. Build quality is pretty epic as well, making the X100F one of the very best high-end compact cameras in the world.
Read more: Fujifilm X100F review
The best rugged/waterproof Fujifilm camera
8. Fujifilm FinePix XP130
It’s one tough cookie of a compact camera
Type: Compact | Sensor: 1/2.3in | Megapixels: 16.4MP | Lens: 28-140mm f/3.9-4.9 (effective) | Screen: 3in LCD, 920k dots | Viewfinder: None | Max continuous shooting speed: 10fps | Max video resolution: 1080p | User level: Beginner
Small but tough, the Fujifilm FinePix XP130 is sufficiently shockproof to withstand being dropped from a height of 1.75m, waterproof to a depth of 20m, freezeproof to -10C and dustproof. It boasts a 5x optical zoom lens with an effective range of 28-140mm in 35mm terms, while the maximum continuous drive rate is pretty impressive at 10fps, and the LCD screen is fairly high in resolution (which is welcome in the absence of a viewfinder). It’s well-connected camera too, with built-in Low-Energy (LE) Bluetooth. Overall, it picks up the baton from the older XP120, enabling you to safely go wild with your photography.
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