Fujifilm X-T200 review

The Fujifilm X-T200 fits in between the entry-level X-A7 and more powerful X-T30, so what's it got to make it different?

Fujifilm X-T200 review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

We liked the original X-T100 for its clean lines, low cost and user-friendly features, but the X-T200 ups the stakes with a big, vari-angle touchscreen, vastly better 4K video features and improved autofocus. It's also more expensive, so it's no longer the cheap and simple SLR style mirrorless camera the X-T100 was. The screen is great and the image quality is everything we expect from Fujifilm now, but don't think of this as a cheap X-T30, think of it as a supercharged X-A7.

Pros

  • +

    Big 3.5-inch vari-angle touchscreen

  • +

    Good 4K video features

  • +

    Neat design, and now even lighter

Cons

  • -

    Simplified external controls

  • -

    Regular CMOS not X-Trans sensor

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    Quite expensive so far

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The Fujifilm X-T200 is a kind of bridge between the company's basic mirrorless models and its more advanced cameras. Fujifilm is perhaps best known for its classically-designed X-series cameras, with external exposure controls and traditional handling. It also makes entry-level mirrorless cameras in its X-A range, designed for first-time users and smartphone upgraders. The X-T200 sits right in the middle between these two camera ranges, with simplified controls for novices but an electronic viewfinder like the more advanced models.

The X-T200 follows on from the Fujifilm X-T100, with a (much) better rear screen, faster processing, proper 4K video with a ‘digital gimbal’ feature and improved autofocus. It’s so much better that Fujifilm might want to watch out that it doesn’t start cannibalising sales from its more upmarket cameras, though after spending a bit of time with this camera we think the differences are pretty clear. On paper, the X-T200 looks a match for the X-T30, but in your hands it's clear its a cheaper, simpler camera. If you like the X-A7 but wish it had a viewfinder, get this. If you want an X-T30 but don't have quite enough money, we'd suggest saving up for a bit longer – the X-T200 is not a lot cheaper and might prove a disappointment.

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Rod Lawton
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Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com