Fujifilm X-T50 hands-on review: too much of a good thing

No longer the affordable entry-level option, is there space in the middle for another retro X-T camera?

Fujifilm X-T50 camera on a green a white table
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Early Verdict

The Fujifilm X-T50 might be the nominal successor to the X-T30 II, but this is not the entry-level replacement I was hoping for, for its price, build, and feature set are far beyond the entry-level territory of previous X-Txx cameras. There is so much in this camera, which makes the X-T50 technically very impressive and is now the most affordable way to get the latest 40MP sensor. However, with the X-T30 II remaining in the lineup, and too much crossover with the X-T5, I find it hard to really get a clear sense of purpose for the X-T50.

Pros

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    40MP sensor with IBIS

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    Latest processor with subject autofocus

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    Internal 6k 10-bit video with support for external ProRes

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    Retro design with tactile manual controls and dials

Cons

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    Big price increase over the X-T30 II

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    Battery life is poor

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There was a time when a certain phone manufacturer would release tame S versions of its flagship phones in between major numerical releases, both as a refinement of the previous model and to build momentum for the next big update. When Fujifilm opted not to call its last camera the X-T40, that is what the Fujifilm X-T30 II felt like, a refined but tame update to see Fujifilm through and harvest a bumper crop of updates for the next model.

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Sensor40.2MP X-Trans CMOS 5 HR
ProcessorX-Processor 5
Video6.2K30P, 4K60P, 1080/240P, 4:2:2 10-bit F-Log (internal), ProRes (external)
IBISUp to 7.0 stops
Continuous shooting8fps MS, 20fps ES
EVF2.36m dot OLED
Screen3in, 1.62m dot, 2-way tilt touch LCD
Storage1x UHS-II SD card slot
BatteryNP-W126S (390 shots)
Fujifilm X-T5

Fujifilm X-T5
The X-T5 offers some key benefits over the X-T50 including weather sealing, two SD card slots, and a bigger battery. The cost of the X-T5 isn't a huge leap, and well worth it if like me you don't want to miss out on those things.

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Nikon Z fc
If you just want a beautifully styled retro camera body without paying too much then there are much cheaper options out there than the X-T50. My top pick would be the Nikon Zfc, which offers the same size APS-C sensor, and great specs but a significantly better price tag.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.