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.
It would make an ideal camera for beginners and it looks the perfect camera for instagram or vlogging. We'll wait until we can carry out a full review on a production sample before deciding, but the X-T200 could be a strong candidate for our list of the best mirrorless cameras, and will certainly be among the best Fujifilm cameras right now.
Sensor: 24.2MP APS-C CMOS
Autofocus: Hybrid phase/contrast AF
ISO range: 200-12,800 (exp. 100-51,200)
Max image size: 6,000 x 4,000
Metering modes: 256-zone, multi, spot, average
Video: 4K UHD, 30/25/24p
Viewfinder: OLED EVF, 2.36m dots
Memory card: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS I)
Max burst: 8fps
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Size: 121.0 x 83.7 x 55.1mm
Weight: 370g (including battery and memory card)
Fujifilm has been careful to keep the lower-end X-T200 one step behind its best X-series cameras. It does not have the 26.1-megapixel X-Trans sensor in the X-T3, X-T30, X-Pro3 and the new X100V compact, making do with a regular 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor. This has proved a very good performer in its own right, so it’s not the disadvantage it might sound.
Fujifilm has upgraded both the sensor and the processor in this camera to support 4K video at up to 30fps (unlikely the inadequate 15fps in the X-T100), with 3.5x faster processing that’s claimed to reduce any ‘rolling shutter’ effect. This camera can also shoot ‘HDR video’ which combines videos at different exposures in some way we’ve yet to explore, and a ‘digital gimbal’ that uses an in-camera gyro and an electronic stabilization algorithm to smooth out your footage. This will reduce the field of view, however – presumably because the camera needs space to be able to adjust the framing.
The X-T200 can shoot continuously at 8 frames per second and has an improved hybrid AF system covering the whole frame, together with updated face and eye detection.
And despite the new 3.5-inch 16:9 vari-angle rear screen, the X-T200 is 80g lighter than the old X-T100, which was itself hardly a heavyweight. It will come in Silver, Dark Silver and Champagne, and will typically be bundlled with the Fujinon XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ kit lens.
Build and handling
There are some between the X-T200 and more advanced Fujifilm cameras like the X-T30 and X-T3 that become obvious straight away. It’s a lot lighter, for a start, with a more plasticky feel, and lacks the external shutter speed and lens aperture controls. Instead, it’s laid out more like regular digital cameras – a deliberate decision, we’re told, to make it more easily understood for novices.
It’s a bit more than just a simple ‘novice’ camera, though. It has twin control dials, customisable function buttons and a ‘Q’ quick menu for common camera settings. It’s part of Fujifilm’s more basic mirrorless camera series, but it has features and controls to match most mid-range cameras.
The lightweight build and plastic construction don’t feel cheap. The X-T200 feels like a well put together camera that’s had a bit of thought put into its design. Interestingly, there’s no four-way controller on the back; instead Fujifilm has added a small joystick for setting the AF point and menu navigation. It’s actually a lot better because it leaves the back of the camera relatively clear of buttons which might get pressed accidentally.
The star feature, however, is the big 3.5-inch vari-angle touchscreen. The only other Fujifilm camera to have this is the X-A7, and it’s a shame you don’t get this on the higher-end models too. The screen has a 16:9 ratio that’s perfect for video and it flips round to the front for selfies and vlogging.
We like the Fujinon XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ kit lens too. It’s very light, and its power-zoom mechanism means it retraces when the camera is powered off to make the camera/lens package quite compact. The zoom action isn’t very fast, and we can never remember which way to turn the ring to zoom in/out, but the 15mm minimum focal length is usefully wider than the average kit lens, offering a 23.5mm equivalent focal length – not bad at all.
We were only able to try a pre-production sample of this camera, so although we took pictures with it, we’ve been asked to point out that they may not be representative of the final image quality. In our short time with the camera we weren’t able to test the autofocus performance fully, but it seemed responsive and accurate.
The quality of our sample images is very good too, and very much what we’ve come to expect from Fujifilm cameras, with good auto white balance control, reliable exposures and great detail and color rendition. We’ll run the camera through our full suite of lab tests as soon as we get a production sample.
We liked the original X-T100 for its clean lines 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. Fujifilm is aiming this camera at first time users, but it’s powerful enough to give mid-range DSLRs and mirrorless cameras plenty to think about. You can pre-order the Fujifilm X-T200 from B&H in the US and Wex in the UK.