The latest model in Fujifilm’s popular XT series gets a 40-megapixel sensor and scene-recognition autofocus. Andy Westlake offers an initial assessment
Fujifilm X-T5 at a glance
- £1699 body only; £2049 with 18-55mm F2.8-4; £2149 with 16-80mm F4
- 40.2MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor
- ISO 125-12800 (ISO 64-51200 extended)
- 12fps recording (20fps with electronic shutter / 1.3x crop)
- 6.2K 30p and 4K 60p video recording
- 5-axis in-body image stabilization
- 3.69m-dot EVF, 0.8x magnification
- 3-inch, 1.84m-dot LCD with 3-way tilt
- Available in silver or black
Few cameras have captured photographers’ imaginations like Fujifilm’s premium XT models. Ever since the original X-T1 came out in 2014, they’ve found favor because of it Compact size, rugged, weatherproof construction, and traditional analogue dials. Some users might have been less enthusiastic about the X-T4, which took a hybrid stills/video approach, including using a fully articulating screen. But after reviving the Pro-Spec Hybrid XH line earlier this year, Fujifilm has been able to refocus the latest model. As a result, the new Fujifilm X-T5 returns to its roots as a camera designed primarily for still photographers.
Essentially, the X-T5 takes most of the photographic features of the excellent Fujifilm X-H2 and packs them into a smaller, more affordable body. Thinking of it as a stripped down X-H2 doesn’t quite do it justice, however, as it’s a significant step up over the X-T4. The most obvious is that it gets a significant increase in resolution thanks to it 40.2 MP sensor. Other important advances are Scene recognition auto focuss – the must-have feature of 2022 – and 6K video recording at 30 fps, but with a 1.23x crop.
Fujifilm X-T5: Four important points
- Photo Focused: Unlike the hybrid XH series, the X-T5 is aimed squarely at serious still photographers
- Sensor: The X-T5 gets the same 40-megapixel sensor as the X-H2, which is the highest resolution available in APS-C format
- Screen: Fujifilm’s superb 3-way tilting LCD returns in place of the X-T4’s fully articulated side-hinged unit
- Compact: Fujifilm trimmed the body dimensions much closer to those of the original X-T1
Fujifilm X-T5 – Features
Let’s take a closer look at the photographic characteristics of the X-T5. Its 40MP sensor is paired with the latest from the company X processor 5 and offers a standard sensitivity range of ISO 125-12800which is expandable ISO 64-51200. On the off chance that that resolution isn’t enough, there’s also a 160MP Pixel Shift Multi-Shot mode. However, the camera must be mounted on a tripod and the high-resolution composite image generated on a computer after the event.
Continuous shooting is available at 15 frames per second with the mechanical shutter, or 20fps Using the electronic shutter with a 1.29x harvest (Gives 24MP images). The latter also boasts super-fast shutter speeds of up to 1/180,000sec. However, a concession to the X-T5’s lower price point is a much smaller buffer than that of the X-H2: only 19 frames at 40MP and 15fps and just a few more at slower speeds.
Also inherited from the X-H2 is the autofocus system, which now features AI subject recognition to selectively focus on specific types of subjects. It is able to recognize animals, birds, cars, motorcycles, planes and trains, Aim for the most important part of the subject, as it gets bigger and clearer in the frame. Of course, the camera can also recognize that human faces and eyes.
Other updates over the X-T4 include Fujifilm’s latest 5-axis IBIS In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) system, which is now rated for up to 7 stops the shake reduction. Files can now be recorded in 10-bit HEIF format, although this has had rather limited software support to date. One thing that doesn’t change is Fujifilm’s superb in-camera color processing 19 film simulation Color modes on board. But this is now backed up by the latest release from the company Automatic AI white balance Algorithm, again inherited from the X-H2.
Files are recorded Dual UHS-II SD Card slots – unlike the X-H2, the X-T5 does not support the faster CFexpress format. However, it uses the same NP-W235 Li-ion battery. Thanks to the new processor, it promises longer endurance compared to the X-T4 580 shots per charge, or 740 in economy mode.
Fujifilm X-T5 – Video Capabilities
Unsurprisingly, one area where the X-T5 lags behind its hybrid sibling is in terms of video recording. However, it still gains many advances over the X-T4. It is able to record 6.2K resolution at 30fpswith 4:2:2 10-bit color and a 1.23x crop. 4K HQ Output is also available at 30fps over 6.2K oversampling with the same crop while Standard quality 4K can be issued 60 fps from the full sensor width.
Fujifilm’s F-log2 profile is built-in, capable of recording more than 13 stops of dynamic range for post-production color grading. Additionally, both ProRes and BlackMagic RAW can be output over HDMI at 6.2K resolution. A 3.5mm stereo microphone jack is integrated, while headphones can be connected to the USB-C port via an adapter.
Fujifilm X-T5 – construction and handling
Perhaps the main attraction of Fujifilm’s ‘traditional’ XT range is its analog operation, somewhat in the style of an old-fashioned film SLR Top Plate Dials for shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation, complemented by aperture rings on most of the company’s lenses. This makes for a very immersive shooting experience that is appreciated by many photographers. And while previously the cameras have gotten a little larger with each generation, the X-T5 has slimmed down again and is significantly closer in size to the original X-T1 129.5 x 91 x 63.8mm.
Despite the smaller body, the electronic viewfinder maintains the same resolution but offers a slightly larger image at 3.69 million pixels and 0.8x magnification. It’s complemented by a 3-inch, 1.84m-pixel LCD on the rear, which welcomes Fujifilm’s 3-way tilt mechanism. This is perfect for photographers who want to shoot at high or low angles but don’t need a front-facing option for selfies.
Fujifilm MHG-XT5 grip
A notable point compared to the X-H2 is that a vertical shooting grip will not be available for the X-T5. However, there will be a matching Fujifilm MHG-XT5 metal extension handle. With an Arca-Swiss profile for mounting the camera on a tripod and a cut-out for easy battery replacement, it costs £129.
Fujifilm X-T5: First Impressions
We’ve been big fans of Fujifilm’s XT line since it first came out, and with the X-T5 it seems to be back at its best. The latest model brings big advances over the X-T4 in terms of resolution and autofocus, while also offering a welcome return of the three-way tilting screen and a host of other small tweaks. It’s also nice to see the slimmer body design. It’s perhaps a shame that Fujifilm didn’t see fit to bring back the metering mode switch in place of the photo/video mode selector introduced with the X-T4, but to be honest it’s a minor gripe.
While all the hype at the moment is about full frame, the simple fact remains that smaller formats allow you to put together a smaller, lighter and more affordable outfit with little real sacrifice in terms of image quality. For serious photographers looking to pull together a mirrorless outfit without breaking their back or the bank, the Fujifilm X-T5 looks like it deserves some serious attention. We intend to bring you our full review in a few weeks.
Fujifilm X-T5: Full Specs