Everything we know so far about Fujifilm X-T5 and what we want to see

Everything we know so far about Fujifilm X-T5 and what we want to see ...

What are the differences between Fuji X-T cameras?

For the uninitiated, Fujifilm's camera names are quite confusing, so here's a quick explanation. The Fujifilm X-H series, led by the new X-H2S, is the company's flagship range for hybrid shooters, who shoot equal amounts of photos and video.

The X-T series is a mid-range camera, with the top model currently being the X-T4. These are more affordable than the X-H series and are somewhat more aimed at photographers, thanks to their retro styling. The smaller X-T30 Mark II is also one of the best travel cameras out there.

The Fujifilm X-S10 is rated as one of the finest beginner mirrorless cameras you can get, as well as one of the best video cameras you can buy.

The mid-range mirrorless cameras have already had a good year, but many photographers are still waiting for the Fujifilm X-T5.

Fujifilm has unveiled its speedy flagship hybrid camera, the Fujifilm X-H2S, and will most certainly unveil the high-resolution Fujifilm X-H2 at its X-Summit in September. So where does this leave the X-T series and, in particular, the Fujifilm X-T5?

According to recent rumors, the exciting camera is on the way. But when will it arrive? It will most likely follow the Fujifilm X-H2, which Fujifilm has said will be its next release, but it isnt yet clear whether or not we will see it this year or next.

The Fujifilm X-T5 might be worth waiting for for those who cant seem to justify a high-end full-frame camera like the X-H2S. It is one of the finest mirrorless cameras around, and, at current prices, it is one of the best beginner cameras around.

What are the latest Fujifilm X-T5 rumors predicting, and what do we want to see from the camera? Both of these questions have been answered in this handy one-stop guide.

Although no significant leaks have been released regarding the Fujifilm X-T5s' release date or pricing, some informed speculation is helping to fill in gaps.

Right now, the most likely launch date is expected to be early 2023. Firstly, Fujifilm has already stated that its next camera will be the Fujifilm X-H2 and that we will notify you of the details of the X-H2 during the next X Summit in September. This would leave little room for an X-T5 announcement after that camera in 2022.

Fuji Rumors (opens in new tab) has pointed out that the company has never launched a camera between November and December. So a launch sometime in the first quarter of 2023, perhaps around the third anniversary of the Fujifilm X-T4, would seem to make the most sense. But this is just speculation, and a joint launch with the X-H2 isnt completely off the cards.

The Fujifilm X-T5s' price tag is a little more complicated than with previous versions. This is because the X-H2 series (the X-H2S and X-H2) has introduced two new sensors, and it isnt yet entirely clear which one the X-T5 will get (or if there may be two versions of the camera). The most probable scenario, according to a trusted Fuji Rumors source, is that the camera will have the non-stacked 40MP chip

The Fujifilm X-H2S costs $2,499 / 2,499 / AU$4,449 price tag, which we think is a good starting point for hybrid APS-C cameras. Canon has priced the Canon EOS R7 at only $1,499 / 1,349 / AU$2,349 (body only).

  • Tipped to have new non-stacked 40MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor
  • Unlike the X-H series, expected to only come in one version
  • Rumors suggest it wont have an optional battery grip accessory

The most widely rumored Fujifilm X-T5 is that it will have the non-stacked 40MP APS-C X-Trans sensor that will also be included in the upcoming Fujifilm X-H2.

What does non-stacked mean? Stacked cameras have become a keystay of mirrorless cameras over the past few years due to their increased read-out capabilities. This helps in reducing burst-shooting times and preventing rolling shutter issues.

The main drawback of these cameras, which were first seen on the original Sony A9 and more recently on the Nikon Z9, Canon EOS R3 and Sony A1, is that they are entirely unsuitable for mid-range cameras, thus it's no surprise that Fuji Rumors has tipped the Fujifilm X-T5 to instead have a standard, non-stacked 40MP sensor.

Fuji was eager to praise (opens in new tab) the other features of its 40MP HR (High Resolution) sensor at its X Summit in May, namely that it surpasses format limitations to deliver ultra-high image quality and promises astounding fine details. All marketing right now, however, helps to explain the kinds of photography that its new 40MP sensor (and perhaps the X-T5) will excel at.

What do we know about the Fujifilm X-T5? Unlike the X-H2, there is unlikely to be just one version of the X-T5. Thats because when talking about Fuji's two new fifth-generation cameras at the end of the X Summit (below), they said there is no other camera platform more suitable to have both sensors than the X-H series.

According to a Fuji Rumors (opens in new tab) post on July 13, the X-T5 might have a lower base ISO setting than its predecessor, which would be particularly useful for landscape photographers, since it helps to maximize the dynamic range in high-contrast scenes like sunrises and sunsets. However, a base of ISO 100 would be an improvement on the Fujifilm X-H2S.

Another strange rumor about the Fujifilm X-T5, from Fuji Rumors (opens in new tab), is that it will not have any battery grip accessory options. So, if you want to extend your cameras battery life to all-day and giving it a bit more weight for longer lenses in the process, you'll need the Fujifilm X-H series or an older X-T camera.

Following a brief flirtation with flagship status in the absence of a new X-H camera, this rumor suggests that Fujifilm may be refocusing the X-T series back to its mid-range roots. That means the X-T5 might be less appealing to wedding photographers or hybrid shooters, but perhaps a smaller and more refined tool for landscape photographers.

  • Expected to stick with traditional dials-based controls rather than PASM
  • Will likely be smaller than X-H2S with shallower grip
  • No leaks yet about EVF or card slots

Fujifilm has risked causing havoc on its core fan base that remains loyal to the company's traditional dials-based control system by switching some models to the more widely used PASM (Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter, Manual) system in recent years. Fujifilm's medium format GFX series includes the Fujifilm X-H2S and the Fujifilm X-S10.

Fujifilm has been quick to dismiss any suggestion that the PASM design would become the norm for all of its cameras. During a recent FujiCast podcast (opens in new tab), Andreas Georghiades, Fujifilms Group Marketing Manager said that in short, we will not see the PASM dial on all of the other models.

According to the most recent rumors, the Fujifilm X-T5 will be one of those cameras. The X-T series has always had separate dials for ISO and shutter speed, with most Fujifilms lenses coming with aperture rings for controlling the third part of the exposure triangle.

Given the X-T5, it is likely to be a mid-range camera, and we can expect a smaller and more compact body than the X-H series. Here are a few things we want to see.

1.The same viewfinder as the X-H2S

During our hands-on Fujifilm X-H2S review, we found the 5.76-million dot OLED viewfinder to be one of the greatest quality-of-life improvements from other Fujifilm cameras. In fact, we concluded that it would be difficult to return to the EVFs on the other X-series models.

Could the X-T5 have the same viewfinder experience as the Fujifilm X-T4? Both ways, there are currently no reports, but we suspect it might be a step too far for the mid-range camera.

2.A tinny touchscreen

Since most cameras now have fully-articulating touchscreens that flip around to the front for video shooters, wed like to see Fujifilm bring the X-T5 to the more photo-friendly tilting screen.

Of course, it's all personal preference, but many photographers agree that a tilt-screen is superior for taking pictures from low and high angles, because it allows you to stay in line with the lens (and your subject) and takes fractionally longer to create. Alternately, we'd be happy to see the return of the X-T100s screen, which was close to achieving the best of both worlds.

3.Improved subject-tracking autofocus

Without the Fujifilm X-H2S stacked sensor, it seems unlikely that a mid-range X-T5 would offer the same outstanding autofocus performance as Fuji's flagship. However, if it does, as planned, pair the new X-Processor 5 with that new 40MP sensor, we can expect to see a fairly significant AF improvement from the X-T4.

The X-H2S is capable of following animals, birds, motorcycles, bicycles, airplanes, and trains, as well as providing regular visual stimulation while shooting video. We anticipated a similar degree of ease (if not quite the same level of stickiness) on the X-T5.

4.Two SD card slots

Yes, the Fujifilm X-H2S' CFexpress slot is excellent for its high-end burst modes and advanced video features, such as recording in Apple ProRes, but it's excessive for a mid-range camera like the rumored Fujifilm X-T5.

The addition of two UHS-II SD card slots, like on the X-T4, is a simpler approach for creating hassle-free backups of your main card, and will help reduce the expense of the camera (and the purchase of new cards).

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