The Fujifilm X-T series of APS-C format mirrorless cameras are aimed at enthusiast photographers. The introduction of the 26MP Fujifilm X-H2S and 40MP Fujifilm X-H2, which are aimed at professional content creators who want high-speed shooting, high-end video features or detail-rich images, means that Fujifilm has been able to focus its attention a bit more on what enthusiast photographers want from the latest X-T series camera. Consequently, the Fujifilm X-T5 reviewed here features the same 40MP X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor as the X-H2 but in a more compact body with traditional exposure controls and a rear screen that can tilt in 3 directions.
The Fujifilm X-T5 has been eagerly anticipated by Fujifilm fans and my first impressions are that it doesn’t disappoint. We have more testing to do before we pass our final verdict, but the X-T5 makes a very healthy step up from the X-T4 in terms of resolution while seeming to keep noise under control well. The focusing is also fast and effective with the Subject Detection system promising to make it easier than ever before to render the subject sharp. Add to this Fujifilm’s superb Film Simulation modes, a 3-way tilting screen and Pixel Shift Multi-Shot mode and it’s a pretty convincing argument for upgrading from the X-T4 or an earlier X-T series camera.
- Major step-up in resolution from the X-T4
- New subject detection system
- 3-way tilting screen
- Crop applied to many of the video outputs
- Complex collection of continuous shooting options
What is the Fujifilm X-T5?
- Camera Type: Mirrorless
- Announced: 2nd November 2022
- Lens Mount: Fujifilm X
- Sensor: 40.2MP X-Trans5 BSI APS-C (23.5 x 15.6mm) Imaging Sensor
- Processing Engine: X-Processor 5
- Video: 6.2K (6240 x 3510) at up to 30p with 1.23x crop, DCI4K (4096 x 2160) at up to 60p with 1.14x crop, HD at 240p with 1.23x crop, 6.2K Apple ProRes externally in 10-bit at 4:2:2
- Sensitivity: ISO 125 to 12,800 (expandable to ISO 64 to 51,200)
- In-Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS): 5-xis giving up to 7 stops shutter speed compensation
- Max Shutter Speed: 1/180,000 with electronic shutter
- Continuous Shooting: 15fps with mechanical shutter, 20fps with electronic shutter (later with 1.29x crop)
- Viewfinder: 0.5-inch type 3.69-million-dot EVF with 0.8x magnification
- Rear Screen: 1.84 million-dot 3-way tilt LCD touchscreen
- Storage: 2x SD/SDHC/SDXV UHS-II
- Battery: NP-W235 Li-ion
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 129.5 x 91 x 63.8mm
- Weight: 557g with battery and memory card, 476g body only
As in the X-H2, Fujifilm has teamed the Fujifilm X-T5’s 40.2 MP backside-illuminated X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor with its latest processing engine, the X-Processor 5. This enables a host of improvements in comparison with the Fujifilm X-T4, including AI-trained Subject Detection for aeroplanes, trains, cars, motorcycles animals and birds in addition to human face and eye detection.
There’s also 100% phase-detection autofocusing coverage with 3.33-million phase detection pixels and low light focusing that’s claimed to work at down to -7EV.
In addition, the 5-axis in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) system has been uprated and can now offer up to 7EV shutter speed compensation with compatible stabilised lenses.
Fujifilm’s Pixel Shift Multi-Shot technology has also been added to enable images to be captured with four times the normal resolution. This mode uses the IBIS system to move the image sensor precisely between shots taken at 20fps (frames per second) with a single press of the shutter release. Photographers can then composite the images into one 160MP image using Fujifilm’s Pixel Shift Combiner software.
Further good news is that the X-T5’s lowest native sensitivity setting has been reduced to ISO 125, down from ISO 160 with the X-T4. Meanwhile, the highest native setting is ISO 12,800 (the same as the 26MP X-T4). The X-T5’s ISO range can also be expanded up to ISO 25,600 – a stop lower than the X-T4 in recognition of the higher pixel count.
Like the X-T4, the Fujifilm X-T5 has a maximum continuous shooting rate of 20fps when the electronic shutter is in use, and as before it incurs a 1.29x crop. This rate can be maintained for 168 Jpegs, 72 compressed raw files, 41 lossless compressed raw files, 23 uncompressed raw files, 37 compressed raw and Jpeg files, 31 lossless compressed raw files and Jpegs or 23 uncompressed raw and Jpeg files. Alternatively, switching to use the mechanical shutter drops the maximum continuous shooting rate to 15fps (with no crop) and the rate can be maintained for 119 Jpegs, 39 compressed raw files, 22 lossless compressed raw files, 17 uncompressed raw files, 27 compressed raw and Jpeg files, 21 lossless compressed raw files and Jpegs or 19 uncompressed raw and Jpeg files.
If the need arises, shooting with the electronic shutter at 8.9fps or the mechanical shutter at 10fps extends the Jpeg burst depth to over 1000 images.
Fujifilm’s Film Simulation modes are widely respected for their colour reproduction and the X-T5 has all 19 of the Film Simulation modes that are currently available. These include: PROVIA/Standard, Velvia/Vivid, ASTIA/Soft, Classic Chrome, PRO Neg.Hi, PRO Neg.Std, Classic Neg., Nostalgic Neg., ETERNA/Cinema, ETERNA BLEACH BYPASS, ACROS, ACROS + Ye Filter, ACROS + R Filter, ACROS + G Filter, Black & White, Black & White + Ye Filter,, Black & White + R Filter, Black & White + G Filter, Sepia.
The X-T5’s Auto White Balance system also draws on Deep Learning technology to enhance its ability to decide the white balance automatically.
In addition, stills can be shot in raw, Jpeg or HEIF format. HEIF format is less widely supported than Jpeg but it means that images are captured in 10-bit rather than 8-bit yet they are up to 30% smaller than standard Jpegs.
Fujifilm X-T5 video features
While Fujifilm has focussed attention on the stills-shooting aspect of the X-T5, it is also a very capable video camera. It can record 6.2K video internally at up to 30P and with 4:2:2 10-bit colour. There’s also a 4K HQ mode, in which the X-T5 uses 6.2K over-sampling to generate higher-quality 4K movies.
Further good news is that F-Log2 is supported to deliver 13+ stops of dynamic range.
In addition, the Fujifilm X-T5 can record raw video to an Atomos device connected via HDMI. This video is recorded as 12-bit Apple ProRes RAW at up to 6.2K with frame rates up to 29.97fps. When combined with Blackmagic Design Video Assist 12Gs, the X-T5’s raw video output can be recorded as Blackmagic RAW at up to 6.2K and frame rates up to 29.97fps.
All of the X-T5’s 6.2K video, 4K HQ video and 4K video at frame rates over 30p is subject to some form of crop, but the most dramatic is a 1.23x and some just encounters a 1.14x crop.
Build and handling
Fujifilm has listened to feedback from its users to inform the design of the X-T5. Consequently, the vari-angle screen that’s on the X-T4 has gone and the 3-way tilting screen of the Fujifilm X-T3 has made a return. This has the advantage over the usual tilting screen of being useful for shooting in both landscape and portrait orientation, but unlike like a vari-angle screen, it can’t be flipped to face forwards for vlogging. I don’t think that last point will be an issue for most of the photographers who like the X-T series and many will welcome the 3-way tilting screen.
So far I’ve only used the X-T5’s 3-inch 1.84-million-dot screen indoors, but it provide a nice clear view and it’s responsive to touch.
There’s also a 0.5-inch type 3.69-million-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 0.8x magnification in the centre of the top-plate, which contributes to the X-T5’s DSLR-like styling. This is the same viewfinder as is on the X-T4 and it draws no complaints from me as it provides a natural view with plenty of detail.
With dimensions of 129.5 x 91 x 63.8mm, the Fujifilm X-T5 is smaller than the X-T4, in fact it’s closer to the X-T1 in size, but it still has a well-shaped grip that gives plenty of purchase. It also weighs 557g with the battery and a memory card, which means it’s 50g lighter than the camera it replaces. Nevertheless, the X-T5 has a magnesium alloy body and is weather-sealed.
On the control front, the X-T5 is very similar to the X-T4. There are three dials on the top plate to set the ISO, shutter speed and exposure compensation, while aperture can be set via an aperture ring on the lens or using a dial on the camera.
Underneath the sensitivity (ISO) dial on the left of the X-T5’s top-plate there’s a switch to set the drive mode and another switch under the shutter speed dial on the right allows the camera to be set to shoot stills or video. The exposure metering mode is set via the menu.
Despite the reduction in body size, the buttons are in the same place on the X-T5 as they are on the X-T4. Consequently, anyone upgrading will find themselves in familiar territory straight away.
After shooting with the Fujifilm X-T5 for a couple of hours ahead of its announcement, I’m happy to report that its focusing system is very fast. It even coped very well with a host of subjects close to the new XF 30mm F2.8 R LM WR Macro lens’ nearest focusing point. I was expecting it and the lens to hunt, but on most occasions it got the subject sharp quickly and decisively.
The X-T5’s Face and Eye Detection system also proved effective at spotting and focusing on human eyes in the frame. I’ll have to wait until I have the X-T5 for longer to see how the rest of the subject detection system works, but it should be on par with that of the excellent Fujifilm X-H2, which has the same sensor and processing engine.
My first shots also indicate that the noise control is also equal to that of the X-H2, with some sign of noise and slight loss of fine detail at ISO 12,800, but all within acceptable boundaries. At the lower end of the sensitivity scale, there’s an impressive level of detail.
At 300ppi, the 40MP images from the Fujifilm X-T5 measure around 65.5 x 43.5cm, and having examined ISO 125 shots at 100%, they seem destined to make superb prints.
I need to test it further, but Fujifilm’s new auto white balance system seems very capable. It doesn’t appear to remove dominant visible colours and consequently, images look as you see the scene at the time of capture.
Fujifilm X-T5 sample images
Over the last few months, I have been asked about the Fujifilm X-T5 more than any other camera. We all knew it was coming, but there’s been lots of speculation about the nature and resolution of its sensor and whether the manufacturer would make significant changes to the control arrangement.
While it has incorporated some great new technology, Fujifilm has gone back to the roots of the X-T series for the X-T5. It has the traditional exposure controls that many photographers love, plus a fast and effective focusing system backed by subject detection.
The switch from a 26MP sensor to a 40MP chip also means that the X-T5 can capture more detail and produce larger images than the X-T4. This doesn’t appear to come at a major cost to noise control in low light and it’s likely to prove to be major selling point for the camera.