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Blog / Fuji X-T200 Takes Steady Aim at Video Makers and Smartphone Users

Fuji X-T200 Takes Steady Aim at Video Makers and Smartphone Users

by: srb photographic | January 2020
Fuji X-T200 Takes Steady Aim at Video Makers and Smartphone Users
The recently-announced Fuji X T200 is Fujifilm's latest addition to its line of lightweight and compact mirrorless cameras. Offering a whole host of improvements and changes, this is by far the company’s most intriguing entry-level camera to date.

Although described as a Fujifilm X-A7 with a viewfinder, the X-T200 brings much of the functionality that its predecessor lacked. Including 4K video at 30fps, an improved autofocus system, and an enhanced copper-wired APS-C sensor.

And, there’s even the addition of a Digital Gimbal setting for smoother video output.
Digital Gimbal: On
Fujifilm claim the X-T200 can “[cater] to the needs of photography enthusiasts and users who want to step up from smartphone cameras”. And, with enhanced stabilisation features and a faster-performing sensor, the focus has undoubtedly been on improving video capabilities.

One of the most surprising, but welcomed, feature for advancing its video functionality is the Digital Gimbal function. With built-in gyro sensors sitting at the heart of its body, the Fuji X T200 is able to deliver incredibly stable footage. This goes for both its digital gimbal and electronic image stabilisation modes.
The Fuji X-T200's Digital Gimbal Feature for smoother video footage
Fujifilm even boasted that its stabilising features would be able to deliver smoother footage than that of the latest smartphone.

But, there’s a catch.

When activated, the digital gimbal will only perform at Full HD 1080p. Which, when compared to other in-built stabilisation technology, can seem a bit frustrating. For example, DJI’s Rocksteady and GoPro’s HyperSmooth modes can operate at 4K/60fps.
The new Fuji X-T200 mirrorless camera
Copper Sensor & Quick AF
Although the X-T200 offers the same megapixels as its predecessor, 24.2MP to be exact, there has been significant upgrades in other areas. Including the copper-wiring design of the APS-C CMOS image sensor borrowed from Fujifilm’s X-T2.

The upgraded sensor allows for data readouts of up to 3.5x faster than that of the X-T100. Fujifilm have also said that these improvements mean rolling shutter effect will be “significantly reduced”.

The sensor improvements bring a much-needed enhancement to the camera’s autofocus function, especially in low-light situations of up to -2.0EV. And there’s also the addition of Main Subject Recognition, which identifies the main subject in the frame and tracks it to keep it in focus as you move.

This will be welcoming news to X-T100 owners, whose autofocus system had been described as “the poorest performer on a Fujifilm X-series camera to date”.

All of the Fuji X T200’s impressive enhancements then come together to offer continuous shooting at 8fps, with autofocus. An advancement on the X-T100’s 6fps.
Fuji X-T200 captures 4K at 30fps footage
4K at 30fps and HDR Mode
With a solid aim at smartphone enthusiasts and video makers, Fujifilm have increased the 4K video capabilities of the X-T200 to top out at 30fps. And, to achieve “incredible image quality with very low noise”, the mirrorless camera actually records video in 6K before generating 4K video by downsampling the footage.

All of this, coupled with gimbal enhancements, allows for impressive un-cropped steady footage. And, although the Digital Gimbal feature is absent when filming past 1080p, the X-T200’s Electronic Image Stabilisation sticks around to offer smooth 4K filming.

But, if slow-motion is your preferred choice, then there’s also an option to capture footage in Full HD 1080p at 120fps. Offering 4x slow motion video.

There’s also a new HDR movie mode, that increases dynamic range and offers greater detail in shadows and highlights. And, for the creative photographer, there’s a remarkable 11 Film Simulation modes and 20 Advanced Filters.
The X-T200 features a 3.5 inch LCD screen
Other Fuji X-T200 Features
As well the allurement of an improved sensor and video capabilities, the Fuji X T200 offers many more enhancements over its previous model.

For starters, it’s light. 80 grams lighter to be exact. Weighing in at 370 grams, it makes this already lightweight compact camera a great travel companion.

The User Interface (UI) has had make-over too, with fujifilm intending to make it more familiar with that of smartphones photographers.

The fresh UI is then displayed on a larger 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen that folds out and pivots to 180 degrees, letting you capture the perfect selfie.

There’s also an improved grip design, a high-quality electronic viewfinder with 100% frame coverage, and a USB Type-C terminal and 3.5mm stereo jack to connect external microphones and headphones.
Fuji X-T200 comes in 3 colours
When is the Fuji X-T200 Released?
The Fuji X T200 will go on sale as a kit alongside the XC15-45mm, F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens on 27th February 2020. It will be available in three colours - silver, dark silver, and champagne - and be priced at £749.