Fujifilm X-T200 Review
The Fujifilm X-T200 is a mid-range SLR-styled mirrorless camera with a 24 megapixel sensor, 4K video recording, three-way tilting touchscreen, electronic viewfinder and Bluetooth connectivity. It sits above the entry-level X-A7 and below the prosumer X-T30 in the extensive Fujifilm camera range.
The XT200 features a slightly revised version of the APS-C Bayer CMOS image sensor found in the previous X-T100 model which now uses copper wiring rather than aluminium for better performance and improved low-light sensitivity (down to -2.0EV). Importantly it’s not the same as the X-Trans sensor that's used in Fujifilm’s higher-end X-Series cameras (beginning with the X-T30), which on paper at least offers better image quality.
The X-T200 also employs the same hybrid AF system as the X-T100, meaning you have both contrast and phase detection AF points in play, although the adoption of phase detection autofocus pixels across the sensor and an improved AF algorithm make for snappier auto-focusing on this new version and there's also updated Face/ Eye Detection AF too.
Other key differences between the Fuji X-T200 and the previous X-T100 are 4K30p and Full-HD 120p video recording with a new electronic stabilisation mode and new HDR function, an improved 3.5-inch vari-angle touch-screen with a 16:9 ratio, and faster continuous shooting at 8 frames per second.
The Fujifilm XT200 is available in Silver, Dark Silver, and Champagne colours and costs £749 / $799 in a kit with the XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ zoom lens, somewhat more expensive than the X-T100 was at launch. It's also available body only in the US for $699 (but sadly not in the UK).
An X-T200 Vlogger Kit is also available, which includes the XT200 in Dark Silver with the XC 15-45mm lens, a Joby GorillaPod 1K Stand, 16GB SD memory card, and a Rode VideoMic GO Microphone, priced at £799.
Ease of Use
The new Fujifilm X-T200 builds on the design blueprint of the original X-T100 model by offering most of the key features of the cheaper X-A7 camera combined with the more premium look and feel of the higher-end X-T30, and subsequently it sits between those models in terms of the official price, although the street prices position it a little closer to the X-T30.
The XT200 measures 121.0 x 83.7 x 55.1mm and weighs in at 370g, which makes it substantially lighter than the X-T100 by 77g, despite the addition of a larger 3.5-inch screen. It still uses an aluminium and polycarbonate plastic body, rather than a more premium magnesium alloy one as found on the X-T30, but overall there's little to complain about regarding the build quality of the X-T200.
Especially as Fujifilm have addressed one of our main criticisms of the X-T100, namely its poorly implemented handgrip. Instead of the small detachable handgrip that was provided in the X-T100's box which could be optionally added to the otherwise flat front-plate, the XT200 now has a much biggier, chunkier grip that's properly integrated into the overall design of the camera.
What's more, the Fuji X-T200 now has a a rubberised thumb-grip at the rear in place of the rather hard plastic surface that was on the X-T100. Bravo to Fujifilm for listening!
|Front of the Fujifilm X-T200|
The X-T200 employs a very similar APS-C Bayer sensor to the X-T100, now with copper wiring for better image quality and performance. The more expensive X-T30 is the first model in the current Fujifilm range to feature the company's unique X-Trans sensor, which Fujifilm claims offers better image quality, so that's an important difference to the cheaper X-T200 if you're considering both models.
This new model improves on the phase-detection auto-focus found in the previous X-T100, now sharing exactly the same system found on both the cheaper X-A7 and the more expensive X-T30. This employs a total of 117 AF points arranged in a 9x13 rectangular grid, with a more granular 425 point option available too, with the phase detection autofocus pixels arranged right across the sensor rather than just in the centre, as on the X-T100. The updated Face/ Eye Detection AF makes focusing on individuals or groups of people quicker and easier than on the X-T200, even when the camera’s LCD monitor is flipped forwards and you want to take a selfie using the various special shooting modes on offer.
A key difference between the the Fuji XT200 and the cheaper X-A7 is the former's electronic viewfinder, which offers the same 2.36m dot resolution as the previous X-T100 along with a magnification of 0.62x. The X-A7 doesn't have a viewfinder at all, instead relying on the rear screen for composing images, so if this is a must-have feature for you, then the new X-T200 is the cheapest Fujifilm camera in the range to offer it.
Flipping to the back of the Fujifilm X-T200 and it’s a fairly minimalist affair in terms of buttons. Just above the screen is a Bracketing/Delete button, next to a Playback button. On the right of the screen is a small thumbrest, with a newly-added Focus Lever joystick below which you can use to navigate through the various menus, as well as change the AF point if you wish. This replaces the more traditional D-Pad found on the X-T100. We found the position of the joystick to be too low down for easy operation. There’s also a Menu/OK button for accessing the extensive main menu, and the Disp/Back button.
|Rear of the Fujifilm X-T200|
There are also two unmarked buttons located to the right of the viewfinder, which by default toggle the Display mode and activate the Auto-Focus Lock. The operation of both buttons can be customised if you so wish.
Most of the rest of the Fujifilm XT200’s operation comes via the giant new 3.5-inch, 16:9 ratio screen, which is the same as the one on the X-A7. As well as being larger than the screen on the X-T100, it also has more resolution, going from a 1.04-million dot display to 2.76-million dot LCD.
To the right of the screen, you’ll see an arrow icon which you can tap to reveal a set of different options, including switching on the option to touch to release the shutter, change the film simulation mode, change the brightness and background blur, choose Film Simulation effects, and switch between image aspect ratios.
You can also access the Quick menu by tapping a Q on the screen. In this quick menu you’ll find a host of commonly used settings, such as ISO, dynamic range, white balance, AF mode and more. You can navigate around this menu by using the physical joystick, or you can tap the option you want to change. Once you’ve selected the option you want to choose, you can use the scrolling dials on the top of the camera to make the adjustment you need.
The XT200 has a LCD screen that flips out to the side and rotates to face forwards for those all-important selfies. The screen itself is fully articulated (0-180° outward and -90°/+180° rotation), meaning you can position it in a number of different angles. You can also fold the screen in towards the body of the camera to protect it from scratches when transporting the camera. It's a more basic design than the one on the X-T100, which also allowed the screen to be tilted up and down, but to be honest we prefer the simplicity of the new version.
|Top of the Fujifilm X-T200|
With the XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens attached (the smallest X-Series zoom lens available) or a compact prime lens like the XF 35mm f/2 R WR, you have a camera that sits perfectly in the hand. We did find the XC 15-45mm power-zoom lens to be a little cumbersome in its operation, though - check out our Fujifilm XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 review for the full low-down.
On the top-left of the X-T200 is a large, unmarked Function dial which automatically changes a specific option for the currently selected shooting mode. So in the manual shooting modes (PASM), it changes the Film Simulation type, whilst in the SR+ auto mode, it sets the Self-timer options. It kind of makes sense when you start using it, although you can customise the dial anyway if you'd prefer to have more control over what it does. Underneath is a switch for releasing the built-in pop-up flash, with a dedicated flash hotshoe positioned on top of the electronic viewfinder in the centre of the top-plate.
Over on the right is a shooting mode dial, the shutter release button encircled by the new front control dial, a new dedicated on-off switch, the one-touch movie record button, and the second rear control dial which is located underneath your right thumb. We didn't like the control dial configuration on the X-T100, with the control dial on the top proving to be rather awkwardly located when using the fully Manual shooting mode, so kudos to Fujifilm for changing things around. Unfortunately it has come at the expense of the configurable top-panel Function button which by default provided quick access to the ISO speed.
In terms of operational speed, the Fujifilm XT200 is faster than its predecessor in most regards. Shutter lag is fine, so once you have set the focus, you'll rarely miss the moment because the camera can't fire the shutter quickly enough, and it starts-up in less than half a second (0.4sec to be precise) when High Performance mode is set to ON. Continuous shooting speeds are better although still not outstanding, with 8fps available (up from 6fps) for up to 16 shots, or a slower 4fps mode for an unlimited number of JPEGs.
|Tilting LCD Screen|
Whereas the Fujifilm X-T100 could only record 4K (3840x2150 pixels) video at a paltry 15fps, resulting in very "stuttery" video that was frankly pretty unusable, the new XT200 thankfully takes a big leap forwards. It can now record UHD 4K video at 30p / 25p / 24p and 23.98p, for up to 15 minutes duration, with a maximum bit rate of 100Mbpsand with 3.5x faster processing to help reduce any ‘rolling shutter’ effect.. The X-T200 actually generates its 4K video by recording 6K video with no crop (6032x3392 pixels), then downsampling it, for greater quality.
The X-T200 can also record Full HD 1080p movies at 60p / 50p / 30p / 25p and 23.98p, for up to 30 minutes duration, and there's a new 120p High-speed option for slow-motion video.
For keen social media users, the Fuji X-T200 can record 1:1 ratio square movies in Full HD at frame rates up to 60p.
Fujifilm have added a Digital Gimbal option to the X-T200, which utilises a gyro-based Electronic Stabilization Mode to stabilise video footage when hand-holding the camera, including walking along with it whilst recording. There are two main drawbacks to turning on the Digital Gimbal - the video quality is limited to 1080/30p, and a pretty hefty crop is applied to the effective focal length.
The other new video feature is the HDR Video Mode, which as the name suggests helps to capture more detail in high-contrast scenes. Whilst this is a good idea in theory, it does rely on the user knowing when to turn it on and off for it to be effective, and like the Digital Gimbal mode, the video quality is again limited to 1080/30p.
|The Fujifilm X-T200 In-hand|
There is a Micro-HDMI port for connecting the X-T200 to a high-definition TV, and you can adjust the level of the internal microphone and attach an external mic for better sound quality via the 2.5mm Mic and Remote ports. There is no dedicated headphone jack as such on this model, but you can connect a pair of headphones via the USB Type C (USB 3.1 Gen1) port and the dongle that's supplied in the box, with the camera offering the ability to set the level.
The XT200 features enhanced built-in wi-fi connectivity. Install the FUJIFILM Camera Remote App and you can transfer your pictures immediately to a smartphone or tablet PC and then edit and share them as you wish, transfer stills and video onto the camera, and embed GPS information in your shots from your smartphone. You can also control the camera remotely, with the list of available functions including Touch AF, shutter release for stills and movies, shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity, Film Simulation modes, White Balance, macro, timer and flash. The built-in wi-fi also provides a simple means to backup your photos to your home PC.
Additionally, the X-T200 can be connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth. This has the advantage that the camera and smartphone will automatically connect with each other (if Bluetooth is enabled on both) when the Camera Remote app is opened, a process that only takes about 5 seconds. If you enable "Auto Image Transfer On", the latest batch of images will be automatically transferred to your smartphone.
The Fuji XT200 continues to use a NP-W126S Li-ion battery, which provides a respectable CIPA-measured battery life of 270 shots in Standard mode and 450 shots in Economy Mode. The good news is that the battery can be charged in camera via the USB-C port, saving you the need to take additional chargers while travelling and so on (Fujifilm don't actually supply an external charger with the X-T200). You can also give the Fujifilm X-T200 a power burst via a battery pack while on the move, too.
The single memory card is inserted into the same compartment as the battery on the bottom of the camera, alongside which is a metal tripod mount, which isn't in-line with the centre of the lens.