Fujifilm X-T200 Review

April 24, 2020 | Mark Goldstein |

Conclusion

The new Fujifilm X-T200 improves further on the blueprint of the previous X-T100 model, occupying the middle ground between the entry-level, beginner X-A7 and the higher-end, more enthusiast-focused X-T30. It successfully combines the largely touchscreen driven, beginner-friendly controls of the X-A7 with the electronic viewfinder and mini-DSLR styling of the X-T30.

The addition of the large 3.5-inch, 6:9 ratio touch-screen, inherited directly from the X-A7, makes it even more appealing for smartphone users looking to buy a "proper" camera. The much-needed improvements on the video side, now supporting 4K at a decent frame rate and with slow-motion 1080p, digital gimbal and HDR video modes, all combine to make the X-T200 an even more enticing proposition than its predecessor.

Image quality is very similar to the X-A7 camera that we recently reviewed, that is to say very good, with both using a more conventional Bayer sensor rather than the more premium X-Trans sensor used in the higher-end X-series models. Whilst some would-be buyers may be put off by this, we're happy to report that image quality isn't a major differentiator.

The XT200 also continues to ship with the same XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens as the X-A7 and previous X-T100, which we like a little less thanks to its rather cumbersome operability - you'd be better off buying the X-T200 body-only and picking up a used XF 18-55mm lens or pairing it with one of the small f/2 XF prime lenses or the recently introduced XC 35mm F2. Having said that, the new X-T200 Vlogger's Kit does look like very good value for money if you're more heavily into shooting video.

The Fuji XT200 continues to be the cheapest X-series camera to feature an electronic viewfinder, probably the main reason why you'd opt for this model rather than the LCD-driven X-A7, the other being the more retro DSLR-styling. And with the major improvements made to the video specs, there's even less reason to jump up to the X-T30.

Other than price. At the time of writing, the X-T30 body is roughly the same price as the X-T200 kit, thanks to already being on the market for a year and to an unwelcome £$100 increase in the X-T200's launch price compared to the X-T100. The X-A7 kit is £$150 cheaper, so if you're happy with a non-EVF, all touchscreen user interface, go for the X-A7. We'd expect the X-T200's price to gradually drop, but for now it's quite tempting to either upgrade to the X-T30 or stick with the simpler X-A7.

If you can look past the price-tag, though, the new Fujifilm X-T200 is an even better step-up camera than its predecessor, successfully bridging the gap between complete beginner and more experienced enthusiast without too many compromises in either regard.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 4