Fujifilm X-T10: Arguably the Best Camera for Travel Photography


Throughout October, I travelled to Thailand and the Philippines to attend TBEX Asia—a travel blogging conference. You can catch up with all of my thoughts about TBEX over on my travel blog, Jelly Journeys. Throughout the month, I was also daily vlogging as part of Vlogtober to document our travels extensively. On one of the days, I shared my thoughts about Elly’s Fujifilm X-T10 as a travel photography camera.

The Fujifilm X-T10 could arguably be the best camera for travel photography

Check out my Fuji X-T10 review video below and subscribe to my YouTube channel to get notified of future videos. Carry on reading for the shots captured along with some further thoughts.

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Fujifilm X-T10

The Fujifilm X-T10 is a mirrorless camera as part of the Fuji X-mount series. It’s incredibly compact and very user friendly, with full manual controls easily accessible through permanent manual dials. There’s even a direct “auto-overide” switch which makes it perfect for any user, whether an amateur or enthusiast.

Further thoughts from the video


This style of video was actually a bit of an experiment compared to previous videos. Using my new RØDE microphone from the Filmmaker Kit they sent me, I wanted to create more of a presentational style video. Everything was shot in a much higher quality than normal; using my Sony A7R II, rather than a my Canon G7 X which I usually use for vlogs.

Best camera for travel — Fujifilm X-T10 in Pattaya Thailand — Elly filming with the Sony A7R II

A massive shout out to Elly for filming the video, having not had much experience filming this type of video before!

There were a few issues I had with the video and sound (which I know how to fix for future videos), but overall I’m really happy with how it turned out and the shots that I got on the day too!

I’ve since made a similar video about my new camera bag, so watch out for more videos of this style in the future…

Best camera for travel — Fujifilm X-T10 review
Best camera for travel — Fujifilm X-T10 review — Exposure compensation dial
Best camera for travel — Fujifilm X-T10 review — Joe Allam YouTube

My Fuji X-T10 review was filmed around the side roads of central Pattaya, Thailand. The area is filled with so many photogenic alleyways, with a variety of colour and activity happening!

Best camera for travel — Fujifilm X-T10 review — Joe Allam YouTube
Best camera for travel — Fujifilm X-T10 review — Mango Sticky Rice in Thailand

I really, really enjoyed using the Fujifilm X-T10. I honestly felt very inspired during the hour or so I was out getting shots with it. There’s just something very enjoyable about shooting with a Fuji that re-energised my enthusiasm for photography.

As a fairly compact body, I felt very comfortable getting shots around the streets and was able to be discrete enough to not disturb the scene or stand out as a photographer. As a travel photographer, that’s something I’m very conscious of, so I was definitely glad of that!

Compared to other cameras, Fuji have stuck with the traditional styling of using mechanical dials and knobs for changing the settings of the camera, such as the shutter speed dial, aperture ring and exposure compensation dial. It was definitely a different experience to using my Canon, but it really didn’t take long to feel comfortable with it.

It’s because of these simple usability traits that I could consider a Fuji setup to be arguably the best travel camera ecosystem. One of the obvious requirements for a travel camera is portability, mixed with great image quality and simplicity (gear-wise). Even though I consistently try to cut down on the amount of gear I’m carrying whilst travelling, I can still be guilty of carrying too much. By limiting myself to using just a simple setup such as this Fujifilm X-T10 + 35mm f/2 lens, I honestly feel like it’s been beneficial to my travel photography. It’s genuinely hard to convey just how different this camera has felt whilst using it, to any other camera I’ve used. It honestly just felt like an extension to my arm and has raised my curiosity with Fujifilm even more.

The Fujifilm X-T10 is considered to be the enthusiast’s camera from the Fuji line-up, with the X-T2 being aimed at the professional user, with added functionality. I’m still yet to try the X-T2 out on a shoot, but it’s definitely something I’m hoping to use in the near future. If anyone’s got one in Melbourne they’d like to lend me, hit me up!

Best camera for travel — Fujifilm X-T10 review — Top Dials
Best camera for travel — Fujifilm X-T10 review — Image Playback

Photos taken with the Fujifilm X-T10


Considering I was only out shooting for a short time, I’m actually really pleased with the shots I got! They will no doubt be on my Instagram over the coming days, as I catch up with all my Philippines content.

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Best camera for travel — Fujifilm X-T10 in Pattaya Thailand — Asian air conditioning unit
Best camera for travel — Fujifilm X-T10 in Pattaya Thailand — street motion blur
Best camera for travel — Fujifilm X-T10 in Pattaya Thailand — Street food vendor

Whilst out shooting, I wanted to test how interactive I could be with various street vendors and passers-by. With the camera being much smaller and less obtrusive than my Canon DSLR, I could start conversations and get portraits of people I met along my journey. This guy was happy to pose for a photo after chatting near the street food stalls. I then managed to catch him again, where I gave him one of my new postcards, but unfortunately the lighting was really bad and I hadn’t adjusted my camera settings.

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I was very impressed with the colour and light throughout my shots with the Fuji X-T10. This only further adds the well-known fact that Fujifilm’s sensor colour science is one of the best in the industry!

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Best camera for travel — Fujifilm X-T10 in Pattaya Thailand — Night shop view
Best camera for travel — Fujifilm X-T10 in Pattaya Thailand — street food cooking
Best camera for travel — Fujifilm X-T10 in Pattaya Thailand — Mango Sticky Rice Girl
Best camera for travel — Fujifilm X-T10 in Pattaya Thailand — Fresh Fruit

Final thoughts


If you enjoyed this post and my video review of the Fuji X-T10, leave a comment below! You could even let me know by sharing this post on social media!

Fujifilm X-T10

Whether you’re an enthusiast photographer or complete beginner, the Fujifilm X-T10 is a delight to use! I would honestly highly recommend this to everyone as a camera that will inspire your photography to levels you might not have seen before. It’s easily one of the most enjoyable piece of tech I’ve used in the past year.

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7 comments

  1. Matthew Anderson

    Any thoughts of the rolling shutter issue when using the electronic shutter? Or is it not as bad as other people have made it out to be?

    Thanks


    1. If I’m honest, it’s not been something that I’ve noticed or felt problematic about. Rolling shutters are only ever a problem with filming and panning motions. Of course an EVF is going to be a video representation, but I’ve never noticed any jello effects…


  2. Loved the video and the photos are gorgeous! One question (I’m sure youve been asked before)- I have a Fuji x100s and am having fun trying different film simulations. Is there a specific film sim you used in the photos, and do you have any favorite film simulation?

    I’ve tried Pro Neg Hi, Provia, Astia, B+W Red filter… I’ve sort of ended up back at Provia but am tweaking Shadows and Highlights.


    1. Thank you! I think during this time, I was shooting primarily in Provia, however I now think I prefer Astia for out of camera results. A lot of the time when editing, I change the profile multiple times before deciding on which to export. Sometimes it’s Astia, Provia or even Adobe Standard…


  3. Hi Joe,
    I am so glad that you are reviewing this camera. I bought one last year. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to use it much. I will be in Asia for 3+ weeks, in a month. Can’t wait! Great for talking about Fuji’s color advantage. Hey they made film for almost 100 years. But, you really need to talk about Fujifilm lenses. There are experts that are putting Fujifilm lenses at the top of Japanese lenses. I’ll be following you, thanks!


  4. Hi Joe. You’ve convinced me to buy this camera for my travels round Asia in a few months! What lens and editing software did you use for the photos on the xt10?


    1. That’s awesome! All images with the X-T10 were shot with the 35mmF2 and edited with Adobe Lightroom


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