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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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.
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…
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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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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