Fujifilm X-T5 at a glance:

  • £1699 body-only; £2049 with 18-55mm F2.8-4; £2149 with 16-80mm F4
  • 40.2MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor
  • ISO 125-12,800 (standard); ISO 64-51,200 (extended)
  • 15fps shooting (mechanical shutter, full-resolution); 20fps (electronic shutter, 1.3x 24MP crop)
  • 6.2K 30p / 4K 60p video
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilisation
  • 3.69m-dot EVF, 0.8x magnification
  • 3in, 1.84m-dot 3-way tilt LCD

Few cameras have captured photographers’ imaginations quite like Fujifilm’s premium X-T models. Ever since the original X-T1 appeared back in 2014, they’ve found favour due to their compact size, robust weather-sealed construction, and traditional analogue control dials. Latest in the range is the Fujifilm X-T5, which uses the same 40MP image sensor as the recent Fujifilm X-H2. But while that model was aimed at hybrid shooters equally interested in both stills and video, the X-T5 is focused primarily on the needs of stills photographers.

Styled like a classic film camera, the X-T5 is aimed squarely at stills photographers. Image credit: Andy Westlake

Compared to its predecessor, the 26.2MP Fujifilm X-T4, the new model is a considerable upgrade. Along with the boost in resolution, it gains subject detection autofocus – 2022’s must-have feature – and 6K video recording at 30 fps, albeit with a 1.23x crop. This comes inside a slimmed-down body that’s similar in size to the original X-T1, and which sports a 3-way tilting, rather than fully articulated, screen. Compared to the X-H2, the X-T5 lacks 8K video recording and has a shallower buffer for continuous shooting. But it’s smaller and less expensive, at £1,699 body-only, vs £1,899.

Fujifilm X-T5 3-way tilt screen

The X-T5 sees the welcome return of Fujifilm’s 3-way tilt screen, which is perfect for stills photography. Image credit: Andy Westlake

It’s impossible to ignore that the camera market has shifted dramatically over the past few years, with full-frame mirrorless becoming the dominant format. So the big question has to be whether the X-T5 still offers enough to compete with the larger sensor format. To cut a long story short, the answer is an overwhelming yes; in fact, it’s a brilliant camera that offers remarkable value for money and deserves to be on any serious photographer’s wishlist.

Fujifilm X-T5: Features

Let’s examine the X-T5’s photographic features in detail. Its 40.2MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor features a back-illuminated design and employs Fujifilm’s proprietary X-Trans colour filter array, which aims to reduce image sampling artefacts compared to conventional Bayer sensors. It provides a standard sensitivity range of ISO 125-12,800, which is expandable to ISO 64-51,200.

Fujifilm X-T5 sensor

The X-T5 uses the same 40MP APS-C sensor as the X-H2. Image credit: Andy Westlake

Also inherited from the X-H2 is the autofocus system, which employs 3.3 million on-sensor phase detection pixels that cover almost the entire frame. With the firm’s latest X-Processor 5 on board, the X-T5 also boasts AI subject detection, which can recognise and focus specifically on animals, birds, cars, motorcycles, airplanes and trains. Of course, the camera can also recognise human faces and eyes.

Continuous shooting is available at 15 frames per second using the mechanical shutter, or 20fps using the electronic shutter with a 1.29x crop (which gives 24MP images). The electronic shutter also offers super-fast shutter speeds up to 1/180,000sec. One concession to the X-T5’s lower price, though, is a smaller buffer compared to the X-H2: as few as 19 frames when shooting 40MP uncompressed raw files.

Fujifilm X-T5 SD card slots

Fujifilm has equipped the X-T5 with dual UHS-II SD card slots. Image credit: Andy Westlake

In the unlikely event that the sensor’s native resolution is insufficient, there’s now a 160MP pixel-shift multi-shot mode. The camera must be mounted on a tripod – there’s no hand-held option – and will shoot no fewer than 20 raw files, with the sensor shifted fractionally between them by the IS unit. The high-res composite image isn’t generated in camera, but instead has to be assembled on a computer.

Other updates over the X-T4 include Fujifilm’s latest 5-axis in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) system, which is now rated for up to 7 stops of shake reduction. The viewfinder is slightly larger too, offering 0.8x magnification, compared to 0.75x. The battery life rating is improved to 740 shots per charge, compared to 600 previously, which the firm credits to the new processor.

Fujifilm X-T5 NP-W235 battery

Power is provided by Fujifilm’s now-standard NP-W235 battery. Image credit: Andy Westlake

One thing that doesn’t change is Fujifilm’s excellent in-camera colour processing, with 19 Film Simulation modes onboard offering a wide range of attractive looks. Files can now be recorded in the 10-bit HEIF format, which in principle should offer better quality than conventional JPEGs. But as yet, this is somewhat negated by the fact that HEIF has rather limited software support.

Connectivity options are much as we’d expect, with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi included. You can connect the camera to your smartphone via the free Fujifilm Camera Remote app, and then copy images across for sharing on social media. You can also use your phone as either a simple remote shutter release via Bluetooth, or with a live view feed and extensive control over camera settings over Wi-Fi. One minor quirk with the X-T5 is that you can’t change the exposure mode from the app – instead it’s defined by how the camera’s control dials are set.

Fujifilm X-T5 Video features

Unsurprisingly, one area where the X-T5 lags its hybrid sibling comes with regards to video recording. However, it still gains plenty of advances over the X-T4. It’s capable of recording in 6.2K resolution at 30fps, with 4:2:2 10-bit colour and a 1.23x crop. 4K HQ output is also available at 30fps via 6.2K over-sampling with the same crop, while standard-quality 4K can be output at 60fps from the full sensor width.

Fujifilm X-T5 connectors.

Fujifilm X-T5 connectors. Image credit: Andy Westlake

Fujifilm’s F-log2 profile is onboard, and capable of recording 13+ stops of dynamic range for colour grading in post-production. What’s more, both ProRes and BlackMagic RAW can be output over HDMI in 6.2K resolution. A 3.5mm stereo microphone socket is built in, while headphones can be attached to the USB-C port via an adapter.

Fujifilm X-T5: key features

  • Connectors: One the side of the body you’ll find 3.5mm stereo microphone, 2.5mm remote release, USB-C and Micro HDMI sockets. There’s also a PC sync flash socket on the front.
  • Battery: The X-T5 is powered by Fujifilm’s now-standard NP-W235 battery, promising 580 shots per charge or 740 in Eco mode. It recharges in-camera via the USB-C port.
  • Cable release: In line with the X-T5’s retro credentials, the shutter button is threaded for a screw-in mechanical cable release. But you can also use a 2.5mm electronic release, or Bluetooth
Fujifilm X-T5 analogue top dials

The X-T5 has analogue top dials for shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation. Image credit: Andy Westlake

  • Grip: The matched MHG-XT5 extension handgrip features an Arca Swiss profile for mounting the camera onto a tripod, and a cut-out for easily replacing the battery. It costs £129.
  • X-mount: Alongside Fujifilm’s own range of 36 X-mount lenses, there’s a growing range of third-party autofocus options from Sigma, Tamron and Zeiss.
  • Storage: Files are recorded to dual UHS-II SD card slots. These can be used in sequential or backup modes, or you can record raw files to one card and JPEG/HEIF to the other.

Fujifilm X-T5: Build and handling

Perhaps the key attraction of Fujifilm’s ‘traditional’ X-T line is its analogue operation, with top-plate dials for shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation complemented by aperture rings on the firm’s XF lenses. This makes for a uniquely engaging shooting experience that you don’t quite get anywhere else. And while previously, the cameras have grown slightly larger with each generation, the X-T5 has slimmed back down again, with its dimensions much closer to those of the original X-T1, at 129.5 x 91 x 63.8mm.

Fujifilm X-T5 in-hand

Despite its relatively small size, the X-T5 provides a postitive grip. Image credit: Andy Westlake

In your hand, the body feels impressively robust, with a magnesium alloy shell and weatherproof construction. Fujifilm has pulled off the impressive trick of making a relatively small camera that looks like it doesn’t have much of a handgrip, to reinforce its retro credentials, but which actually provides a secure and substantial hold. However, the X-H2 would still be a better choice for those who’ll be shooting regularly with large telephoto lenses.

What’s particularly striking when you start shooting with the X-T5 is the way it gives direct access to so many key functions. Along with those dials on top, there’s a drive mode switch underneath the ISO dial, whose detailed settings are tweaked using a function button on the front. Then to control autofocus, you get a focus mode switch on the front, and a joystick on the back to position your focus area.

Fujifilm X-T5 drive mode switch

There’s a drive mode switch beneath the ISO dial. Image credit: Andy Westlake

Some photographers will be sad to see that the switch beneath the shutter speed dial selects between still and movie modes, rather than reverting to metering mode like on the X-T3. But you can still access metering from the ‘up’ key of the d-pad, so it’s not a huge loss.

Meanwhile the left and right keys are assigned to film simulation and white balance modes, while the down key cycles through the camera’s various boost modes that optimise the live view feed for different shooting scenarios. It’s good that this feature is so accessible – on most cameras it’s hidden away in the menus.

Fujifilm X-T5 still/movie switch

The X-T5 retains the still/movie mode switch that was introduced on the X-T4. Image credit: Andy Westlake

Last but not least, the Q button on the camera’s shoulder brings up an onscreen quick menu with 16 further functions, including the settings for the subject detection AF. This Q menu can be customised to suit your personal preferences, as can many of the button functions. There’s also a custom My Menu where you can group your most-used settings from the main menu.

While I really enjoyed shooting with the X-T5, sometimes those top-plate ISO and shutter speed dials can be awkward to adjust, as they require you to move your hands away from a shooting grip. But in another stroke of genius, by setting them to their C and T positions respectively, you can pass their functions to the electronic front and rear dials instead. So if, on occasion, you want the camera to behave more like a conventional DSLR, it’ll do that too.

Fujifilm X-T5 rear controls

The onscreen Q menu gives quick access to a range of functions. Image credit: Andy Westlake

One consequence of the X-T5’s design is that you can’t save custom shooting setups in quite the same way as you can with most other cameras, including the X-H2. Instead, the exposure, focus and drive modes are always defined by the dial positions. However, you can still save all other groups of settings as custom memories for specific purposes such as portraits or action, and then recall them quickly with a single tap of the Q menu.

Fujifilm X-T5: Viewfinder and screen

Despite having a smaller body than its predecessor, the X-T5’s electronic viewfinder offers a slightly larger view, with 3.69 million dots and 0.8x magnification. While this lags behind the X-H2’s 5.76m-dot unit, it’s still a very fine viewfinder that offers a large, bright and clear view.

Fujifilm X-T5 in use

In use, the Fujifilm X-T5’s viewfinder is large, bright and clear. Image credit: Andy Westlake

It’s complemented by a 3in, 1.84m-dot rear LCD, which sees the very welcome return of Fujifilm’s 3-way tilt mechanism. This is perfect for photographers who wish to be able to shoot at high or low angles in both portrait and landscape formats, but don’t need a forward-facing option for self-shooting. More video-focused shooters will, however, be better served by the X-H2 with its vari-angle screen.

Fujifilm X-T5 screen portrait tilt

A hinge at the side of the X-T5’s screen facilitates overhead or low-angle shooting in portrait format. Image credit: Andy Westlake

Fujifilm previews white balance and colour processing by default, along with exposure compensation across a +/- 3-stop range. A half-press of the shutter button stops the lens down to the taking aperture, previewing depth of field. Compositional aids include a choice of gridlines and two types of electronic level, while for estimating exposure there’s a choice of luminance or RGB live histograms.

Fujifilm X-T5 tilting screen

The screen also tilts up and down for high and low-angle shooting when the camera is held horizontally. Image credit: Andy Westlake

Fujifilm’s Natural Live View option is also available, which aims to mimic the experience of shooting with an optical viewfinder, with reduced saturation and brightened shadows. This can be particularly handy when you’re shooting in high-contrast situations, and I’d consider assigning it to a function button (I use the View Mode button) on the viewfinder housing. Overall, the X-T5 gives an excellent viewing experience that’s probably better than anything else you can get at the price point.

Fujifilm X-T5: Autofocus

In terms of autofocus, the X-T5 uses essentially the same system as the X-H2. When selecting a focus point manually, you get a choice of using either 117 or 425 AF points spread across the frame. Alternatively, you can enable face or eye detection, and specify whether the camera should focus on your subject’s left or right eye. Fujifilm users have had these options for years, but now you also get subject recognition, where the camera will detect and specifically focus on trains, planes, motorbikes, cars, birds, or animals. What’s more, as they get larger and clearer within the frame, it understands which specific part of the subject it should focus on.

Fujifilm X-T5 gull sample image

Here I used the X-T5’s bird recognition AF, and shot in 24MP crop mode. Fujifilm X-T5, XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR at 110mm, 1/1250sec at f/5, ISO 1000

The way Fujifilm implements subject detection takes a little getting used to. First of all, it’s a separate setting from face detection, and enabling one disables the other. Secondly, it interacts with your AF area selection setting in a fashion that’s perhaps not immediately obvious. Using the auto AF area selection mode, which uses all of the camera’s focus points, the camera will generally pick whichever potential subject is largest and nearest.

However, if you’re using single point or zone focusing, it’ll prioritise a subject close to the specified focus area. So if there are multiple possible targets within the scene, in principle you can select between them using the joystick. This could be useful when there are several possible subjects to choose between, but isn’t as quick as other brands that let you use the joystick to select directly between outlined subjects.

Fujifilm X-T5 squirrel sample image

You have to pre-select the subject type – the camera can’t recognise animals and birds at the same time. Fujifilm X-T5, XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR at 240mm, 1/5000sec at f/5.6, ISO 8000

Like most cameras, though, you have to pre-select which subject type you’re interested in via the Q menu. So if you have animal mode selected and then point the camera at a bird, the subject detection system will ignore it. You can set a function button to turn subject detection on or off, but not to choose between the various options, which feels like a missed opportunity.

Once you’ve got the hang of how the X-T5’s AF system operates, though, you’ll find that it’s generally very reliable. With relatively large, predictably moving subjects such as cars and trains, I got near-a 100% hit-rate even with the relatively affordable Fujifilm XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens. However, it’s not quite as good at keeping up with more difficult subjects such as birds in flight.

Fujifilm X-T5 gull in flight

The X-T5 can focus on birds in flight, but my hit-rate wasn’t especially high. Fujifilm X-T5, XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR at 153mm, 1/1250sec at f/5, ISO 240, 10MP crop. Image credit: Andy Westlake

In particular, it’s probably not as ‘sticky’ as the best systems for tracking fast, erratically moving subjects, and I found it could get distracted by something briefly passing in front of the subject, or sometimes drop focus onto the background. As a result, the X-T5 may not be the very best choice for demanding sports and wildlife shooters. But in the grand scheme of things, it still does a fine job.

Fujifilm X-T5: Performance

When you take the X-T5 out and set to work, you’ll quickly find that it’s extremely pleasant to use. Not only do you get all those alluring dials, it’s also extremely quick and responsive. If you prefer not to draw attention to yourself while shooting, the mechanical shutter is extremely quiet; switch to the electronic shutter, and the camera can be completely silent. The metering system is extremely reliable, meaning that you normally only need to use exposure compensation for aesthetic effect, and as is Fujifilm’s way, auto white balance is practically flawless.

Fujifilm X-T5 fishing boats sample image

The X-T5 delivers excellent image quality, with lots of detail and lovely colour rendition. Fujifilm X-T5, XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR at 52mm, 1/180sec at f/8, ISO 125. Image credit: Andy Westlake

None of this would matter if the image quality didn’t measure up, but the good news is that it’s very impressive indeed, in both JPEG and raw. In fact, the output quality is simply stunning; you get stacks of resolution from that 40MP sensor, along with plenty of dynamic range at low ISO. You can expect to be able to lift three or maybe even four stops of shadow detail before noise becomes particularly troublesome; this isn’t as much as the very best full-frame sensors, but it’s plenty for most real-world purposes. I was also perfectly happy shooting at sensitivities up to ISO 12,800 (the idea that higher pixel count sensors give worse high-ISO images is essentially a myth these days).

Fujifilm X-T5 squirrel sample image

The X-T5 gives very usable images at high ISO settings. Fujifilm X-T5, XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR at 300mm, 1/2000sec at f/5.6, ISO 10,000

Then there’s those lovely Fujifilm colours. If you want to grab a shot from the camera and show it off on social media with no additional editing, no brand is better for giving seriously attractive output. I tend to gravitate towards the Velvia / Vivid mode for landscape-type shots, and Astia / Soft for everyday shooting. There’s a case to be made that you don’t necessarily even need to shoot raw much of the time, unless you’re making significant tonal adjustments.

Fujifilm X-T5, Clangers at Lightopia

The Clangers at Lightopia 2022, Crystal Palace Park. Out-of-camera JPEG, shot in Astia mode. Fujifilm X-T5, XF 16-80mm R OIS WR at 40mm, 1/60sec at f/4, ISO 320. Image credit: Andy Westlake

If there’s one area of concern about the X-T5’s performance, it would be the raw buffer, which is as few as 19 frames in full-resolution uncompressed raw, equating to a little over a second’s full-speed shooting. One solution is to switch to recording compressed raw files only, which at least doubles the buffer depth, but requires a trip into the menus. You can also get greatly increased bursts by combining compressed raw with the electronic shutter 24MP crop mode and dropping the frame rate; in fact at 10fps, you’re limited only by card space. I saved this combination of settings, along with subject detection and AF tracking, as a Custom Setting memory.

Fujifilm X-T5 gull touchdown sample image

Using the 24MP compressed raw option allowed me to capture this moment of touchdown at the end of an extended burst of frames. Fujifilm X-T5, XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR at 300mm, 1/2000sec at f/5.6, ISO 640. Image credit: Andy Westlake

In my hands, Fujifilm’s in-body stabilisation worked as well as most other brands, giving reasonably sharp hand-held exposures at shutter speeds as long as 1 second towards the wide end of the XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR zoom. This is only really surpassed by Micro Four Thirds cameras from Olympus / OM System and Panasonic. The main question is how much blur you’re willing to accept – you might see some obvious camera shake when examining 40MP images close-up onscreen, but still have a picture that’s entirely usable for many purposes.

Fujifilm X-T5 hand-held long exposure

Shot hand-held using a 1 second shutter speed, this isn’t pin-sharp across all of the frame, but it’s still very usable. Fujifilm X-T5, XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR at 14.5mm, 1 sec at f/4, ISO 125. Image credit: Andy Westlake

Clearly, some Fujifilm users might be concerned about whether their existing lenses will be sharp enough for the 40MP sensor, especially after the firm released a list of those required to get the most from it. But my advice would be not to worry about it. You’ll never get worse results from any given lens with a higher resolution sensor; instead, it’s just a question of whether the extra detail you record is fully proportional to the increased pixel count. If you’re happy with the lenses you’ve got, they’ll still work fine on the X-T5. And that 40MP resolution gives so much scope for cropping if you need it.

Fujifilm X-T5 full moon sample image

The 40MP sensor gives a lot of scope for cropping. Fujifilm X-T5, XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR at 300mm, 1/1250sec at f/5.6, ISO 200. 2.2MP crop to 1900mm equivalent. Image credit: Andy Westlake

The X-T5 may not match the X-H2’s 8K recording, but there’s more than enough on offer here for photographers who’d like to be able to shoot high quality video occasionally. The quality of its footage is very good, aided again by those lovely Fujifilm colours. Fujifilm’s IBIS provides a good degree of stabilisation, allowing you to shoot hand-held and pan smoothly across a scene without the footage becoming unwatchable. If the X-T5 still isn’t up to your needs, there’s always the X-H2 and X-H2S.

High-res multi-shot mode

One feature that isn’t really practical is the pixel-shift multi-shot mode. Not only does it chew up vast amounts of card space, with each sequence occupying the best part of a gigabyte, it’s also a pain to assemble the composite files on a computer. More often than not, Fujifilm’s Pixel Shift Combiner program then flags up that it’s detected an error, and if you examine the resultant 160MP files, they’ll be beset by artefacts such as jagged diagonals. As a result, they end up looking no more detailed than the 40MP single-shot image. Alternatively, you can output 40MP files with full-colour sampling at each pixel location, which works somewhat better. But even then, anything that moves between the 20 frames will be rendered as a pixelated mess.

Fujifilm X-T5 blue fishing boat sample

Fujifilm X-T5, XF16-80mm F4 R WR OIS at 29mm, 1/60sec at f/11, ISO 125, 40MP single shot. Image credit: Andy Westlake

Below you can see crops comparing the three options. The full-colour sampling mode gives visibly increased detail, but the 160MP image contrives to look no better than 40MP single-shot mode, even when downsampled to the same size.

Fujifilm X-T5 high res multi-shot comparison

While there’s clearly slightly sharper detail in the 40MP full-colour sampling version, things go very badly wrong if anything moves between the frames. Unlike Olympus/OM System, Panasonic and Sony, Fujifilm doesn’t yet offer motion detection and compensation. Let’s look at what happens with the sea and a passing walker.

In the full-colour sampling version, there’s ugly ghosting and colour artefacts. Click through to view at 100%, and you’ll see that the sea is rendered strangely, too

Ghosting artefacts are still present in the 160MP version, but less intense and spread out over a larger area. The sea is rendered more convincingly, at least.

Overall, I’m just not convinced this is worth the hassle and card space. It’s certainly nowhere near as practical as Olympus / OM System and Panasonic’s implementations, which are both very usable. Then again, it’s not as if you need more than 40MP very often, anyway.

Fujifilm X-T5: ISO and noise

Thanks to its 40MP sensor, the X-T4 is capable of recording noticeably more detail than most full-frame cameras, indeed you’ll need to spend a lot more money to get anything that fares appreciably better. Fine detail is maintained impressively well up to ISO 1600, but then deteriorates progressively; however to my mind, images are still entirely usable all the way up to the top standard setting of ISO 12,800. I would though, as is usually the case, steer clear of the extended settings; ISO 25,600 might be OK when there’s no alternative, but ISO 51,200 doesn’t look good at all, with little fine detail and heavily crushed blacks.

Fujifilm X-T5 wood duck ISO 3200

At ISO 3200, the X-T5 still records plenty of detail and strong colour, with little noise. Fujifilm X-T5, XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR at 178mm, 1/2000sec at f/5, ISO 3200, 24MP crop mode. Image credit: Andy Westlake

Below you can see 100% crops form our standard studio scene, shot in raw and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click on any to see the full-size image.

Fujifilm X-T5, ISO125, raw + Adobe Camera Raw

Fujifilm X-T5, ISO 125, raw + Adobe Camera Raw

Fujifilm X-T5, ISO1600, raw + Adobe Camera Raw

Fujifilm X-T5, ISO 1600, raw + Adobe Camera Raw

Fujifilm X-T5, ISO6400, raw + Adobe Camera Raw

Fujifilm X-T5, ISO 6400, raw + Adobe Camera Raw

Fujifilm X-T5, ISO12,800, raw + Adobe Camera Raw

Fujifilm X-T5, ISO 12,800, raw + Adobe Camera Raw

Fujifilm X-T5, ISO25,600, raw + Adobe Camera Raw

Fujifilm X-T5, ISO 25,600, raw + Adobe Camera Raw

Fujifilm X-T5, ISO 51,200, raw + Adobe Camera Raw

Fujifilm X-T5, ISO 51,200, raw + Adobe Camera Raw

Fujifilm X-T5: Our Verdict

It’s often said that that there’s no such thing as a perfect camera, but let’s just consider what the Fujifilm X-T5 offers. Firstly, it’s uniquely enjoyable to shoot with, thanks to its analogue controls, excellent viewfinder, and 3-way tilting screen. Secondly, it delivers superb image quality, with stacks of resolution if you need it, plenty of dynamic range, good high-ISO performance and effective image stabilisation. Plus, of course, that lovely Fujifilm colour rendition.

Fujifilm X-T5 sunset over St George's Church, Beckenham

The X-T5 is a joy to use and delivers consistently lovely images. Sunset over St George’s church, Beckenham, camera JPEG, Velvia mode. Fujifilm X-T5, XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR at 214mm, 1/400sec at f/8, ISO 125. Image credit: Andy Westlake

Fujifilm’s X system also offers plenty of lens choice, especially now third-party makers are getting in on the act. There’s a good mix of high-end zooms and smaller, more travel-friendly options. I’ve been using the X-T5 with the firm’s 10-24mm f/4, 16-80mm f/4, and 70-300mm f/4-5.6 zooms, which together give a fully weather-sealed setup covering a 15-450mm equivalent range, while weighing in at less than 2kg. You simply can’t match that with any full-frame system. If you want bokeh, pick up a fast prime or two, such as the XF 56mm F1.2 R WR or one of the many fine f/1.4 primes available. You really should be able to assemble a lens set that suits your needs.

Fujifilm X-T5 with 16-80mm, 10-24mm and 70-300mm lenses

I tested the Fujifilm X-T5 with 16-80mm, 10-24mm and 70-300mm lenses. Image credit: Andy Westlake

When I was casting around for a list of cons, it really felt like nitpicking, and the few I could dredge up are minor. The biggest practical issue, arguably, is handling those 40MP files. If you really need a deeper raw buffer, better handling with large lenses, or more advanced video features, you can spend an extra £200 and get the Fujifilm X-H2.

Fujifilm X-T5 Tower Bridge at dusk

Tower Bridge at dusk. Fujifilm X-T5, XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR at 118mm, 1/75sec at f/8, ISO 640, Velvia. Image credit: Andy Westlake

However, the X-T5’s attraction really shines through when you start looking around for alternatives. Its closest competitor comes from the same stable, but while the X-H2 may offer more to video shooters, it lacks the X-T5’s sheer charm. Elsewhere in APS-C mirrorless, only Canon’s EOS R7 comes close to the resolution, but it’s difficult to recommend due to the extreme paucity of matched RF-S lenses.

Fujifilm X-T5 Crystal Palace dinosaurs at Lightopia 2022

Crystal Palace dinosaurs at Lightopia 2022. Fujifilm X-T5, XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR at 31mm, 1/45sec at f/4, ISO 4000. Image credit: Andy Westlake

You could perhaps buy a full-frame camera for the same price, but it’ll be old and under-specified in comparison, and not as nice to use. Indeed to match the X-T5’s resolution and all-round spec, you’re looking at much more expensive models such as the Canon EOS R5, Nikon Z 7II, Panasonic S1R or Sony Alpha 7R IV, not to mention a pricey lens set to match them.

Ultimately, nothing else on the market can quite match the all-round package that the Fujifilm X-T5 offers enthusiast photographers at the price. If you’re not tied down to an irrational fixation with 36x24mm, it’s pretty much perfect.

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Fujifilm X-T5: Full Specifications

Fujifilm X-T5 with 18-55mm lens.