Is the Fujifilm X-T50 your best travel companion?

We trialled Fujifilm's latest entry into the market, but was it what we expected?

We reviewed the Fujifilm X-T50 to see if it was all it was cracked up to be. Photo: Supplied
We reviewed the Fujifilm X-T50 to see if it was all it was cracked up to be. Photo: Supplied

Fujifilm released its newest mid-range APS-C sensor mirrorless camera last month – the X-T50! The new camera is aimed at photography enthusiasts who may be keen to upgrade from a point-and-shoot. Due to its small size, it's being marketed as a great travel camera or even a smaller second camera for pros.

I'm going to be honest – I'm not an excellent photographer – but I have used a Sony APS-C sensor camera for the last few years, and I love taking it with me when I travel (on the off-chance I'll capture something that I'd love to get printed, don't rely on your iPhone, people!) and practising taking photos to build my skill set. But I'd heard people compare Sony cameras to computers while romanticising the look of Fujifilm cameras, so I thought I'd trial the X-T50 to see what the fuss was about!

  • Great retro design

  • 40MP sensor

  • 6K video recording

  • In-body image stabilisation

  • Subject detection autofocus

  • 20 film simulations with a new film dial


The camera fits in with the other X-T cameras in Fujifilm's line-up and features that old-school look that I know a lot of people love in modern cameras. It’s also available in three very chic colours: black, charcoal and grey, and they all look great!

The camera also has a new processor and subject detection for autofocus, so you can switch between animals, birds, cars, and more. There is also face and eye detection, though you'll have to go to a separate setting for this. Having said this, Fujifilm isn’t really known for its autofocus, sorry guys!

The film simulation dial is seen on the left. Photo: Supplied
The film simulation dial is seen on the left. Photo: Supplied

Another upgrade this camera has received is in-body image stabilisation. Plus, its 40MP sensor isn't matched by any other APS-C camera.

The camera has 20 Film Simulations, which use 90 years of Fujifilm colour science to digitally replicate the look of classic photographic film.

I think this would be a great camera for someone who is more interested in using the Fujifilm film simulations rather than editing their images on their phone or computer, but I personally found the camera a little difficult to use coming from Sony.

It felt like a bit of a waste to have a dial just for film simulations, where it would have been nicer to have a wheel that allowed you to swap your camera modes or ISO, because I find these are more used functions. It just didn't feel very user-friendly coming from my current camera.

Having said that, I'm sure this wouldn't bother someone who's newer to a camera and likes the look of switching through the 20 different film simulation modes. And the photos still looked really good – I personally really liked shooting using the Vivid simulation, and didn't switch too much around after finding that I vibed with it the most.

Here are a couple of shots I took during Vivid Sydney, using the Vivid simulation – original, I know! The Vivid simulation provides richer and higher contrast images.

A snap of Sydney Harbour during Vivid Sydney. Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle
A snap of Sydney Harbour during Vivid Sydney. Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle
I love the colours in this shot. Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle
I love the colours in this shot. Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle

Aside from the film simulation dial, you also have a shutter dial and an exposure dial that you can use to capture the perfect photo. After playing around with the camera (and the model above it, the X-T5), I feel like it could be a good camera for someone who is keen to learn how to shoot fully manual, something I have yet to master.

This camera will really suit someone who doesn't want to edit their image and wants to choose the look in the camera with these simulations. If you like to edit your photos later, then you might not be too fussed by the simulations and especially the dial.


I would have loved it if the tilting screen had the ability to flip around completely. I've scratched my camera screen from wearing it across my body while I’m travelling, so I would have loved that as a feature. This is just a personal preference, though, not everyone is into this!

I really love the camera's look and agree that the colours are beautiful, so I can definitely see the appeal here. The build quality was also obvious, and it feels like quite a solid camera – though it isn’t weatherproof, which is something to consider depending on where you like to take your photos. I also didn’t really like the camera’s grip, it wasn’t super comfortable for me to hold for long periods, as there just wasn’t enough to hold onto.

Another thing to note is that the camera doesn’t come with a charger for the battery, so you will either need to purchase this separately or be happy to connect the whole camera to a charger.

The Field of Lights in Uluru. Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle
The Field of Lights in Uluru. Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle

Overall, I thought the camera's quality and build were excellent, and it can take stunning photos. However, I’m not sure that it’s quite right for me, and at around $2,500 for just the camera body, this is something you’ll want to be pretty sure about!

I think this could be a great camera for a beginner who is passionate about learning their craft, as it will last them a long time and is of great quality. Depending on your taste, you may also be happy with the photos straight out of the camera, thanks to the film simulations, which means less time spent editing your images.

Coming from Sony, where I feel comfortable, it was just a little too hard to get comfortable with it quickly enough during the brief review period, which is a shame!

If you do decide to purchase it, you'll have to make one difficult decision – which colour to buy!

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