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Fujifilm X-T50: 3 reasons this "Digital film" camera isn't worth buying (Source: Fujifilm)
Fujifilm X-T50: 3 reasons this "Digital film" camera isn't worth buying (Source: Fujifilm)
The Fujifilm X-T50, positioned as the successor to the X-T30 II, introduces several notable updates. However, it may not fulfill the expectations for an entry-level replacement, given its price, build, and features. Below are three key drawbacks to consider before purchasing this digital film camera.

1. Film simulation dial - A hit or miss?

The X-T50 introduces a dedicated Film Simulation dial on the body. While the dial itself is not a novel addition—it repurposes the Drive mode dial located on the left of the top plate—it now features eight pre-marked popular film simulations, along with three additional slots labeled FS1, FS2, and FS3 for custom assignments.

This new feature can be beneficial for beginners who are unfamiliar with Fujifilm’s film simulations. However, for advanced users who utilize custom film recipes, the dial may present limitations. Fujifilm film recipes often include a range of settings beyond just the film simulation, such as adjustments to highlights, shadows, and color tones. Unfortunately, with the X-T50, users cannot assign their complete custom simulation recipes to the FS slots on the dial.

Despite this, the X-T50 allows users to save up to seven custom settings for their film recipes, but these can only be accessed via the quick menu, limiting the usefulness of the new dial that has replaced the drive dial on previous Fuji cameras. As a result, advanced Fujifilm users might find the new dial somewhat restrictive since it only toggles between film simulations without incorporating the additional settings that complete a full film recipe.

2. Limited Battery Life

The X-T50 still uses the smaller NP-W126S battery, which is rated for only 305 shots per charge. These omissions, coupled with the significant price increase, make the X-T50 a less attractive option for budget-conscious buyers and first-time camera users.

In practical use, the X-T50’s battery life can be further constrained. Reports indicate that in normal settings, with features like the LCD information display and performance mode active, the battery can deplete in just a few hours. This can be a significant drawback for photographers who require extended shooting sessions without frequent battery changes or recharging.

While the X-T50 boasts several advancements and improvements, the limited battery life remains a critical consideration for prospective buyers, particularly those looking for longevity in their camera’s performance.

3. Massive price bump - the same old body

The Fujifilm X-T50's launch price of $1,499 with the kit lens (currently available for pre-order on Amazon) represents a significant increase over the X-T30 II, raising questions about its positioning as an entry-level camera. Priced approximately 1.5 times higher than its predecessor and approaching the cost of the X-T5, from which it borrows its sensor, processor, and IBIS (In-Body Image Stabilization) system, the X-T50 demands a considerable investment that may not be justifiable for many first-time buyers.

The X-T50 inherits much of its physical design from the X-T30 series with only minor modifications. One notable improvement is the support for UHS-II speed devices in its single card slot. However, this slot remains inconveniently located at the bottom of the camera within the battery compartment, making it difficult to access when using a tripod. Additionally, despite the price hike, the X-T50 still lacks weather sealing, a feature often expected at this price level.

In conclusion, the Fujifilm X-T50, despite its superior performance and hybrid capabilities, struggles to justify its substantial price increase over the X-T30 II. The minimal design changes and lack of weather sealing, coupled with a price that pushes it out of reach for many potential buyers, limit its attractiveness in a competitive market.


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Triet Le, 2024-05-22 (Update: 2024-05-22)