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Fujifilm’s New X-T50 Features a Film Simulation Wheel – and a Questionable Price

Fujifilm has just announced two new cameras at the company’s X Summit Sydney event. There’s the GFX100S II medium format camera, which is frankly outside my scope of interest (and budget). The mainstream of the two is the X-T50, which is a successor to – but not a replacement for – the X-T30 II, which will remain in Fujifilm’s portfolio in the future.

The X-T50 is a mix of new and old technology from the camera maker. Let’s start with the new. The body has a fresh, more rounded shape unlike any other model in the X series, and at the top is a film simulation dial, a first for any Fujifilm camera. You get several preset movie simulations to switch between and can choose your own for the three customizable slots – according to your preference tilt Set these to custom film recipes. Still, the dial shows what an integral part of Fujifilm’s appeal these simulations have become over the years.

The X-T50 features a dial for switching between the company’s signature film simulations.
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The X-T50 has the same 40-megapixel sensor as the X-T5 and it also has a built-in 7-stop image stabilization system. The much cheaper X-T30 II completely lacks IBIS. Continuous shooting is limited to 8fps with the mechanical shutter, while the X-T5 and X-H2 can both reach 15fps. A single UHS-II SD card slot is available for storage. Video performance has also been significantly increased:

The X-T50 is a far more powerful video camera than the X-T30 II.
Image: Fujifilm

However, there are still some older hardware elements of this camera. For one thing, you’re relying on the last-generation battery, which isn’t nearly as long-lasting. And disappointingly, the electronic viewfinder is also unchanged from the X-T30 II. You get at least the same 3-inch, 1.84 million-dot rear LCD with two-sided tilt as the X-T5.

In terms of price, the X-T50 occupies a strange position. If you buy the body alone, it costs $1,399.99, which is $500 more than the X-T30 II. But again, Fujifilm doesn’t consider this a replacement for this camera. It gets its own unique place in the lineup, which now looks like this:

The X-T50 uses Fujifilm’s last-generation battery with far less endurance than the newer design.
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The upgrades that come with the move to the X-T5 include water resistance, a nicer EVF, dual SD slots, better continuous shooting performance, and the newer battery with superior endurance.

Fujifilm’s kit lens also receives a notable overhaul. The company’s well-respected 18-55mm glass is replaced with a new, lighter 16-50mm f/2.8-4.8 lens that is now waterproof. (The Plus, the length is constant, so all zooming is now done internally without having to extend the lens. The new 16-50mm lens is sold individually and costs $699. The combined X-T50 kit costs $1,799.99, so you’re only paying $400 for the lens in this scenario.

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