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Fujifilm’s X-T50 Has a Dedicated Dial for Film Simulations

Fujifilm has introduced the X-T50 APS-C mirrorless camera, a long-awaited successor to the consumer-friendly X-T30 and X-T30 II. The new model retains key features of the previous model, including light weight and generous manual controls. At the same time, it has a higher resolution 40.2 megapixel sensor, 6.2K 30p video and other features of the X-T5 and other newer models. However, it’s also much more expensive than the X-T30 and features an unusual new dial that could prove controversial.

The X-T50 looks similar to the X-T30 II, with a relatively slim and light body at 438 grams (15.45 ounces), just slightly heavier than before. However, in place of the previous model’s shooting mode dial, Fujifilm introduced a dedicated film simulation dial with eight preset modes (Acros, Nostalgic Negative, Classic Neg, and others), three custom slots for other built-in simulations, and one custom slot for custom simulations.

The company likely believes that sales of the X100 V and VI have increased due to the popularity of film simulations with the TikTok and influencer set. However, users may find that it is more difficult to change the shooting mode (burst, single frame, etc.) than before.

Fujifilm's X-T50 has a dedicated dial for film simulations


One key feature the X-T30 lacked was in-body stabilization, but with the This makes it a much better camera for tourism and street photography, allowing handheld shooting at shutter speeds of up to a quarter of a second or so. This also makes the X-T50 much more useful for videos.

Unfortunately, the rear 1.8 million dot display still only folds up/down rather than out, so it’s not particularly suitable for vlogging. Another carryover feature is the NP-W126S battery (about half the power of the X-T5’s battery), which is quite small considering the higher resolution sensor and improved video capabilities.

With the same sensor as the X-T5, X-H2 and X100 VI, you can expect similar image quality and speed, up to 13 frames per second with the electronic shutter. Autofocus performance should be comparable to the X100 VI, so pretty good, but not great. The main attraction, Fujifilm hopes, will be the film simulations, which will allow creators to take Instagram-ready shots straight from the camera.

Fujifilm's X-T50 has a dedicated dial for film simulationsFujifilm's X-T50 has a dedicated dial for film simulations


Like the X-100 VI, the X-T50 is surprisingly competent in the video department with 6.2K at up to 30p and 10-bit F-Log2. For this reason, again, it’s a shame that it doesn’t have a fold-out screen, as vloggers and content creators may prefer the form factor and interchangeable lenses over the X100 VI.

Fujifilm also introduced the Fujinon XF16-50mmF2.8-4.8 R LM WR (approx. 24-75 in full frame). It’s a compact, lightweight and reasonably fast kit zoom lens that should be ideal for the X-T50. Although it costs $700 alone, it is much cheaper when purchased as a kit.

The X-T50 is available for pre-order now for $1,400 (body only) or $1,800 with the XF16-50mm. That’s a whopping $500 more than the X-T30 II cost at launch, and just a few hundred dollars less than the X-T5. I’m not sure the additional features justify such a big jump, but Fujifilm has to be confident that people will pay for it given the runaway success of the X100 series.

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