Fujifilm South Africa announced their highly anticipated Fujifilm X-T5, the new flagship in the popular X-T series of mirrorless cameras. The X-T5 joins the recent Fujifilm X-H2 and X-H2S as the top models currently available for the X Mount system.
There are a number of improvements the X-T5 brings to the table which cater to the diverse needs of photographers and video creators of all abilities. To start, the X-T5 includes the back-illuminated 40.2MP X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor, similar to the X-H2. This sensor can capture light more efficiently thanks to the improved pixel structure, while ISO125 is now available as a standard option.
Combined with the latest X-Processor 5 high-speed image processing engine, it allows the X-T5 to manage shutter speeds as fast as 1/180000 sec. This ensures large-aperture lenses can be used in a greater variety of conditions. Low-light shooters will value the camera’s 5-axis in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) of up to 7.0 stops.
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New and old Fujifilm users will appreciate several of the X-T5’s features. Not only does it offer analogue manual controls via the three dials on the top panel (controlling ISO, shutter speed and exposure compensation), but the X-T5 returns to a smaller form factor that weighs in at 557g (including battery and memory card), compared to the previous X-T4’s weight of 607g. This makes the X-T5 highly portable and suitable for a range of photographic duties, including street, travel and sport photography/videography.
Photographers are able to compose their photographs either through the excellent high-magnification 3.69-million-dot electronic viewfinder, or the new 1.84-million-dot three-way tilting LCD on the back. This has been redesigned to make it easy to shoot in a vertical position or at waist level.
Other features include the Smooth Skin Effect; Subject Detection AF capable of detecting animals, cars and birds; and AI-based high-precision auto white balance which assists users in producing high quality photographic images.
Pixel Shift included and ready for videographers
Importantly, the X-T5 offers Pixel Shift Multi-Shot function (as seen on the X-H2), which quadruples image resolution and produces accurate colour reproduction, making it ideal for commercial photography. The IBIS mechanism is used to shift the image sensor at high precision to carry out automatic shooting of 20 frames in a single click of the shutter. Using the dedicated Pixel Shift Combiner software, users can process the captured frames to generate an image containing some 160 million pixels.
Videographers should not feel left out since the X-T5 can record 6.2K video internally at 30P in 4:2:2 10-bit colour. The camera also features the 4K HQ mode, which uses 6.2K over-sampling to produce high-quality video, while making the maximum advantage of the high-resolution sensor. Furthermore, the X-T5 supports F-Log2, which records an expanded dynamic range of 13+ stops. This range is wider than current F-Log, broadening post-production potential.
New Macro Lens too
Also coming to South Africa is the Fujinon XF30mmF2.8 R LM WR Macro lens with a minimum focus distance of only 10cm. This new addition to the line-up of interchangeable XF lenses designed for X Series is a weather-sealed standard prime lens with the focal length of 30mm (equivalent to 46mm in the 35mm film format). Compared to conventional standard lenses, this product has a substantially reduced minimum working distance and greatly improved close-up performance, capable of macro photography at a 1:1 magnification ratio. The lens also uses the Inner Focus system, in which a linear motor drives the focusing group of elements, to deliver fast and highly accurate autofocus.
Price and availability
Photographers looking to purchase the X-T5 will not have to wait long. The highly versatile Fujifilm X-T5 will be available in South Africa during mid-November 2022 for a suggested retail price of R28 899 incl. VAT for the body only. There will be two body+lens kits to purchase: The X-T5 plus 18-55mm lens for R33 199, or the X-T5 plus 16-80mm for R35 199, both incl. VAT.
The Fujinon XF30mmF2.8 R LM WR Macro lens is set to retail for a suggested R10 700 incl. VAT, available mid-November too.